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GCR News Summary November 2014
Posted on December 01, 2014

Barack Obama and Xi Jinpingin Beijing, November 12, 2014 image courtesy of The Whitehouse/Pete Souza

The US and China announced a major agreement to reduce carbon emissions. The US agreed to reduce emissions 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025, while China pledged that its emissions would peak by 2030. Chinese President Xi Jinping also said that 20% of China’s energy production would be from clean energy sources by that date. At the end of October, the EU had said it would cut emissions …

GCRI Welcomes Professional Assistant Steven Umbrello
Posted on November 20, 2014

We’re pleased to announce our newest affiliate, Professional Assistant Steven Umbrello. Steven has been helping GCRI with a variety of projects for some time now and we’re delighted to recognize him for his contributions. Here’s his bio from the GCRI People page.

Steven is a B.A. student in philosophy of science at University of Toronto Mississauga. Steven is also Owner & Executive Editor of the Leather Library Blog, a website dedicated academic philosophy, psychology and literature. As a Professional Assistant, Steven contributes to GCRI’s overall research …

November Newsletter: Visiting Colleagues
Posted on November 17, 2014

Dear friends,

Over the last two months, I have had the good fortune to be able to visit three close groups of colleagues: the Centre for Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University, the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, and the Future of Life Institute in Boston, which has ties to MIT and Harvard. All three organizations are doing great work—work that nicely complements what we at GCRI have been doing. I think the foundations are being laid for a productive and successful community …