Category: Robert Kaufmann
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.”
To read the entire article, click here.
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.
The seminar is on “The Future of Urban Housing: Enhancing Energy Efficiency” and will feature Kaufmann and Mechanical Engineer Associate Professor Michael Gevelber and will be moderated by Pardee Senior Research Associate Enrique R. Silva.
Limited seating is available and RSVP is required by this Friday, September 12th. Lunch will also be served at the event beginning at 11:30.
To learn more about Robert Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile page.
By Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland
We are pleased to announce the publication of the world’s first entirely web-based, authoritative, introductory textbook on environmental science:
Environmental Science takes advantage of the latest technologies to transcend the traditional textbook to create engaging, interactive content utilizing video, social networking, image galleries, and other features that only the Web can provide.
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- Thorough coverage of the key topics in environmental science; integration of ecology, economics, and policy using energy and material flows and a systems perspective
- Case Studies and Policy in Action that develop critical thinking included in each chapter
- 63 videos and animations, and a Glossary embedded in text to bring content alive
- Electronic highlighting tool
- 500 multiple choice question test bank upon adoption
- Social networking tools to engage students and instructor in online discussion
- Ability for instructors to quickly and easily customize by deleting/re-ordering chapters, and by adding content of their own (text, links, labs, lecture notes, video, assignments, images, PDFs, Powerpoints, etc.)
To see a sample chapter and request access to an examination copy, please visit http://www.trunity.com/environmental-science/.
Robert K. Kaufmann
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment
Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
Cutler J. Cleveland
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Founding Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Earth