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Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Hydropower Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

April 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Drought and Hydopower Impacts

The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a study from the Pacific Institute. When the 2007 to 2009 drought is taken into account, the figure rises to $2.4 billion.[read more]

In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

New York's High Court to Rule on Cleanup Requirements for Hundreds of Rivers, Bays, and Lakes

April 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York, Water Health, and Court Rulings

Long Island Sound, the Bronx River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and South Oyster Bay all share something in common - and this is not a club you'd want to join. They are so fouled with polluted runoff from cities and urban runoff that you may get sick if you swim there or touch the water.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We're Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow"

April 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought and Water Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.[read more]

For Energy (and Water) Conservation, Moral Suasion is No Substitute for Getting the Prices Right

April 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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California Drought and Water Pricing

The use of PR campaigns to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why. For political and jurisdictional reasons, it is often easier to mount a conservation campaign than raise energy or water prices in times of scarcity.[read more]

California Dreaming: Drought and Development

April 8, 2015 by Steven Cohen

As the northeast fights a losing battle to maintain its population, California grows like there's no tomorrow. But there will be. And more people, changing patterns of rainfall, and a culture requiring the desert to bloom have led California Governor Jerry Brown to call for a 25% reduction in household water consumption.[read more]

As Sea Level Rise Accelerates, Buying Shorefront Property Becomes a Game of Musical Chairs

April 5, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Sea Level Rise and Risk

Sea level rise may not cause widespread flooding until later in this century or into the next one, but real estate deals involve long timelines: the useful life of a new house or a commercial building can be at least fifty years, while an infrastructure project might last a hundred years or more.[read more]

The 'Global Calculator': A New Interactive Climate Change Scenario Tool

April 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Prediction Tools

A new tool named the “Global Calculator” is designed to interactively raise awareness of climate change impacts. A lack of action on behalf of the international community to implement global mitigation and adaptation strategies is expected to increase the severity of these climate change impacts.[read more]

As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills Gaps

April 3, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2013, yearly electricity generation from solar trailed every renewable energy technology in California except small hydro. But over the course of a year, solar generation more than doubled in the state, making it the second-biggest provider of renewable electricity in 2014 behind wind.[read more]

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]