Update June 10, 11am ET: The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its finding that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes endanger human health. On the basis of that finding, the EPA is expected to propose new rules later this summer to limit those emissions.
ERG alum Chris Jones (MS ’05, PhD ’15) explains the level in which airplanes contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Calculating the carbon footprint of any particular flight is bit challenging compared to ground transportation. With cars, buses, and trains, carbon dioxide accounts for the vast majority of the greenhouse gas emitted. But because planes also leave behind a ton of water vapor (itself a potent greenhouse gas) high in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide ‘is only half the story with air travel,’ Jones explained.
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Professor Isha Ray’s piece featured in CNN on the continuing heatwave and deaths in India.
DOE’s Wind Program honors ERG graduate student for impact on wind power advocacy
Congratulations to ERG Ph.D., Master’s and Minor degree graduates. Find photos and the newsletter here.
ERG graduate student advises state legislators about graduate research
3 current Switzer fellows, 2 more NSF fellows, and more. See the list of awards ERG students have received.