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Information for Critical Issues in California: 2013-2014 CCST Annual Report

CCST Annual Report

This year CCST has concentrated on issues with significant potential to transform the state: digital education, which means new, untested roles for teachers that offer transformational potential for education; a systems approach to water, with high-quality information provided through a portal that everyone can use; and providing independent and credible information on oil-well stimulation that inform decision-makers efforts to balance good jobs, safety and environmental challenges.


2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows Praised by Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg

The fifth cohort of CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received formal recognition for their service by the leadership of both the California State Assembly and the Senate, with the Fellows earning praise for their contributions and dedication. "This is a terrific program," said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in acknowledging the Fellows who worked with the California Senate this past year.


Featured Publications

The California's Energy Future Projects

The California's Energy Future (CEF) projects explore what's needed to meet the state's goals, answering the call of S-3-05 - the executive order from 2005 mandating the reduction of the state's emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050.

There are two sets of CEF reports. The original CEF series, which concluded in 2013, looks at the technical feasibility of meeting the emission reduction goals. CCST is currently engaged in a second series, California's Energy Future - Policy (CEF-P), which is looking at the policy implications of the technical requirements.


Challenges in Choosing a Climate Friendly Electricity System

CEF-P report

California must nearly eliminate emissions from electricity to meet ambitious climate goals for 2050, but each of the primary available technologies for generating emission-free technology has problems and any choice will require concerted planning and early strategic investments, according to a new technical paper by the California Council on Science and Technology.


CCST Releases Report on Well Stimulation Technologies

Well Stimulation

CCST has released a report on well stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in the state of California. This study was commissioned by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and will inform BLM's oil and gas policies in California.


CCST Delivers Roadmap to a Sustainable Water Future for California

California's Water Future

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report today which envisions a path toward a sustainable water future for California achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management. Such an approach would rely on currently available and new science and technology, yielding greater efficiencies and opening new sources of supply for managing California water through future multi-year cycles of drought and flooding.