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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.
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Video: Net Zero and Carbon Offsetting
Why can't we offset our way to net zero? A new video from the Climate Social Science Network explains.
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Loss and Damage Finance: Four Periods of Obstruction in the UN Climate Negotiations
This CSSN Briefing details the history of obstruction to loss and damage finance under the United Nations Framework Convention on 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.
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Videos: Global Climate Governance In The Face Of Obstruction Conference
Recordings from the Global Climate Governance In The Face Of Obstruction conference held on June 8-10, 2022
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Economic framing dominates climate policy reporting: a fifty-state analysis
In analyzing coverage of renewable portfolio standards in 50 U.S. states, a study by Ann Garth and Timmons Roberts finds that the vast majority of coverage used an economic frame to cover the policies.
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CSSN Position Paper: Net Zero, Carbon Removal and the Limitations of Carbon Offsetting
A position paper from CSSN's Working Group on Net Zero provides an overview of key concepts and questions regarding net zero emissions targets and the proposed role of carbon offsets to help meet them.