Friday, June 19, 2015

Beware Casting Pope Francis as a Caped Climate Crusader

New York Times

All eyes are on the Vatican after an Italian news magazine leaked what is very likely the final text (the Italian translation) of Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical letter on humanity’s obligations to protect the environment, avoid dangerous climate change and overcome poverty and inequity. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The University of Michigan Energy Survey has released its latest results, condensing six quarters of data into a succinct analysis of American consumers' personal views about energy. This short summary explores attitudes about gasoline and home energy affordability in the context of the past year's dynamic gasoline prices. 

The full results are available here

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When a U-M research team visited Kazakhstan this Spring, they brought with them decades of engineering experience, an interest in the status of the country’s aquaculture, and Ainash Childebayeva, a Kazakh U-M grad student who added her language skills and graduate research projects to the team.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Today's lecture will address the question: Do today’s engineering graduates and engineers have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today, or will be facing within the next 20 years?

(All day)

Now in its 22nd year, the ISSST is the premier conference for research related to the sustainability of systems and technologies. Topics for this year include Sustainable Energy Systems as well as other aspects of sustainability. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The University of Michigan Energy Survey has released its latest results, condensing five quarters of data into a succinct analysis of American consumers' personal views about energy.

The results are available here in PDF format.

Key findings include:

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Please join us for a very special lecture about what it takes to pass historic air quality legislation. Margo Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, the last 18 of which she directed the Office of Transportation Air Quality. Ms. Oge led the Obama Administration’s landmark 2012 Clean Air Act deal with automakers, which will double the fuel efficiency of automakers’ fleets to 54.5 mpg and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. In Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars Margo Oge will provide the ultimate insider’s account of the science, politics, policy, legal battles and, most importantly, the people who made this regulation possible. She then describes transition technologies and the ultimate future that will enable a global market for super-efficient, zero carbon-emitting vehicles and other sustainable personal mobility options.

Monday, February 23, 2015

An interdisciplinary team of University of Michigan researchers have released a detailed draft analysis of policy options for hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

The draft final report of the U-M Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of seven chapters totaling more than 270 pages. Its key contribution is an analysis of Michigan-specific options in the areas of public participation, water resources and chemical use related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades.

Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that policies used to promote biofuels—such as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard—actually make matters worse when it comes to limiting net emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

This study analyzes the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard - the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.


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