Public Health

Clean Power Progress Will Continue

February 11, 2016 by Bob Perciasepe

Supreme Court's Clean Power Plan Stay

The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan may slow, but certainly does not stop, progress toward a cleaner power system in the U.S. There’s no telling how the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which were always expected, will ultimately play out. But there are a few important points to keep in mind.[read more]

Resilient Hospitals: Using Climate Data for Better Healthcare Planning

February 11, 2016 by Emilie Mazzacurati

Climate and Healthcare

Climate change increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and conditions – from asthma to vector diseases — likely to increase demand for healthcare. However, most hospitals have yet to integrate local climate change projections into their risk management and planning processes.[read more]

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

February 11, 2016 by Charles Barton

Climate Change and Living Necessity

This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.[read more]

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

February 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

New York State Emissions Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York's first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators.[read more]

Coming Together on Climate

February 11, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Climate Education and Solutions

On January 19th, some 35 members of the MIT community spent a day getting creative and collaborative on solutions to carbon emissions and climate change at the Hackathon for Climate. The all-day event invited community members to come together on the topic of climate change.[read more]

More Drinking Water Contamination Linked to the Oil and Gas Industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

February 11, 2016 by Amy Mall

Oil and Gas Links to Water Pollution?

Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. And in Pennsylvania, a report looked at transparency and procedural problems at the Pennsylvania Department of the Environment by reviewing hundreds of files where water had been contaminated.[read more]

Enough Tritium for Almost a Million Liters at 8,000,000 pCi/L

February 10, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear and Tritium

Sometime between June 24, 2015 and January 21, 2016, a building remodeling project in Steamboat Springs, CO resulted in the loss of 7.5 curies of tritium. A reasonable guess is that the container holding the tritium was tossed into a construction debris dumpster and carted off to a local landfill.[read more]

The Sustainable City

February 9, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Cities and Sustainability

 

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature.[read more]

Study: China's New Policies will Lower CO2 Emissions Faster, Without Preventing Economic Growth

February 9, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

China Environmental Policy

A new study that was co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.[read more]

BLM's Proposal To Reduce Methane: Why It Matters For America

February 9, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

BLM and Methane

More than 90 percent of oil and gas production on BLM lands comes from the Western U.S. The tax and royalty revenue generated by this production is used to fund local infrastructure needs – schools, roads and other improvements — in rural and tribal communities.[read more]

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

February 9, 2016 by Gail Tverberg

Physics and Energy Economics

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean? There are not many people who understand dissipative systems, and very few who understand how an economy operates.[read more]

It's All About the Transition

February 8, 2016 by David Hone

Transitioning Away

The ambition embodied within the Paris Agreement argues for the need to reach a state of net zero anthropogenic emissions around the middle of the century, although the text of the Agreement is less stringent and points to the second half of the century for a balance between sinks and sources.[read more]

What EPA Should Consider on Their Final "Fracking" Assessment

February 8, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Fracking Rules

Questions about if and how hydraulic fracturing activities (what is called “fracking” by some) can contaminate drinking water have been top-of-mind for many since the practice started getting widespread public attention about a decade ago.[read more]

Bipartisan Support for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

February 7, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear and Third Way

Third Way bills itself as a centrist think tank that is not satisfied with just thinking; they take action that gets results. The Jan 27th Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase provided an excellent example of Third Way’s ability to seek common ground among people from both major political parties in the United States.[read more]

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

February 6, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records in 2015

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever.[read more]