Engineering is not enough: Researching the human dimensions of the new energy technologies, published in Energy Policy (2010), discusses the need for more attention to the human dimensions of new energy technologies. The risks associated with climate change are spurring research and development of decarbonizing energy technologies Key among these technologies are solar, wind, and biotechnology-enhanced renewables, nuclear power, techniques for stripping and sequestering carbon from fossil fuel emission streams, technologies for improved end-

Contamination by chemicals and radionuclides is being cleaned up at hundreds of sites around the US. While Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as various NGOs and private parties, are moving ahead with clean-ups of many sites, oftentimes, cleanup does not mean that all contaminants have been removed. When residual contamination remains mechanisms must be established for longterm institutional management (also called longterm stewardship) of the remaining contaminants and of the systems put in place to contain them.

Seth Tuler spent four months during 2008/2009 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Rangsit Center, Pathumthani, Thailand. He studied the public health risk communication activities about air emissions from petrochemical facilities located at the Maptaphut Industrial Estate in Rayong Province. He also gave a series of presentations about environmental health risk communication to government agencies and industry and completed a small study about risk communication activities within the Pollution Control Department.

Thomas Webler was invited to participate in the National Climate Assessment on vulnerability analysis in Atlanta, Jan 18-20, 2011.

Anticipating the severe human impacts that are likely to emerge as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf SERI researchers Tom Webler and Seth Tuler, along with their colleague Kirstin Dow at the University of South Carolina, sent a memo to the Unified Command, OSHA, and others with recommendations to pro-actively address the potential impacts. The memo was sent in early May, as the magnitude and severity of the disaster was being understood.  The recommendations are based on our on-going project on the social disruptions of oil spills and spill response.

The PI is Thomas Webler.  The funding agency is NOAA.  The project webpage is