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...
The Global Village Energy project released a report tackling the question of why the adoption of improved cook stoves has been so slow in developing countries. Titled, "Three Key Obstacles to Cookstove Adoption (And How to Overcome Them)," it contains an article by PESD researcher Xander Slaski and Assistant Director Mark Clinton Thurber.
The Clean Development Mechanism ("CDM") was created by the Kyoto Protocol with the aims of encouraging emissions reductions in the developing world and cheapening greenhouse gas mitigation for developed countries. PESD fellow Michael Wara suggests several reforms to repair the course of CDM.
The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy has awarded four research grants totaling $1.2 million to Stanford University researchers for smart power grid related studies. One of the four grants went to a PESD-led project that will help regulators overcome barriers to the development of electricity transmission lines needed to facilitate renewable energy deployment.