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By June 5, 2017 Read More →

Statement By CEDM Directors

Through its many educational efforts and the work of its research centers, Carnegie Mellon University is a world leader on issues of energy, climate and air pollution.

As scientists who have dedicated ourselves to research on a wide range of issues related to energy and climate, we write to express …

By April 18, 2017 Read More →

Ines Azevedo was featured in WESA interview on electricity and carbon emissions in Pennsylvania

Ines Azevedo was featured in WESA interview on electricity and carbon emissions in Pennsylvania. Read and listen at http://wesa.fm/post/pa-electricity-generation-moving-away-coal-would-it-move-back-under-trump#stream/0

By April 12, 2017 Read More →

Azevedo and Samaras Quoted on US Drop in CO2 Emissions

Ines Azevedo and Costa Samaras were featured and quoted in two different articles on their recent findings on the U.S. Drop in CO2 Emissions. Read more at:

ClimateCentral.com

Power Sector Carbon Index shows big drop in CO2 emissions, but more needs to be done

NextPittsburgh

Electricity’s Carbon

By February 13, 2017 Read More →

Wall Street Journal Commentary Sections cites Lam, Branstetter, and Azevedo

“The Opinion|Commentary section of The Wall Street Journal highlights the results from Lam, Branstetter and Azevedo work published in ERL on China’s wind electricity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-green-leap-forward-in-china-what-a-load-of-biomass-1486081133“…

By October 5, 2016 Read More →

Travis Carless Wins SRA-EISG Student Merit Award

Travis Carless has been selected as the winner for the SRA-EISG Student Merit Award based on his extended abstract and video. He will be presenting this work at the SRA conference this year in San Diego. For those interested the video can be seen on youtube at: https://youtu.be/6YUATY7hInk

By July 27, 2016 Read More →

SUCCEED 2016 Comes to a Close

Michael Craig, Ken Sears, and Lauren Cook worked hard to run a superb program. They recruited more students than have ever taken part in SUCCEED – 17 girls and 7 boys – and 10 teachers. They curated all the lesson plans that have been used in SUCCEED in previous years. …

By July 19, 2016 Read More →

RESEARCHERS STUDY WHETHER RENEWABLE IS ALWAYS BETTER

The study by Daniel Posen, Paulina Jaramillo and Michael Griffin in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology and featured on the Front Page of the Carnegie Mellon University homepage. From their article:

“Making plastics from plants is a …

By June 20, 2016 Read More →

Parth Vaishnav Featured in Aviation Week & Space Technology

“In September 2013, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) declared that it would vote on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation in 2016 and implement it by 2020. This March, two years after it began considering an extraordinarily complicated strawman proposal, ICAO published …

By June 18, 2016 Read More →

Rubin Headlines in Spain

La Vanguardia, one of the largest newspapers in Barcelona, featured Dr. Ed Rubin in their paper on June 18, 2016 after giving a public lecture in the city on Climate Change and Innovation. He was later featured in another newspaper called Ara which serves the Catalonia region of Spain. You …

By May 15, 2016 Read More →

Dr. Ines Azevedo, Energy Pathways, Policies and Decisions, Carnegie Mellon Energy Week 2016

Dr. Ines Azevedo, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, Carnegie Mellon University provides an “Andy Talk” (20 minutes or less) on Energy Pathways, Policies, and Decisions during Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Week 2016.

Watch the video here.…

By April 20, 2016 Read More →

The National Academies post video featuring Ines Azevedo

Panel on Issues, Methods, and Approaches for Characterizing and Communicating Risk in Climate Assessment. Watch the video here.…

By October 22, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Granger Morgan Testifies Before Congress

From www.cmu.edu:
Speaking before the House Science and Technology Committee, Granger Morgan highlighted actions that could make the nation’s electricity supply less vulnerable and more resilient, which could save lives.

He focused on strategies to avoid physical disruption of the power system; strategies to speed the process of repairing …

By October 6, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Seth Borenstein of the AP features prominent input from Peter Adams

“Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

“The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough …

By October 2, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Neil Donahue Speaks on “How Climate Change and Air Quality are Interconnected in the Developing World” at the Duquesne Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation: Climate Change

On October 1, Neil Donahue spoke at Duquense University’s first annual Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation: Climate Change on “How Climate Change and Air Quality are Interconnected in the Developing World“. Dr. Donahue’s talk was preceded by the opening plenary given by Richard Alley on “Gold …

By September 16, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researchers show that methane leakage rate holds the key to make natural gas-derived fuels greener than conventional gasoline to power light-duty vehicles

Ph.D. student Fan Tong and EPP faculty members Dr. Paulina Jaramillo and Dr. Inês L. Azevedo from Carnegie Mellon University recently evaluated the greenhouse gas emissions of using natural gas to power light-duty vehicles (passenger vehicles and SUVs).The analysis indicates that among all natural gas-derived fuels only battery electric vehicles

By July 24, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers reports on carbon footprints of various electric vehicles by region

“A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers finds that in some regions of the United States electric vehicles have the smallest carbon footprint, but in other regions, hybrids do.

Carnegie Mellon Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical EngineeringJeremy Michalek, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public …

By June 25, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researchers Analyze the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Using Natural Gas to Power Buses and Trucks

Ph.D. student Fan Tong and EPP faculty members Dr. Paulina Jaramillo and Dr. Inês L. Azevedo from Carnegie Mellon University recently evaluated the greenhouse gas emissions of using natural gas to power medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (such as transit buses, pick-up trucks, package delivery trucks, box trucks refuse trucks, and

By April 9, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CMU study on Electric Vehicles featured in Wired magazine

The Carnegie Mellon study considers two ways to recoup the funds EV drivers aren’t paying in gas taxes: a usage tax of two cents per mile, and an annual registration fee of 0.6 percent of the car’s MSRP. Neither is likely to happen. The government is encouraging people to buy …

By March 26, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researchers Propose Solutions To Reduction in Revenue from Gasoline Tax

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering have found that an increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) would result in reduced consumption of gasoline and consequently a decrease in gasoline tax revenue that currently supports infrastructure development and maintenance in the U.S. The scientists say the loss of tax …

By March 23, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Azevedo and Posen Publish Blog Post on The Energy Collective

Ines Azevedo and Daniel Posen of CEDM have recently published a blog post on The Energy Collective.  In their short essay, they discuss the potential benefits of expanding the scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).  To read the essay, click here.…

By March 20, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM researcher Iris Grossmann’s paper “Solar electricity supply isolines of generation capacity and storage” was just published with PNAS

“In the paper we report that pairs of electricity generation capacity G and storage S that give dispatchable electricity and are minimal with respect to S for a given G, exhibit a smooth relationship of mutual substitutability (“isolines”) between G and S. Applications for planning dispatchable solar energy supply are …

By February 26, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researchers Produce Blog Post: U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

CEDM Researchers Leslie Abrahams and Costa Samaras have recently published a blog post on The Energy Collective titled “U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost“…

By January 23, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: Inês Lima Azevedo accepted to editorial board of Environmental Research Letters

CEDM Co-director and Co-PI Inês Lima Azevedo has accepted a position on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters.  The position will be starting this January and will continue for the next two years.…

By January 15, 2015 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM and EPP researchers and faculty published in ES&T

Ph.D. researcher Nathaniel Gilbraith and EPP faculty members Dr. Inês L. Azevedo and Dr. Paulina Jaramillo recently evaluated the energy and emissions savings benefits of more stringent building energy codes that improve building energy efficiency. Their analysis indicates that more stringent building energy codes can provide hundreds of millions of

By December 8, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: EPP PhD student Fan Tong, EPP PhD alumna Ivonne Peña, and EPP Professor, Inês Azevedo Have Produced an Op-Ed on the US-China Bilateral Announcement for Post-2020, appearing in TheEnergyCollective.com

EPP PhD student Fan Tong, EPP PhD alumna Ivonne Peña, and EPP Professor, Inês Azevedo, recently published an Op-Ed at the TheEnergyCollective.com on the recent U.S.-China joint announcement on climate change. They believed that “the pledge by the Chinese government to ‘achieve peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030’

By November 13, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researcher Costa Samaras Published on Boston’s NPR Website

“This week, with news from President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia on an unprecedented agreement for climate change reduction between the leaders of both the United States and China, one guest,Constantine Samaras of Carnegie Mellon University, offered his take on the new deal.”

Click here to read more……

By October 22, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Inês Lima Azevedo Included in Response Piece on the Rebound Effect in DotEarth

Inês Lima Azevedo was recently included in a post containing a response which she contributed to on the rebound effect in DotEarth, published by the New York Times.

Click here to read the full post……

By October 14, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Contributors Featured in Series of Documentaries on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living

Sustainability Pioneers is a Southwestern Pennsylvania-based series of short documentaries visualizing a bridge from our fossil-fuel based economy to an economy based on renewable energy and sustainable living. 

The series is produced by Kirsi Jansa, a documentary filmmaker and journalist and the producer of Gas Rush Storiesshort documentaries

By October 14, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: New NOAA/NASA Marine Biodiversity Project in Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers Scott Doney and Maria Kavanaugh are part of a new collaborative effort to understand and monitor changes in marine biodiversity within U.S. coastal waters, focusing initially on the Monterey Bay and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries.
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By September 29, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM participants’ response to a piece by the Wall Street Journal

Check out Andy Revkin’s post at DotEarth where a letter produced by several CEDM investigators responds to a recent Koonin piece in the WSJ.…

By September 9, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researcher Dalia Patiño-Echeverri published in ES&T regarding U.S. coal exports to Asia

“Despite the large amount of emissions produced by shipping the coal such a long distance, our analysis shows that the total emissions would drop because of the superior energy efficiency of South Korea’s newer coal-fired power plants,” said Dalia Patiño-Echeverri, assistant professor of energy systems and public policy at Duke.…

By August 25, 2014 Read More →

CEDM NEWS: CEDM-affiliated researcher Wandi Bruine de Bruin quoted by Metro about her project on public preparedness for heatwaves in the UK

To read the entirety of the story in Metro, click here.…

By July 25, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM researcher Ed Rubin quoted in a New York Times story on capturing carbon before it enters the atmosphere

Click here to read the full article……

By July 2, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Azevedo selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the 40 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40, and to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China

EPP professor Inês Azevedo has been selected as one of the “40 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40” to participate alongside business and political leaders in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China. These scientists are selected from all regions of the world and …

By July 1, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Granger Morgan quoted in Forbes article on decarbonizing the energy system

Click here to read the full article……

By May 27, 2014 Read More →

CEDM student Jihoon Min wins 2ns position in ISSST best paper award

CEDM student Jihoon Min won the 2nd place in the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) with a paper on “Assessing Regional Differences in Lighting Heat Replacement Effects in Residential Buildings in the United States”.
Congratulations Jihoon!
Title: Assessing Regional Differences in Lighting Heat Replacement Effects
By April 7, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Azevedo discusses fuel consumption

The report in which EPP professor Inês Azevedo participated for the National Academies on “Assessment of Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles” just got released.  Among other things, the report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles …

By March 27, 2014 Read More →

General Information News: CMU Wins Top Honors at Better Buildings Case Competition

Carnegie Mellon University has continued the tradition of winning top honors at the annual Better Buildings Case Competition hosted by the Department of Energy. Previous winners have seen their ideas implemented in real-world systems across the country. This year, the CMU team won two Best Proposal awards for its solutions …
By March 6, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researcher Scott Doney published on pbs.org – “Oceans of Acid: How Fossil Fuels Could Destroy Marine Ecosystems”

“In 2005, hatchery-grown oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest began mysteriously dying by the millions. Then it happened again in 2006. And again in 2007 and 2008. Oceanographers and fisheries scientists raced to understand what was behind the catastrophe. Was it bacterial infections? Or something more sinister?”

Click here for …

By February 26, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Co-Director and Co-PI Inês Lima Azevedo recently interviewed by TribLive.com on alternative energy

Solar panels under Pittsburgh’s often-cloudy skies can offer more overall benefits than they would under the blazing sun of Arizona, and a wind farm in West Virginia can deliver more health benefits than turbines on the gusty Great Plains do.

Click here to read more……

By January 15, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Recent Press Release from environmentalresearchweb on the topic of Policy Drivers for Wind Innovation in the U.S.

A press release was just provided by environmentalresearchweb regarding a recent piece by CEDM investigators Nathaniel Horner, Inês L. Azevedo and David Hounshell on policy drivers for wind innovation in the United States.

Click here to read more……

By January 15, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Recent Press Release from Carnegie Mellon University on the topic of Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

A CMU press release on a piece regarding Energy Efficient Lightbulbs co-authored by Jihoon Min, Jeremy Michalek, Wandi Bruine de Bruin and Inês Lima de Azevedo was recently published.

Click here to access the press release……

By January 15, 2014 Read More →

CEDM News: Interview with CEDM Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator Inês Lima de Azevedo on Energy

CEDM Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator Inês Lima de Azevedo has an interview with a major Portuguese newspaper currently available on the topic of energy.

Click here to access the interview.…

By November 15, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: Jay Apt interviewed by the WSJ on “The Future of Electric Grids: Distributed Generation”

“The biggest reason I can see for a large-scale transition from current central-station power to distributed generation is if natural-gas prices continue to stay quite low, because of the huge efficiency gains that are possible when you do combined heat and power.

Click here to read more.…

By November 14, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Affiliated Researchers Jeremy Michalek and Chris Hendrickson cited in the New York Times regarding industry developing around the recharging of Electric Vehicles

Tens of thousands of new electric cars are zipping into traffic this year, and with them come a trunkful of strategies about how to recharge them.

There are at least four ways to go: recharging slowly through a standard 120-volt wall socket, the type a consumer would use for a

By November 14, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: Videos on Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles by CEDM Affiliated Researchers Whitacre and Michalek are now available courtesy of the Scott Institute

The Scott Institute is producing a series of brief videos to educate the public and policymakers about key energy innovation issues. The videos are one to two minutes in length and provide news to better inform personal or policy decisions.  These videos have recently been published for public consumption on …

By November 13, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: EV Adoption May Never Be Higher Than 50% Due To Limited Residential Parking

Will electric vehicles replace gasoline vehicles? Not with our current parking infrastructure, say Carnegie Mellon researchers.

Elizabeth Traut, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, Jeremy Michalek, a professor of mechanical engineering and public policy, and Chris Hendrickson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public policy, analyzed parking and charging …

By November 13, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: Carnegie Mellon University’s Alan Jenn, Ines Azevedo and Pedro Ferreira Report Government Incentives Boost Consumer Interest in Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Carnegie Mellon University’s Alan Jenn, Ines Azevedo and Pedro Ferreira Report Government Incentives Boost Consumer Interest in Fuel Efficient Vehicles.

Click here to read more.…

By November 4, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researcher Gabrielle Wong-Parodi presented at NAS Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication

In September, Gabrielle Wong-Parodi presented at the NAS Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication regarding her work with Climate Central.

Video of her presentation can be accessed here.…

By October 29, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Researcher Iris Grossmann will be featured speaker at DMUU Decision Center for a Desert City’s Water/Climate Briefing

CEDM Researcher Iris Grossmann will be featured speaker at the Water/Climate Briefing of the DMUU Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) on November 6. In her talk, entitled “Extreme Climate Events: Long-term Drought in the Southwest”, Dr. Grossmann examines droughts in the Southwest to demonstrate that extreme weather events …

By October 23, 2013 Read More →

EPP Student Ivonne Peña was featured on today’s CMU home page

EPP Student Ivonne Peña was featured on today’s CMU home page (http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml).
The article discusses Ivonne’s recent blog for The Energy Collective entitled “Who is the Most Responsible for Climate Change?”. Ivonne cited her inspiration as CEDM’s Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision-Making (SUCCEED)”

Click here

By August 14, 2013 Read More →

New Video Posted by CEDM Affiliate Jeremy Michalek on Federal Policy Effects on Plug-In Vehicle Adoption

Jeremy Michalek, a CMU faculty member and CEDM affiliate, has a new video available on the Scott Institute website summarizing the different types of plug-in vehicles currently available, and discussing whether federal policies are encouraging the adoption of the correct types of those vehicles.

You can also view an interview …

By August 14, 2013 Read More →

CEDM Researchers’ Work Cited in White House Council of Economic Advisers’ Report on Power Outages

CEDM affiliates Paul Hines and Jay Apt’s research (with Sarosh Talukdar) on power outages and Costa Samaras’ work (with Henry Willis) on energy security at Department of Defense installations were both cited in a recent report issued by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The report estimates the annual …

By May 9, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Student Ivonne Peña awarded prestigious Summer Academy scholarship

Our PhD student Ivonne Peña was awarded one of the five available scholarships to participate in the Summer Academy on Sustainable Energy Finance hold by the Frankfurt Finance School and the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, in July 14-19th. This is a highly competitive program, directed …

By March 27, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Students Participate on Winning Team of DoE Better Buildings Case Competition

Continuing Carnegie Mellon’s streak from last year, the CMU team won the Best Proposal award for “The Everything Store” case study and the Most Innovative award for “Fort Worth” case study at the DoE’s Better Buildings Case Study competition. The presentations occurred on the White House Campus at the beginning …

By February 23, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Collaborator David Keith and Amanda Adams have recently published a paper titled “Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?” in Environmental Research Letters

Estimates of the global wind power resource over land range from 56 to 400 TW. Most estimates have implicitly assumed that extraction of wind energy does not alter large-scale winds enough to significantly limit wind power production. Estimates that ignore the effect of
wind turbine drag on local winds have …

By February 22, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM-affiliated student Stefan Schwietzke contributes to published research on methane emissions from oil and gas in recent Energywire

Concerns have cropped up in recent years that the methane leaks from oil and gas fields could be large enough to pose a significant climate threat.

In various studies, scientists have estimated that anywhere between 1 and 10 percent of natural gas produced leaks through wellheads, transmission lines and compressor …

By February 21, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: Kate Ricke, Ken Caldeira, and Juan-Moreno Cruz publish article in ScienceDaily on solar geo-engineering to mitigate global warming

New modeling work from Carnegie’s Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira shows that if a powerful coalition ever decided to deploy a geoengineering system, they would have incentive to exclude other countries from participating in the decision-making process. Their work is published by Environmental Research Letters and is available online.

Click …

By February 20, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Investigator Scott Doney and colleagues recently produced a piece on “Securing ocean benefits for society in the face of climate change” in Marine Policy

CEDM Investigator Scott Doney and colleagues recently produced a piece on “Securing ocean benefits for society in the face of climate change” in Marine Policy, for which the abstract reads: Benefits humans rely on from the ocean – marine ecosystem services – are increasingly vulnerable under future climate. This paper …

By February 10, 2013 Read More →

CEDM Joint Seminar with EPP: Karolina Safarzynska – Date: 2/25/2013 – Topic “Transitions to sustainable development”

Date: 2/25/2013
Time: 12 noon
Location: Baker Hall 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Karolina Safarzynska
Topic: “Transitions to sustainable development”

Presentation Slides

By February 3, 2013 Read More →

General Information News: Electric Vehicles May Be the Green Car of the Future, But Hybrids Are the Green Car of the Present

Professor Jeremy Michalek talks carbon pricing, batteries, and why we shouldn’t be subsidizing your Tesla Roadster

Click here to read more.…

By February 1, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: National Research Council report contributed to by CEDM Executive Director Ines Azevedo

EPP Assistant Research Professor and CEDM Executive Director Ines Azevedo contributed to the recently released National Research Council (NRC) committee report on “Assessment of Advanced Solid State Lighting”.

More information on the report can be found here.…

By January 26, 2013 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM investigator Gabrielle Wong-Parodi receives funding award for research

CEDM investigator Gabrielle Wong-Parodi was just awarded $67,500 for a project on communicating risk and resilience in relation to sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Congratulations Gabrielle!…

By January 25, 2013 Read More →

General Information News: CEDM investigators Thomas and Azevedo recently published two pieces in Ecological Economics on Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects. This work was cited in a Nature commentary by Gillingham and colleagues.

Please click here to access the “Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects” paper.

Please click here to access the Nature commentary.…

By January 24, 2013 Read More →

General Information News: Research of Jeremy Michalek and his CEDM colleagues’ on plug-in vehicles featured in the Daily Beast

Jeremy Michalek and his CEDM colleagues’ research on plug-in vehicles, supported by CEDM, was recently featured in an interview with Megan McArdle. Ms. McArdle is the business, economics, and public policy correspondent for the Daily Beast, which is the digital home of Newsweek Magazine, which is now an online-only publication.…

By December 29, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Granger Morgan – Tinkering with climate is tempting, also “kind of insane”

The thermostat. What an invention! Your house gets too hot, just crank the thermostat down a few degrees and you’re good to go.

Now, what if we could put a thermostat on our too-hot planet?

As it happens, we could. A few billion dollars is all it would take to …

By December 13, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM investigator Erwann Michel-Kerjan and colleagues looks at the number of affected residents in New York and New Jersey who did not have flood insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy

Work from CEDM investigator Erwann Michel-Kerjan and colleagues looks at the number of affected residents in New York and New Jersey who did not have flood insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. Joint research by the Wharton Risk Center and Resources for the Future shows that many homes that …

By December 13, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM investigators published in New York Times Sunday Review

CEDM investigators Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Howard Kunreuther have a piece in the New York Times Sunday Review on “Paying for Future Catastrophes”! The full piece can be read here.…

By December 13, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM investigator Tim McDaniels and co-authors (Tamsin Mills, Robin Gregory, Dan Ohlson) article on “Exploring Robust Alternatives for Climate Adaptation in Forest Land Management” has been selected as a Best Paper of 2012 for Risk Analysis!

The full paper is available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01822.x/abstract

By December 13, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Jay Apt cited in the WSJ on Marcellus Shale

There’s been plenty of debate over the Marcellus Shale natural gas field, but new research adds a twist that could impact political and environmental battles. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn’t just the biggest natural gas field in the country –  it’s the cheapest place for energy companies …

By December 13, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Post-Gazette reports that the first nine months of 2012 were the hottest in Pittsburgh in 65 years.

In today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Don Hopey discusses how first nine months of 2012 were the hottest in Pittsburgh in 65 years. CEDM PI Granger Morgan is quoted “NOAA’s temperature numbers are another example of how mounting data continues to support the probability that climate change is occurring”.

Read more at: …

By October 28, 2012 Read More →

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Launches Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

morganNew University-wide Research Initiative To Meet Challenges of Changing Energy Mix

Contact: Ken Walters / 412-268-1151 / walters1@andrew.cmu.edu

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University launched the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovationtoday, a major research and education initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy …

By September 28, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM-affiliated student, Alan Jenn, wins prestigious award

Alan Jenn recently received the 1st place award for the student paper competition at the IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology IEEE Conference in Boston for his work entitled “Impact of Federal Incentives on the Adoption of Hybrid Electric Vehicles” with his advisers Ines Azevedo and Pedro Ferreira.…

By September 28, 2012 Read More →

Dr. Brinda Thomas, CEDM post-doctoral fellow, recently published in the Wall Street Journa

Dr. Brinda Thomas, a CEDM post-doctoral fellow, provided a short response to Robert Michaels piece on rebound effects in the Wall Street Journal. The original OpEd from Michaels can be found here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303933704577532610425105168.html?mod=article-outset-box

The response from Thomas was: “Robert Michaels fails to note the big difference between rebound effects in …

By May 7, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM colleagues Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Howard Kunreuther from the Wharton School recently published a paper with CEDM support on “Policy Tenure Under the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)”

Our CEDM colleagues Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Howard Kunreuther from the Wharton School recently published a paper with CEDM support on “Policy Tenure Under the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)”. Please find the paper in attchment.

The abstract reads: “In the United States, insurance against flood hazard (inland flooding or …

By April 25, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Press Release – Carnegie Mellon Researchers Examine Economic Feasibility Of Using Direct Current Circuits To Power Lights in Commercial Buildings

PITTSBURGH – For more than a century, electric power has been produced and distributed using alternating current (AC) technology championed by George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla.

Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that a competing direct current (DC) electrical power system, pioneered by Thomas A. Edison in the 1880s, may be …

By April 23, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM and Granger Morgan quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“With all due respect to teams still skating in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the world’s most important “hockey stick” on this 43rd Earth Day is wielded by Michael E. Mann and other climate scientists.”

Click here to access the full article.

By April 12, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: “Nutrition and income from molluscs today imply vulnerability to ocean acidification tomorrow” recently published by Cooley and Doney

A paper has recently been published in “Fish and Fisheries”, titled “Nutrition and income from molluscs today imply vulnerability
to ocean acidification tomorrow”, by CEDM associated researchers Sarah Cooley and Scott Doney.

The abstract reads “Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industrial activities are causing a progressive alteration of …

By April 3, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Recent press release states Carnegie Mellon engineering researchers report that changes in video console standards could easily lower US electricity consumption

Engineering and Public Policy Ph.D. students Eric Hittinger and Kimberly Mullins in conjunction with Ines Lima Azevedo, executive director of CMU�s Climate and Energy Decision-Making Center and an EPP assistant research professor are the subject of a recent Carnegie Mellon University press release. The press release describes recent research into …

By March 29, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: “Public Perception, Knowledge and Policy Support for Mitigation and Adaption to Climate Change in Costa Rica: Comparisons with North American and European Studies” recently published by Vignola, Klinsky, Tam and McDaniels

CEDM colleagues Vignola, Klinsky and McDaniels have recently published a piece on “Public perception, knowledge and policy support for mitigation and adaption to Climate Change in Costa Rica: Comparisons with North American and European studies” in the journal Mitigation and Adaption Strategies for Global Change.

The abstract reads: “Over the …

By March 26, 2012 Read More →

“Quantifying the Hurricane Risk to Offshore Turbines” recently published by Rose, Jaramillo, Small, Grossman and Apt

Stephen Rose, Paulina Jaramillo, Mitchell J. Small, Iris Grossmann, and Jay Apt haver recently published a piece in PNAS on “Quantifying the hurricane risk to offshore wind turbines”.

The abstract reads: “The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that if the United States is to generate 20% of its electricity …

By March 26, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: “What Properties of Grid Energy Storage are Most Valuable?” recently published by Hittinger, Whitacre, and Apt

Eric Hittinger, J. Whitacre, and Jay Apt have recently published a piece on the Journal of Power Sources determining which properties of grid energy storage are most valuable.

The abstract reads: “While energy storage technologies have existed for decades, fast-ramping grid-level storage is still an immature industry and is experiencing …

By March 25, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Brinda Thomas recently quoted in EE news

PhD candidate Brinda Thomas was quoted in the EE news: “Another driver is renewable energy proliferation. Solar panels produce DC power, which has to be inverted to AC before it is fed into a home, an office or the grid. For companies striving for a net-zero-energy building — one that …

By March 23, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Jeremy Michalek recently quoted in the Washington Post

 

Our colleague Jeremy Michalek has recently been quoted in the Washington Post on the PNAS EV paper. You can find the full piece here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hybrid-electric-or-gas-whats-a-car-buyer-interested-in-the-environment-to-do/2012/03/12/gIQA4ISdNS_story.html

By March 20, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: “Distributed cogeneration for commercial buildings? Can we make the economics work?” recently published by Siler-Evans, Azevedo, and Azevedo

 

In “Distributed cogeneration for commercial buildings? Can we make the economics work?” by K. Siler-Evans, G. Morgan, and I. Azevedo, the authors evaluate strategies for making cogeneration more economically attractive, either by increasing the expected returns or decreasing the risks of such investments. Results show that (1) there is …

By March 19, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: “Edison Revisited: Should we use DC circuits for lighting in commercial buildings?” recently published by Thomas, Azevedo, and Morgan

In “Edison Revisited: Should we use DC circuits for lighting in commercial buildings?”, Thomas et al. find that DC lighting systems for commercial buildings lead to limited lifetime cost savings compared with AC lighting systems, except when used with solar PV. However, DC building circuits lower capital costs, can lower …

By February 27, 2012 Read More →

CEDM News: Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims: A Review of H.R. 3042 Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims

“CEDM investigator Howard Kunreuther provides a testimony on “Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims: A Review of H.R. 3042
Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims”

H.R. 3042 is proposed legislation that proposes changes to federal disaster loans under the Small Business Administration. In the …

By November 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

General Information News: A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search

“WASHINGTON – Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel: a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes.”

“The project is also a marvel in another, …

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CEDM News: “Valuation of plug-in vehicle life-cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits” recently published by Michalek, Samaras, Lave and co-authors

 

“Michalek, Samaras, Lave and co-authors recently published a piece on PNAS, with CEDM support, titled “Valuation of plug-in vehicle life-cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits”. The abstract reads:

“We assess the economic value of life-cycle air emissions and oil consumption from conventional vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid-electric …

By October 20, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Gas Boom Aids Pennsylvania, but Some Worry Over the Risk

“Bill Kelley Sr., and his son, Bill Jr., have expanded their equipment-rental business, Taylor Rental, and now sell hard-to-find items to the gas companies. The senior Mr. Kelley said it has grown 40 percent in each of the last three years. His wife runs her own bustling business, PJ’s Cafe, …

By October 19, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: New study from NCAR finds that switching from coal to natural gas would do little for global climate

“The study by Tom Wigley, who is a senior research associate at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), underscores the complex and sometimes conflicting ways in which fossil fuel burning affects Earth’s climate. While coal use causes warming through emission of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, it also releases comparatively large …

By October 18, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM Student Austin Mitchell awarded with 2011 Society for Risk Analysis Student Merit Award

“CEDM PhD student Austin Mitchell has been awarded the 2011 Society for Risk Analysis Student Merit Award by the specialty group, Economics and Benefits Analysis, for his work on the regulatory policy for post-production reclamation of Marcellus shale natural gas well sites”.

Please wish Austin a warm congratulations for his …

By October 17, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: Recently Published Review on Ocean Climate Trends

“CEDM investigator Scott Doney and colleagues have recently published a review characterizing trends in ocean climate and discussing mechanisms by which climate and ocean acidification alter marine biological structure and function at the level of individual organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. Three case studies are presented for polar ice-dependent systems, …

By September 3, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM investigators Sarah Cooley and Scott Doney’s recently published article

CEDM investigators Sarah Cooley and Scott Doney have published an article on how nutrition and income from molluscs today imply vulnerability to ocean acidification tomorrow.

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By July 1, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: A Green Solution, or the Dark Side to Cleaner Coal?

“The six massive silos standing beside this industrial port in northeastern China hold seemingly contradictory promises: They could help improve the quality of China’s polluted air, but they might also contribute to faster global warming.

The silos, which are scheduled to start operation in July, are designed to blend cleaner-burning …

By June 15, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: IPCC asks scientists to assess geo-engineering climate solutions

“Lighter-coloured crops, aerosols in the stratosphere and iron filings in the ocean are among the measures being considered by leading scientists for “geo-engineering” the Earth’s climate, leaked documents from the UN climate science body show.”

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By June 12, 2011 Read More →

Non-CEDM event, but of interest: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Abstract submission deadline: January 17th 2011

More information at http://www.hhs.se/iaee-2011/Pages/default.aspx

By June 10, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: The Gas is Greener

“In April, Gov. Jerry Brown made headlines by signing into law an ambitious mandate that requires California to obtain one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources like sunlight and wind by 2020. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable electricity mandates. President Obama and several members …

By June 9, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: A New Spin on Carbon

“Recycling is in vogue. But what about re-using carbon emissions? While it may sound far-fetched, governments around the globe are looking into it.”

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By June 8, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: June 8 Update

Below is a list of stories currently in the news regarding climate and energy.

Fed’s Tarullo hints at higher capital requirements
“Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo suggested that major financial institutions could be required to hold as much as 14% of assets as capital to help prevent another crisis. ‘The …

By June 7, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: June 7 Update

Below is a list of stories currently in the news regarding climate and energy.

EPA Reportedly Ready to Seek Two-Month Delay for Draft GHG Rules
“Sources familiar with internal EPA operations say the agency plans to delay draft GHG emissions limits for power plants beyond the current July 26 deadline, …

By June 6, 2011 Read More →

Non-CEDM event, but of interest: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study

Abstract submission deadline: September 30th 2010

More information at http://www.eceee.org/summer_study

By June 5, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: A simple model to account for regional inequalities in the effectiveness of solar radiation management

We present a simple model to account for the potential effectiveness of solar radiation management (SRM) in compensating for anthropogenic climate change. This method provides a parsimonious way to account for regional inequality in the assessment of SRM effectiveness and allows policy and decision makers to examine the linear climate …

By June 4, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: OECD Better Life Initiative

“There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.”

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By May 30, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Detroit’s Rebound Is Built on Smaller Cars

“After years of being outgunned by Japanese rivals, the American auto industry has made small cars a central part of its strategy, seeking to capitalize on a fundamental shift in the preferences of consumers in an era of fast-rising gas prices.”

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By May 23, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast

“The Windy City is preparing for a heat wave – a permanent one. Climate scientists have told city planners that based on current trends, Chicago will feel more like Baton Rouge than a Northern metropolis before the end of this century.”

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By May 12, 2011 Read More →

In Memoriam – Lester Lave

EPP/Tepper Professor Lester Lave died at his home on May 9, 2011. Lester, one of he world’s leading applied economists, spent virtually his entire career at Carnegie Mellon. Through his research and teaching he had a profound impact on the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. His friends and colleagues …

By May 6, 2011 Read More →

Ahmed Abdulla wins prestigious fellowship

“Ahmed Abdulla, CEDM PhD Student, as been awarded a prestigious 2011-2012 Steinbrenner Institute Graduate Fellowship to study the ‘Economic Viability of Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors’.”

For more information on the Steinbrenner Institute, click here.…

By May 1, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Exelon-Constellation Deal Could Create ‘Clean Energy’ Giant

“Exelon Corp.’s $7.9 billion bid to buy Constellation Energy builds on a series of recent deals meant to create profitable electric power companies that burn less coal, use more natural gas and combine existing nuclear fleets.”

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By April 30, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Greenland reveals its warm secrets

“New results from a drilling project in Greenland suggest that the ice sheet there may be more stable-and Antarctica’s may be less stable-than previously thought.”

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By April 25, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: The Thinning of Arctic Sea Ice

“The surplus heat needed to explain the loss of Arctic sea ice during the past few decades is on the order of 1 W/m2. Observing, attributing, and predicting such a small amount of energy remain daunting problems.”

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By April 21, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Ed Rubin Featured on CMU Homepage

“Chris DiAndreth was mulling over the list of course offerings when the name of a certain Carnegie Mellon University professor caught his eye: Ed Rubin.

What an opportunity, he thought. A chance to learn firsthand from a Nobel Laureate.”

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By April 16, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: T.V.A. Agrees to Shutter 18 Generators That Use Coal

“In a sweeping legal settlement, the Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed for the first time to reduce its overall capacity to generate coal-fired electricity, promising to close 18 of its coal-burning generators over the next six years while spending $3 billion to $5 billion on pollution controls on any remaining …

By April 12, 2011 Read More →

Non-CEDM event, but of interest: Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Abstract submission deadline: October 5th 2010

More information at http://www.mascarocenter.pitt.edu/conference

By April 8, 2011 Read More →

Kelly Klima wins Outstanding Student Paper Award

For her presentation of the paper titled ‘Does It Make Sense to Modify Tropical Cyclones? A Decision-Analytic Assessment’ at the 2010 Fall Meeting of the Natural Hazards of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California, Kelly Klima has been selected to receive receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award.

Please …

By April 3, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Climate Change: A record-making effort

“ON THURSDAY March 31st Richard Muller of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory gave evidence to the energy and commerce committee of America’s House of Representatives on the surface temperature record.”

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By March 20, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Wind energy surplus threatens eastern German power grid

“More than one third of Germany’s 21,500 wind turbines are located in the nation’s east. This concentration of generating capacity regularly overloads the region’s electricity grid, threatening blackouts.”

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By March 19, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: Carnegie Mellon Professor Edward S. Rubin Helps California Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Carnegie Mellon University’s Edward S. Rubin was recently tapped to help guide California’s policy on the long-term geologic storage of carbon dioxide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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By March 17, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: CMU’s Baruch Fischhoff Warned of Nuclear Energy Industry’s Communication Problem in 2009

“The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have forced an international spotlight on nuclear energy and its risks to society. Conflicting reports and leadership responses about what exactly is going on with Japan’s nuclear reactors and the threats the leaks pose to the population have cast a cloud of uncertainty surrounding …

By March 15, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Showdown on Vermont Nuclear Plant’s Fate

“A decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sets the stage for conflict with the state, which seeks to shut the 40-year-old plant down.”

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By March 12, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: On Climate, Who Needs the Facts?

“The IPCC is the leading international scientific body studying climate change. Despite criticism – much of it manufactured by climate-change deniers – the panel has for more than a decade provided rigorous and balanced information to policy makers to help guide their efforts to prevent and mitigate the potentially disastrous …

By March 11, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: On Climate, Who Needs the Facts?

“The IPCC is the leading international scientific body studying climate change. Despite criticism – much of it manufactured by climate-change deniers – the panel has for more than a decade provided rigorous and balanced information to policy makers to help guide their efforts to prevent and mitigate the potentially disastrous …

By March 10, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: CEDM and EPP featured on front page of CMU website

Please see the links below for

CMU’s Main Page

Feature Story

By March 4, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: Peterson, Whitacre, and Apt’s work on net air emissions from electric vehicles has just been published in ES&T

“Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) may become part of the transportation fleet on time scales of a decade or two. We calculate the electric grid load increase and emissions due to vehicle battery charging in PJM and NYISO with the current generation mix, the current mix with a $50/tonne CO2 …

By March 3, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness

“Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry.”

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By March 1, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: House Republicans fire White House climate advisers as frenzied budget debate continues

House Republicans and 13 Democrats passed a measure last night eliminating the salaries of President Obama’s international climate change envoy and other top officials, a defiant GOP challenge that will further complicate tough budget negotiations looming with Senate Democrats.

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By February 28, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: E.U. Climate Chief Has Work Cut Out for Her

“BRUSSELS – Connie Hedegaard embodies the way the European Commission would like to be perceived in the 21st century.”

“Ms. Hedegaard, 50, leads the commission’s efforts on climate change, an issue with global resonance, and she is a confident and telegenic communicator, helping dislodge the commission’s image as a haven …

By February 26, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Obama’s DOE Budget Request Promotes Clean Tech, Slashes Fossil Energy

“The White House continued efforts today to beef up investment in nuclear and renewable energy technologies in its $29.5 billion fiscal 2012 spending request for the Department of Energy.”

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By February 25, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Movement Afoot To Drop Climate Change From NASA

“Reps Posey, Adams and Bishop Join Colleagues in Calling on House Leaders to Reprioritize NASA for Human Space Flight Missions, Drop Climate Change”

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By February 22, 2011 Read More →

CEDM News: The Economist – Virtual Debate w/Granger Morgan as featured guest

Debate Topic: This house believes that natural gas will do more than renewables to limit the world’s carbon emissions.

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By February 3, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: The Climate Post – February 3rd, 2011

“Here Come a Bunch of Bills Aimed at Blocking EPA’s Ability to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) unveiled draft legislation to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The …

By February 2, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Amazon drought “severe” in 2010, raising warming fears, BBC reports

Researchers report in the journal Science that the 2010 drought was more widespead than in 2005 – the last big one – with more trees probably lost.

The 2005 drought had been termed a “one in a century” event.

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By January 29, 2011 Read More →

General Information News: Agency Revokes Permit for Major Coal Mining Project

The Environmental Protection Agency revoked the permit for one of the nation’s largest mountaintop-removal coal mining projects on Thursday, saying the mine would have done unacceptable damage to rivers, wildlife and communities in West Virginia. It was the first time the agency had rescinded a valid clean water permit for …