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Ph.D. student writing about energy policy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Discussing an interesting but seriously flawed article on the link between resources, political stability and aggresion... Read more »
Colgan, J. (2010) Oil and Revolutionary Governments: Fuel for International Conflict. International Organization, 64(04), 661-694. DOI: 10.1017/S002081831000024X
Remember the previous -gate? Not the current one with the leaking cables, but the other one with the climate scientists who got their internal communication leaked to the internet, sparking fierce debate on the possible ideological bias of climate research? That’s right: it’s time to come back to Climategate. Two of my colleagues here at the institute, Tomas Moe Skjølsvold and Marianne Ryghaug, have gone through the e-mails that were leaked and looked at what it says about the........ Read more »
Ryghaug, M., & Skjølsvold, T. (2010) The Global Warming of Climate Science: Climategate and the Construction of Scientific Facts. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 24(3), 287-307. DOI: 10.1080/02698595.2010.522411
Räty & Carlsson-Kanyama show that energy consumption differ according to gender. Not surprisingly, men eat more meat, drink more alcohol and buy and drive more expensive and fuel-intensive cars, and women use more energy on hygiene and clothes. This might not be news, but it’s still nice to have some number on it. Even if those numbers are only (very reasonable!) guesstimations based on a small subset of the population (singles) and inferring energy use from expenditure numbers&hellip........ Read more »
Räty, R., & Carlsson-Kanyama, A. (2009) Energy consumption by gender in some European countries. Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.010
Interesting stuff on China's coal demand and GDP growth in this article in Energy Policy. Especially interesting are the implications regarding the trustworthiness of the reports and predictions of the large energy institutions of the world. But first, to quote from the abstract:
"[T]his paper demonstrates that even with conservative assumptions about Chinese GDP growth and income elasticity of electric demand to 2025, the country will likely experience much higher coal demand and e........ Read more »
Shealy, M., & Dorian, J. (2009) Growing Chinese coal use: Dramatic resource and environmental implications. Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.06.051
There is an article in the European Journal of Social Theory titled “Testing Powers of Engagement Green Living Experiments, the Ontological Turn and the Undoability of Involvement”. In it, the author analyzes some online attempts at showing how the individual consumer can make small adjustments to their lifestyles to affect large changes in environmental impact. Several of these attempts center around a specific person blogging about attempting to reduce the carbon footprint associated with ........ Read more »
Marres, N. (2009) Testing Powers of Engagement: Green Living Experiments, the Ontological Turn and the Undoability of Involvement. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(1), 117-133. DOI: 10.1177/1368431008099647
According to a paper in the journal Motivation and Emotion, whether you smile or not in photos taken while you were young acts as a good predictor of possible divorce later in life. Sounds suspect to me.... Read more »
Hertenstein, M., Hansel, C., Butts, A., & Hile, S. (2009) Smile intensity in photographs predicts divorce later in life. Motivation and Emotion. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-009-9124-6
In an Energy Policy article with the cumbersome title “Integrating private transport into renewable energy policy: The strategy of creating intelligent recharging grids for electric vehicles”, the authors describe a model for solving two problems with one single integrated systems solution. The first deals with stability problems that arise with the introduction of more renewable energy: wind, solar and other renewables are not consistent in their electricity output. The second probl........ Read more »
Andersen, P., Mathews, J., & Rask, M. (2009) Integrating private transport into renewable energy policy: The strategy of creating intelligent recharging grids for electric vehicles. Energy Policy, 37(7), 2481-2486. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.03.032
Sivak, M., & Tsimhoni, O. (2009) Fuel efficiency of vehicles on US roads: 1923–2006. Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.04.001
An article in the latest Energy Policy titled “Electricity market integration: Redistribution effect versus resource reallocation” discusses the effect on electricity prices when a country liberalizes the electricity sector, and integrates it into an international market. This poses some interesting challenges to policy makers.... Read more »
Finon, D., & Romano, E. (2009) Electricity market integration: Redistribution effect versus resource reallocation. Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.03.045
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