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FEMA: Plan for Climate Change or Risk Emergency Funding

The debate over whether climate change is man made is a perennial debate in the halls of many state governments, especially around election time. But FEMA has a new message: Include projections on how to deal with climate change in mitigation plans, or lose federal funding for future emergencies.

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The Pathway to a Stronger Clean Power Plan

Renewable energy growth shows the way to much greater cuts in power plant emissions — and it’s affordable, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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San Francisco Law: Airbnb Wins, Vacation Rentals Lose

The San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s recent vote to allow short-term rentals of residences was a major win for Airbnb supporters. But, as is often the case with new laws that clarify and enforce old, overlooked regulations, not everyone may win with this latest change.

Triple Pundit was one of hundreds of organizations to attend the annual SXSW Eco conference in Austin last week. This post is part of our ongoing coverage.

After the Climate Summit: The U.N.’s Way Forward

As a group of sustainability professionals, nonprofit leaders and reporters filed into a U.N. panel discussion at SXSW Eco, we all had one question on our minds: What happens next?

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Solar PV Catching On Fast in Latin America, Caribbean

Solar power is poised to take on a major role in meeting electricity needs across the LAC region. NPD Solarbuzz forecasts that some 9 gigawatts of clean, renewable PV generation capacity will be installed across the LAC over the next five years.

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U.S. Promises Action on U.N. Human Rights Principles

Last week, the U.S. State Department announced that the government would develop a National Action Plan to “promote and incentivize responsible business conduct,” in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

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Sierra Club Takes Coal Fight to Supreme Court

Sierra Club, Ratepayers & Community Intervenors and Earthjustice are taking the New York Public Service Commission to the state Supreme Court over a plan to repower the Dunkirk power plant. The $140 million plan would see the plant fueled for another 10 years, primarily by adding the capacity to burn natural gas.

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Two Years After Sandy: NYC Plans for Transportation Resiliency

Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, New York City has not only repaired and restored its transportation infrastructure from the storm’s damage, but is also taking steps to improve the resiliency of its transit network.

Energy Vision President Joanna D. Underwood (left) at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday.

Note to U.N. Climate Delegates: Don’t Forget Renewable Natural Gas

Natural gas critics and boosters alike are missing something important: the advent of a fuel called renewable natural gas (RNG), which is chemically similar to fossil natural gas, but better. It is produced not by drilling or hydrofracking fossilized deposits, but by capturing biogases wherever organic wastes decompose: in landfills and wastewater treatment plants.

Participants carry signs at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday. As Climate Week NYC continues, Robert Wolcott of Get America Working argues that climate change and jobs are inextricably linked.

Work More and Warm Less: Integrating Jobs and Climate Solutions

As citizens and world leaders converge on New York City seeking a way to address climate change, across the U.S. tens of millions are also out of work. At first glance jobs and climate seem to be distinct policy questions, but they are in fact deeply intertwined.

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Lyft, Uber Dethroning Taxi Industry in San Francisco

The San Francisco taxi industry is on the verge of being dethroned by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Lyft and Uber. Last week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) reported that the average trips per taxicab in the city had declined from 1,424 a month in March 2012 to only 504 as of July 2014 — a nearly 65 percent reduction.