Climate Obstruction: How Denial, Delay and Inaction are Heating the Planet

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Climate Obstruction: How Denial, Delay and Inaction are Heating the Planet
A book published by CSSN Scholars explores why we fail to avoid the climate crisis through an analysis of the ways climate action has been blocked in the past. CSSN Scholars Involved: Kristoffer Ekberg, Bernhard Forchtner, Martin Hultman, and Kirsti M. Jylhä
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At COP27, the US Said It Will Lead Efforts to Halt Deforestation. But at Home, the Biden Administration Is Considering Massive Old Growth Logging Projects
An Inside Climate News article interviewed CSSN Scholar Prakash Kashwan on his expertise in climate governance and environmental policies. The article focuses on highlighting issues with using forests as carbon offsets including corruption and overstepping the rights of Indigenous peoples.
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It’s not just Coca-Cola: Corporations have co-opted the UN climate talks
CSSN Scholar Jennie Stephens was interviewed for her expertise on climate justice and the influence of fossil fuel interests for a recent article published by Grist. In light of COP27, the article explores how companies have influence over global climate negotiations and delay climate action through their greenwashing efforts.
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The Land Gap Report
In "The Land Gap Report," CSSN Scholars examine the area of land required to meet projected national climate pledges, highlighting how these commitments rely on unrealistic amounts of land-based carbon removal that will not be feasible without causing further negative impacts. CSSN Scholars involved in "The Land Gap Report": Kate Dooley, Wim Carton, Kirstine Lund Christiansen, and Jens Friis Lund.
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Whose climate intervention? Solar geoengineering, fractions of capital, and hegemonic strategy
In a recent research article, CSSN Scholars Kevin Surprise and J.P. Sapinski explore the shift in support for solar geoengineering research, experimentation, and potential deployment from interests aligned with the fossil fraction of capital to climate capital. 
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Organising Responses to Climate Change
CSSN Scholars Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, and Vanessa Bowden published a book that explores how the exponential growth of the capitalist system has allowed the fossil fuel industry to maintain its power and highlights how we can prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Four blocks with a drawing of a human head lined up next to one another. One larger block at the very right being held by a person's hand. The larger block has an image of the Earth and green factories and plants.
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Why nations lead or lag in energy transitions
Published in Science Magazine, co-author CSSN Scholar Jonas Meckling draws on two historical accounts that highlight differences in energy transitions across nations to offer key lessons on political opportunities and constraints for accelerating the transition to clean energy.
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Changing the Financial Climate
Given Nigeria's economic well-being depends heavily on fossil fuels, CSSN Scholar Oluwaseun Oguntuase urges for the development of a green economy to improve the nation's overall state and combat climate change.
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Articulating system change to effectively and justly address the climate crisis
CSSN Scholars Diana Stuart, Bryan Petersen, and Ryan Gunderson evaluate climate proposals associated with ecosocialism and degrowth to develop strategies that can be used to effectively articulate the need for system change.
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Regulatory Shaming and the Problem of Corporate Climate Obstruction
By evaluating the use of climate shaming as a regulatory tactic, CSSN Scholar Sharon Yadin explores the ways this tool can be used to fight climate denialism and greenwashing caused by ecologically destructive industries.
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The American electric utility industry’s role in promoting climate denial, doubt, and delay
CSSN Scholars Emily Williams and Leah Stokes examine the extent to which public messaging by American electric utilities and affiliated organizations contributed to climate denial, doubt, and delay.
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Beyond Climate Isolationism: a Necessary Shift for Climate Justice
From a US-based perspective, CSSN Scholar Jennie C. Stephens reviews the inadequacies of climate isolationism and explores why climate justice is a more effective framing for addressing the climate crisis.
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Better poison is the cure? Critically examining fossil fuel companies, climate change framing, and corporate sustainability reports
CSSN Scholar Ryan Gunderson identifies and evaluates six frames fossil fuel companies adopt in their annual sustainability reports to address pressure from stakeholders about climate change.
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Water for whom? Desalination and the cooptation of the environmental justice frame in Southern California
Through an ethnographic study of a high-volume desalination proposal in California, CSSN Scholar Brian O' Neill examines how environmental (in)justice politics at times serves rather than contests industry.
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Bridge fuel feuds: The competing interpretive politics of natural gas in Canada
A research article co-authored by CSSN Scholar Amy Janzwood explores the interpretive politics of natural gas in Canada by analyzing government climate plans and press releases produced in the post-Paris era.