Fracking and Parkland: Understanding the Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Park Usage

University of Florida | North Carolina State University | Florida State University http://bit.ly/1PFNVb6 The study of park users in five Appalachian states found more than a third say they would be unwilling to participate in recreational activities near hydraulic fracturing operations, known more commonly as fracking. A team of tourism, recreation, and sport management researchers … Continue reading

Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review,

US Energy Information Administration http://www.energy.gov/oe/articles/annual-us-transmission-data-review-now-available The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review, its annual compilation of transmission-related data focusing on six areas:  transmission infrastructure, reliability, utilization, constraints, planning, and economic congestion. This data, which is gathered from publicly-available sources, is used to inform various DOE analyses, including … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Potential in Ohio

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy / by Maggie Molina and Neal Elliott ttp://aceee.org/sites/default/files/ohio-potential-8-24-15.pdf [Utility Dive] Ohio’s utility companies could have reduced energy usage by as much as a third in coming years if legislators had not frozen an efficiency mandate last year that was set to rise over time, according to a new white … Continue reading

Ranking the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries in 2040

World Resources Institute / by Andrew Maddocks, Robert Samuel Young and Paul Reig http://bit.ly/1KSkezS (rankings) http://bit.ly/1LA7vHQ (analysis) [Washington Post] One of the biggest concerns about climate change is how it will affect global water supplies. Rising temperatures and changes in future precipitation patterns are expected to cause a spike in droughts around the world. Couple these factors … Continue reading

Australia Set to Overshoot its 2030 Target by Large Margin

Climate Action Tracker / by Marcia Rocha, et al. http://climateactiontracker.org/assets/publications/briefing_papers/082015_Australia.pdf [full report] http://climateactiontracker.org/countries/australia.html [summary] Without further policies, Australia’s emissions are set to increase substantially – around 27% above 2005 levels by 2030, according to an assessment by an international research analysis, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT). As its contribution towards the Paris Climate Agreement, Australia … Continue reading

Sage Grouse Conservation Blueprint Released

Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 Investment Strategy, FY 2015-2018 US Dept. of Agriculture http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd391816&ext=pdf [From a Greenwire article by Phil Taylor, sub. req’d] The Agriculture Department today announced plans to invest $211 million in sage grouse conservation through 2018, a final push to prevent the bird’s extinction that calls for expanded efforts to combat invasive weeds … Continue reading

Impact of Urbanization on US Surface Climate

Environmental Research Letters (2015 v10 n8; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084010) / by Lahouari Bounoua, et al. [Yale Environment 360] The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Using data from multiple satellites, the researchers found that areas covered in part by impervious surfaces … Continue reading

Sea-level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists

US Geological Survey / by Thomas W. Doyle, Bogdan Chivoiu, and Nicholas M. Enwright http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4309&from=rss#.Vd9RMJfG-iw [Press release] Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts. Designed … Continue reading

Assessing Changes in the Reliability of the US Electric Power System

Stanford Univ. | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US DOE http://1.usa.gov/1EmVjrE [Green Car Congress] In the most comprehensive analysis of electricity reliability trends in the United States, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have found that, while, on average, the frequency of power outages has not changed in recent years, the … Continue reading