Facing the Challenges – Research on Shale Gas Extraction [Health Effects of Fracking: Special Open Access Journal Issue]

Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A — Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering (Mar. 3, 2015 ,v50 n5) http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/lesa20/current#.VPYvPfnF98F [Dallas Morning News] …AT A GLANCE: The studies’ findings Some highlights of fracking research published Tuesday in The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Long-term effects: Researchers interviewed people living near gas wells … Continue reading

Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Expanding Access to Clean Energy for Green Growth and Development

OECD http://bit.ly/1BRxA0Z This publication provides host country governments with guidance on the policy options that are available to make the most of investment opportunities in clean energy infrastructure, drawing on the expertise of climate and investment communities among others. It identifies key issues in investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation, competition, financial markets, and public … Continue reading

Invention and International Diffusion of Water Conservation and Availability Technologies

OECD http://bit.ly/18izNEA This paper identifies over 50 000 patents filed worldwide in various water-related adaptation technologies between 1990 and 2010, distinguishing between those related to water availability (supply) and water conservation (demand) technologies. The paper then analyses the innovation activity – including inventive activity by country and technology, international collaboration in technology development, and international … Continue reading

Anthropogenic Warming has Increased Drought Risk in California

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Early online publication March 2, 2015; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1422385112) / by Noah S. Diffenbaugh, Daniel L. Swain and Danielle Touma http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/23/1422385112.abstract California is currently in the midst of a record-setting drought. The drought began in 2012 and now includes the lowest calendar-year and 12-mo precipitation, the highest annual temperature, … Continue reading

Mitigation Effectiveness for Improving Nesting Success of Greater Sage-grouse Influenced by Energy Development

Wildlife Biology (v21 n2 p98-109;doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2981/wlb.00002 via BioOne) / by  Christopher P. Kirol, et al. http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.2981/wlb.00002 [From USGS Press Release] Greater sage-grouse nests found in natural gas development areas where mitigation actions were taken to minimize development impacts had slightly higher nest survival than similar areas where such actions were not taken, according to research by … Continue reading

Double Impact: Why China Needs Coordinated Air Quality and Climate Strategies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Tsinghua University in Beijing / by Valerie J. Karplus http://www.paulsoninstitute.org/media/168736/ppee_air_and_climate__karplus_english.pdf [From Website] …this paper examines China’s current approach to tackling air pollution and carbon mitigation nationally and argues that more incentives are needed if China hopes to meet its “peak carbon” goal by 2030. The urgency with which Beijing is tackling … Continue reading

CoreLogic Wildfire Hazard Risk Report: Residential Wildfire Exposure Estimates for the Western United States

CoreLogic http://www.corelogic.com/research/wildfire-risk-report/2013-wildfire-hazard-risk-report.pdf [From a Greenwire article by Scott Streater, sub. req’d] Hundreds of thousands of homes across the West are at very high or high risk of being damaged or destroyed by wildfires, according to a new report that calculates it would cost $237 billion to rebuild those homes if destroyed… The first measurement used … Continue reading

Delivering the Goods: Making the Most of North America’s Evolving Oil Infrastructure

Center for Strategic and International Studies / by Frank A. Verrastro, Michelle Melton, Sarah O. Ladislaw, Lisa Hyland and Kevin Book http://csis.org/files/publication/150209_Verrastro_DeliveringTheGoods_Web.pdf [Oil and Gas Journal] The US crude oil renaissance has created strong demand for expanded US transportation systems, resulting in five primarily challenges, a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies report concluded. … Continue reading

2014 Integrated Energy Policy Policy Update [Transforming California’s Transportation System to Meet Climate Goals]

California Energy Commission http://bit.ly/1BOLvVm [Green Car Congress] The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. This report highlights the importance … Continue reading