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Analysis: PR Firms a Dominant Force in Obstructing Climate Action
New research from CSSN Director of Research Robert Brulle and Cartie Werthman finds public relations firms are a major force in U.S. climate change obstruction
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The Dangers of Mainstreaming Solar Geoengineering: A critique of the National Academies Report
CSSN scholars Jennie Stephens, Prakash Kashwan, Duncan McLaren and Kevin Surprise critique the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine 2021 report on solar geoengineering research
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Is Climate Obstruction Different in the Global South? Observations and a Preliminary Research Agenda
In anticipation of the COP26 Glasgow United Nations Summit on Climate Change, this position paper draws attention to a series of research themes and potential questions to ask on the role of climate obstruction in the Global South.
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Whose policy is it anyway? Public support for clean energy policy depends on the message and the messenger
Research from CSSN scholar Emily Diamond finds that certain clean energy policy message and messengers work across partisan divides.
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CSSN Working Paper: An Integrated Framework to Assess Greenwashing
Call for feedback on a new tool to define and evaluate greenwashing
Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: A regional perspective
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Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: A regional perspective
What are the new roles of regional actors, locations of productivity, interscalar relationships, and socio-economic outcomes for city renewable energy transitions? CSSN Scholar Christina Hoicka et al.'s new paper explores these questions conceptually and empirically.
Controversy around climate change reports: a case study of Twitter responses to the 2019 IPCC report on land
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Controversy around climate change reports: a case study of Twitter responses to the 2019 IPCC report on land
A study by Mary Sanford and CSSN scholar James Painter et al. examined the Twitter discourse around the IPCC's Special Report on Climate Change and Land, finding that meat consumption became one of the most discussed and contentious issues in response to the report - despite being a minor part of the report.
Competing Crises? Media Coverage and Framing of Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Competing Crises? Media Coverage and Framing of Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic
New research by CSSN Scholar Mark CJ Stoddart et al. finds that media coverage of climate change has slowed in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that new framing possibilities have opened up that link environmental and economic sustainability.
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Weaponizing economics: Big Oil, economic consultants, and climate policy delay
A new study by CSSN Scholar Benjamin Franta shows how the fossil fuel industry funded biased economic analyses to oppose climate policy for nearly 3 decades.
Social Relations and Everyday Consumption Rituals: Barriers or Prerequisites for Sustainability Transformation?
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Social Relations and Everyday Consumption Rituals: Barriers or Prerequisites for Sustainability Transformation?
An article in frontiers by CSSN Scholar Magnus Boström examines the connections between social relations and consumption in order to better understand how to disrupt overconsumption.
Global distribution and coincidence of pollution, climate impacts, and health risk in the Anthropocene
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Global distribution and coincidence of pollution, climate impacts, and health risk in the Anthropocene
A new research article by CSSN scholar Debra Javeline and coauthors shows that global risks from toxic pollution and climate change are highly correlated and should be jointly analyzed in order to inform and better target efforts to reduce or mitigate both risks.
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The Political Economy of Climate Change Litigation: Is There a Point to Suing Fossil Fuel Companies?
Research from CSSN scholar Ryan Gunderson examines the effectiveness of litigation against fossil fuel companies and offers alternative approaches.
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Obstruction, delay, and transnationalism: Examining the online climate change counter-movement
New research from CSSN scholar Ruth McKie examines the climate change countermovement through hyperlink analysis.
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Investigating Energy Justice in Demand-Side Low-Carbon Innovations in Ontario
Research from CSSN Scholar Christina Hoicka and colleagues asks whether demand-side low-carbon energy innovations are meeting energy justice criteria, using indicators from existing energy justice frameworks applied to a range of demand-side innovations offered to energy users in Ontario.
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Fossilized: Environmental Policy in Canada’s Petro-Provinces
CSSN Scholar Angela V. Carter's latest book Fossilized, on the rise and environmental costs of Canada's oil development boom, has won the 2021 Donald Smiley Prize for the best book published in a field relating to the study of government and politics in Canada.