As climate negotiators meet in Lima to discuss a new global climate deal that could limit warming to two degrees or less, we look at each of the issues in turn.
Here, we take a look at where the two degree target came from, and how it has ended up guiding international climate policy.
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To dig in to the details of this U.S.-China climate partnership, I interviewed Valerie Karplus, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and Director of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy Program.
Jesse Jenkins is a researcher, consultant, and writer with ten years of experience in the energy sector and expertise in electric power systems, electricity regulation and markets, energy and climate change policy, and innovation policy.
Jesse has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and other media outlets. He authors the Full Spectrum column at TheEnergyCollective.com and has over 12,000 followers on social media.
Jesse holds a MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a PhD candidate in Engineering Systems at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and a researcher with the MIT Energy Initiative. Jesse applies an interdisciplinary approach to study electric power sector operations, regulation, and market design, with a focus on two overarching trends transforming the electricity sector: the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. Current research efforts include: researching competition between conventional and distributed energy resources; designing electricity market mechanisms for zero-carbon power systems; and exploring the contribution of energy storage and flexible nuclear power plant operations to climate mitigation in the electric power sector. He has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals The Energy Journal, Energy Policy and WIREs: Climate Change and been awarded fellowships from the MIT Energy Initiative and the National Science Foundation.
Jesse worked previously as the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute and as a Policy and Research Associate at the Renewable Northwest Project. He earned a BS in Computer and Information Science at the Univ. of Oregon.
You can follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseJenkins.
- Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPhD in Engineering Systems, 2014 - present
- Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyS.M. in Technology & Policy, 2012 - 2014
- University of OregonPhilosophy, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Energy Studies, 2002 - 2006
- Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyGraduate Researcher, 2012 - present
- Social Media Today, LLCDigital Strategy Consultant and Featured Columnist, 2013 - 2015
- Social Media Today, LLCFeatured Writer and Blog Advisory Board Member, TheEnergyCollective.com, 2009 - 2013
- Breakthrough InstituteDirector of Energy and Climate Policy, 2008 - 2012
- WattHead.org - Energy News and CommentaryFounder and Chief Editor, 2005 - 2012
- Renewable Northwest ProjectResearch and Policy Associate, 2006 - 2008