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What Is Net-Zero

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This post is part of an ongoing “What Is” series from Energy Innovation that answers some of today’s most pressing climate policy questions. What Is: Net-Zero “Net-zero” became a global climate imperative in 2015 when the United Nations determined that…

Building Food System Resilience Through Urban Agriculture

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By Devan Crane, a Program Associate for Aspen Global Change Institute. Global supply chains are frequently disrupted by economic crises, wars, and political conflicts, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused a unique disruption felt by all. With the widespread damage to…

Before The Next Storm: Building Health Care Resilience

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By Kaitlin Sullivan, a freelance journalist based in Colorado. She has a master’s in health and science reporting from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. In 2023, hospitals in Florida, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles shut down. Some…

Reducing The Risk Of Investing In Electric Vehicles For Low-Income Consumers

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By Rebecca Rasch, Social Scientist at Aspen Global Change Institute While electric vehicles (EVs) are not a panacea for reducing emissions from the transportation sector, widespread adoption can be a significant step toward meeting CO2 reduction targets. In a recent…

What Small But Mighty: The Role Of Microbes In A Changing Climate

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By Asa DeHaan, Research Technician at Aspen Global Change Institute and Elise Osenga, Community Science Manager at Aspen Global Change Institute. The Unseen World Beneath the ground, a diverse ecosystem teems with microscopic life. The soil microbiome is a complex…

What Difference Can I Make In The Climate Crisis?

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By Emily Jack-Scott, Program Director at Aspen Global Change Institute. Global leaders met in Davos earlier in January to engage in cross-cutting discussions about the world’s most pressing challenges and to debate the merits of various solutions. After another year…

Air Quality Monitoring Networks Support More Climate-Resilient Communities

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By Savannah M. D’Evelyn, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center.  As climate change accelerates, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as megafires and heatwaves are on the rise.…

In With The New, Then Out With The Old: Managing The Grid Resource Adequacy Transition

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This post is the third in a series titled “Real Talk on Reliability,” which will examine the reliability needs of our grid as we move toward 100 percent clean electricity and electrify more end-uses on the path to a climate…

Living In The Cold: Addressing The Inequalities Of Heating Energy Poverty In Winter

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By Emily Jack-Scott and Liz Carver Winter is coming, and people across the country have started turning on their heat to take the edge off the cold. With clear memories of last winter’s high heating costs and this season’s prices…

When The Glaciers Are Gone: Managing For Biodiversity

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By Emilio Mateo Mountain glaciers and polar ice caps are experiencing extensive and increasingly fast loss rates as global temperatures warm. The well-documented retreat of mountain glaciers will have severe ecological and societal costs as the shift to a post-glacial…