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ERG Dan Kammen Interviewed in MCJ Podcast On Nuclear Energy, Carbon Pricing, and More

ERG professor Dan Kammen was featured in the latest episode of the My Climate Journey (MCJ) Podcast. Kammen discussed numerous topics, including the feasibility of carbon pricing in the US, the implications of switching a fossil fuel economy to a renewable economy, and much more.

“There’s no question that 100% renewables is possible. I’ve done a lot of research, my lab works on scenarios to get the U.S., China, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh, Morocco to 100% renewables. And in many cases where the technology mix is improving enough, the climate favors that you can do that. It’s also a case that we are not today ready to think about a solar and wind only world, but solar and wind plus storage, plus geothermal, plus potentially nuclear,” Kammen states.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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ERG Alumnus Niklas Lollo on Improving Sustainability in the Apparel Industry

ERG Alumnus Niklas Lollo recently published his research paper, “Measurement without Clear Incentives to Improve: The Impacts of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) on Apparel Factory Practices and Performance” on SocArXiv Papers. He discusses how the Facility Environment Module (FEM), an annual assessment of an apparel facility’s environmental management capabilities, could be improved to better the environmental performance of the apparel industry.

ERG Professor Kammen and Alumnus Zeke Hausfather on China’s Announcement of Ending CO2 Emissions

On a recent Scientific American article, ERG Professor Dan Kammen and Alumnus Zeke Hausfather was featured commenting on China’s sudden announcement to end CO2 emissions within 40 years. Both ERG affiliates discuss the significance of the commitment, since this pledge marks the first time China and its top political leader have made a long-term commitment to reducing emissions.

“Reaching that goal by 2060 will require a massive makeover of China’s economy… If they are serious about this, it is certainly the biggest climate news in the last decade in terms of what will bend down global emissions,” Hausfather said.

ERG Alumna Barbara Haya on the Ins and Outs of Carbon Offsets

In a recent Washington Post article, “How do carbon offsets work?”, ERG alumna Barbara Haya was quoted on the purpose of carbon offsets and how they potentially help reduce overall carbon emissions. The article discusses both the benefits and drawbacks of enforcing carbon offsets, and offers an in-depth look on their utilization.

“The whole purpose of offsets is to create a way for an individual or a company or a university to pay someone else to reduce emissions to cover emissions that they can’t reduce themselves,” Haya states.

ERG PhD Student Jose Lara Receives 2021 Siebal Scholars Award

ERG PhD student Jose Lara was recently awarded the prestigious 2021 Siebel Scholars Award by the Siebal Scholars Foundation. Lara’s new title as a Siebel Scholar demonstrates his ability as an exceptional student, and he is to join around 100 other top scholars to form the Siebel Scholars Foundation’s Class of 2021.

“‘Every year, the Siebel Scholars continue to impress me with their commitment to academics and influencing future society. This year’s class is exceptional, and once again represents the best and brightest minds from around the globe who are advancing innovations in healthcare, artificial intelligence, the environment and more,’ said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. ‘It is my distinct pleasure to welcome these students into this ever-growing, lifelong community, and I personally look forward to seeing their impact and contributions unfold.'”

ERG PhD Student Nancy Freitas Featured in New Webinar Series “Midday Science Cafe”

In the new virtual series “Midday Science Cafe” hosted by Science at Cal, ERG PhD student Nancy Freitas will be speaking in the upcoming episode, “Climate Change Solutions: Managing the Global Carbon Cycle”. The event will be taking place on Thursday, September 17th, 12pm – 1:30pm.

Freitas will be discussing “how quantifying carbon dioxide and methane emissions released from deep lake sediments in the Arctic can improve Earth system models, advancing the quality of climate model projections.”

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PATRICIA HIDALGO-GONZALEZ – Colloquium
October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

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Professor Isha Ray – “Towards Safe Drinking Water for All”
October 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

In the Oxford Water Network Seminar Series focused on water, society, and policy, watch ERG Professor Isha Ray’s talk on moving “Towards Safe Drinking Water for All” on October 29, 10:00 PST. “Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are essential to safeguard health and save lives in low-income countries. The last several decades have seen many […]

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ERG MASTER’S SEMINAR – Colloquium
November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

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