U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2013

US DOE, Energy Information Administration http://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/carbon/ [Today in Energy] U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased in 2013 by 129 million metric tons (2.5%), the largest increase since 2010 and the fourth-largest increase since 1990. Emissions trends reflect a combination of economic factors (population multiplied by per capita output [GDP/population]), energy intensity (energy use per … Continue reading

Who Pollutes? A Household-Level Database of America’s Greenhouse Gas Footprint

Center for Global Development / Kevin Ummel http://bit.ly/1yEbuvW [Abstract] This paper describes the creation of a database providing estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints for 6 million US households over the period 2008-2012. The database allows analysis of footprints for 52 types of consumption (e.g. electricity, gasoline, apparel, beef, air travel, etc.) within and across geographic … Continue reading

Remote Sensing of Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production in North American Tight Geologic Formations

Earth’s Future (Oct. 6, 2014; doi: 10.1002/2014EF000265) / by Oliver Schneising, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014EF000265/full [Energy Guardian] Some ten percent of natural gas produced in drilling fields like those in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale – most of which is methane — leaks into the atmosphere, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s … Continue reading

Economic & Environmental Impact of Traffic Congestion in Europe & the US

Inrix http://www.inrix.com/economic-environment-cost-congestion/ …A new report by INRIX in collaboration with one of the world’s leading economic think tanks, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), quantifies the cost of traffic congestion on individual households and national economies in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany. This is the first study of its kind to forecast … Continue reading

Energy Technology Expert Elicitations for Policy: Workshops, Modeling, and Meta-analysis

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Laura Diaz Anadon, et al. http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/24640/energy_technology_expert_elicitations_for_policy.html Characterizing the future performance of energy technologies can improve the development of energy policies that have net benefits under a broad set of future conditions. In particular, decisions about public investments in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) that promote technological change … Continue reading

Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations

Ceres Insurance Program (download with free registration) http://bit.ly/1tL6p3H Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations, ranks the nation’s 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to … Continue reading

The 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1408 For the past eight years, the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard has measured the progress of state policies and programs that save energy while also benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. Using data vetted by state energy officials, we rank states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, … Continue reading

Fracking’s Toxic Loophole: Thanks to the “Halliburton Loophole,” Hydraulic Fracturing Companies Are Injecting Chemicals More Toxic than Diesel

Environmental Integrity Project http://environmentalintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/FRACKINGS-TOXIC-LOOPHOLE.pdf [InsideEPA.com, sub. req'd] …Democrats have failed in efforts to push legislation to end provisions in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and other federal statutes that exempt fracking from certain types of regulation. Under SDWA, for example, a 2005 energy law exempts fracking injections from the definition of “underground injection” for … Continue reading