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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Responsible for what? Carbon producer CO2 contributions and the energy transition

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
CO2 contributions - Sherco Generating Station - Photo by Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota

The article this accompanies is the third in an important series. The foundational analysis of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 emissions and methane emissions was the first to appear (Heede 2014), followed by a rich and concrete analysis of the moral responsibilities of the major carbon producers in light of those contributions (Frumhoff et al. 2015). This third analysis not only refines the calculations of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 and methane emissions but also expands the calculations to include the contributions of those same producers to global mean surface temperature and global sea level (Ekwurzel et al. 2017).

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Missouri City, TX: Aerial Footage of Harvey Aftermath

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Missouri City, TX: Aerial Footage of Harvey Aftermath

Drone footage from showmecity on YouTube travels over Missouri City, Texas, to show the extent of flooding and other damage wreaked by Hurricane Harvey.

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Governor announces Commission to Rebuild Texas

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Governor

Construction, machinery, building products and engineering firms will be in high demand. Following Hurricane Katrina alone, a $100 million emergency FEMA contract was awarded to a construction and engineering firm for housing management and construction. Another similar firm also earned a $100 million contract to provide temporary housing and communications tools to hurricane victims. And a $30.9 million contract was awarded for repair of a bridge on Interstate 10.

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California Green Innovation Index

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
FIGURE 1. GLOBAL FOSSIL FUEL COMBUSTION IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER REGIONS

Despite moves from the current federal administration to roll back policies that manage carbon-intensive energy sources, California continues to lead in implementing statewide policies that incentivize innovation in business, technology and carbon reduction. While California provides a strong template for others to follow in sustaining economic growth while pursuing climate change mitigation policies, there is still work to be done to ensure the state meets its emission reduction goals. Indicators relating to the carbon economy help track this progress and illustrate the changing relationship between economic vitality and environmental quality.

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Damage repair resulting from Hurricane Harvey projected at $160 billion

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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With a current price tag estimated at $160 billion for emergency and recovery efforts, the private sector will play a major role in providing for cleanup and revitalization. Contracting opportunities will be plentiful for thousands of companies and Texas and Texans will welcome their assistance.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anita van Breda, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Anita van Breda on The Infra Blog

If there is a change in the direction at the federal level, that means it’s all the more important that we at our individual and at our state and our county levels, make sure we are doing more to step up our engagement. We see examples from different mayors and different cities who are being quite proactive on the climate issue, and corporations are stepping forward, and so we have to focus on where there’s positive momentum and support that moving forward.

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Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management

Friday, August 18th, 2017
The Flood Green Guide

The Flood Green Guide organizes flood management methods into two categories: structural and non-structural. Structural methods involve physical changes to natural features or human infrastructure, including engineered (hard) methods (sometimes referred to as gray methods), such as dams or floodways, and natural and nature-based (soft) methods (sometimes referred to as green methods), such as wetland protection, upper watershed restoration or rain gardens.

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Renewables on the Rise

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Renewables on the Rise

The last decade has proven that clean energy technology can power American homes, businesses and industry – and leaves America poised to dramatically accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels. With renewable energy prices falling and new energy-saving technologies coming on line every day, America should work to obtain 100 percent of our energy from clean, renewable sources.

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TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

The TAMEST Shale Task Force report is an independent, comprehensive review of scientific research on the impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas by a diverse set of experts.

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Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST - Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) convened a task force to prepare this report on the Texas shale development experience. This report covers the underlying science for six topic areas as it pertains to shale exploration and production activities: 1) geology and earthquake activity; 2) land resources; 3) air quality; 4) water quantity and quality; 5) transportation; and 6) economic and social impacts.

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