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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