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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Streetfilms: NYC Gets a Car-Free Broadway for Earth Day 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Streetfilms: NYC Gets a Car-Free Broadway for Earth Day 2017

This year for NYC’s 2nd Car-Free NYC Earth Day, things picked up considerably from last year’s inaugural event. The big spectacle was that you could walk or bike up Broadway from Union Square all the way to Times Square on car-free streets. But in a way since the Science March was already coming down Broadway to 47th street from the north, many people were able to traverse it all the way to Columbus Circle.

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017
America

AMERICAN RIVERS The America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is one of the best-known and longest-lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Each year since 1984, grassroots river conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers, consistently scoring policy successes that benefit these rivers and the communities through […]

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The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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Climate Change Damages to Alaska Public Infrastructure

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Fig. 1. Alaska’s boroughs overlaid on a map of permafrost distribution across the state.

Climate change in Alaska is causing widespread environmental change that is damaging critical infrastructure. As climate change continues, infrastructure may become more vulnerable to damage, increasing risks to residents and resulting in large economic impacts.

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Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Experts discuss benefits and challenges of corporate sourcing of renewable energy.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ripple Effect: Enhancing Earthquake Resiliency along the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
ACEC

The Pacific Northwest lies within one of the most dangerous seismic zones in the world. The risks are enormous, but public officials and engineers are scrambling to enhance the region’s earthquake resiliency

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Hawaii’s Emerging Future: The 2016 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report

Friday, January 6th, 2017
65 renewable energy projects in Hawaii

Aiming for 100 percent renewable energy in Hawaii’s electricity sector by 2045 was big news last year. It’s now time to put those words into action, which will not be an undertaking for the faint of heart. Achieving Hawaii’s bold commitments will require even bolder actions – a combination of hard work, innovative thinking and a continuation of the collaboration that has underpinned Hawaii’s clean energy transformation to date.

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2016 Shale Gas Reality Check

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Figure 1. Cumulative recovery by play from 2014 to 2040 comparing AEO2014, AEO2015, AEO2016, and Drilling Deeper “Most Likely” projections.

U.S. gas production was thought to be in permanent decline as recently as 2005. The advent of shale gas over the past decade has, however, dramatically turned this around and increased production to all-time highs. Notwithstanding this, U.S. gas production peaked in mid-2015 and shale gas production peaked in early 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The question is: How fast and how much can production grow in the future given higher prices and a return to higher rates of drilling?

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Michigan: 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
EXHIBIT 1. Michigan’s Infrastructure Through the Years

Infrastructure is the foundation of Michigan’s modern economy and quality of life. When most people hear the term “infrastructure,” they often think of roads or bridges; however, these assets are just pieces of a larger, more complex picture that includes water and sewer systems, drains and stormwater systems, broadband and communication systems, and electricity and natural gas networks…Michigan’s infrastructure is aging, and maintenance has been deferred for decades, leaving us in a state of disrepair. Failing infrastructure interrupts daily life, slows commerce, jeopardizes public health, pollutes the environment, and damages quality of life.

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