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Q&A with Jonathan Pershing: Can the U.S. still be a climate leader? 

Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Hewlett Foundation as environment program director in January. Five months into the job, we sat down with him to discuss the impact of U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, climate…
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Closing in on a clean energy future 

Recently, ClimateWorks Foundation and the Climate Action Tracker published a report, “Faster and Cleaner 2: Kick-starting Global Decarbonization,” that summarized progress in three major sectors of the economy — power, transportation and buildings. The good news is that renewable energy is transforming electricity in ways that have exceeded expectations. Likewise, the rise of electric vehicles…
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On the new administration and climate change 

For those who care about the future of our planet, last week offered an unexpected glimmer of hope from the president-elect. For the first time, Donald Trump indicated he was open to fulfilling our international commitments on climate change, and he said that clean air and water are “vitally important.” Or maybe not. Days later, ...
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What environmental justice means to me 

The first time I became aware of the concept of environmental justice, I was in Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer. A neighboring oil plant contaminated the water supply of the community I was staying at. People woke up to their tap water being brownish in color and having odd metallic taste. They felt nausea ...
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Environment Program grantmaking 

The Environment Program funds organizations working in areas that align with our program strategies and initiatives. The Environment Program accepts letters of inquiry for its western conservation, climate and energy, and serving Bay Area communities grantmaking at any time. The program’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes. There are no deadlines. Our approach The vast majority of ...
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Why is the U.S.-India solar partnership historic? 

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India announced a historic agreement to phase out the powerful greenhouse gases known as F gases and to inaugurate a partnership that will advance solar energy development in India. The agreement between India and the U.S. builds on ambitious pledges made by both nations at the ...
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Q&A with Walter Figueiredo De Simoni: It’s good to be a hippie and a heartless capitalist 

Brazil is working on reducing air pollution. (Photo Credit: Daniel Hardman, CC By 2.0)  Walter Figueiredo De Simoni is program officer at the Institute for Climate and Society, which funds nonprofits working on climate policies in the power, transport and waste sectors in Latin America. This is the fifth Q&A in a weeklong series celebrating Earth Day 2016.  ...

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