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What Environmental Policy Options Does the U.S. Have in 2018?

In a Knowledge @ Wharton public policy podcast, Dan Kammen joins Eric Orts, legal studies and business ethics professor, and director of the school’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. Kammen and Orts discuss the implications of environmental policy decisions made in 2017, and consider sustainability options for businesses as well as federal and state governments in the upcoming year.

“Under the direction of former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruittthe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continued to roll back various Obama-era policies as 2017 wound to a close. Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics Eric Orts, director of the school’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and Daniel Kammen, founding director of the University of California Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, recently joined the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111 to discuss the direction the U.S. is heading regarding environmental protection and conservation, and whether recent policy changes put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage to those in countries that support environmentally friendly policies and renewable resources.”

Listen to the full podcast here.


EU Renewable Energy Plan for 2030 Allows Countries to Cut Down and Burn Additional Trees for Energy

The European Union has set ambitious goals for its renewable energy portfolio in order to drastically reduce emissions by 2030. However, the current version of its plan essentially allows for the deforestation and burning of trees, as a coal alternative, in order to produce energy. A recent report published in The Guardian, co-authored by ERG […]

Climate Change Slowing Down Wind Turbines? Kammen Weighs In

With global temperatures increasing, researchers analyze the effects of temperature differences on wind patterns. Multiple studies confirm the possibility of wind resources declining across the Northern Hemisphere, reducing the energy potential of wind turbines. Familiar with the studies, Dan Kammen adds that the phenomenon is “a disturbing but entirely expected consequence of climate change.” However, […]

CNR’s Breakthroughs Magazine Highlights ERG Students and Faculty for Research on Energy Storage, Carbon Footprints, and More

The College of Natural Resources has issued its Fall 2017 Breakthroughs magazine, featuring research from many ERG students and faculty. From Chris Jones and Dan Kammen’s comprehensive carbon footprint calculator to Duncan Callaway’s efforts to improve the way rooftop solar and electric vehicles are integrated into the grid, ERG remains at the forefront of climate research […]

Data for Climate Action Selects Dan Kammen’s Team for Grand Prize

The Data for Climate Action Challenge invites data scientists, researchers, and innovators to use the world’s rapidly amassing data to address climate change. Earlier this month, Global Pulse, the United Nations initiative for big data and data science, announced the Data for Climate Action Challenge winners during the COP23 UN climate change conference. The Grand Prize was […]

Dan Kammen Featured in Fall 2017 Breakthroughs Magazine

In the Fall 2017 issue of the College of Natural Resources’ Breakthroughs magazine, Dan Kammen is spotlighted for the innovative ways in which he has merged science with environmental policy. Read about Dan’s inspiration to become involved with climate science and policy, his start at Energy and Resources Group, former science envoy work in the Middle […]

Upcoming Events

DIEGO PONCE DE LEON BARIDO – Demand-side, User-centered, Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments
January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm PST
126 Barrows Hall

SPEAKER: Diego Ponce De Leon Barido Recent PhD Graduate of ERG UC Berkeley DATE: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 TIME: 4:00-5:15pm PLACE: 126 Barrows TITLE: Demand-side, User-centered, Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments DESCRIPTION: Future growth in urbanization will mainly occur in cities of the rising south. UN Habitat reports that in the past decade, the […]