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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Need and Options for Subnational Scale Land-Use and Land-Cover Scenarios for the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.globalchange.gov/sites/globalchange/files/LULC-Scenarios-Workshop-Report_2015-01-22.pdf

Repot of a June 2014 workshop on potential changes in land use and land cover scenarios for the U.S. at a subnational scale and the needs, resources, and barriers for producing such scenarios.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Executive Order: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/19/executive-order-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade

Directive from President Obama that sets goals for the next decade of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies by 40% and increasing the use of clean energy resources by 25%.  Also calls for cutting energy use in federal buildings, decreasing federal vehicle emissions, and reducing water use in federal buildings. From the White House

 

Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events

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

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/pubs/nhi14006/nhi14006.pdf

Provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the vulnerability of coastal transportation facilities to extreme events and climate change.  Identifies vulnerabilities by region along with methods for modeling them and the likely impacts of climate change.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

Energy Union Package: A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,European Union

http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/energy-union/docs/energyunion_en.pdf

Calls for an integrated European energy market based around five dimensions to meet the challenge of shifting to a low-carbon economy.  From the European Commission

 

Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Homeland Security

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43915.pdf

Reviews current actions (as of January 2015) of selected federal agencies to adapt their missions, infrastructure, operations, and personnel to anticipated climate change threats as a response to Presidential Executive order 13653.  Includes summaries of adaptation plans for about 12 agencies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/february/nasa-study-finds-carbon-emissions-could-dramatically-increase-risk-of-us/#.VN4G6mO9aPw

Press release with summary of scientific article on likelihood of major droughts in the southwestern U.S. after 2050 due to effects of climate change.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

National Security Strategy

Categories: Arms Control,Climate Change,Headlines,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2015_national_security_strategy_2.pdf

Updates the strategy document released five years ago.  Cites the leading threats as attacks on the homeland or on American citizens abroad, global economic crisis, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, infectious disease outbreaks, and climate change.  From the White House

 

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