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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for the United States
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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for the United States

Image: Metronome’s clock in Manhattan shows the artists’ interpretation of the amount of time left before the effects of climate change are irreversible. Source: The New York Times.PRIORITIES Speed up the Transition to Clean Energy Decrease Fossil Fuel Production Just Transition of the Workforce Funding Mitigation Efforts NARRATIVE After years of inaction, the United States...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for the United States of America
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for the United States of America

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

Methodologies for Measuring Emissions in the US are Improving
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Methodologies for Measuring Emissions in the US are Improving

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Nathan Holman   Best Organizational Source: “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks” published by the US Environmental Protection Agency   Inventory of GHGs The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes an annual report on greenhouse gas emissions, called the “Inventory of U.S....

US Sees Increase in Severe Storms and Billion Dollar Weather Events in 2021
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US Sees Increase in Severe Storms and Billion Dollar Weather Events in 2021

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United States Country Manager Nathan HolmanAs the climate changes, so does the weather. Flooding, storms, and other extreme events are perhaps the most visceral marker of the danger we face as global average temperature continues to near 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.Billion-Dollar Weather Events Since the start...

Nuclear Power Supplies 20% of the Energy Generated in the U.S.
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Nuclear Power Supplies 20% of the Energy Generated in the U.S.

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard U.S. Country Manager Nathan Holman   Generation of electricity is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases in the United States. Combating climate change will inevitably require cleaner methods of generating power. Although slightly controversial, nuclear power provides a clear answer as it is the only zero-emission form...

Politics Stands in the Way of a Green America
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Politics Stands in the Way of a Green America

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United States Country Manager Nathan HolmanBackground In the first six months of his presidency, President Biden has made substantial progress undoing the damaging environmental policies of the Trump administration. The new President has re-instated science experts on review boards, reneged the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and...

U.S. is Committed to Reducing its Emissions by 50-52 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030
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U.S. is Committed to Reducing its Emissions by 50-52 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030

This post was submitted by US Country Manager Nathan Holman   Current Level of Greenhouse Gas Emissions In 2019, net greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. totaled 5,769 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT CO2 Eq.). This number accounts for greenhouse gas sinks. Total 2019 emissions in the U.S. (not accounting for sinks)...

Boston, MA: Best Climate Practice City in the United States
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Boston, MA: Best Climate Practice City in the United States

This post was submitted by United States Country Manager Nathan Holman Introduction Boston, Massachusetts has long been a leader on climate action among cities in the United States. As a member of the C40 Cities network (connecting some of the world’s most prominent cities around bold climate action goals), Boston has also garnered attention at...

Best Climate Practice USA: 350.org
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Best Climate Practice USA: 350.org

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Stephanie Gagnon350.org is a climate-focused organization based in the United States that operates internationally. Founded in 2008, the NGO mobilizes activists to fight climate change at the grassroots level, opposing new construction of coal plants and pipelines, supporting renewable energy solutions, and cutting financial flows...

The SunShot Initiative in the US
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The SunShot Initiative in the US

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Stephanie GagnonThe United States invests heavily in research and development (R&D) to improve efficiency and reduce costs of renewable energy. Through the successful SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Solar Technologies Office (SETO) invests hundreds of millions of dollars in reducing the...

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