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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
Dec13
2019

What’s Behind Poland’s Opposition to EU Climate Neutrality Agreement

Anna Mikulska
EU leaders have endorsed climate neutrality by 2050 but Poland remained opposed and was granted an exemption, citing mostly economic concerns in a country dominated by coal. Explore the politics behind Poland's opposition. 
Aerial view of coal extraction
Dec11
2019

With COP25 in Full Swing, a Look at Chile’s Energy Transition

Mary Lim
Through her Kleinman-Birol fellowship at the International Energy Agency, Mary Lim looked closely at Chile’s energy policies and objectives. With COP25 underway, explore how the host country is doing when it comes to their own climate targets.
Chilean flag with solar panels
Dec05
2019

This Energy Transition Is Different. Here’s Why

Andy Stone
Despite arguments to the contrary, we have to the tools at hand to get the job of energy transition done.
Two workers walk through a solar field

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