To unpack the legislative agenda for energy and climate policy during this Congress, EPIC hosted a conversation with Congressman Sean Casten (D-Ill.), a freshman legislator representing Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. Casten, a former clean energy entrepreneur with advanced degrees in the hard sciences, won this swing district -- which had been represented by an incumbent Republican for the previous six terms -- largely on mitigating climate change. Axios Energy Reporter Amy Harder, EPIC’s inaugural journalism fellow, moderated the conversation with Casten and EPIC Director Michael Greenstone.
For hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world, the air they breathe is so saturated with pollution that it is literally shortening their lives, finds the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). By a wide margin, inhabitants of cities throughout Asia pay the steepest price. If current air-pollution concentrations are sustained, the average person in major Asian cities like Beijing, Lahore and Delhi will live more than five years less than if their air met the World Health Organization's guidelines. Fortunately, some countries are taking important steps to reduce pollution.
On World Environment Day, the Indian state of Gujarat launched the world’s first emissions trading system for particulate pollution. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board is carrying out the market-based system with the help of researchers from EPIC-India, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Harvard and Yale. The pilot program will be a model for the rest of India and the world, as a means of reducing air pollution and facilitating robust economic growth.
As the 2018-19 academic year comes to a close, EPIC is bidding farewell to five pre-doctoral fellows who made major contributions to the institute’s research while honing valuable new skills and advancing a thriving academic and social research community. Trinetta Chong, Ananya Kotia, Nadia Lucas, Yixin Sun and Henry Zhang are ready to take the next step.
A series of extreme weather events, reports warning of the dire consequences of unmitigated carbon emissions and grassroots activism have propelled climate change to a level of importance in Congress not seen in nearly a decade. Axios Energy Reporter and inaugural EPIC Journalism Fellow Amy Harder sat down with freshman Congressman Sean Casten (D-Ill.), a former clean energy entrepreneur and scientist, and EPIC Director Michael Greenstone, during the Congressman's visit to EPIC in late May. The group discussed climate and energy policy solutions, the politics of energy and climate change, defining innovation and more in this edition of 'Off the Charts.'
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