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 "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!
Our paper ‘Known unknowns: indirect energy effects of information and communication technology’ selected by our Editors to feature in the Highlights of 2016 collection from Environmental Research Letters (ERL): erl.iop.org/highlights-2016!
Congratulations to Nathaniel Horner, and Arman Sehabi, who were co-authors on this piece!
Engineering and Public Policy graduate student Brian Sergi talks about his research on public perceptions of energy and specifically how providing information about the different effects of energy consumption affects the way people care and think about energy.
Congratulations Long! More information on the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship can be found at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/govfel/congfel.asp
“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
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
Stephanie’s dissertation was titled “Evaluating the Economic, Environmental and Policy Impacts of Ethanol as a Transportation Fuel in Pennsylvania.”
Nathaniel’s dissertation was titled “Powering the Information Age: Metrics, Social Cost Optimization Strategies, and Indirect Effects Related to Data Center Energy Use.”