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Thursday Midmorning Linkage

August 1, 2013

Here is your Thursday late morning linkage. Let’s start with a couple of stories about getting out to the field.

  • Kim Yi Dionne writes about the challenges of taking her toddler to Malawi during field work (on second thought, maybe not!)
  • U.S. diplomats confined to Kabul and can’t visit aid projects as military drawdown deprives them of protection for field visits

In environmental news, here is some fracking and Google-related chatter and more:

  • Environmental research group study claims efficiency more than fracking drove U.S. greenhouse gas emissions reductions of late
  • Back and forth by Cornell profs on the virtues and vices of fracking vis a vis climate change
  • Why measuring methane leakage is tricky
  • Seventeen former Google Climate Science Communication fellows take issue with Google hosting a fundraiser for climate science denialist James Inhofe
  • Obama provides a low estimate of Keystone XL-related construction jobs (signal of intent on pipeline approval?), WaPo Kessler challenges, NRDC defends
  • Big increase in Japan’s carbon intensity in energy sector after post-Fukushima nuclear sector shutdown
  • Is German move from nuclear leading to increase in coal use? Contrarian perspective
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Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of Moral Movements and Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2010) and the co-author, with Ethan Kapstein, of AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge, 2013). His main research interests include transnational advocacy and social movements, international security and climate change, global public health and HIV/ AIDS, energy and environmental policy, and U.S. foreign policy. He also tends to blog about global wildlife conservation.