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July 2015

Professor David Archer brings climate awareness to the classroom and beyond

The basic climate 101 course explores the science behind climate change and is available to anyone with an internet connection.

How best to talk about nuclear energy

Bob Rosner explored this topic and more with fellow nuclear experts, policymakers, industry representatives and others at an event in India this month hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Energy @UChi

UChicago anthropologist leads global effort to improve climate change models

Via UChicago News

LandUse 6K, a five-year project under the leadership of Kathleen Morrison, aims to understand how variances in land use—like dry versus wet crops—had different impacts on the climate.  

Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments

Via The Washington Post

A new paper from former NASA scientist James Hansen and colleagues received its first official peer review by UChicago’s geoscientist David Archer. Archer says that the paper is a “masterwork of scholarly synthesis, modeling virtuosity, and insight, with profound implications.”

Winners and losers in the shale gas boom

Via Chicago Policy Review

Society is accruing a large economic benefit from the shale gas boom. More evidence is needed to calculate the costs of externalities associated with fracking, however, a new study shows their economic impact by estimating the net benefits of the natural gas industry between 2007 and 2013.

Researcher Spotlight: Thom Covert

Thom Covert, a new assistant professor at the Booth School of Business, talks about his research and thoughts ahead of teaching his first class.


EPIC In the News:
Iran Nuclear Deal

Bob Rosner talks with Science about what the Iran nuclear deal means for scientific collaborations between the U.S. and Iran...

EPIC Executive Director Sam Ori talks with the Washington Examiner about Iranian oil and how it's expected to drive prices down.


Computation Institute: 

University of Chicago to serve as test bed for Array of Things project
Via UChicago News

Charlie Catlett, director of the Computation Institute’s Urban Center for Computation, says the Array of Things will create a new public utility of open data for the citizens of Chicago.

When “once in a century” food threats happen every 10 years

In a July 8th talk in Paris Joshua Elliott estimated that these “once-in-a-century” threats may be far more frequent in the future. 

Read also: Reuters: Careful water use could ease climate threats to food: scientists

Paulson Institute: 

Starchitect Jeanne Gang talks green cities with China’s mayors

How The United States Can Reinforce Chinese Action on Climate Change

Voices: Why China’s INDC carbon cap goals are a big deal

Voices: Five key takeaways from China’s new climate pledge

Three questions with Mark Clifford

Energy News Highlights

Didn't keep up with the news while on vacation? Here's a wrap-up of what you missed...

States will have until 2022 to comply with the Clean Power Plan...The Pentagon and an international report says climate change is a serious security threat... 40% of adults have never heard of climate change...Hillary Clinton rolls out her climate agenda... Scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and water is rising...A study shows temperature variability may lead to increased mortality risk...Cap-and-trade programs for CO2 generated $1.3B in the Northeast... Economists say a price on carbon and a social push is needed to curb emissions...A think tank says global LNG is worth over $280B...BP agrees to pay $18.7 billion to settle deepwater horizon oil spill claims...A global climate pact gains momentum as China, the US and Brazil detail their plans.


Beyond UChi

Argonne National Lab:

How one farm is growing food and biofuels while helping to save the environment
Via TakePart

Researchers at Argonne think they have a solution that allows farmers to profit from growing both food and advanced biofuels while benefiting the environment.

Dynamically downscaling climate models
Via Inside HPC

A research group from Argonne and UChicago is using the Mira supercomputer to investigate the effectiveness of dynamically downscaled climate models.

The battery revolution that will let us all be power brokers
Via New Scientist

Jeff Chamberlain of Argonne is part of a consortium of companies and researchers with their own plans to improve lithium-ion batteries.

Tom Skilling on climate disruption

Skilling interviews Argonne scientists actively involved in the study of climate disruption.

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns

Argonne working with Ford and FCA US to study dual-fuel vehicles
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