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Comparative Analysis of Environmental Impacts of Utility-Scale and Distributed Solar

December 13, 2016
Teresa Dayrit, PSE Healthy Energy Intern
Solar photovoltaic technology provides the opportunity to generate electricity with very low greenhouse gas emissions. However, it has hazardous material, water and land use impacts associated with mining, manufacturing, operational use, and end-of-life. We detail some of these environmental impacts, as well as approaches to minimizing these impacts.

Public health implications of environmental noise associated with unconventional oil and gas development

December 9, 2016
Jake Hays, Michael McCawley, Seth B.C. Shonkoff
Our peer-reviewed analysis indicates that unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) produces noise at levels that could potentially increase the risk of adverse health outcomes.

Hazard Assessment of Chemical Additives Used in Oil Fields that Reuse Produced Water for Agricultural Irrigation

October 4, 2016
Seth B.C. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, William T. Stringfellow, PhD, Jeremy K. Domen, MS
Report on the preliminary analysis of chemicals used in oil fields that provide produced water for agricultural irrigation and other uses.

Our Air: Health And Equity Impacts Of Pennsylvania’s and Ohio's Power Plants

July 14, 2016 (07/14/2016)

PSE Healthy Energy, in partnership with NextGen Climate America, is proud to announce today's release of "Our Air: Health And Equity Impacts Of Ohio's Power Plants" and "Our Air: Health And Equity Impacts Of Pennsylvania's Power Plants". These reports examine the health and equity impacts of fossil fuel power plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio – two of the heaviest carbon pollution emitters in the United States.

A framework for siting and dispatch of emerging energy resources to realize environmental health benefits: Case study on peaker power plant displacement

July 7, 2016
Elena Krieger, PhD, Joan Casey, PhD, Seth Shonkoff, PhD

Case study on using local climate and air quality data in the siting and dispatch of energy resources for peak power generation, and emissions reduction scenarios using combinations of renewable energy, energy storage, efficiency, and natural gas.

An Assessment of the Health and Safety Implications of Coal Transport through Oakland

14 June 2016
Seth B. C. Shonkoff

Public Health Advisory Panel reviews health and safety implications of proposed coal transport terminal project in Oakland, CA.

Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2015

PSE Healthy Energy
20 April 2016

Report presents and reviews the available science on some of the most salient environmental and public health concerns associated with shale gas development as of the end of 2015.

The impact of methane leakage on achieving Clean Power Plan targets

Draft: 27 January 2016 (Final: 23 June 2016)
Dr. Elena Krieger, PhD - PSE Healthy Energy & Zeke Hausfather - UC Berkeley/Berkeley Earth

PSE Healthy Energy and UC Berkeley conducted this analysis of the ability of the U.S. to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions targeted in the Clean Power Plan under different energy scenarios, taking into account the latest science on methane leakage rates. The study found that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency is the best way to meet or even exceed the emission reduction targets for 2030. Recent scientific measurements of methane leakage from the natural gas sector have shown higher rates than those utilized in official inventories. Due to the strong climate warming effect of methane, states that plan to switch from coal to natural gas rather than renewables in order to reduce emissions from electricity generation risk failing to achieve real and meaningful emissions reductions.

PSE in The Hill: Strong methane rule required to fully realize Clean Power Plan benefits - 8.26.2015

PSE Healthy Energy outlines the important science behind the need for a strengthened EPA Methane Pollution Standard in order to achieve the Administration's greenhouse gas reduction goals in the Clean Power Plan.

Peer Reviewed

Considerations for the development of shale gas in the United Kingdom

Science of the Total Environment
15 Apr 2015
Jake Hays, Madelon L. Finkel, Michael Depledge, Adam Law, Seth B.C. Shonkoff

Important lessons can be drawn from the UGD experience in the United States. This article explores these considerations and argues that shale gas development policies in the UK and elsewhere should be informed by empirical evidence generated on environmental, public health, and social risks.

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