Public Health

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]

California Leads on Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations

February 8, 2016 by

California and Emissions Prevention

California took a big step forward to reduce emissions of potent, heat-trapping methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Joining states like Wyoming, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, California is proposing strong but sensible rules to control methane across the oil and gas supply chain.[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]

BLM Tackles Waste, Methane Pollution on Federal and Tribal Lands

February 6, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Waste on Tribal Lands

In an important step forward in curbing methane emissions from the nation’s oil and gas sector, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced a regulatory proposal aimed at wasteful practices that shortchange taxpayers, squander energy resources and threaten the Earth’s climate.[read more]

The Future of RPS Policies

February 5, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Future RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies.[read more]

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan Impacts

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.[read more]

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

February 5, 2016 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Energy Incentives and Analysis

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018.[read more]