High-Mileage Light-Duty Fleet Vehicle Emissions: Their Potentially Overlooked Importance

Environmental Science & Technology (May 3, 2016; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00717) / by Gary A. Bishop, et al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b00717 [Green Car Congress]  A study by researchers from the University of Denver and the University of Puget Sound indicates that high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected based on their actual numbers in the fleet. In … Continue reading

Fugitive Emissions from the Bakken Shale Illustrate Role of Shale Production in Global Ethane Shift

Geophysical Research Letters (April 26, 2016; doi: 10.1002/2016GL068703) / by E. A. Kort, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL068703/full [From Press Release] A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade’s increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led … Continue reading

Even Small Amounts of Pollution Can Lead to Long Term Health Effects for Developing Fetuses: Johns Hopkins Study

Intrauterine Inflammation and Maternal Exposure to Ambient PM2.5 during Preconception and Specific Periods of Pregnancy: The Boston Birth Cohort Environmental Health Perspectives (2016; DOI:10.1289/EHP243 / by Rebecca Massa Nachman, et al. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp243/ [From Press Release]  Even small amounts of air pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature … Continue reading

Toward a low-carbon economy: The Costs and Benefits of Cap-and-trade

Institute of Competitiveness and Prosperity http://www.competeprosper.ca/work/working_papers/working_paper_25 [Toronto Star]  Over the last decade, in the absence of federal leadership, Canadian provinces have gone their own way on carbon pricing. Alberta chose a unique carbon pricing system, British Columbia implemented a carbon tax, and Quebec launched a cap-and-trade system which Ontario will soon join. Others are waiting … Continue reading

National Flood Insurance Program: Continued Progress Needed to Fully Address Prior GAO Recommendations on Rate-Setting Methods

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-59 Why GAO Did This Study NFIP, which is administered by FEMA, provided insurance to help protect over 5.1 million policyholders against flood losses in 2015. The program has struggled financially in its attempts to keep rates affordable and pay for losses from catastrophic flooding. GAO has previously identified a number … Continue reading

Coastal Landforms and Accumulation of Mangrove Peat Increase Carbon Sequestration and Storage

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 19, 2016 v113 n16; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519774113 ) / Paula Ezcurra, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4404.short Despite their small height and stunted appearance, mangroves along the desert coasts of Baja California have compensated for sea-level rise during the last two millennia by accreting on their own root remains. In doing so, … Continue reading

Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities

Energy Efficiency for All project | American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy / by Ariel Drehobl and Lauren Ross http://bit.ly/1U6Eve0 [Press Release] A review of 48 major U.S. metropolitan areas finds that low-income households devote up to three times as much income to energy costs as average households in the same city, and that energy efficiency … Continue reading

National Flood Insurance Hurts Endangered Species: NOAA Opinion

Biological Opinion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program in the State of Oregon National Marine Fisheries Service http://1.usa.gov/1Wegl1x [Audubon Society Press Release] …the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect … Continue reading