Environmental Policy

Sea-Level Rise Projections Made Hazy by Antarctic Instability
December 13, 2017 10:03 AM - Rutgers University

It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led analysis. The study is the first to link global and local sea-level rise projections with simulations of two major mechanisms by which climate change can affect the vast Antarctic ice sheet.

Exposure to Air Pollution Just Before or After Conception Raises Risk of Birth Defects
December 11, 2017 10:37 AM - Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center

Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts.

Successful Nigerian business-NGO partnerships rooted in collaboration
December 7, 2017 08:18 AM - York University

What’s the key ingredient to successful partnerships? York University Development Studies Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia reviewed existing research on an unorthodox union between a non-governmental organization (NGO) and an oil company with a history of spills in Nigeria. He found that collaboration was beneficial even when innate creative tensions exist, and to reach sustainable targets, the company needs to align its overall strategy with the goals of the partnership.

London air pollution cancels positive health effects of exercise in over-60s
December 6, 2017 10:06 AM - Imperial College London

Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research.

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning?
December 5, 2017 08:44 AM - Yale Environment 360

It’s tempting to believe that the devastating sequence of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year has blown in a new awareness of the risks of rising waters and increasingly powerful storms on our rapidly warming planet. In a rational world, the destruction wrought by these storms would inspire us to redouble our efforts to cut carbon pollution as quickly as possible and begin planning for an orderly retreat to higher ground. 

Flying Laboratory Reveals Crucial Tropical Forest Conservation Targets in Borneo
December 4, 2017 11:20 AM - Carnegie Institution for Science

About 40 percent of northern Malaysian Borneo’s carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new remote sensing and satellite mapping from Carnegie’s Greg Asner and his colleagues.

Top Credit Agency to Cities and States: Prepare for Climate Change or Face Lower Credit Rating
December 4, 2017 10:49 AM - Yale Environment 360

Moody’s Investors Service, one of the top credit rating agencies in the world, warned cities and states in the U.S. that unless they prepare for climate change, the agency could lower their credit ratings, making it harder for them to obtain low-interest bonds.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Tens of Thousands of U.S. Historic Sites
December 1, 2017 11:32 AM - Yale Environment 360

An estimated 13,000 historic sites could be lost or damaged in the southeastern United States with just 3 feet of sea level rise, according to a new study by a team of archaeologists published in the journal PLOS One. More than 32,000 sites would be at risk if sea levels rise 15 feet.

To Drop CO2 Emissions, Look to Local Transportation and Housing
December 1, 2017 11:16 AM - University of Pennsylvania

Worldwide, the United States is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. The Obama administration began efforts to drop those numbers by increasing vehicle fuel economy standards in 2011 and with its Clean Power Plan proposals in 2015.

Stanford researchers test public receptiveness to different wind energy turbines
November 29, 2017 10:46 AM - Stanford University

With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuel use and increase renewable energy. Wind already accounts for over 5 percent of electricity generation in the United States. However, a number of issues plague the low-carbon energy source, such as complaints from nearby residents about noise and the killing of hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year that collide with turbine blades.

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