Friday, October 21, 2016

Relying on future tech to suck up carbon is rolling the dice with the planet

Grist, feat. John DeCicco

Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool’s game amounting to a “moral hazard par excellence,” according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science.

Nobody knows if atmospheric carbon removal — known as negative emissions — will work, and it could delay critical cuts to emissions while tacitly giving people license to pollute, the paper says.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries.

While they usually spread under cover of darkness in a closed cell, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan has spied on them by cutting a window in a battery and filming the dendrites as they grew (the battery they probed was a next-generation lithium metal battery, and not the lithium ion type used in commercial cell phones and other consumer electronics).

Friday, October 14, 2016

Provost appoints transition team for new school

U-M University Record

A faculty team will be responsible for planning the transition to a new school at the University of Michigan that will address global sustainability challenges at the intersection of environment and society.

Provost Martha Pollack has charged the New School Faculty Transition Team with developing a set of recommendations to guide the inaugural dean in building a new type of school.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake - here’s why

The Conversation, feat. John DeCicco

Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.

Transportation generates one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so addressing this sector’s impact is crucial for climate protection.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.

Friday, September 30, 2016

There’s so many events during this time of year that we’ll lead with a few- covering Friday and next week. News below!

TODAY AT 4PM: The Glenn F. Knoll lecture, with speaker David Kay: Learn more
October 3: CLOSUP’s “Reclaiming the Atmospheric Common: A New Strategy for Climate Policy Success?” w/ Purdue’s Leigh Raymond: Learn more
October 4: Erb C-Suite Speaker Series, Walmart CSO Kathleen McLaughlin: Learn more
October 5-7: Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: Learn more
October 6: UMTRI 2nd Annual Transportation Safety Research Symposium: Learn more
October 7: Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series: Direct Air Capture as a Tool for Carbon Management, feat ASU’s Klaus Lackner: Learn more

Friday, September 23, 2016

How Trump could gut Obama’s EPA rules

Bloomberg Government, feat. John DeCicco

The above chart is from new research by University of Michigan researcher John DeCicco. He writes on his blog:

Friday, September 16, 2016

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

Climate Central, feat. Mark Barteau

Only a handful of institutions — among them are the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the Center for Carbon Removal in Berkeley, Calif.  — are studying ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and funding for the research is sparse.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The death of a person earlier this year while driving with Autopilot in a Tesla sedan, along with news of more crashes involving Teslas operating in Autopilot, has triggered a torrent of 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Tribe challenging pipeline has some advantages in courtroom

Associated Press, feat. Mark Barteau

The American Indians challenging an oil pipeline that would cross four states have some legal advantages in a courtroom, particularly their tribe's status as a sovereign nation with long ties to the land in question.

But stopping a major project like the Dakota Access pipeline after construction has begun is difficult, and even if the Standing Rock Sioux win in federal court, the end result might simply be an altered route.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco’s newly published research in Climatic Change, “Carbon balance effects of U.S. biofuel production and use,” has been covered and discussed in media around the country during the past two weeks. Check out a selection of articles below. 

Biofuels worse for climate change than gasoline, U-M study says

Detroit Free Press

Research Professor John DeCicco
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

September 13-15: The Battery Show North America 2016


The Battery Show Exhibition & Conference is a showcase of advanced battery technology for electric & hybrid vehicles, utility & renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.