Climate change: 10 ideas to save the planet

November, 2009
Channel 4 News
Dan Kammen calls for a new effort in the dimensions of the Manhattan Project to spur innovation in the field of renewable energies. History has taught us that the normal pace of progress can be accelerated, when many scientists focus on a particular challenge and when they are well equipped with political and financial resources. Just as America succeeded in developing nuclear weapons or in sending the first human to the moon, America has the power to offer the innovations needed to slow climate change.

State Blueprint to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

November, 2009
Dan Kammen talks on KCBS about the new Californian proposal that would cap most of the state's greenhouse gases from hundreds of power plants, refineries, and other big factories, allowing companies to buy and sell emission allowances among themselves. The plan would eventually cover about 85 percent of all emissions in the state. He says the idea is to balance costs with incentives so that industry comes up with creative ways for reducing all types of emissions.

Low-Carbon Fuel Rules: California is about to implement a standard to boost cleaner fuels and punish the rest.

December, 2009
Technology Review

Dan Kammen comments on the prospects of electric vehicles with the new Californian Low-Carbon Fuel Standards which comes into force on January 1st, 2010.

World Changing Ideas: The No-Money-Down Solar Plan

December, 2009
Scientific American

RAEL's Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model for financing renewable energies has been portrayed in the Scientific American as one of the innovations capable of transforming our world by reducing upfront costs for clean energy investments to zero. Dan Kammen is interviewed how this model contributes to overcome one of the inherent disadvantages of renewables: the decade long subsidies for traditional energy sources.  

Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Project Background and Rationale

African agriculture is at the crossroads. Persistent food shortages are now being compounded by new threats arising from climate change. But Africa faces two major opportunities that can help transform its agriculture and use it as a force for economic growth. First, advances in science and technology worldwide offer African countries new tools needed to promote sustainable agriculture. Second, efforts to create regional markets will provide new incentives for agricultural production and trade. This is the focus of the "Agricultural Innovation in Africa" (AIA) project. The project seeks to disseminate policy-relevant information on how to align science and technology missions with regional agricultural development goals. It does so in the context of the larger agenda to promote regional economic integration and development.