A recent research paper by UC Berkeley’s Christopher Jones and Dan Kammen looks at the impact location and lifestyle has on your household’s carbon footprint. The point of the research isn’t to state the obvious: that, for example, a couple living in an urban area with good public transportation has a very different footprint to a family of four living in car-dependent suburbia. Instead it looks at how different strategies for carbon footprint reduction are needed depending on where and how you live.
Just as economist Christy Romer is packing her bags in Washington to return to Berkeley, another star academic is making the move east. Dan Kammen, who holds multiple posts in engineering, public policy and as Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, will become the World Bank’s chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency.