Energy & Environment

Buy One, Get One: Air Quality Co-Benefits of US Carbon Policies

Co-benefits from improved air quality can offset some if not all of the near-term costs of carbon-reduction policies. If the US commits to buying a carbon policy, citizens will also get reduced air pollution and improved health for free.

Culture and the environment: How cultural values influence global ecologic practices

Researchers explore whether links exist between global environmental performance and culture.

Renewable Energy Policy – Not Just a Domestic Issue

Supportive renewable energy policy has a significant effect on international trade for solar energy technology components, where early investment is the key to large growth for exporting countries.

Opt-In, Opt-Out Options Vie for Top Billing in Efforts to Reduce Electricity Use

A 2011 pilot program found that when customers opted-in to electricity rates that vary by time of day, they reduced their peak-hour electricity use.

Raise the Roof: Comparing Cost Savings from Efficient Roof Upgrades

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers compare the 50-year net savings for white and “green” (vegetated) roofs, which are displacing conventional black roofs in the US building sector.

It’s Getting Hot in Here, Now I’m a Climate Change Believer

A series of studies demonstrates why people use trends in local weather and temperature, rather than statistically relevant global climate patterns, to construct their beliefs about climate change.

The Cost of Wind Energy: Tradeoffs between Energy Storage and Transmission

New research finds that transmission costs must be at least $600/MW-km and energy storage must cost at most $100/kW h in order for wind energy storage to be economical.

The Real Green Movement?: Taxation’s Impact on Fracking

New research looks at local governments’ willingness to ban hydraulic fracturing based on their potential revenue.

Paradox of Subsidy: Could Biofuel subsidies be increasing CO2 emissions?

A new study finds that biofuel subsidies from 1981-2011 paradoxically may have led to the increase in oil production and greenhouse gas emissions.

How Message Framing Can Help Explain Energy User Motivations

Targeted message framing can help increase participation in and understanding of energy efficient programs provided by utility companies and government subsidies, which are largely unknown by residents.

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