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  • Decarbonizing the pulp and paper industry: A critical and systematic review of sociotechnical developments and policy options 6/30/2022
    Decarbonizing the pulp and paper industry: A critical and systematic review of sociotechnical developments and policy options Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio,  Benjamin K. Sovacool, Payne Institute Fellow Steve Griffiths, Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian, Jinsoo Kim, Aoife M. Foley, and David Rooney write about how paper has shaped society for centuries and is considered one of humanity’s most important inventions. However, pulp and paper products can be damaging to social and natural systems along their lifecycle of material extraction, processing, transportation, and waste handling. The pulp and paper industry is among the top five most energy-intensive industries globally and is the fourth largest industrial energy user. June 30, 2022. 
  • Can African countries benefit from the coming boom in battery minerals demand? 6/27/2022
    Can African countries benefit from the coming boom in battery minerals demand? Payne Institute Research Associate Baba Freeman writes about how many African nations are falling further behind developed countries in providing economic opportunities for their citizens despite having substantial mineral and energy endowments. Accepting the view that increasing commodity exports can help close the gap, this commentary examines the availability of cobalt, lithium, and nickel resources, reserves and production in African countries and their potential for meeting the future demand for electric vehicle batteries. June 27, 2022.
  • Wildfire in Cyprus 6/27/2022
    Wildfire In Cyprus Payne Institute Earth Observation Group student Elijah Mt.Castle writes about the large wildfire in northern Cyprus and how it was started by a vehicle fire and quickly spread to over 10,000 acres. Fire crews have been sent by Israel, Turkey, the UN, the UK, and the Republic of Cyprus to help fight the blaze. June 27, 2022. 
  • The Dimming of Lights in Afghanistan 2022 versus 2021 6/24/2022
    The Dimming of Lights in Afghanistan 2022 versus 2021 Payne Institute’s Earth Observation Group Senior Research Associate Christopher Elvidge and Research Associate’s Tilottama Ghosh and Mikhail Zhizhin write a Commentary “The Dimming Lights in Afghanistan 2022 versus 2021”.  Included is a color composite image to identify Afghanistan cities or towns where the lighting has dimmed during the first part of 2022 relative to a year ago using VIIRS day / night band cloud-free average radiances.   June 24, 2022. 
  • A federal gas tax holiday might be popular. But it might not be useful 6/23/2022
    A federal gas tax holiday might be popular. But it might not be useful. Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian is featured on this podcast about how hoping to curb the pain consumers are feeling at the pump right now, President Biden has called for a suspension of the federal gasoline tax. Biden asked Congress on Wednesday for a three-month suspension of the tax, a lot of which helps pay for roads and bridges, to provide some relief. June 23, 2022.
  • The Energy Crisis Is a National-Security Opportunity 6/23/2022
    The Energy Crisis Is a National-Security Opportunity Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian writes about how President Joe Biden took office in 2020 with climate action as a top priority, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other events have thrown his energy policy into chaos. Yet this crisis also an opportunity: Biden can, and should, reframe the clean-energy transition as an urgent national security priority. June 23, 2022.
  • Nuclear Renaissance Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power 6/16/2022
    Nuclear Renaissance: Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power Payne Institute Fellow William Nuttall has published his second edition of his book that discusses nuclear power is low carbon and reliable, but in recent years it has struggled to play a strong role in global plans for electricity generation in the 21st century. Many of those involved with nuclear power and environmental agencies see controlled expansion of nuclear plants as the most environmentally friendly way of meeting growing energy demands. In the UK policy makers must recognise concerns around severe accidents and radioactive wastes and balance these against the risks arising from other energy technologies. In addition, energy policy-makers must ensure that energy supplies remain affordable for all in society. How might new nuclear power stations help meet emerging policy needs?  June 16, 2022.
  • Analysis of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru under Climate Impacts Using System Dynamics Modeling 6/16/2022
    Analysis of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru under Climate Impacts Using System Dynamics Modeling Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Sebnem Duzgun contributes to this article where they propose a system dynamics (SD) model to examine the dynamics of an informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) supply chain that has interactions with the illegal gold supply chain in the Amazon rainforest region, Madre de Dios (MdD), Peru.  June 16, 2022.
  • WILDFIRES IN ARIZONA 6/15/2022
    WILDFIRES IN ARIZONA Payne Institute Earth Observation Group student worker Elijah Mt.Castle writes about how there are multiple fires burning north of Flagstaff Arizona. The fires are burning in Coconino National Forest. They threaten multiple communities, schools, and cultural landmarks.  June 15, 2022.
  • US increases production to catch China in global battery race 6/9/2022
    US increases production to catch China in global battery race Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how as battery-powered electric vehicles become a mainstay on the nation’s highways — and a key piece of President Biden’s environmental policy — the U.S. is facing a formidable challenge in its efforts to compete in the global battery race. June 9, 2022.