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FEB. 2014

In this Issue:

A plan B for climate

EV policy maps

Tips for spring

and more...

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Stay on top of the fast-paced energy sector with the new C2ES roundup of the week's top energy stories. Each Monday, C2ES summarizes the previous week’s major stories, with links to additional resources.

C2ES in the News

The Climate Leadership Conference and Awards make news in the U-T San Diego, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Washington Post, Las Vegas Sun, and E&E News.

Doug Vine talks to Nature about newly approved loan guarantees for two nuclear reactors.

Nick Nigro tells Climatewire why automakers are exploring biofuels.

Agence France-Presse asks Elliot Diringer about an EPA case before the Supreme Court.

Elliot Diringer talks to Nature about a new analysis of national climate legislation around the world.

Mark Your Calendar

Janet Peace speaks March 26 at GLOBE 2014 in Vancouver.

Look for C2ES at the Energy Independence Summit, March 30-April 2 in Washington.

Climate Leadership Awards
Fifteen organizations and two individuals received Climate Leadership Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency at the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference in San Diego. Speakers at the conference, co-sponsored by C2ES, included activist Tom Steyer, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, and climate scientist Michael Mann.

Electric vehicles: lessons learned
A new report by C2ES for the Department of Energy highlights lessons learned from 16 groups and communities that used federal grants to advance the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles. The report gives policymakers a roadmap for accessing research, toolkits and policy ideas.

More on Initiatives

Coping with climate impacts
A Senate hearing echoed key findings of a recent C2ES report on building business resilience to extreme weather and climate impacts. Acting now can save money later, but communities and businesses need good data and a framework for managing climate risks.

Action needed to meet U.S. climate pledge
In a recent report to the United Nations, the State Department presents a menu of options, not a clear blueprint, for achieving the U.S. goal of cutting emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. Doug Vine helps visualize the challenge ahead.

More on Federal Policy

Thinking about a Plan B for climate
In Nature Climate Change, Jay Gulledge discusses the need for a “Plan B” for climate change: how to cope with increasingly severe climate impacts if we fail to limit global warming to 2 degrees. A wide range of scientific and policy uncertainties underscores the need for a risk management approach.

Drought woes worsen
The Colorado River is in its 14th year of drought. Parts of Brazil had a record dry January. Drought can threaten agriculture, wildlife, wildfire management, and hydropower. C2ES explains the links between drought and climate change.

More on Science and Impacts

Closing the transportation funding gap
With the U.S. facing growing infrastructure needs and dwindling funding, Congress is working on a new federal transportation bill to help fill the gap. In a new primer, C2ES spells out the key challenges.

Mapping states’ electric vehicle efforts
In four new policy maps, C2ES tracks steps states are taking to integrate electric vehicles with the grid. Actions include updating building codes and changing ownership rules for vehicle charging stations.

More on States and Regions

Eager for spring
Whether you are gearing up for spring cleaning or getting back to the garden, Make an Impact has tips to save you energy, water and money.

More from Make an Impact

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