RAEL Lunch: Inside the Negotiations: The Prospect for International Action on Climate Change Post-Copenhagen

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: 323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)

Trevor Houser served as Senior Advisor to US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern through the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen last December. Now a partner at RHG, a New York-based economic research firm, and visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, Houser will discuss the outcome of the Copenhagen summit and the prospect for international cooperation on climate change in the years ahead.

Seeking to Help Budding Researchers With a Click of the Mouse

April, 2010
The New York Times

Dan Kammen advocates a new class of funding opportunities for young researchers. A handful of new nonprofit organizations give the general public the opportunity to finance innovative research proposals that are not fully supported by government or private sources. The new movement is called crowd-sourcing and crowd-financing and it allows internet users to easily donate small amounts of money to selected research projects. While the homepage of EurekaFund seems already well advanced, other players like Scieflies or Fund Science are expected ramp up this summer.

The traditional funding infrastructure is often oriented towards senior principal investigators who receive large funds with which they can finance a number of graduate or postdoctoral students. To the extent that a young researcher works outside of the traditional research foci of an university and their professors, funding may become scarce though.

“The more you want to be interdisciplinary, break boundaries,” Dr. Kammen said, “the less well it works because those big grants help senior investigators who are in traditional areas.”

Dan Kammen's research featured in Malaysian television: Sabah Energy Forum gets huge support

March, 2010

Dan Kammen presents a report on alternative energies in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo and is featured in the Malaysian TV. Confronted with an estimated rise of 7% in electricity demand per year, the construction of coal and gas fired power plants currently are debated by the electric utility company Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd (SESB). The report explores viable alternatives of investments in increased energy efficiency, alternate palm oil waste bioenergy, geothermal energy, run-of-the river hydro facilities and in the long run solar power which can meet the rising demand as well. With costs comparable to those of the fossil fuel scenario Sabah could position itself as a renewable energy leader in East Asia.

RAEL Lunch Seminar: "The role of electrified vehicles in the climate challenge"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)

Summary: The talk will provide an overview of recent research on electrified vehicles and connect it to other research on climate science and climate policies. Furthermore, future RAEL research opportunities connected to electrified vehicles will be discussed.

Derek Lemoine is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. His interdisciplinary research investigates the policy implications of uncertainty about temperature change and about technological change.  This involves statistical work quantifying uncertainty in climate science as well as economic modeling of policy options and designs over time.He has previously published on the energy and environmental implications of electrified vehicles and on real options methods for valuing plug-in hybrids' battery capacity. He has a Master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and has filed for a Master's in Economics. He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and in Integrative Environmental Solutions from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

North American Futures: Canadian and US Perspectives

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 8:30am - Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 3:15pm

Dan Kammen will participate in a panel on Energy, the Environment and Climate Change during a two-day conference organized by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of British Columbia.

The primary focus of his talk will be the "energy shock", which is the challenge to confront the rising demand for energy on a global level while moving towards a more sustainable and less carbon intensive economy. Special attention will be given in this regard to the key role of policy.