Development: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability

Check out our policy commentary, “Development: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability” on and in the April 3 print edition of Nature, vol. 508. Also, check out the amazing infographic Anne Householder created to accompany the piece.

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China’s performance on the 2014 Environmental Performance Index – What are the key takeaways?

This piece was co-written with William Miao. It originally appeared on ChinaFAQs. Amidst headlines detailing off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing, it may come as a surprise that China’s latest environmental scorecard does boast bright spots. The 2014 Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI) – a biennial global ranking of how well countries perform on a range […]

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China-India Smog Rivalry a Sign of Global Menace

This post originally appeared on Scientific American. It was co-written with Jason Daniel Schwartz.  Air pollution kills around 7 million people every year, accounting for one in eight deaths worldwide, according to a report from the World Heath Organization (WHO) released March 25. Thankfully, the problem is getting more media attention. Images of Beijing’s “Airpocalypse” were a staple of […]

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Do perceptions of environment match reality? Environmental Performance according to Google Autocomplete

This blog was originally posted on The Metric. It was co-written with Amy Weinfurter, MEM’15 at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Which countries have the reputation for being the most ‘environmentally-friendly,’ and does the perception match the reality? Two recent articles in Foreign Policy (“A map of China by stereotype”, March 4) […]

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The 2014 Environmental Performance Index – Who’s on Top and Bottom?

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post. It was co-written and compiled by researchers Omar Malik, Laura Johnson, Avi Allison, Kelly Coplin, Nora Hawkins, Susanne Stahl and Sarah Guy at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 178 countries on how well they perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad […]

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Big data: friend or foe of sustainability? – podcast

I participated as a panelist for a Guardian podcast on whether Big data is a friend or foe of sustainability. Check out the article here and the podcast recording below.

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Provinces in China commit to air pollution targets

In January, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) announced the signature of “air pollution control and target responsibility” contracts (大气污染防治目标责任书) that bind all 31 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions in China to air pollution reduction targets for particulate matter air pollution. These are contracts are significant because they tie leaders’ performance directly to salaries and promotions, signaling […]

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