How Biden and Kerry could rebuild America's global climate leadership

Choosing former Secretary of State John Kerry as climate envoy is an important first step. To regain trust, the U.S. will also have to take concrete actions to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Biden cabinet: Inner circle get key posts as John Kerry named climate envoy

The former secretary of state is among the names announced for key roles in the new US administration.

Nov. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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'I won the election' – how powerful people use lousy lies to twist reality

Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.

Mikael Klintman, Professor of Sociology, Lund University • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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7 things President-elect Biden can achieve on health care

From expanding children's coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Penn State • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice of Law, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Climate change: Joe Biden could ride a wave of international momentum to break deadlock in US

Hamstrung by a Republican Senate, President-elect Biden will need to look abroad for collaborators on climate action.

Olaf Corry, Professor of Global Security Challenges, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Joe Biden: How the president-elect plans to tackle climate change

What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for the global battle against rising temperatures?

Nov. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement

After a three year wait, the US becomes the first nation to leave the Paris climate pact.

Nov. 4, 2020 ~10 min

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Achieving COVID-19 herd immunity through infection is dangerous, deadly and might not even work

Some have suggested the US allow healthy people to return to normal life, catch the coronavirus and get the population to herd immunity. The science says this plan is doomed to fail from the start.

Steven Albert, Professor and Chair of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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