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Why the World Bank Is Taking On Climate Change

National Journal: The World Bank, headquartered a block from the White House, was founded after World War II to combat global poverty. But over the past year, fighting climate change has become the bank's new guiding principal, as economic evidence indicates that global warming will be a driving cause of poverty worldwide in the 21st century. The bank has become a big player in climate policy, investing billions annually into climate-related programs--and blocking money from projects such as coal-fired power plants....

Obama Needs to Be Brutally Honest About Climate Change in His State of the Union

National Journal: President Obama surprised even his most ardent environmental backers with his impassioned inaugural pledge to fight climate change in his second term. In the State of the Union address Tuesday, he’ll need to tell Congress and the American people how--specifically--he plans to take on the challenge. If he’s honest, it won’t be pretty. In his first term, Obama rarely spoke about the urgent and fearful nature of the climate crisis, or how long and difficult--politically, economically, and diplomatically--it...