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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.
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Tiwi Islands offshore gas fight shows public banks are under real pressure over fossil fuel funding
Through an article published in The Conversation, CSSN Scholar Christian Downie addresses the change in attitudes toward leveraging support for public banks and export credit agencies, which have historically funded highly polluting sectors.
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Constructing Environmental Compliance: Law, Science, and Endangered Species Conservation in California’s Delta
From a larger project that focuses on the Delta Smelt, CSSN Scholar Caleb Scoville conducts a study highlighting the importance of scientists in shaping environmental law and the construction of legal compliance.
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Experts and climate change politicisation. A case study of the Environmental Protection Agency (1983–2015)
By analyzing the Environmental Protection Agency through longitudinal data, CSSN Scholar Loredana Loy explores how governmental experts balance the growing politicization in advocating for climate action policy.
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Toward Global Urban Climate Mitigation: Linking National and Polycentric Systems of Environmental Change
CSSN Scholar Benjamin Leffel conducted a study that explores how polycentric systems of normative expertise and political-economic forces have contributed to the reduction in urban greenhouse gas emissions globally.
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The U.S.-Canada (Clean) Electricity Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities in Policy Design and Coordination
In efforts to maximize the efficiency of the clean electricity transition in North America, the CSSN State Politics Working Group Co-Chair Joshua A. Basseches conducted a study that focuses on analyzing the existing policy landscape across both sides of the U.S.-Canada border while showing how renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have the potential to impact cross-border transmission.
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Climate Social Science Network Announces Climate Obstruction Research Grant Recipients
The Climate Social Science Network announces its second series of grants for social science research into the structural, political, and institutional dynamics of climate change politics.
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The unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality
Through a recent study aimed at decolonizing climate, CSSN Scholar Farhana Sultana reflects on lived experiences to analyze and address the complexities of colonialism.
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Discussion of Climate Change on Reddit: Polarized Discourse or Deliberative Debate?
A recent study co-authored by CSSN Scholar Saffron O'Neil is the first to examine Reddit's climate change discourse, by analyzing the platform's communities, information sources, and architecture, among other points of interest.
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The world is running out of options to hit climate goals, U.N. report shows
CSSN's Director of Research and member of the Global Census of Climate Obstruction Organizations working group, Dr. Robert Brulle volunteered as an outside reviewer for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report and gave his take on the IPCC's statement for an article published by The Washington Post.
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CSSN Research Report: Identifying Gaps in Climate Litigation-Relevant Research: An Assessment from Interviews with Legal Scholars and Practitioners
A research report from the Climate Social Science Network identifies a variety of climate litigation-relevant research topics, gained through interviews with legal scholars and practitioners.
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Advocating Inaction: A Historical Analysis of the Global Climate Coalition
An article in Environmental Politics by CSSN Director of Research Robert Brulle reveals the extensive public relations campaign employed by the Global Climate Coalition.
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True costs: How the oil industry cast climate policy as an economic burden
CSSN Scholar Benjamin Franta was recently featured in an article published by Grist, that focuses on how the oil industry has steered climate-related conversations toward debates about economic efficiency rather than the effects of inaction.
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Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects across the United States
A recent NPR article highlights how misinformation has made way for anti-renewable groups and affected decisions over renewable projects. CSSN Scholar Leah Stokes was referenced in the article stating that anti-renewable Facebook groups have increasingly spread the dangers of misinformation which primarily impact communities of color.
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Scepticisms and beyond? A comprehensive portrait of climate change communication by the far right in the European Parliament
A study co-authored by CSSN Scholar Bernhard Forchtner investigates the environmental communication shared by the European Parliament's far-right through an analysis of the ideology's acceptance and skepticism of climate change.