Gernot Wagner: Preoccupations

Climate Shock has two main themes, which are also the preoccupations of my current research: Pricing climate risk Solar geoengineering Work in progress, under review, and recently published in each: Pricing climate risk “Applying Asset Pricing Theory to Calibrate the Price of Climate Risk” (with Kent Daniel and Robert B. Litterman; NBER Working Paper 22795, November 2016), now published as “Declining …

It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants

9.11.19, WORLD CHANGING IDEAS, It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants People could save $29 billion on their electric bills if utilities built new clean energy instead of new natural gas plants. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company 2 MINUTE READ Clean energy has reached a tipping point: It’s now cheaper to build and use …

Democrats’ Climate Plans Lack Vision for City Transit

By Angie Schmitt, Sep 4, 2019,  12 The Democratic presidential candidates are racing to release their climate proposals ahead of Wednesday night’s primary debate. But we’ve yet to see a candidate come forward with a really compelling vision for addressing America’s unhealthy relationship with cars. Senator Elizabeth Warren today unveiled her climate plan, borrowed largely from that of Washington Governor Jay Inslee. But even …

EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Footage Reveals Humpback Whales Use Their Fins To Herd Salmon

Humpbacks are capable of innovation and learning new foraging strategies that may help them to feed more effectively on specific prey species. Jordan Davidson Oct. 16, 2019 EcoWatch Graphical representation of vertical pectoral herding by whale in Southeast Alaska. Prey are denoted in yellow. Whale deploys an upward-spiral bubble-net to corral prey and establish the first barrier; pectorals then protract …

Fall 2019 Bike and Ped Resources from FHWA

FHWA Releases Bicycle and Pedestrian University Course The Federal Highway Administration recently published a Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course. The course is designed to support educators in civil engineering, urban planning, and related fields to help students become familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The course materials incorporate the latest resources, best …

Mapping and measuring hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action: A roadmap to cleaner air and healthier communities

Guide published October 2019 Communities around the world continue to struggle with the health impacts of local air pollution. But because pollution is hard to see, it’s often hard for local leaders to target sources and develop effective solutions. Environmental Defense Fund released Making the Invisible Visible: A guide for mapping hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action that provides advice …

Automakers Struggling with MaaS

By Freddie Holmes, Automotive World, October 9, 2019 Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has proven a tough beat for automakers so far. The challenge was once getting prospective buyers to put pen to paper on a new car; vehicle manufacturers are now tasked with putting bums on seats as part of shared mobility services. A handful of major services have …

A coalition of nonprofit health care providers is investing in the notion that ample paychecks, stable housing and nutritious food are no less critical to well-being than doctors, medical equipment and pharmacies

Excerpt from an article that appeared on  Oct. 13, 2019, Section BU, Page 1 of the New York Times, NY edition with the headline: A Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities. Forty-one nonprofit medical systems across the United States, plus four government providers, have formed the coalition, the Healthcare Anchor Network, with the mission of doing more business with local companies in the communities …

E-Micromobility: A Clear Solution For Cleaner Air

October 12th, 2019 by Guest Contributor on Clean Technica By Michael Keating, President and Founder of Scoot Californians love to be outside. But even on a clear, sunny day, we know that the air we are breathing isn’t as clean and clear as it looks, especially in our increasingly congested and crowded cities. Air quality is a complex topic that is affected by the weather, …