The NELF Explorer team at Harvard Forest is hosting a monthly discussion group via Zoom to discuss how to apply scenarios and indicators of change to review and update conservation plans, strategies, and actions. The next meeting will be on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 11:30am.
Science Policy Exchange co-founder Kathy Fallon Lambert is quoted in an article by Yale Climate Connections about the Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy rule. The new rule would hardly change emissions, with a small reduction of less than 1% beyond what would likely happen without any policy at all.
Science Policy Exchange project leader Gary Lovett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is quoted in an article entitled, "Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back the American Chestnut?" by Gabriel Popkin, in the New York Times Magazine.
Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, a founding Science Policy Exchange partner, has a rich set of virtual learning resources. They invite teachers, students, and parents to use the resources, which they have compiled all in one place.
A science brief for journalists co-authored by Science Policy Exchange co-founders Kathy Fallon Lambert and Charley Driscoll reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to unravel federal rules that are reducing mercury pollution.
Science Policy Exchange co-founder Kathy Fallon Lambert is quoted in an article in the Washington Post, about the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to unravel a rule that has cut emissions of mercury and other toxins from power plants.
Science Policy Exchange consortium includes four associated National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The LTER Executive Board voted in January to change the status of the LTER Diversity Committee to make it a representative committee, with a named individual designated to participate from each site.
Leaders of the Science Policy Exchange Energy Transformation project published a working paper today entitled, "Carbon Standards Re-Examined: An Analysis of Potential Emissions Outcomes for the Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the Clean Power Plan."
The New England Landcape Futures (NELF) Explorer is a scenarios-based interactive land-use mapping tool created with the input of more than 100 New Englanders who helped develop the scenarios and reviewed the beta-versions of the tool. With the NELF Explorer, you can visualize alternative future land uses over space and time at multiple scales including state, watershed, and town. You can also gain an understanding of how the different land-use scenarios would affect conservation priority lands such as wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Air quality would deteriorate in key areas of the US if the Clean Power Plan were repealed rather than implemented. Other consequences of repealing the Clean Power Plan and replacing it with a narrow "inside the fenceline" alternative include additional premature deaths and increased carbon dioxide emissions in some regions. Maps from a peer-reviewed publication illustrating areas at risk for worse air quality and health outcomes along with additional new analyses are included in a public comment signed by 14 scientists and submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Large clean air and health co-benefits are possible with a power plant rule that includes stringent carbon dioxide emission targets, flexible compliance options, and significant program investments in end-user energy efficiency. An alternative limited to power plant upgrades provides few co-benefits and could increase premature deaths and heart attacks in the US.