Electric Vehicle Benefits and Costs in the United States

Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/epp/policy-briefs/briefs/Electric-Vehicles-Costs-Benefits.pdf [Green Car Congress]  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have published two new policy briefs, along with accompanying videos, about the benefits of electrified vehicles and the potential for their adoption in the US. The briefs condense the findings of a number of recent papers coming out of the CMU group … Continue reading

Evaluating and Ranking Threats to the Long-Term Persistence of Polar Bears

US Geological Survey / by Todd C. Atwood, et al. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1254/pdf/ofr2014-1254.pdf [From Press Release]  Greenhouse gas emissions remain the primary threat to the preservation of polar bear populations worldwide. This conclusion holds true under both a reduced greenhouse gas emission scenario that stabilizes climate warming and another scenario where emissions and warming continue at the current pace, … Continue reading

New California Fracking Rules and Final Environmental Impact Report Released July 1

SB4 Final Environmental Impact Report California State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/SB4_Final_EIR.aspx (press release) http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/SB4_Final_EIR_TOC.aspx (Final Environmental Impact Report) [Los Angeles Times] State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. [The California … Continue reading

A Framework for Identifying Organic Compounds of Concern in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Based on Their Mobility and Persistence in Groundwater

Environmental Science and Technology Letters (May 16, 2015, v2 n6 p158–164; DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00090) / by Jessica D. Rogers, et al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00090 [Eureka Alert] A new University of Colorado Boulder framework used to screen hundreds of organic chemical compounds used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that 15 may be of concern as groundwater contaminants based on their toxicity, … Continue reading

The International Relations of the Green Economy in the Gulf: Lessons from the UAE’s State-led Energy Transition

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies / by Mari Luomi http://bit.ly/1LUSOeS In this study, Mari Luomi examines how the resource-rich GCC countries are positioning themselves in the international relations of the green economy, focusing on the UAE’s state-led efforts to acquire the means of implementation for a national green energy transition. The study addresses four questions: … Continue reading

Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans

Interior Dept., Northeast Climate Science Center http://necsc.umass.edu/projects/integrating-climate-change-state-wildlife-action-plans Fish and Wildlife agencies across the United States are currently revising their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). These documents are important planning documents over 10 year timescales.  SWAP Coordinators have been challenged to incorporate climate change impacts and species responses as part of their strategic approaches to managing vulnerable … Continue reading

Multistate Coordination Resources for Clean Power Plan Compliance

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) http://bit.ly/1LAprBE [From a Climate Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] State air agencies and environmental regulators will work with utility commissions and energy offices to submit plans for cutting carbon emissions under the rule, but state lawmakers will also need to be involved, according to the new section of a … Continue reading