GET TIMELY INSIGHTS. Our blog showcases a variety of voices from our home at the University of Pennsylvania—including faculty, students, staff, senior fellows, and visiting scholars. Opinions and perspectives are from the authors; not the Kleinman Center.


Climate Change: A Real Force In The 2020 Campaign?

Andy Stone
Has the U.S. finally reached the point where climate will in fact be a decisive issue for voters at the polls?
A pile of vote 2020 buttons

Philadelphia Oil Refinery Explosion is a Learning Moment

Mark Alan Hughes
With participation from the University of Pennsylvania, Mayor Kenney's advisory group gathers to discuss the future of the closed Philadelphia refinery. 
Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia

Opportunities to Bridge the Funding Gap to Commercialize Cleantech Innovation: Insights from the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum

Sid Radhakrishna
MBA student Sid Radhakrishna writes about several promising models highlighted at the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum that look to bridge funding gaps for commercializing cleantech innovation.
NREL Headquarters

Challenges in Funding and Scaling Cleantech Innovations: Insights from the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum

Sid Radhakrishna
MBA Student Sid Radhakrishna attended the NREL Industry Growth Forum and learned firsthand about some of the challenges facing the cleantech field. 
A wind turbine in front of mountains

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

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

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

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

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

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


Subscribe to Blog