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National Climate Assessment: Southeast and the Caribbean Region Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Assesses the effects of current and future climate change on the southeastern region of the U.S. and on the Caribbean Islands.  From the site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing climate change policies and calls for implementation now to avoid higher costs from delays.  From the Council of Economic Advisers


Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes Around the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Water level gauges are providing clear evidence of sea level rise around most of the continental U.S. and Hawaii.  Finds also that extreme flooding events are reaching higher ground and covering larger areas and the frequency of extreme flood events is increasing.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization


The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014


Examines the latest progress toward achieving the MDGs as the 2015 deadline nears.  From the United Nations


Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: Interim 2014 Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

The interim report describes an approach to decarbonization at the individual country level and presents findings on technically feasible ways to cut carbon emissions in industrialized countries by 2050.  Final report to be released in connection with September 2014 summit.  From the United Nations


Consequences of Climate Change Damages for Economic Growth: A Dynamic Quantitative Assessment

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment

Attempts to assess the damage that climate change might cause to economic development.  Estimates that global GDP might decline by 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


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