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Climate Change and Intensifying Natural Disasters

"Records, by their nature, are not meant to be set annually. And yet that’s what is happening. The costliest year for natural disasters in the United States was 2017."

In a New York Times op-ed, Dr. Leah Stokes (PHD '15) names climate change as the underlying cause for increasing and intensifying natural disasters. Read her full piece, here.

Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, researching public policy with a focus on energy and climate change politics in North America. Her MIT dissertation, Power Politics: Renewable Energy Policy Change in US States explores why some states weakened their renewable energy policies, while others have staved off retrenchment attempts and/or successfully expanded their policies. Stokes utilizes over 100 semi-structured interviews to trace the history - both in crafting and implementing of policy - of US states' renewable energy policy.

Image credit: Mark Pernice, via New York Times