Energy & Environment

Tick Tock: Three Minutes to Midnight, and Time to Act on Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons

An interview with Dr. Kennette Benedict of the Atomic Bulletin of Scientists about the recent Doomsday Clock announcement, nuclear weapons, climate change, and why now is the time for real leadership and action.

Conservation Development: Residential planning with an environmentalist’s eye

While conservation development schemes hold promise as a method of protecting sensitive lands within residential development, the ordinances that promote them should be improved.

Evaluating the entire cost of renewable energy sources

New evidence of a “not in my backyard” attitude, illustrated in a recent study, conflicts with the conception of the inevitability of renewable energy sources as most important future sources of energy.

The Uphill Battle to Reduce CO2 Emissions May Be Twice as Steep as Previously Thought

A new study examines the role of uncertainty in modeling the social cost of carbon use. Its conclusions indicate that the optimal carbon dioxide tax and abatement level may be double the estimates of a widely used model.

American Skeptics: How Special Interests Create Ambiguity on Climate Change

Much of the controversy over environmental issues in the US can be attributed to interest groups campaigning in the media. A new model strives to show the ways in which these efforts might inform or misinform audiences and their effects on environmental issues.

Food for Thought: Quantifying agricultural intensification using indicator crops

Researchers look at the worldwide production efficiency of agriculture’s four most important indicator crops and use the information to interpret global sustainability trends.

Are Water Markets Effective? Despite implementation challenges, water markets hold promise

An analysis of water markets around the world indicates significant challenges of implementation. In spite of the difficulties, water markets may be a promising means of improving water sustainability.

Buy One, Get One: Air Quality Co-Benefits of US Carbon Policies

Co-benefits from improved air quality can offset some if not all of the near-term costs of carbon-reduction policies. If the US commits to buying a carbon policy, citizens will also get reduced air pollution and improved health for free.

Culture and the environment: How cultural values influence global ecologic practices

Researchers explore whether links exist between global environmental performance and culture.

Renewable Energy Policy – Not Just a Domestic Issue

Supportive renewable energy policy has a significant effect on international trade for solar energy technology components, where early investment is the key to large growth for exporting countries.

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