Analysis of the Public Health Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, 2009–2014

Abt Associates / by Michelle Manion, et al. http://abtassociates.com/RGGI#sthash.OtKDIetw.dpuf [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has resulted in an estimated $5.7 billion in health savings and other benefits for participating states, according to a new independent study out today. The nine-state effort to curb carbon emissions has prevented 300-830 adult deaths, avoided 13,000 – 16,000 … Continue reading

China’s Global Renewable Energy Expansion: How the World’s Second-Biggest Economy Is Positioned to Lead the World in Clean-Power Investment

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) http://bit.ly/2jj9g4q [Press Release] China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)… Tim Buckley, lead author of the report … Continue reading

Quadrennial Energy Review — Second Installment

US Dept. of Energy https://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-second-installment [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Obama administration’s second – and final – Quadrennial Energy Review is coming out today. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Obama climate aide Dan Utech are rolling out the tome, which aims to align energy policies across the federal government, at 10 a.m. in … Continue reading

Financing Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure: The Role of Climate Finance and Green Financial Systems

Brookings Institution / by Joshua P. Meltzer http://brook.gs/2ei5Et3 Over the next 15 years (2015-2030) the world will need to build on the order of US $75-$86 trillion in infrastructure—approximately double the estimated $50 trillion stock of infrastructure. This increases to $116.55 trillion once investments in energy efficiency and primary energy are included. Around 70 percent of … Continue reading

The Paris Agreement and Beyond: International Climate Change Policy Post-2020

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Robert N. Stavins and Robert C. Stowe http://bit.ly/2eb2KqG The Paris Agreement is a breakthrough in multilateral efforts to address the threat of global climate change. For the first time, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions includes contributions from all of the … Continue reading

A Preliminary Environmental Equity Assessment Of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

USC  Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) | UC Berkeley | San Francisco State Univ. | Occidental College / by By Lara J. Cushing, et al. http://dornsife.usc.edu/PERE/enviro-equity-CA-cap-trade …Key findings from our analysis indicate that: Regulated GHG-emitting facilities—including those that emit the highest levels of both GHGs and PM10—tend to be located in neighborhoods with … Continue reading