The editorial team of Energy Policy have highlighted a small selection of recently published papers that encapsulate the journal’s focus on publishing quality original research addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. “The Effect of Climate Change on Electricity Expenditures in Massachusetts” by Robert Kaufmann, Cutler Cleveland, and colleagues was included.
“Climate change affects consumer expenditures by altering the consumption of and price for electricity,” the authors write. “Here we present the first empirical estimates for the effect of climate change on electricity prices.” Click to read the full article.
Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research.
Assistant Professor Diane Thompson has been selected to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s “School of Rock,” transiting between Subic Bay Philippines and Townsville, Australia (July 10- 27). While underway, the School of Rock team is discussing and designing course curricula and strategies for increasing diversity in Geosciences. Diane is partnering with Dori Read, a sixth-grade teacher from Scituate Public Schools, to develop hands-on activities with marine sediment core samples in their classrooms (including Earth & Environment Climate and Earth System Science & Paleoclimatology taught by Thompson). This partnership will also provide opportunities for BU students to share their findings with Read’s 6th grade class, stimulating learning across levels and the chance to inspire future earth scientists. You can read more about the School of Rock team and follow their journey from Subic Bay to Townsville at www.joidesresolution.org.
Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored “The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations” in the journal World Development. The authors use “panel data on soy and beef production and trade in agricultural frontiers of South America to examine how changes in deforestation regulations in South America have altered soy and cattle expansion and exports in this region, and to understand how these changes, if they have occurred, influence the overall effectiveness of deforestation regulations.” Click to read the full article.
Congratulations to research associate professor Rachel Abercrombie, who has been recognized as one of the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Outstanding Reviewers. “…Peer review is essential for helping maintain the integrity of science and its efficient advancement (by forcing some quality checks on the official archive of progress),” EOS Earth & Space Science News wrote in announcing the citations. “It also plays a vital role in the granting of awards and has value for society in that the peer-reviewed literature increasingly has official, codified uses in law, regulations, and advisory input.”
A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland.
Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change.
One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet. https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n6/full/nclimate3299.html
The second describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two recent papers from this group of authors are of a larger body of work on the biophysical and biochemical effects of a greening Earth. https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n5/full/nclimate3277.html
Prof. Myneni’s web site is http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg/.
NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/4/e1601365.full.
Prof. Myneni’s web site is http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg/.
Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, “While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has been the de-coupling of crop and livestock systems and a loss of agricultural diversity at both the field and territorial (regional) scales in many countries.” Click here to read the article.
Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, “These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better … It would be devastating not only for us but also these partner countries.” Click here to read the full article.