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State of the Climate: National Overview Annual 2016

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

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201613

Finds that the average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.9 degrees above the 20th century average.  It was the second warmest year on record.  Also includes precipitation, statewide highlights, seasonal summaries, snow and ice, hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

State of the Climate: Global Analysis Annual 2016

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

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201613

Reviews global weather patterns for the past year and finds that 2016 was the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping by the federal government.  Twelve warmest years have all occurred within the past 20 years.  Covers global temperatures and precipitation.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95108/115024/Coal_PEIS_Vol_II_508.pdf

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Scoping Report. Vol. 1

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95106/115023/CoalPEIS_RptsScoping_Vol1_508.pdf

Argues the need for modernization of the federal coal program to ensure a fair return on the sale of public coal resources, assess the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and consider the impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.  Volume 1 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Can the President Withdraw From the Paris Agreement?

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/withdraw.pdf

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement intended to reduce the effects of climate change by maintaining global temperatures well below 2 degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels. This report reviews the rules that govern withdrawal from international agreements and treaties and how these rules apply to the Paris Agreement. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Economic Report of the President 2017

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/ERP-2017/pdf/ERP-2017.pdf

Also includes the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.  Sections on reforming the financial and health care systems, reducing inequality, investing in higher education, and responding to climate change.  Also includes statistical tables on the U.S. economy.  From the Federal Digital System of the Government Publishing Office

 

Renewable Fuel Standard: Program Unlikely to Meet Its Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/681252.pdf

The Renewable Fuel Standards program mandates that domestic transportation fuels be blended with increasing volumes of biofuels through 2022 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the renewable fuels sector.  This report casts doubt on whether the RFS will meet its goals due to limited production of advanced biofuels. From the Government Accountability Office

 

World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience: An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Income/Poverty,United Nations

https://wess.un.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WESS_2016_Report.pdf

Examines how the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development relates to the challenge of building resilience to climate change and alleviating suffering of the most vulnerable populations.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations

 

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