Super polluters

Award-winning BC environmental sociologist Andrew Jorgenson and colleagues Don Grant (University of Colorado Boulder) and Wesley Longhofer (Emory University) have published a groundbreaking global analysis of approximately 20,000 fossil-fueled power plants across more than 160 countries. In Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions (Columbia University Press, 2020), the researchers identify the conditions connected to the most egregious polluters in the energy generating sector and suggest that a focus on these super polluters could be an effective approach to reducing overall net carbon emissions. Jorgenson is a professor and chair of sociology and professor of environmental studies. He was awarded the 2020 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology. Read an interview with Jorgenson on BC News.

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