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GCAS 2018 Contest: Visualizing the Effects of Climate Change

CEGA and Planet are co-hosting a data visualization contest in conjunction with California’s upcoming Global Climate Action Summit. Click through to see contest details and submit your visualization. We look forward to seeing what you create!

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CEGA Releases June 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features PBS NewsHour coverage on Rural Electrification in Kenya, CEGA affiliates on air pollution and infant mortality, DIL's State of the Science event, and CEGA's Convening on Refugees & Migration.

PBS NewsHour on Rural Electrification in Kenya
This PBS NewsHour segment on rural electrification in Kenya provides a compelling overview of CEGA’s Rural Electric Power Project (REPP). It features findings from a 2015 paper on the share of "under grid" households with access to power, as well as ongoing research on the impacts of rural electrification, led by CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel and affiliates Eric Brewer and Catherine Wolfram, in close collaboration with the Kenyan government. 

Hiring GSR for O-Lab, Consultant/GSR for CCT evaluation in Dominican Republic
1) The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is seeking a 50% GSR for the fall semester to support program development and administration. The deadline to apply is August 24th, 2018. 2) CEGA is hiring a Limited Term Consultant or GSR to help design and implement a large-scale randomized evaluation of the Dominican Republic’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. For more information and how to apply to either of these positions, see the CEGA opportunities page.

Higher Temperatures Linked to Increased Suicide Rates
A major new study published in Nature by CEGA affiliates Marshall Burke, Sol Hsiang, and coauthors uses data from the United States and Mexico to show that, for every 1 °C increase in monthly average temperature, there is a 0.7% increase in the suicide rate in US counties and 2.1% in Mexican municipalities. The research has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, and Bloomberg.

Agricultural Effects of Geoengineering
A new study by CEGA affiliates Sol Hsiang, Jen Burney, Marshall Burke, and coauthors was recently published in Nature. Their research uses volcanic eruptions as a proxy for modelling the potential effects of solar geoengineering. They find injecting particles to block sunlight and cool the earth in response to rising temperatures would negatively impact agricultural production. Their study has been featured in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and UC Berkeley News.