At the the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), world leaders reached a new global agreement on climate action following two weeks of negotiations. Additionally, several countries, private funders, and NGOs made new pledges …
For the network of pipelines that bring natural gas to homes throughout the U.S., leaks are an ongoing challenge. Repairing those leaks can lead to safety and climate benefits by reducing the amount of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere. But a new study led by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards found these repairs are not always successful, leaving some of the potential benefits of leak repair on the table.
“The main finding of our study is that if microreactor vendors can reach their goals for total costs, and if they rely on low-interest government financing rather than private financing, then microreactors could be economically competitive against natural gas and increase the energy resilience of certain government facilities,” says Paul Wilson, the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UW-Madison who led the study.
Roald will use the five-year, $500,000 grant to develop risk assessment methods to quantify short-term operational risk to electric distribution grids.
For atmospheric scientist Tracey Holloway, it’s all about connection.
Connections between research and policy, connections between air quality and health, and interpersonal connections have driven Holloway, a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, throughout her career.
Prof. Holloway and EAP student Clara Jackson found Madison Gas and Electric’s goal of reaching net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 was in line with efforts to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5°C.
“Holloway, who works at the intersection of air quality, energy, climate, and public health, is being acknowledged for her research work as well as her role in outside organizations that support advancement of the Earth sciences.”
“Cities, states, and businesses across the United States are making commitments to act on climate change. Combining strong federal policy with these subnational actions can lead to even greater emissions reductions.”
Doctors, nurses and other health providers see climate change affecting their patients and have an opportunity to talk about it in their practices, says Patz, director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. Health care groups also are increasingly willing to talk about the health effects of climate change.
Professor Nemet speaks on WPR about the energy policies and positions of the two primary candidates of the 2020 presidential election.