In the News

R. Daniel Bressler (current student) publishes this December 2018 in Vox a piece “‘Designer bugs’: how the next pandemic might come from a lab” on the increased risks posed by the continued development engineered pathogens, and their accidental or intentional release into the environment.

Work by alum Solomon Hsiang and faculty member Wolfram Schlenker and coauthors published in Nature this summer ’18 receives coverage from Scientific American and The Atlantic — their research shows that using aerosols to reduce the Earth’s temperature will act as a double-edged sword: crops benefit from lower temperatures, but suffer from reduced light intake.

The Financial Times asks alum Solomon Hsiang about his work on temperatures and suicides, which led to an article published in Nature Climate Change. The findings were obtained leveraging US and Mexican data on suicides and social media.

Scott Barrett is cited in the New York Times on the way forward for international negotiations on climate change.

Alumn Eyal Frank received the 2017 Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, granted by the AERE (Association of Environmental and Resource Economists).

Paul Krugman cites Douglas Almond’s 2016 AER paper on the long-term benefits for children of the US Food Stamp Program (with Hilary Hoynes and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach) in an op-ed in the New York Times (Dec 07, 2017); covered in more depth in the “Upshot” section earlier that year.

Amir Jina writes in Forbes about recovery after the Fall’17 series of hurricanes. Also see Solomon Hsiang’s op-ed in the New York Times on Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.

John C. Mutter is interviewed by CNN on the water issues and the difficulty of estimating the death toll in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria. Also interviewed in Slate and The Altantic (on hurricane Harvey).

Alumni Ram Fishman, Daiju Narita, Solomon Hsiang, faculty members Wolfram Schlenker and Matthew Neidell, and others (as part of the Risky Business project), are cited in Chapter 7 (Addressing Climate Change) of the 2017 Economic Report of the President. Faculty member Douglas Almond is cited in Chapter 5 (Investing in Higher Education) thereof.

Amir Jina explains in Forbes how the U.S. are implicitly subsidizing fossil fuels by not internalizing the social cost of carbon. At an estimated cost of $200 billion in 2015.

Kyle Meng writes on the future of climate policy in the wake of the 2016 presidential election in

Prabhat Barnwal is quoted by the New York Times on his doctoral research.

Kyle Meng & Solomon Hsiang write an op-ed on El Niño’s contrasted effects in the Guardian.

John Mutter on Haiti’s earthquake as covered by CNN.

Jesse Anttila-Hughes was featured in Scientific American.

Doug Almond’s work on gender selection was covered in the New York Times.

Marta Vicarelli shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, as a contributing author of the IPCC.