So much has changed since work began on our March newsletter (read it here). I hope this issue finds you and your loved ones safe and well. It feels a bit awkward to be communicating about anything unrelated to getting ahead of the novel coronavirus. But in another sense, it is uplifting.
Michael Wara and James Sweeney weigh in on the options for PG&E, inlcuding a possible takeover by the state.
Future leaders will need a diverse and interdisciplinary skill set to solve the major environmental challenges we face. This means not only grasping the scientific and physical knowledge necessary to find novel solutions, but also understanding the policy landscape as it relates to environmental issues. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s Rising Environmental Leaders Program (RELP) is training future leaders today.
Ten years after the publication of their first plan for powering the world with wind, water, and solar, researchers offer an updated vision of the steps that 143 countries around the world can take to attain 100% clean, renewable energy by the year 2050. The new roadmaps, publishing December 20 in the journal One Earth, follow up on previous work that formed the basis for the energy portion of the U.S.
Wildfires are a major threat to electric grid reliability in the Western U.S. Few people know the details better than Stanford Research Scholar Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Wara, who also serves on the state of California’s Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Commission, testified on the issue at a Dec. 19 hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.