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A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S.

Air Pollution
by Bill Chameides
Apr 2, 2014

Air quality benefits can come in baby steps or huge leaps.

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Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a ‘Bypass’ on Regulations Against Pollution

Duke Energy coal ash pond
by Bill Chameides
Mar 24, 2014

Accidental pollution? Sure, s**t happens. But what about intentional pollution?

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Climate Chatter: Kerry Statements and the Waffling Winds of Changing Positions

Sen. John McCain embraces his then-Senate colleague, John Kerry, during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state. When it comes to climate change, the two men sometimes embrace the same policy, sometimes not.  (Flickr/glynlowe some rights reserved)
by Bill Chameides
Mar 10, 2014

The U.S. secretary of state has been circling the globe, for the most part laboring to stifle the winds of war but also taking time to get a few sparks going on slowing climate change. The reviews from two of his former colleagues on the Hill have not been all that flattering.

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U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

George Washington Bridge
by Bill Chameides
Mar 4, 2014

In the world of unintended consequences, less driving may mean more potholes.

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Climate Change Chatter: SCOTUS and ‘Tailoring Rule’ Edition

Dave Johnston Coal-Fired Power Plant
by Bill Chameides
Feb 24, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations.

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Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Dan River
by Bill Chameides
Feb 19, 2014

Yes, failing … just like the coal ash ponds along the Dan River.

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Waxing Environmental on Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman
by Bill Chameides
Feb 6, 2014

After 39 years representing the great state of California in the U.S House of Representatives, Democratic Representative Henry Waxman is calling it quits.

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Obama’s Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and ‘No’

President Obama delivers his State of the Union, 2014
by Bill Chameides
Feb 5, 2014

The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over.

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Climate Change Chatter, Issue 13, SOTU Edition

President Obama delivering the State of the Union
by Bill Chameides
Jan 31, 2014

Climate change was among the topics Obama mentioned in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

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In a Global Warming World: Protect and Rebuild or Retreat?

Where Joe Tirone’s house in Oakwood Beach on Staten Island, New York, used to stand.  Tirone’s house was sold to the state and demolished as part of a buyout plan that will turn his neighborhood into greenspace that the state hopes will serve as protection from future storms. (Joe Tirone)
by Bill Chameides
Jan 29, 2014

Hurricane Sandy decimated coastal communities. Now what?

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