Media Archive:

How California is Leading the Fight for Clean Energy, Despite Absence of Federal Climate Action


Al Jazeera spotlights Dan Kammen alongside other climate scientists from California, who are leading global efforts to curb climate change, regardless of White House policies. Many other states and cities have followed California’s example, creating climate action plans for regulating emissions, investing in renewable energy, and reducing consumption.

Read more about California’s efforts here.


North Bay Fires and the Link to Climate Change



Published on October 13, 2017.

“Hot, dry conditions and relentless winds have made the North Bay fires particularly hard to fight. As fire officials keep an eye on upcoming weather conditions, some have asked whether climate change is contributing to the ferocity of the blazes. UC Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen weighs in.”

Find KQED’s full update here.


Student Spotlight – Nikky Avila

Learn more about ERG Ph.D. candidate Nkiruka “Nikky” Avila’s work on electricity access and the socio-political impact of the low-carbon energy transition.

Read the full interview here.

Kammen on the Fight to Rethink (and Reinvent) Nuclear Power

Published on May 17, 2017

New nuclear energy technology has come a long way – but can we get over our fears?

This is the fifth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series takes what can seem like an overwhelming problem and breaks it down into manageable parts: from clean energy to food waste, religion to smartphones. Sanjayan is an alum of UC Santa Cruz and a Visiting Researcher at UCLA. Prior episodes at Check back next Wednesday for the final episode. Visit http://climate.universityofcalifornia… for more.Subscribe to our channel! And check out the University of California’s channels:

Energy and Resources Group Professor Dan Kammen is featured.

ERG 23rd Annual Lecture 2017: Arlie Hochschild

The Energy and Resources Group hosted its 23rd Annual Lecture on Energy and the Environment on April 6th with Arlie Russell Hochschild. The lecture was titled Pollution, the Political Divide and the Possibility of Common Ground. 

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California. Her New York Times bestselling book Strangers in their Own Land was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award.


Learn why MS student Britt Shaw chose ERG and how ERG’s interdisciplinary mix of courses allowed her to build the skills she needed to pursue energy project development and management in the private sector.

Read the full interview here.

Zeke Hausfather: Global Warming Hiatus Disproved — Again

Zeke Hausfather, an ERG grad student, explains how ship measurements of sea surface temperature have been underestimating the amount of ocean warming this century. Video courtesy of Peter Sinclair.

The recently published study confirms that NOAA scientists correctly adjusted their record of ocean temperatures in light of known biases in some observing systems.

“Our results mean that essentially NOAA got it right, that they were not cooking the books,” he says.

COP22: How Morocco is Going Green

As the 22nd UN climate change conference, or COP22, continues in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Daniel Kammen discusses how Morocco is becoming a model on the African continent when it comes to fighting climate change. France 24 reports on the kingdom’s eco-progress, from wind turbines to solar panels and “green” landfills.

‘Coal Doesn’t Benefit the Poor’: Dan Kammen on Energy Access and Poverty

Carbon Brief spoke to ERG Professor Daniel Kammen, one of the contributors to the report of the ODI’s (Overseas Development Institute) beyond coal report, about the findings.

Kammen explained how the report came about and the clear message it discovered:

“There’s been a series of academic reports analyzing, on a cost-benefit basis, how different coal projects around the world, from Kosovo, to Pakistan, to Mongolia, might or might not be cheaper, better, than the renewable energy alternatives. In each case that I’ve studied, the renewables came out better.”

Read the full story in Carbon Brief here.

RAEL and the California Academy of Sciences Collaborate the ‘Exploring Energy’ Video Series

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen worked with the California Academy of Sciences and RAEL to create a video series called “Exploring Energy.” The series was created for middle school teachers to help educate their students on the complex topics of energy and sustainability. Watch the entire video package!

Daniel Kammen was featured in two videos within the series. The first on nuclear energy can be found here. The second, which focuses on sustainable transportation, can be watched here.