Salem State Geography and Sustainability Professor Noel Healy’s recent paper “The Green New Deal in the US: What it is and how to pay for it” has been downloaded more than 45,000 times as of April 7, 2021.
The research paper co-authored with Professor Ray Galvin from the University of Cambridge is also currently the second-most downloaded paper from the journal Energy Research and Social Science.
Their paper found that a multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal could be paid for without causing excessive inflation. Professors Healy and Galvin also published their research in Scientific American, “The Green New Deal Is More Relevant Than Ever.” Many media outlets have also reported on their findings (“We can afford a Green New Deal”).
Professor Healy is a contributing author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The IPCC is the main United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC 6th Assessment Report is due to be published in 2022 and will provide countries and governments with an objective, scientific view of global climate change and its impacts. Professor Healy is part of Working Group III, responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change, and will be contributing author for Chapter 4 on ‘Mitigation and development pathways in the near-to mid-term’.
Professor Healy also recently secured a $57,000 grant through the multi-school fossil fuel divestment fund. The funds were used to establish two endowed student scholarships. On April 1, 2021, Professor Healy announced that Toiell Washington won the divestment social justice award, while Rhaea Heffner won the Ken Saro-Wiwa Climate Justice award. Both students were awarded $1,000 each.