Some members of Congress are suggesting a rollback of key environmental laws, which could have profound impacts on public health.
The emissions-reduction benefits of solar power more than compensate for greenhouse gasses released during production, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from photovoltaic systems installed between 1976 to 2014, and determined that the “break-even” point came in 2011 using realistic performance measures, but by 2018 using the most conservative estimates. Solar installations grew […]
A new analysis is helping investors understand and manage climate change risk in their investments. The research, by Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), analyzed 79 industries and found that 72 industries are adversely impacted by climate change, which is the equivalent $27.5 trillion, or 93 percent of U.S. equities by market capitalization. Authors stress that […]
A research team at Colorado State University investigated how long chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing remain in the soil after a spill, and whether combining chemicals altered the longevity. Over 800 fluid spills were reported in Colorado in 2014, and these spills often take place on agricultural land. The longer a chemical takes to degrade, […]
NCEL Founder Leon Billings, a principal drafter of the 1970 Clean Air Act Amendments, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Clean Power Plan. The full brief can be viewed here: http://ncel.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/4.1.16-Billings-and-Jorling-Amicus-Brief-for-EPA.pdf
A new study out of Michigan State University found a correlation between a state’s “environmentalism” and lower greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and the present. Emissions typically rise with population and economic strength, but the study found that greater environmentalism can neutralize those emissions without inhibiting growth. The research used Congressional voting data to determine […]
Last week the EPA proposed new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas sites by preventing leaks and capturing lost gas. Benefits to the environment and human health are estimated up to $550 million, which outweighs the projected cost to industry of $320 to $420 million by 2025. Methane is a greenhouse […]
There have been numerous clean energy developments in recent months, and we have compiled online resources related to different clean energy policies for your convenience. 1. State Plans To Achieve 100 Percent Renewable By 2050 Researchers from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley have created specific state-by-state plans outlining how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by […]