Energy & Environment

Save Money, Live Better? The Urban Carbon Emissions of Wal-Mart

Ongoing research suggests that the economic decisions that Wal-Mart makes may result in the optimization of its energy consumption and in turn a reduction in its carbon emissions.

A Different Kind of ‘Green’ Motivation in Environmental Campaigns

A three-part experiment demonstrates how, in some situations, campaigns using environmental and social appeals may be more effective than traditional economic appeals in producing positive behavior changes.

Dreaming of Blue Skies: The Impact of Winter Heating on Air Quality in Northern China

Winter heating is linked to higher ambient concentrations of total suspended particles (TSP) and a reduction in life expectancy in northern China.

Storage Wars: Can Wind and Solar Afford Grid Energy Storage?

Stanford researchers consider life cycle assessments of wind and solar technologies to determine whether they can afford the energetic costs associated with grid-scale energy storage deployment.

Pakistan’s Economy: Fighting More than One War

Pakistan’s top economist, Dr. Mushtaq Khan, talks about the economy’s struggle with the war on terror, energy crisis, and fiscal mismanagement.

Behind Public Opinion: What Makes Hydraulic Fracturing Controversial

Understanding individual perceptions can help explain public opinion polls about hydraulic fracturing.

Developing Efficiency: Why energy efficiency gains in China may not be fully realized

The rebound effect, which measures the increased demand for energy from increasing energy efficiency, is found to be strong in Chinese urban residential electricity use.

Conditional Demand Analysis: A cheap and effective approach to modeling residential energy usage

The statistical technique of conditional demand analysis allows Canadian researchers to cheaply estimate residential appliance savings and help policymakers structure behavioral and technological conservation programs.

Flipping the Script on What Causes City Green Initiatives

Researchers find new data that contradict their previously held belief that cities push for community-wide green sustainability programs for their cost-saving benefits.

The UK Climate Change Act is a Story of Political, Not Environmental, Sustainability

An analysis of the UK Climate Change Act demonstrates the importance of the political landscape in assessing the stability of climate change policies.

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