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A Key Moment for California Climate Policy

September 20, 2016

[Robert Stavins' blog] The past year has been a crucial time in international climate negotiations.  In December, 2015, in Paris, negotiators established an agreement on the next round of targets and actions to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in 1997 and will effectively close down in 2020.  In Paris, negotiators set up a new and meaningful agreement for multinational action through individual country

Jisung Park Research in NYT Article

September 13, 2016

Research by HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Jisung Park, on the effects of heat on student test performance, was described in an article in The New York Times, “Temperatures Rise, and We’re Cooked.” Park found that students taking the New York State Regent exam on a 90 degree day have a 12 percent greater chance of failing than on a 72 degree day. Heat also affects their ability to learn in preparation for exams, compounding the effect.

The Burning Debate Over Fossil Fuel Subsidies

September 1, 2016

[The Washington Diplomat ]...A study by Joseph Aldy, a Harvard University associate professor and former White House energy policy advisor, found the elimination of subsidies would have a negligible impact on U.S. oil and gas production, which is more closely linked to technological advances and the price of oil. Since 2014, U.S. oil and gas companies have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs as the price of oil plummeted, even though they were still receiving subsidies.


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