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In Memory of Paul Baer: champion of climate protection and equity

Paul Baer (1962 — 2016) – Memo­riam  Paul was one of the first, and one of the most pas­sion­ate, stu­dents I met upon my move from Prince­ton to Berke­ley. Paul played a cen­tral role – along with Bar­bara Haya and Nate Hult­man – in work­ing through the sci­ence, pol­icy and legal story around an idea […]

Nuclear Plant ‘Doesn’t Fit’ In The Future Grid, Utility Executive Says

From Forbes Mag­a­zine, Decem­ber 7, 2016 Arti­cle link. Pacific Gas & Elec­tric Co. decided to close its Dia­blo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant because its base­load power—often cited as nuclear’s best asset—doesn’t fit into the dynamic grid Cal­i­for­nia is devel­op­ing, a PG&E exec­u­tive said today at the U.S. Energy Stor­age Sum­mit in San Fran­cisco. Steve Mal­night, PG&E’s senior vice pres­i­dent for regulatory […]

KQED Forum (November 21, 2016): Fighting Climate Change Amid a Trump Presidency

To lis­ten or down­load the pod­cast: Fight­ing Cli­mate Change Amid a Trump Pres­i­dency Guests: Paul Rogers, man­ag­ing edi­tor, KQED Sci­ence; envi­ron­ment writer, San Jose Mer­cury News Dan Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy, UC Berke­ley; direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory at UC Berke­ley Dr. Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty direc­tor, Stan­ford Woods Insti­tute for the Environment

Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa’s Future?
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Novem­ber 2, 2016 — Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can With prices for renew­ables drop­ping, many coun­tries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future At the thresh­old of the Sahara Desert near Ouarza­zate, Morocco, some 500,000 par­a­bolic mir­rors run in neat rows across a val­ley, mov­ing slowly in uni­son as the Sun sweeps […]

Can Networked Knowledge Help Communities Thrive on a Turbulent Planet?

Arti­cle by Andy Revkin: Arti­cle URL:  Sci­ence has long been focused mainly on knowl­edge fron­tiers, with uni­ver­si­ties often seem­ing to track “impact fac­tors” of pub­lished papers more than a researcher’s impact in the real word. But there’s been a wel­come effort, of late, par­tic­u­larly in fields rel­e­vant to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, to shift pri­or­i­ties toward help­ing communities […]

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