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Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

PJM Interconnection Clean Power Plan Reference Case Compares Compliance Strategies

PJM CPP Reference Model and Sensitivities PJM Interconnection Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee http://bit.ly/23xHDSL [From an Energy Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] Natural gas prices lower than previously expected could drive coal plant retirements and ease the early years of compliance with federal climate regulation for a major regional power grid… The regional transmission organization found … Continue reading

As Water Use in Gas Extraction Grows,Use in Coal Extraction Declines: Harvard Study

A Spatiotemporal Exploration of Water Consumption Changes Resulting from the Coal-to-Gas Transition in Pennsylvania Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Lauren A. Patterson, Sarah Jordaan and Laura Diaz Anadon http://bit.ly/1OX9SS1 A new study co-authored by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental … Continue reading

Observed Decrease in Atmospheric Mercury Explained by Global Decline in Anthropogenic Emissions

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (January 4, 2016; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516312113) / by Yanxu Zhang, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/01/02/1516312113 Anthropogenic mercury poses risks to humans and ecosystems when converted to methylmercury. A longstanding conundrum has been the apparent disconnect between increasing global emissions trends and measured declines in atmospheric mercury in North America and Europe. … Continue reading

ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts Of The Clean Power Plan: Final Rule Update

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) http://www.ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/76880 (Press Release) http://bit.ly/1GKpEfc (report) [Texas Energy Report] The state’s primarily grid operator said electric reliability could be jeopardized if 4,000 megawatts (MW) or more of coal generation shuts down too quickly under EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other federal rules. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released … Continue reading