Category: Robert Kaufmann
BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Earth & Environment Professor Anthony Janetos, joined by EAP major Bridget Baker, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Adjunct Assistant Professor/Director of Sustainability Dennis Carlberg. Click to read the full announcement.
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.
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.
Earth & Environment faculty and students publish in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Professors Sucharita Gopal and Robert Kaufmann have published their latest research, which shows local cooling and warming in the United States and captures two aspects of experiential learning that influence how the public perceives a change in climate: recency weighting and an emphasis on extreme events. PhD student Xiaojing Tang and Earth & Environment alum Michelle Gilmore co-authored, along with Jacqueline Liederman of BU’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Click to read the full article. Further coverage of the research can be found at Eureka Alert and Science Daily.
Also in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and post-doctoral associate Andrew Reinmann co-authored “Edge effects enhance carbon uptake and its vulnerability to climate change in temperate broadleaf forests” about forest carbon dynamics and their response to climate. Click to read the full article.
BU President Robert A. Brown has selected Anthony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, to chair BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. Joining Dr. Janetos on the task force are Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, and Professor Nathan Phillips.
The task force is charged with developing a plan to include not only operational measures to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use but also methods for incorporating research and educational components in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.
Professor Robert Kaufmann is featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about solar panels. Click here to read Dr. Kaufmann’s answer to the question, “Are solar panels worth it?”
The article is based off Kaufmann’s recent study titled “Lower electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions due to rooftop solar: empirical results for Massachusetts” that was published in the journal Energy Policy; the full text of the study can be read online here.
To learn more about Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile here.
The article, “How Saudi Arabia can stop America from producing more fuel,” describes the current state of the world oil markets and how American produced oil is one of the “big reasons  gas prices have plummeted over the last couple of months.”
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To learn more about the work of Prof. Kaufmann, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article discussing the topic of falling oil prices.
The article, “Ask the Experts: The Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Your Wallet,” is featured on the website Wallethub.
In the article, Kaufmann comments on the anticipated costs of oil in the short term and the long term impact of current increased production of oil by OPEC.
Prof. Kaufmann’s talk “Price differences among crude oils: an unreliable supplier discount” was given on Monday October 24, 2014.
Project LINK is a United Nations research group in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Project LINK members are a “wide range of experts from academia, economic research institutions and international economic organizations as well as United Nations colleagues” that meet yearly to “discuss the world economic outlook” (“Project LINK“).
Prof. Kaufmann’s research focuses on global climate change, world oil markets, and land-use changes. To learn more about Prof. Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile.