During California’s recovery from COVID-19, many people have fallen behind on energy bills. In a blog post, Agricultural & Resource Economics professor Meredith Fowlie identifies pathways to energy bill debt relief for state citizens.
In the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, three researchers in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics published a paper assessing the economic and health costs of COVID, as well as policy responses to the pandemic. Graduate student Scott Kaplan, graduate student Jacob Lefler, and professor David Zilberman are co-authors of the study.
In a study, alumna Maywa Montenegro de Wit identifies ways in which COVID-19 has exposed racial issues in the agrifood industry. Combining lessons from ecology and social science, Montenegro de Wit suggests ways for agroecologists to learn from abolition to dismantle exploitative systems.
Professor Kate O'Neill and PhD candidate Jessica Heiges in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management analyze how the pandemic has altered waste management strategies, particularly when it comes to single-use disposable plastics.
In an event organized by BioMonitor and the International Consortium on Applied and Bioeconomy Research (ICABR), agricultural and resource economics professor David Zilberman joins other policy and science experts to discuss the importance of the bioeconomy for economic recovery during the pandemic. The webinar also centers on promoting equal access and participation in the recovery.
Ellen Bruno, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, studies the effects of coronavirus on the demand for groceries. While the study acknowledges the trend of panic-buying, it suggests that U.S. consumers need not worry about food availability.
In an article in California Magazine, professor Dan Kammen in the Energy and Resources Group joins a group of Berkeley experts, writing about the potential aftermath of the novel coronavirus pandemic. He argues that greed, social inequity, environmental distruction, and the sidelining of science have all made the outbreak much more devastating.
Professor of environmental science, policy, and mamangement Alastair Iles co-authors a study on expertise and decision-making during a pandemic. Specifically, he analyzes what expertise is favored, what issues experts focus on, and how such decisions impact health and socioeconomics for people of color, rural communities, farmers, workers, and consumers.
Researchers in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Energy Resources Group join the first peer-reviewed analysis of local, regional and national policies in response to the pandemic. The study, conducted by the Goldman School's Global Policy Laboratory and published in the journal Nature, finds that travel restrictions, business and school closures, shelter-in-place orders, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions averted roughly 530 million COVID-19 infections across the six countries. The study was also featured in The Washington Post, MSNBC, and other publications.
In a special issue of ARE Update, professor of agricultural and resource economics Michael Anderson explores the impacts of recent stay-at-home orders on mobility, economic activity, and pollution across the state. The data shows decreases in travel, with evidence of recovery before the relaxation of the order, but without compelling evidence for certain air particulate reductions.
In a Haas Energy Institute blog post, agricultural and resource economics professor Meredith Fowlie writes about green stimulus investments. She argues that certain policies could help simultaneously address the economic downturn, climate change, and social inequities.
Daphne Miller, a past fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute, writes about how the pandemic has led some farmers in the Midwest to shift production. Many growers are moving away from growing staple commodities, such as corn and wheat destined for international markets, to grow fruit and vegetables for local communities.
Nina Ichikawa, the executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute, speaks about how the current vulnerability of the United States' meat industry during the pandemic could influence sustainable livestock production in the future.
In an article discussing possible treatments for COVID-19, Dan Nomura speaks about target proteins on “undruggable” viruses. Nomura has spent the past three years working to understand the unique enzyme found in viruses like the coronavirus.
Climate experts, including Energy and Resources Group alum and CoolClimate Network director Christopher Jones, urge government officials to implement a green economic stimulus package following COVID-19. Such measures could mitigate climate change and help to rebuild the economy.
In a blog post for the Energy Institute at Haas, agricultural and resources economics professor Maximillian Auffhammer writes about the future of public transportation once social distancing mandates are no longer in effect.
In a recent article, the California-China Climate Institute (CCCI) calls for greater cooperation between the United States and China on emissions reduction, through a transition to zero-emission vehicles. CCCI is a UC-wide joint initiative between UC Berkeley's Rausser College, the Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, and the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University.
Cooperative Extension specialist Ellen Bruno, with researchers at UC Davis, publishes a study on what has been happening within the food supply chain during the Covid-19 outbreak. The researchers also discuss what is likely to happen next, as society deals with the pandemic and its aftermath.
In an opinion piece co-authored with Daniel Aldana Cohen, professor Dan Kammen in the Energy and Resources Group writes that the convergence of climate change and the global pandemic will be catastrophic. The authors argue for a green stimulus plan to address both problems simultaneously. Kammen's proposals are also discussed in Politico.
A recent commentary on food supply and Covid-19 references research by Agricultural and Resource Economics professors David Sunding and David Roland-Holst. Sunding and Roland-Holst analyze how certain policies can make food production in California less certain while increasing reliance on imported food.
In a new study, agricultural and resource economics professor Sofía Villas-Boas and graduate student James Sears analyze the effectiveness of sheltering-in-place during COVID-19 while explaining the effects that social distancing has on the spread of the virus.
Agricultural and Resources Economics professor David Zilberman and alumnus Thomas Reardon explain the effects of the coronavirus on food supply chains, offering a general strategy that governments may use to handle the crisis.
In a recent Op-ed, environmental science, policy, and management professor Seth Holmes writes about the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in the United States as they confront the coronavirus pandemic.
In his recent blog post, Agricultural and Resources Economics professor James Sallee writes about both the short-term and long-term effects of Covid-19 on the climate and economy. In particular, Sallee explains how the coronavirus could impact investment, politics, and other behaviors.
Christopher Jones, a climate policy expert and alumni of the Energy and Resources Group, speaks with E&E News about how coronavirus stay-at-home measures could impact global emissions and energy usage. Jones also spoke with reporters at the New York Times, NBC, and La Prensa Latina Media on this topic.
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