Energy & Environment

Eric Biber Should environmental news coverage be in the science section?

A while back I wrote about how the New York Times’ environmental coverage had been in decline. The public editor at the Times has a new article stating that environmental coverage has recently increased substantially. I think that is a great thing. But I want to focus on another element … More >

Catherine Wolfram A common energy-saving device I’ve never seen in the U.S.

I tend to think of the U.S. as ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to energy efficiency. Maybe not in the Germany or Japan league, but at least above the median. After all, our utilities are spending billions of dollars per year encouraging energy efficiency and … More >

David Zilberman Training environmental leaders

This summer, the 14th cohort of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program graduated. The Beahrs ELP summer program brings mid-career professionals to Berkeley for professional training and I was fortunate enough to be the co-director of the program, alongside Dean Keith Gilless.

When Dick Beahrs gave us the means to start the … More >

Daniel Kammen A clean climate must be a consumer commodity

The United Nations Climate Summit  last week in New York was yet another venue for important scientific releases highlighting the now well-established scientific consensus about both the economic and social severity of inaction on global warming. Equally thoughtful and numerous will be the proposals to move nations to a common … More >

Santiago Miret Brazil’s unique energy matrix

In the near future Brazil will remain South America’s economic engine, as can be seen by the country’s current economic surges. Many of Brazil’s recent economic successes have been closely related to energy developments, as well as the country’s unique energy infrastructure. Brazil has created a unique energy matrix to … More >

Daniel Kammen Did We Just Find a Cool Trillion Dollars for Green Energy Projects? by Daniel Kammen and Felix Kramer

This post was authored by Daniel Kammen and Felix Kramer.

Here’s a big idea that expresses the frustration, discontent, and anger we feel about how hard it ‘s been bring about the changes we need to address climate change.   This proposal shows how easy it can be. We have plenty of … More >

Daniel Kammen The Gathering Storm – Michael Mann & Daniel M. Kammen

This post is coauthored by scientists Michael Mann and Daniel M. Kammen.

Winston Churchill saw the gathering storm long before the rest of the world. Europe sacrificed millions of people before it openly acknowledged and then directly confronted the crisis. Yet, even after the Allies responded, the outcome was uncertain. Only … More >

Santiago Miret Clean Tech 0 vs. Carbon 1

Even though clean energy technologies have experienced substantial rapid growth in recent years, their combined efforts were not enough to prevent the largest single-year increase of atmospheric CO2 release since 1984. In 2013 alone, the atmospheric CO2 concentration jumped by 2.9 parts per million (ppm) to a total of 396 ppm. … More >

Santiago Miret Model III, Model T?

Tesla Motors’ new Model III has the potential to become the 21st century’s Model T by introducing the electric car to the mass-market consumer and causing disruptive change in the automobile industry. Earlier this summer, Tesla Motors announced some initial details for its forth car, the Model III. According to Tesla, the … More >

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