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Top 10 universities to study climate change
Number 7 - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Hamerschlag and Roberts Halls, part of the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Credit: Wikimedia)
Carnegie Mellon is a world-renowned technical university in the city of Pittsburgh. Considering the city's evolution from once being described as "hell with the lid off" to an emerald city with dozens of energy efficient buildings its no surprise to find a global research university like CMU at the center of it. The University's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and art through research and creative inquiry and teaching and learning, and to transfer intellectual and artistic product to enhance society in meaningful and sustainable ways. The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is a university-wide research initiative at CMU focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.
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Recommended reading: Check out this webinar on carbon capture with professor Edward Rubin from CMU.
Number 6 - University of Texas
Statues overlooking the Engineering Sciences buildings at the Austin campus of the the University of Texas, USA (Credit: Wikimedia)
Many people know that Texas leads the U.S. in crude oil and natural gas production but might be surprised to learn it also leads wind energy production, has the world's largest post combustion capture CCS project and has some of the largest solar capacity in the US. Austin's tech startup scene is thriving with a confluence of software and energy solutions and as we see in Sillicon Valley an innovative university culture is a key part of that success. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. The University's Environmental Science Institute (ESI) was created to advance the understanding of the environment and sustainability through the development of interdisciplinary research, education and outreach programs. ESI's Climate Change Working Group brings together researchers from across UT and the greater scientific community to investigate the nature, causes, extent, and ramifications of global climate change through a variety of overlapping areas of focus.
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Recommended reading: Look into work being done by UT Austin on wind energy.
Number 5 - Stanford University
Stanford University campus, Palo Alto, California, United States (Credit: Wikimedia)
Silicon Valley is the beating heart of technology innovation and so you’d certainly except to find a University right around the corner from Google and Facebook on this list. Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) says its goal is to find new solutions to one of the grand challenges of this century: supplying energy to meet the changing needs of a growing world population in a way that protects the environment.GCEP's mission is to conduct fundamental research on technologies that will permit the development of global energy systems with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
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Recommended reading: Check out the profile of some of Stanford’s professors, such as former US Secretary of Energy, Nobel laureate Stephen Chu and the work from Mark Jacobson to 50-state plan to transform the U.S. to renewable energy.
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