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Theda Skocpol’s Hollingshead Lecture traced the fateful trajectory of cap and trade legislation through its June 2009 passage by the House of Representatives to its death in the Senate the following summer. Comparing the cap and trade failure to the contemporaneous and ultimately successful push...
This week, the World Health Organization revealed that in 2012, pollution killed 7 million people worldwide. Imagine the population of Massachusetts wiped out by a single cause. If this were a disease, the federal government would have gone into overdrive to stop the epidemic. The report stated...
It took an environmental disaster, nationwide media scrutiny, and a federal criminal investigation to get North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and his lax environmental regulators to reverse course. Now McCrory and his team are advocating precisely what they previously worked to prevent – the...
One of the paradoxes of representative democracy is that policies enacted with popular support may be detrimental to citizens’ interests. Recent studies suggest that voters emphasize the short-term benefits of policies over their long-term ramifications in the areas of natural disasters, social...
For two decades, the United States has been cast as an international climate villain. Having rebuffed ambitious European proposals for a global climate agreement throughout the 1990s, the US refused to ratify the uninspiring Kyoto Protocol and then infamously abandoned the agreement in 2001. To...
(Updated January 20, 2016) As a doctoral student with a dissertation on solar energy infrastructure and development, I’m continually asked a number of questions from those that are skeptical, or just curious, of the potential of solar energy in creating a more sustainable energy portfolio for the...
As a doctoral student with a dissertation on solar energy infrastructure and development, I’m continually asked a number of questions from those that are skeptical, or just curious, of the potential of solar energy in creating a more sustainable energy portfolio for the United States. This post,...
Speaker: Andrew Light, Director, International Climate Policy, Center for American Progress, and Director, Center for Global Ethics, George Mason University Topic: The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering
Speaker: David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University Topic: Geoengineering
Wildlife Contraception: Successes and challenges Allen T. Rutberg, Ph.D., Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University

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