Rachel Cleetus

Rachel Cleetus

Rachel Cleetus is the lead economist and climate policy manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018
New National Climate Assessment Shows Climate Change Is a Threat to Our Economy, Infrastructure, and Health
The Fourth National Climate Assessment , Volume II, was released today. The much-anticipated report , prepared by a consortium of 13 US federal government agencies, makes clear that climate change is already here —as evident from the worsening flooding, wildfire seasons, droughts, and heatwaves the...
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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Seven Things You Should Know About the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and its Policy Implications
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tonight is going to release an important report to help inform global efforts to limit climate change. The special report details the impacts of a global average temperature increase of 1.5°C relative to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and...
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Monday, December 25, 2017
A Year of Resistance—and Why I’m Hopeful for 2018
What a year it’s been. The destructive antics of the Trump administration and Congress and a political discourse increasingly polluted by ‘alternative facts’ have frequently made many of us angry, sad, and sometimes just plain crazy. Through it all, it’s been inspiring to see a resistance movement...
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People
News reports indicate that the Trump administration has big plans underway to undermine the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency working to protect our health and the environment from pollution. One troublesome development has already happened: last Friday the EPA was...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Doing More to Protect Frontline Communities Ten Years After Katrina
As we come up on the 10 th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the terrible devastation wrought by the hurricane is in the headlines again. For those who experienced the storm first-hand, the ongoing struggle to recover is ever-present and this must be a wrenching anniversary. What can we do as a...
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