Environment & Energy

Our planet faces unprecedented environmental challenges, threatening ecosystems, species, coastal communities, and all too often, human life itself. Heading the list of threats is climate change, with its promise of drastic environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval. But we also face persistent problems of air and water pollution, toxic wastes, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and other Great Waters, and protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Central to the environmental health of the nation and the planet is decreasing our dependence on energy derived from burning fossil fuels. Our continued reliance on these sources is literally endangering the planet's ability to sustain life as we know it. Yet many policymakers, with the financial and rhetorical support of energy companies bent on making a profit at the cost of the planet's health, continue to resist desperately needed reforms. Read about CPR’s work protecting the environment in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

September 5, 2018, New Report on Disasters and Climate Change Shows How Government Can Help Communities Move from Surviving to Thriving

September 5, 2018, New Report on Disasters and Climate Change Shows How Government Can Help Communities Move from Surviving to Thriving

Type: News Releases (Sept. 5, 2018)
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Adapting to Climate Change in the United States: Seven Principles for Achieving Fairness

The impacts of climate change do not fall equally. As the waves rolled over New Jersey, New York, and much of the Atlantic seaboard during Hurricane Sandy last fall, climate scientists’ austere graphs predicting severe climate impacts suddenly popped to life. With that in mind, Alice Kaswan writes, policy-makers at all levels of government, whether considering the use of existing authorities or developing new ones, should attend to seven key principles and themes.

Type: Reports (May 4, 2013)
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Author(s): Alice Kaswan
Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation
Type: Reports (June 10, 2011)
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman, Catherine O'Neill, Yee Huang, William Andreen, Victor Flatt, Bill Funk, Dale Goble, Alice Kaswan, Robert Verchick
Making Good Use of Adaptive Management

Making Good Use of Adaptive Management, CPR White Paper 1104

Type: Reports (April 12, 2011)
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Author(s): Holly Doremus, William Andreen, Alejandro Camacho, Daniel Farber, Robert Glicksman, Dale Goble, A. Dan Tarlock, Bradley Karkkainen, Dan Rohlf, Sandra Zellmer, Shana Campbell Jones, Yee Huang
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