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Silvio Marcacci is Communications Director at Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm.

2020 was among the most unexpected years in American history but despite a global pandemic, a renewed civil rights movement, and the most tumultuous election in memory one trend held steady: clean energy’s unstoppable rise.

From coal’s complete collapse, to plummeting clean tech prices and booming renewable energy installations, not to mention every Democratic presidential candidate running on ambitious climate action, decarbonization proved it is the path forward to a strong economy and safe climate future.

But how will 2021 shake out? Five leading…

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Rush hour traffic in Miami. Source: Wikimedia Commons

By Martín Bonzi

This year, teleworking became increasingly used worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers adopted this modality as a safety policy to protect employees and citizens from the virus (Belzunegui-Eraso et al., 2020). Teleworking is not new — it dates to the 1960s when information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as telephones and fax machines, first presented the technical capability to work from home. Then, teleworking was promoted as a social policy that afforded workers increased time with families due to decreased commutes. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s, when internet and teleconferencing became widely adopted and climate change…

By Emily Jack-Scott

Five years ago at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France, member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established ambitious targets and financial mechanisms to curb climate change, with the ultimate aim of limiting warming to well below 2° Celsius by 2100. The plan was officially ratified as the Paris Agreement in April 2016, and many governments have since enacted sweeping policies to meet their stated climate goals, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

This year the UNFCCC was forced to postpone COP26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead…

Bruce Nilles on Achieving An All-Electric Future to Protect Health And The Climate

By Sarah Spengeman with Bruce Nilles

Every day, millions of people turn on their gas stoves without considering the deadly pollution they’re breathing in by burning fossil fuels inside their home — with serious consequences for their health.

Gas appliances aren’t just a silent health risk, they also produce 700 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year — one-tenth of total U.S. emissions — and accelerate climate change. Seventy million U.S. homes and businesses burn fossil fuels, and we add 500,000 new gas-burning buildings every year. This is bad news, and it has to stop.

The good news…

By Surili Patel and Sarah Spengeman

The vast majority of the pollution that damages human health is produced by burning fossil fuels to power our homes, cars, and businesses. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The newest version of the Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) finds a set of clean energy policies that achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 would save more than 45,000 lives while preventing 1.3 million asthma attacks, more than 25,000 hospital admissions, and almost 4.5 million lost workdays every year by 2050. When we switch to clean sources of energy, we save lives, avoid hospital visits…

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75% of emissions come from the 20 largest emitting countries and from four sectors

The global scientific community tells us we have to cut greenhouse gas emissions roughly in half over the next ten years to avoid climate breakdown — but we need a breakthrough. That’s the impetus behind Countdown, a newly launched global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

Countdown convenes a broad coalition of scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, and government officials among others to identify the most effective, evidence-based solutions to rapidly cut emissions while building a healthy, abundant future.

Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey joined John Doerr…

By Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O’Boyle, and Amol Phadke

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150 million Americans regularly breathe unhealthy, polluted air. But recently announced targets to achieve 100 percent clean power by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign would eliminate all air pollution from power plants.

The public health benefits of realizing 100 percent zero carbon electricity by 2035 would be enormous. New analysis from Energy Innovation’s Energy Policy Simulator shows that reaching 100 percent by 2035 would avoid around 16,000 premature deaths in that year, as well as 425,000 asthma attacks, 19,000 heart attacks, and more, as…

Sarah Spengeman is Deputy Communications Director at Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm.

Most studies have pegged 2050 as the likely date we could expect to achieve a 100 percent clean electricity sector. Now, due to the rapidly declining cost of renewables and battery storage, a new study shows we can get a nearly decarbonized electric grid in about half the time and without compromising reliable electricity service.

Energy Innovation, in collaboration with the University of California-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and GridLab, produced research demonstrating the United States can achieve 90 percent clean, carbon-free…

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm.

America faces a bet-your-country moment. Much of this beautiful, prosperous, and bountiful country will become unrecognizable unless we act, promptly and seriously, to limit climate change.

Despite clean energy’s economic and job opportunities, and scientific warnings that net zero emissions are needed by 2050 to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, Trump’s federal government has worked to implement policies that increase pollution.

Fortunately, for the first time in history, Members of Congress have produced a comprehensive plan to decarbonize the entire U.S. economy…

Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC

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