Public Policy

Diversifying China’s Urban Heating Systems will Reduce Risk of Carbon Lock-in
July 8, 2024
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Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Since its implementation in 2017, China’s clean heating policy has considerably improved air quality.  However, the share of non-fossil sources in China’s urban district heating systems remains low.   According to a Princeton-led study (Link is external),…

Co-production of steel and chemicals could help mitigate hard-to-abate carbon emissions
June 27, 2024
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Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Hard-to-abate sectors accounted for approximately 30% of global CO2 emissions in 2018.  One third of these hard-to-abate emissions were a result of the fossil fuels and feedstocks used in the steel and chemical industries.   A Princeton-led 

Science has an AI problem. This group says they can fix it.
May 1, 2024
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Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

AI holds the potential to help doctors find early markers of disease and policymakers to avoid decisions that lead to war. But a growing body of evidence has revealed deep flaws in how machine learning is used in science, a problem that has swept through dozens of fields and implicated thousands of erroneous papers.

Now an…

AI at Princeton: Pushing limits, accelerating discovery and serving humanity
March 18, 2024
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

At Princeton, interdisciplinary collaborations of researchers are using artificial intelligence to accelerate discovery across the University in fields ranging from neuroscience to Near Eastern studies.

Princeton experts are also pushing the limits of AI technology to make it more accurate and efficient, to…

Getting to net-zero, in the U.S. and the world
Aug. 25, 2023
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Written by Molly Seltzer, Office of Communications; Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton University’s Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been a leader of both the national and the global charge to net-zero, along with his…

Leonard Wantchekon awarded Kiel Institute’s 2023 Global Economy Prize
June 23, 2023
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Written by Siya Arora for the Office of the Dean for Research

Award recognizes Wantchekon for unique and creative solutions to global problems.

Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs to launch New Jersey public policy initiative
April 25, 2023
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Written by Tom Durso, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs will launch its SPIA in New Jersey initiative with a half-day of presentations and panel discussions the morning of Friday, April 28. The event begins at…

Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond urges individuals to commit to abolishing poverty
April 11, 2023
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Written by Daniel Day, Office of Communications

In the prologue to his latest book, Matthew Desmond bluntly assesses who we are in the United States, “the richest country on earth, with more poverty than any other advanced democracy.”

Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton, notes in “Poverty, by…

Tax economist Zidar says it’s his job to give you the best numbers, not the convenient ones
Nov. 4, 2022
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Written by Delaney Parrish, Department of Economics

For those of us who are not counted among the wealthiest 1% of Americans, it can be difficult to understand how much money these individuals have — or how they got it. As recently as a few years ago, that information would have been unavailable not only to the average American, but to government agencies, researchers and anyone else who cared…

In her new book, Ruha Benjamin finds hope by celebrating how small changes can ‘spread justice and joy’
Oct. 11, 2022
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Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

In spring 2020, Ruha Benjamin received a DM on Twitter from her literary agent Sarah Levitt: “I’m hungry to read anything you have.” Inspired, Benjamin began writing and spent the first few months of the pandemic conceiving what would become her new book, “Viral Justice” (Princeton University Press).

In the book’s introduction, Benjamin…