Author Archives: Jane C. S. Long

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This article is in Infrastructure for a Stormy Future, Winter 2018


What drives innovation? In “What Does Innovation Today Tell Us about the US Economy Tomorrow?” (Issues, Fall 2017), Jeffrey Funk starts with an assertion that puzzles me, but after that he develops and provides evidence for a point of view that is quite consistent with my knowledge. He asserts early on that most scholars of […]

Coordinated Action Against Climate Change: A New World Symphony


This article is in Climate Engineering, Spring 2017


A systems approach begins with limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate disruptions, while researching the feasibility and governability of geoengineering. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, issued in 2014, any plausible path for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions that would keep the Earth from warming by more than […]

Vested Interests and Geoengineering Research


This article is in Health Care That's Not for Dummies, Spring 2013


Much remains uncertain about geoengineering, which may offer important benefits—or risks. In moving ahead, there is a set of guidelines that should prove valuable. On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes in its history, followed by a massive tsunami that engulfed reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant located […]

The 80% Solution: Radical Carbon Emission Cuts for California


This article is in Making Sense of the Adolescent Brain, Spring 2012


In addition to addressing such technology-inspired questions, there is a need to gather more and better data on how best to change behaviors in ways that would help reduce the size of the energy problem and to better delineate what the potential for saving energy through behavior change actually is. In summary, achieving radical emission […]

A Blind Man’s Guide to Energy Policy


This article is in Ending the Inertia on Energy Policy, Winter 2008


The broad vision needed to transform the energy system will develop only when narrowly focused constituencies learn to see through the eyes of others. The United States has seemingly reached a consensus that energy is a serious problem. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the solution. Three major constituencies are dominating discussion of the problem, […]