2022 Environmental Performance Index Finds World Not on Track to Meet Climate Commitments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Global progress to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions remains insufficient to meet the net-zero GHGs by mid-century target established in the 2021 Glasgow Climate Pact, according to the 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities. Using the past 10-years’ emissions trajectory as a basis for projecting 2050 emissions, the EPI researchers forecast that the vast majority of countries will not achieve the net-zero goal. A number of nations — including the United States — are projected to fall far short of the target.

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A New Administration Brings Major Changes to Federal Climate Policy

By Robert Stavins and Dan Esty; Resources for the Future; February 24, 2021

RFF University Fellow and Harvard Professor Robert N. Stavins recently hosted Yale Professor Daniel Esty on an episode of the Environmental Insights podcast, to talk about what the election of President Joe Biden means for climate policy. The two scholars, both members of RFF's Board of Directors, discuss the history of environmental policy since the George H. W. Bush administration, the priorities of key figures in the Biden administration, and prospects for significant environmental legislation in a sharply divided Congress.

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Power-sharing and the Barrett nomination: Delay a vote to protect democracy

By Dan Esty; The Hill; October 25, 2020

Our Constitution has proven to be an amazing document. It provides a framework for governing a diverse people spread across a wide-ranging land. Its enduring success derives from a structure of power sharing that we call "checks and balances" reinforced by long-established norms and unwritten rules that shape the exercise of political control.

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