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April 10, 2018

Scott Institute Seed Grants Help To Fuel Energy Research

EPP professor Scott Matthews has received a Seed Grant from the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to evaluate how climate change will affect running water as a renewable energy source based on scenario planning.

April 4, 2018

US Power Sector Carbon Intensity drops below 1,000 lb/MWh for lowest emissions intensity on record

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Carnegie Mellon University announced the release of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index. 

March 15, 2018

Nicolas Christin Testifies Before Congress

EPP Associate Research Professor and Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science professor, Nicolas Christin, is testifying before Congress on cybercrime, the Dark Web, cryptocurrencies, and more.

February 23, 2018

Do we even need the clean power plan?

Though the US has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, researchers have found that the U.S. can still meet - or maybe even beat - its emissions reduction targets without the Clean Power Plan. Public radio program The Allegheny Front recently sat down with professor Paul Fischbeck to learn more.

 

February 16, 2018

Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductions

Researchers have calculated that the U.S. can meet—or even beat—the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan.

February 7, 2018

What Do Students Think of a Wikipedia Assignment in the Classroom?

Last year, professor Deborah Stine taught two public courses using Wikipedia; Environmental Politics and Policy (Spring 2017) and Emerging Energy Policies (Fall 2017). Stine explains, "This teaching method intrigued me as a way for my students to better understand the opportunities and challenges of Wikipedia in its use as an information resource for policymakers and the public, and as a way for them to learn how to assess the quality of and critique the work of others — a critical part of any policy analysis."

January 8, 2018

Science and Research Policy at the End of Moore’s Law

EPP researchers Khan, Hounshell, and Fuchs argue in Nature Electronics that the challenges facing the semiconductor industry are unprecedented: today’s industry and market structure undermine incentives for continued collective action in research and development, potentially threatening world-wide economic growth. Significantly increased public funding, as well as leadership beyond traditional stakeholders, is required.