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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.

The Climate Change Mitigation-Air Quality-Human Health Nexus: Opportunities and Considerations

07 June 2016
Seth B. C. Shonkoff
Presented to The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace panel on "Climate, Air Pollution, and Public Health-Revisiting the Energy Innovation Agenda". Washington, DC.

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 Effects of Oil and Gas on California’s Communities

18 April 2016
Seth B. C. Shonkoff

Beyond Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals: Beneficial Reuse of Oil Field Produced Water for Irrigation of Agriculture

16 March 2016
Seth B. C. Shonkoff
Presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting, March 16, 2016, San Diego, CA

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.

Open Access

Well Stimulation in California

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.

Still a Bridge to Nowhere: Methane Emissions and the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas

14 Apr 2015
R. Howarth, T. Ingraffea
On the 4th anniversary of their seminal paper with Renee Santoro, "Methane and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations", Profs. Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea present a retrospective on the new science that has ensued, the resulting proposed policy and regulatory changes, and the ongoing socio-political "discourse" on this topic. They will show videos of ongoing venting and leakage of methane from various sources and discuss the continuing impact of methane emissions on both air quality and climate change.
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