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Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

March 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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US Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima, re-examinations of nuclear reactor security were launched in many of the 31 countries around the world, which possess “over 435 [operable] commercial nuclear power reactors with over 375,000 MWe of total capacity [while about] 70 more reactors are under construction.”[read more]

New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides, and a Lawsuit

March 24, 2015 by Christina Nunez

Government Fracking Rules and Reaction

No sooner had the Interior Department released new regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on about 756 million acres of federal and Indian land than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”[read more]

Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

March 24, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Hong Kong and Shipping Emissions

Hong Kong has just taken another giant step towards controlling marine emissions, the major source of its domestic air pollution. The Hong Kong Legislative Council has just approved a new rule mandating that Ocean-Going Vessels (OGVs) switch to clean fuel while at berth.[read more]

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

March 23, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We're Not Just Up a Creek Without a Paddle, We're Losing the Creek Too'

March 20, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought

California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. This winter continued the dry trend and there was little snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

FEMA Finalizes New Requirement for State Disaster Plans to Consider Climate Change Impacts

March 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced a change in its requirements for State Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans, which states develop in order to prepare for future natural disasters, must now consider the projected effects of climate change on hazard risks.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Florida's Climate Change Denial

March 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Florida, Climate Change, and Public Relations

First reported in an article by Tristram Korten, officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the same agency who is tasked to study the climate and prepare for natural disasters, were told that they were “not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”[read more]

Who in the United States will be Most Harmed by Ocean Acidification?

March 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

In 2007, when Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Oregon experienced extreme die-offs of baby oysters, the company became the first known economic victim of ocean acidification in the United States. Ocean acidification continues to worsen as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rise.[read more]

What the Water Sector Could Learn from the Electric Side

March 7, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Water Waste and Energy Efficiency

We know smart water meters are a critical component to better understanding our water use, but smart meters are only one part of the equation. What we really need is a smart water system. A more intelligent system could help people better understand their use and how to adjust behavior accordingly.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Americans Support Action on Global Warming

February 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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Recent reports have shown that global warming and its worldwide effects on human lives have become more common in recent months and years. In this article, we summarize the results of some polling of American public opinion on this subject.[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 18, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]