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Alumnus James Rising’s research (published in Nature Communications) is featured in Market Place. In the interview he explains that profits for the 6 major crops grown in the US are set to fall by 30% by 2070 because of climate change, unless farmers undertake crop switching massively, which would halve the losses.

Alumnus Amir Jina tells The Guardian about the conclusions of a study on the effects of climate change on human mortality. Bill Gates also talks about the study conducted by the Climate Impacts Lab, a team of researchers straddling disciplines and research institutions that in addition to Amir is lucky to have alumni James Rising and Solomon Hsiang, also co-authors on the study.

The New York Times, The HinduNews24 and others reminisce about faculty member Douglas Almond’s studies on food stamps (here) and the 1918 influenza (here) on children’s outcomes in light of the Covid-19 pandemic in search of insight.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded its prestigious its prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowships for the year 2020 to 27 scholars that have conducted “high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences”, among whom alumnus Solomon Hsiang.

Alumni Kimberly Oremus and James Rising recently published in Science work they have done on fish dispersal and oceanic currents with DEES graduate Nandini Ramesh, and the BBC, among others, covered their remarkable findings (Nandini’s interview starts at 8’45”). Read also the interview of the three authors in UD Daily.

The work of current student Charles Taylor and faculty member Wolfram Schlenker on “Market Expectations About Climate Change” is highlighted in a Bloomberg article.

Research by alum Eyal Frank is featured in the New York Times. Together with Prof. David Wilcove (Princeton), they look at conservation status of species as determined by the IUCN and compare it with protection by international treaty CITES, which regulates the international trade of animal and plant species, and find mismatches and lags going from the former to the latter. Eyal is also quoted in Forbes, Science News, New Scientist, The Independent, and Futura Sciences.

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 Slate.com.

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.