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Coal, solar and EVs: A pitfall for electric utilities?
A recent article published by Environment & Energy Publishing featured CSSN Scholar Joshua Basseches for his expertise on energy and climate politics in the U.S. states. The article investigates whether utilities will work toward achieving decarbonization given the financial gap they potentially face supporting this transition.
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Climate action and populism of the left in Ecuador
CSSN Scholar Teresa Kramarz co-examines climate change in Ecuador, proposing an analytical framework that explains how moments of institutional rupture make way for climate action interests to develop.
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How can the USA and China cooperate and learn from each other to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
With China and the United States being the two greatest producers of greenhouse gases, CSSN Scholar Thomas Daniels explores how the two nations can cooperate and learn from each other in two key areas: transportation and renewable energy sources for electricity.
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The climate advocacy gap
Given the importance of advocacy for climate policy development, CSSN Scholars Samuel Trachtman and Jonas Meckling examine whether pro-climate groups are concentrated in US states where the politics are most opportune or emissions are greatest.
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How inequality fuels climate change: The climate case for a Green New Deal
A study conducted by CSSN Scholars Fergus Green & Noel Healy observes how socioeconomic inequalities fuel climate change, supporting the argument that a Green New Deal (GND) would be more effective at achieving deep and rapid decarbonization than carbon-centric policies alone.
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Videos: Global Climate Governance In The Face Of Obstruction Conference
Recordings from the Global Climate Governance In The Face Of Obstruction conference held on June 8-10, 2022
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From Big Oil to Big Green: Holding the Oil Industry to Account for the Climate Crisis
In his recent book published by the MIT Press, CSSN Scholar Marco Grasso develops a moral framework for holding the fossil fuel industry accountable and lays out its transformation toward decarbonization.
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Public opinion about climate policies: A review and call for more studies of what people want
Through an article published in PLOS Climate, CSSN Scholar Malcolm Fairbrother reviews what we know about public attitudes towards climate policies and highlights the people's desire for research on alternatives to carbon taxes.
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Lessons from Australia show CCUS is about capturing public opinion and public finances, not carbon
Looking at Australia's failed Gorgon project, CSSN Scholar Jeremy Walker and Dr. Kyla Tienhaara highlight how CCUS is not a transition toward a "net-zero" future for Canada but rather a cover-up for the fossil fuel industry.
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Economic framing dominates climate policy reporting: a fifty-state analysis
In analyzing coverage of renewable portfolio standards in 50 U.S. states, a study by Ann Garth and Timmons Roberts finds that the vast majority of coverage used an economic frame to cover the policies.
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Dead White men vs. Greta Thunberg: Nationalism, Misogyny, and Climate Change Denial in Swedish far-right Digital Media
By analyzing the reactions of four Swedish far-right digital news sites towards Greta Thunberg from 2018 to 2019, CSSN Scholars Kjell Vowles and Martin Hultman explore the overlap between anti-environmentalism and anti-feminism.
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CSSN Position Paper: Net Zero, Carbon Removal and the Limitations of Carbon Offsetting
A position paper from CSSN's Working Group on Net Zero provides an overview of key concepts and questions regarding net zero emissions targets and the proposed role of carbon offsets to help meet them.
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Disrupting to decarbonise socio-energy systems: The ‘carbon transformation axes’ framework
CSSN Scholar Marco Grasso highlights the urgency for the decarbonization of socio-energy systems (SEnS) necessary to tackle the climate crisis through an analysis using the “carbon transformation axes framework.”
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CSSN and DIE Conference: Global Climate Governance in the Face of Obstruction
On June 8-10, a virtual conference co-hosted by the Climate Social Science Network and German Development Institute will explore global obstruction of climate action.
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How Do Right-Wing Populist Parties Influence Climate and Renewable Energy Policies? Evidence from OECD Countries
CSSN Scholar Matthew Lockwood analyzes the influence of right-wing populist party (RWPPs) governmental representation on climate and renewable energy policy for several countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.