10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

Read the full story at the HBR Blog Network. For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they …

Should we be calling it “climate disruption”?

Read the full story at Grist. White House science adviser John Holdren knows a lot about climate change. Just a couple of months ago, he smacked down climate deniers in a video released by the White House in which he coolly explained the links between climate change and the polar vortex. Now he’s hoping to change …

UI scientists asked for alternatives to dumping PCBs at Clinton

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Scientists at the University of Illinois are being asked to review alternatives to disposing of toxic PCBs at a landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer, the drinking water supply for approximately 500,000 central Illinoisans. The plan to assess alternative technologies was announced Friday at a news conference called …

New York Launches Major Regulatory Reform for Utilities

Read the full story in Green Tech Media. California issued a storage mandate and settled its net metering debate last year. Texas is in the process of overhauling its ancillary services market. Minnesota has set a value-of-solar tariff. But all of that is small potatoes compared to the market transformation for electric distribution utilities that …