COP21

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Climate Talks, Climate Action
by Sandy Levine

The COP21 talks in Paris put climate change front and center. They confirmed that climate change is both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity of our generation. Coastal cities in the United States lie at risk from storm surges and sea rise. But they have it easy. Full nations in the Pacific will end…

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New England Energizes Paris Climate Talks
by Bradley Campbell

The push for ambitious carbon cuts promoted by Secretary of State John Kerry and the larger “High Ambition Coalition” have crucial importance for the secretary’s home region of New England. Our energy system is currently at a crossroads – choosing between a path of continued de-carbonization or a path marked by immense new investment in natural gas pipelines and plants, which would lock us into fossil fuel dependency for generations to come.

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A Model for the Future: Maine Looks at Alternate Ways to Boost Solar Power Adoption
by Sean Mahoney

The world’s focus today is on how we can de-carbonize our power supply in ways that are good for people, our planet, and our global economy. There’s no question that solar power will play a key role in our transition to a clean-energy-fueled power grid here in the U.S. – but how to best adapt that grid to absorb dramatic growth in the number of solar-powered homes and businesses remains an open question.

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Defending Our Climate before the Supreme Judicial Court
by Veronica Eady

On January 8, 2016, Massachusetts’ highest court will hear a landmark case brought by Conservation Law Foundation, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and four courageous teenagers – Isabel Kain, Shamus Miller, James Coakley, and Olivia Gieger – asking that the Global Warming Solutions Act finally be fully enforced.

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News From COP21: New England States and International Partners Commit to Get More Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road
by Max Greene

Thirteen jurisdictions – nations, U.S. states, and one Canadian province – calling themselves the “International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance” announced that they have jointly committed to ensure that all new car, SUV, and truck sales are zero-emission vehicles “as fast as possible, and no later than 2050.” Four of those states are right here in New England.

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Why Paris Talks Must Include a Plan for the World’s Oceans
by Bradley Campbell

The Paris talks are a poignant reminder that, while less developed nations like Pulau, Seychelles, and Indonesia clearly understand – and have acted on – the importance of marine protected areas for the long-term survival of commercial fisheries and marine biodiversity against the impacts of climate change, New England’s fishermen and regulators have yet to buy in.