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Jul08
2019

As Clean Energy Surpasses Coal, U.S. Energy Transition Locks Into Place

Andy Stone
In April carbon-free generators produced more electricity than coal for the first time, offering stark evidence that the country's clean energy transition is advancing despite political headwinds.
A landscape with a power plant in the background and wind turbines in the foreground
Jul03
2019

Recent Science Raises Oil Industry’s Climate Litigation Risk

Andy Stone
Attribution science makes it possible to understand the likelihood that extreme weather has roots in climate change.  The science might be used to hold major industrial emitters legally liable for climate damage.
A bare tree with a bird on it in the middle of the desert
Jun26
2019

After the Fire: Philadelphia’s Responsibility to the Bigger Picture

Mark Alan Hughes
After the explosion and fire at the PES refinery, the City of Philadelphia should connect the dots among a range of related environmental issues, events, and crises and raise the visibility and influence of the City’s environmental policy makers.
The explosion in June at the South Philly refinery
Jun12
2019

Connecting the Molecules: Supramolecular Chemistry and Energy

Katherine Elbert
Supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly is an area of scientific study that explores how molecules and components of materials organize under various conditions. And it can have an impact in areas such as solar energy, gas separation and storage, and various forms of energy transport and storage.
Attendees of the Gordon Research Conference
Jun11
2019

Don't Let Climate Denial Distract Us

Oscar Serpell
Narratives of climate skepticism put enormous pressure on scientists to relinquish the most fundamentally important attribute of good research: open-mindedness.
Deforested Peat Forest
Jun04
2019

Report Highlights Three Paths for U.S. to Meet Paris Climate Target

Andy Stone
Research looks at scenarios where federal, state and consumer actions each take lead in carbon reduction.
A road sign indicating direction
May29
2019

Cities Get Failing Grades for Air Quality

Tammy Ying
Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans live in counties that got an F for air quality last year.
A crowd of people wearing air masks
May29
2019

The FERC, An Under-the-Radar Federal Regulator, Is Key To U.S. Energy-Climate Balance

Andy Stone
A little understood government agency, the FERC, is embroiled in turmoil that will determine the climate impact of the country's electric and gas systems.
Power lines in front of a sunset
May21
2019

At CEEPR Workshop, Taxing Carbon is the Name of the Game

Oscar Serpell
Last week, the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research brought together industry leaders, academics, and policy makers for an off-the-record discussion on the future of energy and environmental policy in the U.S.
An aerial image of MIT's campus
May07
2019

Clean Energy is an Investment, Not a Cost

Andy Stone
Criticizing renewable energy as high cost misses the point. In an era of climate change, clean energy is an necessary investment in the future.
Wind turbines near the shoreline at dawn

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