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RAND energy and environmental analyses examine the implications of existing and proposed energy policies on the environment. Building on a long history of policy research, RAND helps balance the need for environmental protections and economic development.

  • An illustration of a globe and climate control, image by T.L. Furrer/Adobe Stock

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    Manipulating the Climate: What Are the Geopolitical Risks?

    Dec 29, 2021

    Geoengineering technologies that could block the sun's rays or siphon huge amounts of carbon from the air are not that far out of reach. Yet the international community has not established the kinds of guardrails you might expect for potentially world-changing technologies.

  • Two women await the arrival of U.S Border Patrol riverine agents in an air boat to pick them up as they are evacuated from a flooded subdivision near Houston, Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017.

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    Assessing Social Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

    Nov 16, 2021

    In this webinar, senior social scientist Melissa Finucane reviews the complex nature of social equity--including contextual, procedural, and distributional equity dimensions--and how a robust, evidence-based approach is needed to measure progress toward equity in disaster contexts.

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