A Pre-Lima Scorecard for Evaluating which Countries are Doing Their Fair Share in Pledged Carbon Cuts

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Valentina Bosetti and Jeffrey Frankel http://bit.ly/1vCFbxl Those worried about the future of the earth’s climate are hoping that the climate-change convention in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, will yield progress toward specific national commitments to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The Lima conference will be hosted by the United … Continue reading

Recent Climate and Air Pollution Impacts on Indian Agriculture

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Nov. 3, 2014, v111 n46 p16319-16324doi; 10.1073/pnas.1317275111) / by Jennifer Burneya and V. Ramanathan http://www.pnas.org/content/111/46/16319.short Rising temperatures because of increased emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs) have had and will continue to have significant negative impacts on crop yields. However, other climate changes caused by short-lived climate pollutants … Continue reading

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Could Save Up to $9 Billion in 2030

Up-to-Date Cost Data For Clean Energy Resources Mean Lower Costs, Greater Potential for Carbon Reductions Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/files/clean-power-plan-energy-savings-IB.pdf [Fierce Energy] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to curb carbon pollution from power plants overestimates the electric power industry’s compliance costs by as much as $9 billion, according to a … Continue reading

The Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Electricity Generation and Water Use in Texas

CNA Corp. http://www.cna.org/research/2014/water-use-texas [Press Release] CNA Corporation today released a report finding that under EPA’s proposed rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants, Texas’ power sector could cut water consumption by 21 percent, while reducing conventional air pollutants 29 percent by 2029. The water savings are enough water to fill Cowboys Stadium … Continue reading

Conservation Buffer Distance Estimates for Greater Sage-Grouse — A Review

US Geological Survey http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1239/ The U.S. Geological Survey released a report today that compiles and summarizes published scientific studies that evaluate effective conservation buffer distances from human activities and infrastructure that influence greater sage-grouse populations. Greater sage-grouse conservation buffers are specified protective distances around greater sage-grouse communal breeding locations, known as leks… [From an E&E … Continue reading

Believers, Sympathizers, and Skeptics: Why Americans are Conflicted about Climate Change, Environmental Policy, and Science

Findings from the PRRI/AAR Religion,Values, and Climate Change Survey Public Religion Research Institute http://bit.ly/1xaWpg2 Americans rank climate change last on a list of important issues. Only five percent of Americans say climate change is the most important issue facing the U.S. today. The issue of climate change ranks behind the lack of jobs (22%), the increasing … Continue reading

Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in Texas

Environment Texas Research and Policy Center http://www.environmenttexas.org/reports/txe/star-power-growing-role-solar-energy-texas Texas could meet its energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy that strikes the state every day in the form of sunlight… Texas should continue to incentivize growth in solar energy by setting a goal of obtaining 20 percent of its … Continue reading

Climate Change: Better Management of Exposure to Potential Future Losses Is Needed for Federal Flood and Crop Insurance

US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-15-28 Since GAO’s 2007 report on flood and crop insurance, exposure growth in hazard-prone areas has increased losses, and climate change and related increases in extreme weather events may further increase such losses in coming decades. Scientific and industry studies GAO reviewed generally found that increasing growth and property values in … Continue reading