Indoor pollution: Silent and deadly- Smoke from cooking stoves kills poor people

September, 2010
The Economist

Two Berkeley professors are quoted in an article on indoor pollution in the Economist:

Another lesson of past failures, says Daniel Kammen, who runs the World Bank’s clean-energy programmes, is the need for better data about how stoves are actually used. That is increasingly possible, because cheap sensors can be embedded in stoves.

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At Berkeley, Mr Smith’s team is working with Vodafone, a mobile-phone company, on a wireless gadget that allows researchers on motorcycles to download the data from stoves. Some in the alliance also hope to tap the money available to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

Virtual Electric Vehicle (EV) Test Drive


Now is the time for a surge in EV education and ‘success stories’ from early adopters

In just six months, major automakers will initiate one of the greatest experiments in modern automotive history: the roll-out of the mainstream electrified vehicle (EV). Over 30 models of EV are expected by 2013. The Virtual EV Test Drive project addresses three major education-based barriers which confront a consumer’s decision to buy an EV:

NYC Business Climate: finding Moore's Law of Sustainability

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 8:30am - 6:00pm

BusinessClimate 2010

Official Event of Climate Week New York City

Finding Moore’s Law for Sustainability

Applying Lessons from the Information Revolution to Build a Carbon-Constricted Economy

Addressing climate change by building a zero-carbon economy presents perhaps the greatest business opportunity of the 21st century. And it will require transformations of technology, policy and even management.

Just as the information economy organized around the management innovation that was Moore’s Law, the zero-carbon economy will also be organizing around its own guiding principle which will steer expectations, spur investment, and form industry clusters that will yield rapid yet stable growth.

BusinessClimate 2010 will bring together leaders of the business behind climate change to provide you with insights into how investments, people and ideas will shape the future of a carbon-constricted economy – both in the U.S. and globally.

International Leader on Clean Energy Joins World Bank

Daniel M. Kammen to head programs to foster low-carbon growth in developing countries

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2010– The World Bank today announced the appointment of Professor of Energy Daniel M. Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley as the organization’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. This is a new position created to provide strategic leadership on the policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank's renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution's role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.

The appointment comes amid unprecedented demand from developing countries for World Bank support in their efforts to address development and climate change as interlinked challenges. This includes responding to the challenges in providing energy services to the one-and-a-half billion people who remain without access to clean, reliable, and affordable modern energy services.

I am delighted that Dan Kammen will be joining the Bank in this critical role at this critical time,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable DevelopmentWith Dan on board, we look forward to strong leadership and rich partnerships with many actors, in the public and private sectors, on this important topic.”