The EPA recently announced that US greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) dropped 1.6% from 2010 to 2011, which continues a downward trend that observers believe is due in large part to increasing vehicle fuel economy standards and the large fuel-switching underway by electric utilities from burning coal to natural gas.

A new study related to climate change moves the debate from the science of it all to its impact on the economy.  The report— “Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey,” by Ceres, a nonprofit group advocating for sustainability leadership—takes a look at how not including the risks associated with climate change may affect the business of insurance companies. “The insurance sector is a key driver to our overall economy,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres.

After decades of overrunning Southern landscapes, the much maligned kudzu vine has found its way to Northeast Ohio. Although the short growing season in the Great Lakes region largely prevents the plant from flowering, and thus producing rapidly, a botanist with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History worries that potentially milder winters as a result of climate change could change that equation. 

As the demand for alternative fuel vehicles increases, the government and private-sector interest in developing an electric plug-in-powered automobile grows.  This brief explores some of the technology's basics and the policy obstacles to implementation.

Effective management of water resources is critical to the economic sustainability and security of the U.S. Increased population, intensified use and climate change will continue to affect scarce water supplies. Governments, at all levels, will need to adopt collaborative strategies as our actions, or inactions, will have major repercussions on our ability to maintain our global competitiveness.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that due to the potentially serious health impacts of climate change, The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider policies and programs that support public health actions to prepare for and address health risks related to climate change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider and adopt policies and programs that address the public health effects of climate change on vulnerable populations.