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Troubled Water: A Map of Tomorrow’s Thirsty Future

Via Pacific Standard: Troubled Water: A Map of Tomorrow’s Thirsty Future A survey of regional water crises: community stress and political standoffs “North America – The Ogallala aquifer provides nearly one-third of the groundwater used for irrigation in the United States. In 2013, researchers estimated that, at current rates, farming in places like Kansas is… Continue Reading

Resource Investment in Competitive Markets

Resource Investment in Competitive Markets – PJM Interconnection, May 5, 2016 Executive Summary – “Organized wholesale electricity markets were created to address burgeoning costs of new power generation under the traditional regulatory scheme and to encourage innovation through free-enterprise competition. The discipline of the marketplace promised lower costs and greater efficiencies. Two decades of experience… Continue Reading

Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

“EPA has established health advisories for PFOA and PFOS based on the agency’s assessment of the latest peer-reviewed science to provide drinking water system operators, and state, tribal and local officials who have the primary responsibility for overseeing these systems, with information on the health risks of these chemicals, so they can take the appropriate… Continue Reading

International Energy Outlook 2016

“The International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) presents an assessment by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the outlook for international energy markets through 2040. U.S. projections appearing in IEO2016 are consistent with those published in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). IEO2016 is provided as a service to energy managers and analysts, both in… Continue Reading

WaPo – Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby

This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby – “…But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any… Continue Reading

Biking To Work Is Healthier Than Driving Regardless of Air Pollution

Charlie Sorrel, Fast Coexist –  “Biking is obviously better for you than driving, because while biking you are exercising and while driving you are sitting. “But wait! cry the pro-driving advocates. When you bike, you’re inhaling (quite deeply, because of the exercise) air that is full of the polluting exhaust of the cars around you.… Continue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Via the New Energy Times, Excerpt from May 4, 2016, Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on HR 4909 Together With Additional Views see Congress Directs Secretary of Defense to Provide LENR Briefing as follows: “The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produce… Continue Reading

Regulatory Transformations: An Introduction

Lange, Bettina and Haines, Fiona, Regulatory Transformations: An Introduction (2015). Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Chapter 1, pp. 1-30, August 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Regulation is no longer the prerogative of either states or markets. Increasingly citizens in association with businesses catalyse regulation which marks the rise of a social sphere… Continue Reading

Interior Dept. issues final rule on offshore well control

CRS Insight – The Department of the Interior’s Final Rule on Offshore Well Control: “On April 14, 2016, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released final regulations concerning blowout preventer systems and well control for oil and gas operations on the U.S. outer continental shelf. The regulations aim to… Continue Reading

Report – Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach

“As extreme drought continues to hit much of Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance, a new report led by the World Bank focuses on interventions that could increase long term resilience to drought. Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa’s… Continue Reading

Hydraulically fractured wells provide two-thirds of U.S. natural gas production

Via EIA: “For decades, hydraulic fracturing had been referred to as an unconventional completion technique, but over the past 10 years it has become the technique by which most natural gas is produced in the United States. Based on the most recent data from states, EIA estimates that natural gas production from hydraulically fractured wells… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Statutory Copyright Licenses, Military Readiness, Rural Housing Service, Municipal Freshwater Scarcity, Technology Assessment, U.S. Postal Service

Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders’ Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming, GAO-16-496: Published: May 4, 2016. Publicly Released: May 4, 2016. Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan, GAO-16-466R: Published: May 2, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016 Rural Housing Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of… Continue Reading