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Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Can Humanity Coexist With Rising CO2 Levels?

February 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Humanity and Carbon Mitigation

Rather than investing current profits in future reserves that very well might not be burnable, it is in the better interest of the shareholders of fossil fuel companies to invest in technology that best preserves the value of existing reserves and insures the continuation of those companies in the energy business.[read more]

New York Fracking Ban Throws Peer Review Under the Bus

February 2, 2015 by Simon Lomax
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New York Fracking Ban

A research paper touted as peer-reviewed science – and used to justify New York’s ban on shale gas development – was actually peer-reviewed by active opponents of shale gas development who concealed their bias from the scientific community and the general public.[read more]

New Drilling Raises New Questions About Air Quality In Wyoming

January 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Drilling and Air Quality

Wyoming has a long history of living with the oil and gas industry, and an approach to air quality regulations that includes different requirements for different parts of the state can lead local residents to ask what new oil and gas development will mean for their neighborhoods, air, and quality of life.[read more]

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India, Coal, and Public Health

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions.[read more]

Global Impacts with Irreversible Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 9, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Warming and Changes

Severe weather events wreak havoc around the globe and thus tend to dominate international newspaper headlines. No continent has been spared with the strongest storms swirling both in the Pacific and Atlantic basins, in addition to extreme droughts and massive floods geographically well diversified.[read more]

Examining the Risks of Nuclear Terrorism

December 1, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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The standard risk analysis algorithm for making risk comparisons is to multiply the severity and magnitude of hazards with their probabilities of occurrence. This algorithm is considered by some to be callous, as it can excessively minimize a dreadful hazard which has a small probability, dooming some to experience it.[read more]

Shaping Public Perceptions of Radiation Risk

November 29, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Radiation and the Perception of Health Risk

On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current status and development of a long-term strategy for low dose radiation research.”[read more]

Clean Power Plan Will Save Thousands of Lives Every Year

October 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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Clean Power Plan and Public Health

Researchers have published new estimates of how many lives can be saved each year by EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation’s 1500 fossil-fueled electric power plants. These first-time carbon limits can save the lives of 3,500 Americans each year in 2020 and thereafter.[read more]

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water

 

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

August 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo Water Crisis

Toledo residents could breathe a sigh a relief after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted. Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins, likely caused by Lake Erie algal blooms.[read more]

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Projected To Fail

July 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Pennsylvania Fracking Well Risk

A major new study finds that, as suspected, it is new, unconventional gas wells that are far more likely to leak heat-trapping — and tap-water igniting — methane than older, conventional wells. Study after study has found consistently higher methane leakage rates from natural gas production and distribution.[read more]

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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People like to breathe. Rich, poor, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old, young, Americans, people from other countries, all are united in the biological necessities of being human. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health

June 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Obama administration announced its proposal for working with states to set national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. By putting the brakes on this carbon pollution we stand to gain a great deal for better health and more climate-secure communities.[read more]

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

May 29, 2014 by Max Baumhefner
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California and Clean Air

Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a gallon of gas – to help make it happen.[read more]