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The hidden costs of energy and mobility: A global meta-analysis and research synthesis of electricity and transport externalities
CSSN Scholar Benjamin Sovacool and coauthors have published a new scholarly article examining the global hidden costs of energy. They find that while electricity systems and transport could cost trillions of dollars per year in externalities ($11.6 trillion/year and $13 trillion/year, respectively), energy efficiency has annual positive value of $312 billion per year.
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Spin doctors have shaped the environmentalism debate for decades
CSSN Scholar Melissa Aronczyk shares the history of a key architect of "green" public relations work in a perspective piece for The Washington Post.
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Rebooting a failed promise of climate finance
A new commentary article in Nature Climate Change by CSSN Executive Director J. Timmons Roberts and CSSN Scholar Stacy-ann Robinson et al. argues that the 2009 pledge to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 in climate finance to developing nations was not specific on what types of funding could count. Indeterminacy and questionable claims make it impossible to know if developed nations have delivered; as 2020 passes, opportunity exists to address these failures in a new pledge.
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Faster and Steeper is Feasible: Modeling Deeper Decarbonization in a Northeastern U.S. State
A new study published in Energy Research & Social Science by CSSN Executive Director Timmons Roberts et al. uses and updates a energy model originally developed for Rhode Island’s 2016 climate plan to assess the viability of more rapid decarbonization pathways for the state.
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CSSN Scholar Ina Möller points to political implications of solar geoengineering experiment
CSSN Scholar Ina Möller weighs in on solar geoengineering in NewScientist's Fix the Planet newsletter.
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Approaches to energy transitions: Carbon pricing, managed decline, and/or green new deal?
CSSN scholar Emily Eaton has published new research showing the need for a democratization, decolonization, and decarbonization approach to energy transitions to address climate change.
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Can Massachusetts Democrats Overcome the Power of Business Lobbyists and Pass Climate Legislation?
Inside Climate News covered a new report by CSSN Executive Director Dr. Timmons Roberts which shows how industries lobby on climate and clean energy in Massachusetts.
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Shadowy Twitter bots spread climate disinformation
CSSN Scholars Thomas Marlow and John Cook are featured in E&E News, where they discuss new research showing that a substantial amount of climate change disinformation online comes from Twitter bots.
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New CSSN Report: Who’s Delaying Climate Action in Massachusetts? Twelve Findings
A new report from a CSSN research team analyzing climate and energy lobbying records details the actors working against climate action in Massachusetts.
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Bots and online climate discourses: Twitter discourse on President Trump’s announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
Climate Policy published "Bots and online climate discourses: Twitter discourse on President Trump’s announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement" by CSSN scholars Thomas Marlow and Timmons Roberts and Sean Miller. The authors discuss the presence of bots in Twitter discourse around the time of U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017.
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Potential obstruction of climate change mitigation through ISO standard on radiative forcing management
In the very first CSSN position paper, CSSN Scholar Ina Möller explores the repercussions of a possible international standard for climate cooling particles.
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“America Misled”
CSSN Scholars John Cook, Geoffrey Supran, and Stephan Lewandowsky, with Naomi Oreskes and Ed Maibach authored "America Misled," a look into the fossil fuel industry's extensive history of misinformation on climate change and the strategies used to propagate said misinformation.
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Shell case puts spotlight on energy groups’ role in climate change
CSSN Scholar Joana Setzer is featured in Financial Times by Anjli Raval, discussing the increasing frequency of high-profile climate litigation.
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“Early oil industry disinformation on global warming”
CSSN Director of Accountability Research Benjamin Franta authored a briefing conveying climate obstruction actors, such as the American Petroleum Institute, engaging in disinformation about global warming earlier than previously thought.
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Global climate action needs trusted finance data
CSSN Executive Director Timmons Roberts and CSSN Scholar Saleemul Huq are featured in a Nature editorial, discussing the difficulties of impartial climate finance data.