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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Methane: An Introduction to Emission Sources and Reduction Strategies

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43860.pdf

Covers emissions, historical trends, the source sectors (agriculture, fossil energies, and waste management), issues in measurement, cost-benefit considerations, and current issues for Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18620.pdf

Text of Federal Register notice which informs federal agencies about their need to consider the impacts of any program actions on the emission of greenhouse gases and climate change.  Provides guidance to agencies on how to respond to GHG emissions and the effects of climate change resulting from their proposed actions.  From the Council of Environmental Quality

 

Climate Change Indicators in the United States: 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/climate_indicators_2016.pdf

Presents 37 indicators which describe trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.  The indicators are grouped into 6 chapters on greenhouse gases; weather and climate; oceans, snow, and ice; health and society, and ecosystems.  Primary focus is on the U.S. but some global trends are also presented.    From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

State of the Climate in 2015

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc/StateoftheClimate2015_lowres.pdf

The 26th edition of the annual assessment of the earth’s climate.  Summarizes the record warmth in the global climate for 2015.  Emphasizes the relationship between a changing climate and its impact on living systems.Sections on the global climate, oceans, tropics, Arctic, Antarctic, and regional climates.  From the American Meteorological Society and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information

 

Finding that Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution that May Reasonably be Anticipated to Endanger Public Health and Welfare

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/documents/aviation/aircraft-ghg-fr-2016-07-25.pdf

Text of the final rule which finds that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger public health and welfare and that emissions from certain classes of aircraft engines are contributing to the pollution.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Climate Change Endangering Public Health and the Environment

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-determines-aircraft-emissions-contribute-climate-change-endangering-public-health

Press release explaining the EPA determination that emissions from large commercial jets contribute to GHG pollution and climate change.  The next step will be to develop aircraft engine emission standards.  From the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

June Marks 14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat for the Globe

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/june-marks-14-consecutive-months-record-heat-globe

Press release on the record high global temperatures in June, the highest in 137 years of record keeping.  The year to date temperatures also broke the previous record set in 2015.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/cafe/Draft-TAR-Final.pdf

1200+ page report on progress made toward achieving corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emission standards established in 2012 legislation for cars and light trucks by 2025.  Provides first technical assessment of technologies available to meet these standards and differing compliance pathways.  Also includes a 13 page summary of the major points.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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