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Energy and the Environment
Energy and the Environment
- A new guidebook based on research by YSE scholars offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in communities that are often overlooked when it comes to promoting renewable energy solutions.
- A study led by PhD student Peter Berrill finds smarter home construction and decarbonization of electric supply are contributing to lower emissions from individual households, but troubling trends show other factors could begin to cancel out this progress.
- A new study confirms that when it comes to convincing consumers to install solar panels, one factor stands out above all others: whether the individuals advocating this choice practice what they preach.
- The paralytic effect of the COVID-19 threat on human activities has triggered a steep decline in energy use worldwide, grounding airlines, keeping motorists off roadways, and grinding industry to a halt.But while this monumental shift has had dramatic short-term environmental implications — including steep emissions reductions in some of the hardest-hit regions — the dire effects on global energy
- Poorer households in India are bearing a disproportional impact from pollution caused by others, a new study by Yale School of the Environment Associate Professor of Energy Systems Narasimha Rao has found.
- While working as a teacher in Mumbai, Sanjna Malpani ’17 M.E.M. was shocked that many students weren't able to do their homework because of insufficient light in their homes. So Malpani and some friends helped introduce new sources of illumination using only plastic bottles and water.
- Ken Gillingham, associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of the Environment, assesses the climate-focused initiatives embedded in Biden Administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure package.
- A student-led startup that is creating new energy technology the team says will enable households to reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money has received the 2017 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
- Narasimha Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change, and human society, has been appointed asssitant professor of energy systems analysis at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
- A new study — which monitored groundwater before, during, and after drilling operations within the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania — found that groundwater methane concentrations vary over time and that these variations are likely unrelated to shale gas development.
- A new paper co-authored by Yale economist Kenneth Gillingham finds that consumers significantly underestimate the total cost of car ownership. If they fully grasped the full costs, the paper reports, they would be likely to switch to cleaner transportation alternatives.
- Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, but achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research by Narasimha Rao of F&ES provides insights into these tradeoffs — including the tools needed to relate basic needs directly to resource use.
- Fossil fuel producers in the U.S. are directly benefiting from implicit subsidies on the order of $62 billion a year because of inefficient pricing that doesn’t properly account for the costs of damages to the environment, climate, and human health.
- Margaret Tallmadge ’20 M.E.M. has been named a recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.