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August 26, 2014

Health benefits offset costs of climate policies — MIT study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-26 06:30:07

Savings due to avoided health problems help offset — and in some cases greatly outweigh — the costs of carbon dioxide-cutting policies in the United States, according to a new study. The study, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that health benefits offset between 26 and 1,050 percent of the cost of greenhouse gas reduction policies. The study examined three different types of climate policies: a clean-energy standard, a transportation policy targeting on-road vehicles and a cap-and-trade program. [ read more … ]

American West is so dry that the land is rising

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-26 06:30:23

If you live out West, you’ve likely noticed that things have been pretty dry lately. What you probably haven’t noticed is that the ground beneath your feet is also a little bit higher in elevation — an average of 4 millimeters higher, to be exact. It may be hard to believe, but new research using data from hundreds of different GPS stations shows it to be true: The current drought in the American West is so bad that the loss of water weight has actually caused the land to rise. [ read more … ]

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