Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

Cost-benefit of zero net energy and renewables. ZNE certified and emerging projects increased by 74% in 2016, Santa Clara adds to code, documents cost-benefit

Originally published at ilsr.org by ILSR summer intern Matthew Douglas-May. As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city …

UK Study Claims Shale Gas One Of Least Desirable Options For Generating Electricity

January 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  on Clean Technica  America loves fracking, but other parts of the world are not so crazy about the idea of filling the Earth full of carcinogenic chemicals in order to extract natural gas from shale deposits. The process is banned outright in Scotland. France has announced it will not permit any new fracking operations. In the UK, fracking is …

Adaptation CBA: Norfolk and Miami frequently see nuisance flooding now. The cost to protect them and other coastal cities in the future is rising with the tide.

DEC 28, 2017 Inside Climate News Seasonal high tides regularly flood the streets of Miami as sea level rises. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images To get a sense of how much it will cost the nation to save itself from rising seas over the next 50 years, consider Norfolk, Virginia. In November, the Army Corps released a proposal for protecting the cityfrom …

Research shows that every $1 invested in restoring degraded land generates an estimated $7–$30 in economic benefits

Be Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné and Andrés Anchondo Ortega – December 19, 2017 WRI   Costa Rica is a restoration success story. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people—governments, NGOs, investors, the public—are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. , including improved food production, carbon sequestration, and …

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year, but solutions can provide better value

By Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, 27 Sep 2017 Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the U.S. economy at least $240 billion a year over the past ten years, a new report has found. And yet this does not include this past month’s three major hurricanes or 76 wildfires in nine Western states. Those …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

Lazard: Wind & Solar Power Costs Continue To Fall, Putting Coal & Nuclear At A Disadvantage

7 Nov 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Lazard is a global asset management company that tracks the cost of producing electricity, using a measure called the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), which averages the estimated costs of construction, maintenance, and fuel for electricity generating assets over the number of megawatt-hours that each is expected to produce over its lifetime. In …

Costs of climate change much bigger than we think and much greater for women

24 Oct 2017  Forbes   NOAA Billion dollar weather related disasters through October 6th, 2017. The first thing that caught my eye was a report commissioned by Democratic Senator Maria Cantrell and Republican Senator Susan Collins. The report was released by the bipartisan Government Accountability Office and recommends that the U.S federal government develop a plan to manage climate change risks. The report …