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The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report that calls for urgent action on climate change, including an immediate and sharp increase in investment in uncertain but potentially revolutionary technologies such as carbon capture and storage, and increased international cooperation on climate change mitigation. Stony Brook University researchers are also tackling the topic and trying to determine key links between economic development, technology, politics and human decision making in the context of climate change. Their research published in two peer-reviewed journals helps shed light on many of the complex problems addressed in the IPCC report.
Both studies were recently highlighted in the Nature Publishing Group’s Research Digest. One study addresses people’s willingness to invest in risky but potentially highly effective technologies to mitigate climate change. Details of their findings are published in Nature Climate Change. The second study investigates challenges to international cooperation on climate change. This study is published in Nature Human Behaviour.