PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be...
In the recent issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, David Victor explores the possibilities of using geoengineering systems to offset the human impact on climate change. He argues that a regulatory framework to govern deployment of this technology system will be required promptly as a mechanism to address the human induced effects on the planet's climate.
Energy Policy, one of the world's leading journals on issues related to energy economics and politics, has published an article by PESD researchers Chi Zhang, Michael May, and Thomas Heller this March documenting how changing incentives for power producers in three provinces have affected the types of plants built and operated, and the implications of those changes for emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
PESD director Frank A. Wolak presented at Platt's 7th annual California Power Market Forum on the impacts of the recent implementation of convergence (or virtual) bidding in the California wholesale electricity market. Frank also chaired a panel discussion on the progress of the implementation of California's AB 32 law, which seeks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.