Category: Policy News

The Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill was signed into law last week. (Credit: The White House)

White House Releases New Agenda on Priority Strategies for Improving Climate Change Resilience

This week, the White House revealed its Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda, laying out four strategies to address climate resiliency – 1) foster climate-resilient lands and waters, 2) manage and enhance U.S. carbon sinks, 3) enhance community preparedness and resilience by utilizing and sustaining natural resources, and 4) modernize Federal programs, investments, and delivery of services to build resilience and enhance sequestration of biological carbon.

"As a firsthand observer, I can tell you things have changed in the Arctic" -Adm. Robert Papp (Credit: Center for American Progress)

How Should U.S. Lead in the Arctic?

Arctic experts and policymakers gathered at a Washington, D.C. think-tank today to focus on how the U.S. might wield its leadership when it assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year. Recommendations ranged from the lofty to the concrete.

Plans are moving forward to develop offshore wind projects at several sites along the US coastline. (Credit: NREL)

Renewable Energy: Wind Power Tests the Waters

The town of Castine, Maine, feels like a place bypassed by time. First settled in the early seventeenth century, its streets are lined with buildings hundreds of years old. Boats bob in its small harbour and a white lighthouse, constructed of rough-hewn stone, stands guard from a high hill.