Climate

Alaska: Leading the Way on Climate Change Policy

How can Alaska, with its oil-dependent economy, address climate change and plan for a transition to a clean-energy economy? It’s a major challenge. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott explains the state’s response to climate change through the work of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team, charged with developing a recommended climate action plan and policy by September 2018.

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Shaping Alaska’s Climate Policy: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott

Alaska is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the U.S. and is already experiencing adverse impacts from climate change. Across the state, Alaskans are observing unprecedented environmental changes that threaten their health, safety, culture, and economic security.

How Low (on Energy and Carbon) Can Buildings in China and the U.S. Go?

Cities consume 70% of global energy, with building construction and operation creating the largest energy footprint. Buildings are energy hungry in both the United States and China, using 40% and 20% of urban energy, respectively. In the United States and China, the real estate and construction sectors generate 40% of each country’s carbon emissions.

Can We Price Carbon?

A political science analysis of the feasibility and sustainability of carbon pricing, drawing from North American, European, and Asian case studies.

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