Imagine a Day Without Water: Lake Michigan and water shortages in northern Illinois

Chicago borders one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater – Lake Michigan. Its unique geography and the assurance of a constant supply of this essential resource has spurred the region’s population growth and economic development, cemented its position as a transportation hub and helped create today’s dynamic metropolis. When I first moved to Chicago, […]

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New report by the Climate Solutions Lab at Brown University supports Climate Club approach to address the global climate crisis

Addressing the unprecedented climate crisis requires domestic climate policy as well as collaborative global action. A report released this month by the Climate Solutions Lab at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University puts the spotlight on these linkages by proposing 10 opportunities for the next U.S. president to place climate […]

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New research by the Climate Leadership Council shows that pricing carbon will strengthen U.S. trade competitiveness

Recent studies show a carbon tax and dividend approach would increase investment in clean energy technologies, create new jobs, and improve household finances, while reducing carbon emissions. However, some argue carbon pricing would make domestic industries less competitive than countries without carbon pricing. A new report by the Climate Leadership Council dispels this myth through […]

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Chicago Tribune Op-Ed on “How the US could lead a Global Climate Compact”

As the world continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also witnessed unprecedented devastation linked to our changing climate, from wildfires in California to hurricanes in the South. One thing these two crises have in common is that they can only be solved if nations unite behind the science and collaborate with each […]

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Addressing Climate Change Using A Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within A Global Compact

By Dr. Roy Wehrle, Dr. Don Wuebbles, and Dr. Francine van den Brandeler (full report available here) The existential challenge of a rapidly changing climate requires America’s leadership, vision and innovation to bring on decisive and unifying national and global climate policies. The adoption of a Carbon Tax and Dividend approach is a necessary component […]

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Cities are critical in addressing our most pressing environmental challenges

I recently returned from Abu Dhabi where I attended a United Nations gathering on cities and the environment. I met with dozens of experts from around the world to debate ideas and draft a report on the environmental challenges that cities experience but also create, and to outline a sustainable and inclusive vision for tomorrow’s […]

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