Penn State Energy and Environment News

Social Science Research Institute launches climate, society, health initiative


A new Penn State initiative will focus on climate change and how extreme weather events impact human health, especially in underserved populations across the globe.

Urgent need for climate solutions spurs Penn State to launch Climate Consortium


Penn State has established a consortium focused on meeting the mounting challenges related to climate change. Penn State's Climate Consortium is a collective of internal and external partners committed to identifying, creating and implementing research-based solutions to address the mounting challenges related to climate change. 

Stuckeman architecture professor awarded inaugural Obel teaching fellowship


Laia Celma, assistant teaching professor of architecture in the Stuckeman School, was named an inaugural recipient of the OBEL AWARD Teaching Fellowship, a premier teaching and research fellowship from the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation.

Accelerate your research impact with NSF I-Corps Short Course


Penn State’s NSF I-Corps Short Course is accepting applications for its virtual January cohort. The no-cost program helps researchers test a startup idea through customer interviews and educational programming on the lean startup methodology.

Political ideology affected how COVID-19 news was consumed, study finds


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the speed with which available health and safety information evolved was novel to most people around the world. To assess how the public handled the changing guidance, an international research team, including a Penn State professor, compared information consumption among citizens of Germany and the United States. They found the two countries displayed some similarities in how people consumed pandemic news, but differences emerged between German and U.S. citizens who lean right politically.

Search launched for the next dean of Penn State’s College of IST


Penn State is seeking nominations and candidates for the next dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and interested parties are encouraged to submit applications by Jan. 8, 2024.

Penn State delegation: What to watch for at COP28

| by Esther Obonyo, Mark Ortiz, Brandi Robinson, Vikrant Sapkota, Erica Smithwick

A six-person Penn State delegation will be traveling to Dubai for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's COP28, which runs from November 30–December 12, 2023. They will be official observers of the meeting, which means that they have the right to speak, make presentations, and engage with governments, NGOs, industry, and the media. They will also be collaborating with other higher education institutions.

The state of the climate crisis


COP28 takes place against an apocalyptic backdrop. From Appalachia to Malawi, these communities offer a measure of hope. This article mentions Penn State research. 

Rare earth discoveries mean coal mines could have a key role to play in the energy transition


Calls for a phase out of coal are getting louder, but it could yet have a future when it comes to sourcing rare earth elements. This article mentions Penn State research. 

Feral hogs eating their way into Pa. from South pose threat to forests and agriculture


Feral hogs are 300-pound, 30-mile-per-hour rampaging, crop-eating machines and they are moving north into Pennsylvania. This article, quotes Melanie Barkley, Penn State Extension educator.

How a proposed solar project prompted this rural Pa. township to face its mining past


A Centre County township wrestles with a proposed solar farm on a site where runoff from past coal mining is polluting a watershed.

Pennsylvania ranks 7th in nation in greenhouse gas supply


Companies that put fossil fuels into the economy could be easier to target with policies that help address climate change, according to the author of a recent analysis. This article quotes Lara Fowler, Chief Sustainability Officer at Penn State.