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Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

October 8, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Flare Gas and Environmental Risk


I don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would update readers who may be interested.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

Subsidizing Renewables for the Damage Not Done

May 13, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Renewables and Financing Models

In this divided age, few topics beyond motherhood, apple pie, and the iPhone 6 enjoy widespread public approval. So it is notable that, in a recent Gallup Poll, two out of three Americans support an increased reliance on solar and wind energy sources.[read more]

Study Shows Progress On Methane Leaks, But Emissions Problems Remain

April 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Addressing Methane Leaks

The most important takeaway from a recent study is that despite improvements, large amounts of methane continue to leak from local natural gas systems. Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, these yearly emissions are comparable to the CO2 from as many as 19 coal-fired power plants.[read more]

In Praise of Cleaner-Burning Gasoline

March 31, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Gasoline and Environmental Risk

California has seen a price spike over the last month that at one point drove pump prices to a dollar above the rest of the country. We’re used to paying a bit more for gas here — due to higher taxes and the cleaner-burning fuel used only in California — but the difference is usually around 30-40 cents.[read more]

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

March 21, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Effects and Risk

Our best shot at stopping catastrophic warming is to start cutting carbon pollution immediately. The longer we wait, the less nature’s carbon sinks will be able to help us and the greater the risk that we cross tipping points that cause feedbacks like the permafrost melt to become “self-reinforcing.”[read more]

Studies Provide Insight on Two Overlooked Segments of Oil and Gas Industry

February 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Overlooked Oil and Gas Segments

Two recently released studies in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology provide new insights into methane emissions from significant sources in the oil and natural gas sector and underscore the urgency of taking action to address pollution from these sources.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Make Available Nearly 80 Percent of the Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Resources'

February 6, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Recoverable Resources

The Obama administration has released plans to open up the US Atlantic coast to offshore oil drilling for the first time. Obama declined to issue leases after the ban expired, and clamped down BP oil spill. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that tougher regulations and oversight have improved safety.[read more]

From Boston, More Troubling News About Methane Emissions

January 31, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Emissions and Environmental Risk

The everyday use of the fuel natural gas across the greater Boston area is resulting in much higher emissions of methane than previously thought, according to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[read more]

World's Scientists Have 'High Confidence' In The 'Irreversible Impacts' Of Climate Inaction

November 8, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Inaction

Top scientists and governments have issued their bluntest plea yet to the world: Slash carbon pollution now or risk “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” Scientists have “high confidence” these devastating impacts occur “even with adaptation” — if we keep doing little or nothing.[read more]

Grid Modernization and Public Lands

October 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a proponent of sustainable energy development. While there has seldom been conflict between these two goals, the overshadowing issue of global climate change has forced them together in unexpected ways.[read more]

Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

October 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Flooding Legislation

Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Making the Boom Bigger: Opportunities Abound for the Oil & Gas Industry to Address Environmental Challenges with Practical Innovation

October 1, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Environmental Risk Management

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the United States has created an extraordinary economic opportunity in the nation’s energy sector while it has at the same time has posed a nearly unprecedented amount of environmental concern.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Alaska is Going to be the Next Florida'

September 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Alaska and Environmental Risk

There is widespread agreement that carbon emissions have significantly increased since the industrial revolution and these emissions are playing a climate-changing role, but the consensus diverges when modeling future climate change effect scenarios.[read more]

Record Greenhouse Gases Continue to Accumulate in the Atmosphere

September 24, 2014 by Henry Auer

Carbon Accumulation

The world’s climate is affected by the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which continued unabated over the course of 2013. GHGs in the atmosphere preferentially retain heat radiating from the earth’s surface and prevent its escape to space.[read more]