Flood Risk 10 Times Higher in Many Places Within 30 Years
March 27, 2023
Written by Hannah Reynolds/Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Sea-level rise is causing extremely high water levels to occur more frequently, which is associated with increased risk of flooding. As the Earth continues to warm from climate change, it can be difficult to determine exactly when sea levels will rise high enough to warrant upgrades in coastal protection, in part because levels of protection…

UK Substantially Underestimates its Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production – and Many Other Countries Probably Do Too
Jan. 26, 2023
Written by Glen Chua and Keely Swan, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, contributing about 1 degree Fahrenheit of present-day global warming relative to pre-industrial times. One major source of methane to the atmosphere is the extraction and transport of oil and gas. Countries are obligated to report their greenhouse gas emissions to…

Social Media and Aerial Mapping of Sea Floor Reveal That Tourists Love Hawaiian Coral Reefs Just a Little Too Much
Jan. 9, 2023
Written by Glen Chua and staff, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Coral reefs are vibrant ecosystems for marine life and provide vital environmental benefits for humanity, such as storm wave mitigation, bountiful fish stocks, and ocean-based livelihoods. They are also a global attraction for tourists, drawing millions of visitors every year and billions of dollars in tourism revenue. However, reef ecosystems…

New Map of “Stopover Hotspots” Provides Insights for Conservation of Eastern U.S. Migratory Landbirds
Jan. 9, 2023
Written by Christian J. Rivera for the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents the first comprehensive map of autumn stopover hotspots of landbirds for the eastern United States. Stopover sites are locations where birds pause between migratory flights in order to rest…

Beyond the Negotiations at COP27
Jan. 6, 2023
Written by Charles Fraser (MPA Student) and Glen Chua (AOS PhD Student) with contributors

At the center of any COP are the multilateral negotiations, which have traditionally focused on agreeing to common targets and frameworks for implementation applying to all countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This was true of COP27. But with most of the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement…

Two Rhode Island Coastal Flood Defense Projects Provide Lessons for Making Future Infrastructure Projects More Successful
Dec. 21, 2022
Written by Keely Swan, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

More than ten years have passed since Hurricane Sandy exposed New York City to devastating coastal flooding. Several cost-effective flood megaprojects, including levees and storm surge barriers, have been presented to the NY-NJ region to prevent future billion-dollar disasters, but none have moved forward. Researchers studying climate…

Opinion: To Keep the UN Framework Relevant, More Countries Should Provide Climate Finance
Dec. 8, 2022
Written by Charles Fraser, MPA Student

Amidst multiple intersecting crises – huge climate impacts, food and energy shortfalls, crippling debt burdens – the old way of delivering development finance is clearly failing everyone, especially the most vulnerable. There are now reforms on the table that would deliver real impact. At the centre of these is the “

Europe’s Proposed Climate Plan will Outsource Deforestation and Harm Biodiversity
Nov. 30, 2022
Written by Staff Writers

In July 2021, the European Union proposed a policy package that aimed to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by fifty-five percent by 2030. The series of laws known as “Fit for 55” are the subject of final negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council, which represent EU country governments. However, a new analysis by…

Compounding Climate and Social Hazards Result in Different Migration Patterns around the World
Nov. 28, 2022
Written by Hannah Reynolds/Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Extreme drought related to climate change holds serious consequences for vulnerable communities, especially those who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. When droughts become sustained, additional climate disasters hit, and/or existing social vulnerabilities exacerbate the impacts of drought – also known as compound events – a population…

Michael Oppenheimer Writes Chapter in Greta Thunberg’s New Book
Nov. 16, 2022
Written by Molly Seltzer, Office of Communications
Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer first came to the attention of climate activist Greta Thunberg in 2019, the year of the children’s strike that made the Swedish teenager a household name across the globe.

Thunberg’s team reached out to him after the release of an influential report on the world’s oceans that Oppenheimer…