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Environmental Defense Fund: new UT Austin study points to need for improved air monitoring in Texas

A new report from UT Austin’s Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) indicates that the best available estimates of smog-producing emissions from natural gas production in the Barnett Shale appear to underestimate actual emissions, writes Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Dr. Ramon Alvarez in a blog. The study, which EDF sponsored, was co-authored by UT Austin’s Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Dave Sullivan and CEER director David Allen. Read the entire blog.


UT Austin to host International carbon capture and storage summer school program for graduate students

By Gary Rasp

UT Austin’s Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering will host a prestigious International Program on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) this summer.

The intensive, week-long course covers the full chain of CCS, including technical information on capture technologies, storage site selection, capacity and modelling, wellbore integrity and transport, as well as other issues such as regulations, health and safety, and public communication.

Read more: UT Austin to host International carbon capture and storage summer school program for graduate students


Energy in the sanctions equation

As the United States considers the imposition of economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine, the historical record tells us that sanctions rarely are effective. They can cause much pain and suffering but do not change the policies of governments as intended, writes Dr. Michael Brenner in a new paper. Read more (PDF)

KUT News reporter receives fellowship to study renewables in Europe and lessons for Texas

KUT's StateImpact Texas energy and environment reporter Terrence Henry has received a 2014 Energy and Climate Media Fellowship to study policies leading to the deployment of renewable energy in Europe, including offshore wind and large-scale solar. Henry will spend a week in Europe this summer, then return to Texas to report on lessons learned overseas. Read more.


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