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August 27th, 2007

PESD associate reports to Boston Globe on unclean oil alternatives

in the news: Boston Globe on August 19, 2007

Mike Jackson suggests carbon policies to guide energy projects towards cleaner technologies at times of high oil prices Read more »



December 1st, 2006

Global impact of hydroelectric dams may be significant

in the news: Nature on November 30, 2006

Nature magazine included findings from Danny Cullenward's research analyzing emissions of greenhouse gases from hydroelectric dams in the tropics. He estimates that dams release between 95 million and 122 million tonnes of methane per year. His work has also been featured in a recent report by Berkeley-based International Rivers Network and in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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April 26th, 2006

Journal of Climatic Change editorial weighs in on dam debate

Op-ed

There is growing evidence that some hydro dams in tropical regions emit large quantities of greenhouse gases, but the results have been intensely controversial. PESD researchers Danny Cullenward and David Victor comment on the controversy and outline a plan, modeled on the IPCC, for getting to the bottom of the matter. +HTML+
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April 17th, 2006

PESD director David G. Victor advises how to manage our oil addiction

Op-ed: Houston Chronicle News on April 15, 2006

The Brazilian government is declaring victory in its decades-long struggle to become self-sufficient in the supply of oil. The milestone is cause for celebration in a country that has long paid a high price for imported energy. Read more »



March 9th, 2006

We are basically at energy crisis levels, states PESD research fellow Mark Hayes

in the news: The Mercury News on February 2, 2006

Mark H. Hayes says in a February 2, 2006 article in The Mercury News that things will get marginally better next year, but we are not going to get back to the natural gas environment we had in the 1990s any time in the foreseeable future. Read more »



January 4th, 2006

David G. Victor's "Recovering Sustainable Development" published in Foreign Affairs

Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on January 4, 2006

Sustainable development -- the notion that boosting economic growth, protecting natural resources, and ensuring social justice can be complementary goals -- has lost much appeal over the past two decades, the victim of woolly thinking and interest-group politics. The concept can be relevant again, but only if its original purpose -- helping the poor live healthier lives on their own terms -- is restored. Read more »



October 3rd, 2005

Victor commends Japan's auto industry for its focus on promising hybrid technologies and commercializing them.

in the news: Wall Street Journal on September 22, 2005

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, David Victor states that while it's clear the hybrid vehicle could well be a platform for innovation in automobiles, it is not yet clear that fuel cells or solar panels are winners in the alternative-energy race. Read more »




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