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Feb06
2020

One Year Later: Solar Energy in Philadelphia is Still on the Rise

Jennifer Lessick
With Mayor Kenney’s help, The Philadelphia Energy Authority is making unprecedented strides in increasing energy efficiency in the city, and they are just getting started.
Solar panels on the roof of a Philadelphia home
Feb05
2020

Insurers Struggle to Address Climate Risk

Andy Stone
The wildfires that ripped through California in 2017 and 2018 erased a quarter century of insurance industry profits in the state. How are insurers responding to the increased risk brought on by climate change?
Helicopter flies over a forest on fire
Feb04
2020

Rethinking Energy Policy in an Aging Society

Alex (Shengxiao) Li
By 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. As this population ages, how can we best meet their energy and transportation needs?
An elderly person moves a stick shift in a car
Jan23
2020

Fanning the Flames: Mismanagement and California’s Wildfires

Girish Sankar
Exacerbated by climate change, the delivery of electricity has become a significant wildfire risk in recent years. Despite the cost, policies like burying power lines have been shown as an effective way to curtail fires.
Wildfire approaches a city
Jan08
2020

How Russian Oil Has the Most to Gain from Iran-U.S. Crisis

Anna Mikulska
One of the most far-reaching effects of an escalation of the U.S.-Iran conflict could be a shutdown of oil tanker traffic. Such a move would push international oil markets into turmoil and Russia could emerge as a crucial market stabilizer.
Barrels of oil with the Iranian flag behind a pipeline
Dec26
2019

Madrid Climate Conference Failed, but Silver Lining Exists

Andy Stone
The climate change conference has been widely panned as a failure. While there is very real cause for concern, it’s worth taking a closer look at what negotiators did, and didn’t, accomplish to understand where the global effort to slow global warming stands.
COP 25 logo. Source: Wikipedia
Dec19
2019

Deck the Halls with Efficient Energy and Climate Conscious Shopping

Mollie Simon
A few small changes this holiday season can have a positive impact on your energy use and climate footprint.
A house decorated with christmas lights
Dec18
2019

Saudi Aramco: A Big Bet on Big Oil

Oscar Serpell
At a time when the world urgently needs to divest from fossil fuels, does the world’s largest company reveal where investor loyalty really lies?
Saudi Aramco oil tank. Source: Saudi Aramco
Dec17
2019

Building More Energy Storage Means Building the Right Incentives

Girish Sankar
The falling costs and increasing capacity of lithium-ion battery technology have given rise to a proliferation of grid level energy storage. As prices continue to drop for batteries and other storage technologies, there is a need to create smart ways to pay for their installation and operation.
Room filled with multiple batteries
Dec16
2019

Can the Airline Industry Survive Climate Change?

Andy Stone
Commercial airliners pump out 2.5 percent of total global warming gasses and emissions are expected to triple over the coming 20 years. How will the airline industry address its climate impact?
Large commercial jetliner taking off

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