First year PhD student Priya Donti heavily engaged in energy and climate data rescue plan

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette features an article on Priya Donti’s efforts in the Data Rescue plan for EPA information targeted by the Trump Administration.

“The strength of a democracy rests on the ability of all of its citizens to have access to data and decisions that will allow them to make their own informed choices,” Ms. Donti said. “If that data is removed, or if that data is controlled, it’s sort of equivalent to controlling how people are able to think or speak.”

Read more at: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/04/03/Donald-Trump-EPA-data-Carnegie-Library-Pittsburgh-Data-Rescue-Pittsburgh/stories/201704030063

Our piece on carbon footprints for cities was selected as the Editor’s Featured Article in ERL!

Our piece on "An integrated approach for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from 100 U.S. metropolitan areas" has been selected as an "Editor's Featured Article"!

You can see this and other feature articles at: http://iopscience.iop.org/collection/10/1?collectionType=FEATURED_ARTICLES&journal=1748-9326&subject=&online_date=all

Congratulations to Sam Markolf, Scott Mathhews and Chris Hendrickson who were also co-authors in this piece!

 

Long Lam and Ines Azevedo Featured on CMU College of Engineering Website

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ZERO EMISSIONS DAY: CHINA’S WIND ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

From the article:

“In December 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the United Nations’ 21st Climate Change Conference (UN COP21). The two presidents, representatives of the two largest producers of greenhouse gases on the globe, pledged to work together to establish a climate change agreement to mitigate the enormous impact greenhouse gases have had, and are having, on global warming.

“Thus, the Paris Agreement was formed. This agreement, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, is a pledge negotiated by the 196 countries in attendance at UN COP21 to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by adopting renewable energy sources.

“In the wake of the Paris summit, engineering and public policy (EPP) Ph.D. student Long Lam studies China’s efforts to deploy renewable energy and mitigate its carbon emissions. Focusing on wind and solar energy, Lam studies China’s wind turbine innovation capabilities, dynamics within the solar photovoltaic industry, and the trajectories of various solar photovoltaic technologies in the marketplace.

“Lam recently published a paper, co-authored by EPP Associate Professor Inês Azevedo and Social and Decision Sciences’ Lee Branstetter, entitled “China’s wind electricity and cost of carbon mitigation are more expensive than anticipated.” The paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, discusses how China’s efforts to cut emissions from its coal power plants by 60% by 2020 have been slowed, despite a massive initiative to build up the country’s wind energy infrastructure.”

Read the rest of the article at: http://engineering.cmu.edu/media/feature/2016/09_21_lam_china_wind.html