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The Kids Are Alright

Mollie Simon
From Philadelphia to Europe, students are walking out of the classroom and into the streets to stress the urgent need for climate action.
Protesters with signs supporting climate action: "There is no Planet B", "Make Earth Cool Again", "For the Water We Drink"

One Future, One Vote

Mark Hughes
The future needs a stronger constituency and younger voters are the solution.
A roll of "I Voted" stickers

Transforming PGW: A Sustainable Model for the Future

Mark Hughes
Kleinman Center Faculty Director Mark Hughes delivers testimony about the sustainability of Philadelphia Gas Works. Carbon neutrality would flip PGW from a dismal future liability to a competitive asset for at least the remainder of the 21st century.
Philadelphia city hall

Retreat? Not Just a Developing World Problem

Cory Colijn
As rates of sea level rise accelerate, the Netherlands must confront a future that looks very different from today: one that requires the Dutch to redefine their relationship with water.
Canal with boats in Amsterdam

Transitioning to Tomorrow’s Energy Future

Mollie Simon
Do we have the political will to decarbonize our energy systems? Rachel Kyte and others came to Penn to discuss how to make this ambition a reality. 
Rachel Kyte lecturing at the Kleinman Center

IEA Challenged to Address Limits to Negative Emissions

Andy Stone
Investors advocate for IEA’s World Energy Outlook to push for more climate action and be transparent on the limits to negative emissions.
Ground with cracks in soil due to drought

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics: An Opening Ceremony for the Hydrogen Economy

Oscar Serpell
Japan is betting big on hydrogen in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. Will this be the moment that hydrogen proves itself to be a viable solution to the energy challenges of the 21st century?
Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo

Investigating “Superblocks,” Barcelona’s Bid to Take the Streets Back from Cars

David Roberts
Barcelona is taking streets back from cars and creating walkable, mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” Its plan is insanely ambitious. I went to see how it’s going.
Pedestrians walk down pedestrian street in Barcelona

The Kleinman Center Explores Energy Storage

Isabelle Ji
As the demand for energy grows, there is a need for more reliable and cleaner sources of energy. A recent panel explored the state of today’s energy storage.
A panel on energy storage at the Kleinman Center

Puerto Rico’s Three Major Energy Policy Challenges

Mark Hughes
At a conference in San Juan, thought leaders gather to discuss innovation amidst crisis.
Mark Hughes and speakers at the Wharton Conference in Puerto Rico


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