Research Shows Institutional Factors are Key in Improving Sustainability Models
April 1, 2024
Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

One way researchers analyze real-world, sustainability questions is by utilizing computational models.  These models use data to derive the relationships between economic, social, and natural systems and quantify the potential outcomes of public policies and behavioral changes.  Sustainability models have provided useful insights on a…

Rapidly-Intensifying Tropical Cyclones Likely to Increase Flood Hazard in the North Atlantic as Climate Warms
March 15, 2024
Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Many of the most devastating tropical cyclones (TCs) in history, including Hurricanes Andrew (1992) and Katrina (2005), underwent a process known as rapid intensification (RI). Defined by a wind speed increase of at least 30 knots (35 mph) within a 24-hour period, RI can be difficult to predict and can leave coastal regions with little time to…

Prosocial Preferences Produce Socially-Optimal Outcomes for Subsistence Farming Communities Amid Rising Climate Risks
Feb. 19, 2024
Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

As climate risks continue to rise, smallholder farms are more likely to experience agricultural losses from extreme weather events such as flooding, drought, and heat waves.  These subsistence farmers use most of their crops and livestock to feed their own households and usually have few financial protections against the unforeseen costs…

Connecting Researchers and Practitioners to Advance Policy-Relevant Research on Air Quality, Health, and Equity
Feb. 15, 2024
Written by Keely Swan, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Wei Peng organized a workshop on September 18-19, 2023 in Washington, DC on “Improving state-level energy decisions to address air quality, health, and equity goals”

As the United States ramps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, shifting the energy system away from fossil fuels also brings opportunities for improved…

EPA in Washington, D.C.: An Overview
Feb. 14, 2024
Written by Rafael Swit , Funke Aderonmu

On January 26, a group of CPREE Environmental Policy Associates traveled to Washington, DC for a Career Trek to meet with important stakeholders driving climate mitigation, adaptation, and clean energy transition policy agendas.

The day started with a panel at the White House, where CPREE engaged in a panel discussion with senior…

Trip Report: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Feb. 13, 2024
Written by Denise Mauzerall , Emma Zajdela

Prof. Denise Mauzerall and Dr. Emma Zajdela travelled to represent Princeton University as an official observer organization at the 60th meeting of the IPCC in Istanbul Turkey.  This meeting was held to determine the format and financing of the upcoming IPCC seventh assessment (AR7) of climate change.  The meeting was attended by…

SPIA at COP28: A 360-Degree View on Climate
Jan. 29, 2024
Written by Environmental Policy Associates

COP28 was the largest UN climate conference to date, with more than 65,000 delegates from governments, businesses, universities, advocacy groups and lobbyists converging on Dubai over two weeks in December. A dizzying array of issues were discussed, both through the formal negotiations process and the panels, events and press conferences that…

C-PREE Research Cited in New Coral Reef Conservation Policy in Hawaii
Jan. 8, 2024
Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

In January of 2023, C-PREE researchers Bing Lin and David Wilcove published a paper that revealed how coastal tourism contributes to the degradation of coral reefs and marine ecosystems in Hawaii.  Almost a year after publication, Lin, Wilcove, and their research team’s paper…

Mauzerall Named American Geophysical Union Fellow
Jan. 5, 2024
Written by David Pavlak, Communications Manager, SPIA

Denise Mauzerall has joined exclusive company. She is one of 53 individuals this year to have been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest Earth and space sciences association. The distinction is rare — throughout AGU’s history, only 0.1% of members have ever become Fellows.

For COP28 Delegates, an Invaluable Chance to Observe – and Learn
Dec. 22, 2023
Written by Tom Durso, Director of Communications, SPIA

The SPIA students who served as delegates to the world’s primary multilateral decision-making forum on climate change earlier this month described busy days filled with observations of negotiations, meetings with officials from across the globe, and invaluable networking.

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations…