Climate Change: the Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy

Center for Energy and Climate Solutions / by Timothy Markle The American Climate Prospectus addressed several key climate impacts over the coming century, including increases in heat-related mortality, increases in the amount of coastal property exposed to flooding, declines in labor productivity, increases in energy expenditures, and declines in agricultural output. In this paper, we … Continue reading

No Time to Waste: Effective Management of Oil and Gas Field Radioactive Waste

Western Organization of Resource Councils [DeSmog Blog] The question of how to handle the toxic waste from fracking and other oil and gas activities is one of the most intractable issues confronting environmental regulators. Not only because of the sheer volume of waste generated nationwide, but also because some of the radioactive materials involved … Continue reading

Innovation Promoted by Regulatory Flexibility

Environmental Science & Technology (2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05394) / by Paige J. Novak Humanity’s footprint, in terms of water use, water degradation, and resource consumption, is unsustainable.1 In addition to changing behavior with respect to resource use, technical innovation is needed to reduce this footprint, enabling low energy water treatment and effective resource recovery… RECOMMENDATIONS: Regulations Should Include Both Penalties for … Continue reading

Volkswagen Recall Plan for 2-liter Diesel Cars Submitted to the California Air Resources Board

California Air Resources Board [CARB Press Release] Today the Volkswagen Group of America (VW) submitted a recall plan to the California Air Resources Board responding to the violations described in ARB’s September 18, 2015 letter to VW concerning illegal defeat devices in their 2-liter diesel-powered vehicles, model years 2009-2015. This submission initiates a review … Continue reading

Piping Plover Habitat in Great Plains Reduced Due to Wetlands Drainage and Climate Change

Scientific Reports (2015 ;doi: / by Lisa A. McCauley, et al. [USGS Press Release]  Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or both, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. “Our findings suggest … Continue reading

Preparing for Climate-Related Risks: Lessons from the Private Sector

Highlights of a Forum US Government Accountability Office During the GAO-sponsored forum, participants discussed the following topics: Businesses’ Climate-Related Risks, Actions to Identify and Manage Them, and Justification of Resilience Efforts Forum participants representing businesses across a variety of industries described climate-related risks to their operations, infrastructure, and supply chains. Participants also discussed their … Continue reading

Eco-Competitiveness and Eco-Efficiency: Carbon Neutrality in Latin America

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by René Castro [Introduction] In 2014, world per capita greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent terms (CO2e), exceeded 7 tons. Per capita emissions for Latin America and the Caribbean were even higher, at 9 tons CO2e. To achieve international goals for the stabilization of atmospheric concentrations of … Continue reading