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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Leaders Sign Landmark Paris Climate Accord

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Treaties,United Nations

Describes signing ceremony and provides excerpts from key speeches.  From the United Nations


EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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

Agency press release summarizing results of report.  Inventory shows a 9% drop in U.S. emissions since 2005 and a 1% increase in GHG emissions in 2014 over 2013.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report: 1990-2014

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

Annual report on U.S. emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and greenhouse gas.  Provides separate links to different sections of 2014 report.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


U. S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

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

Discusses an EPA regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan, which is designed to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emission levels from existing electric power plants.  Recently such emissions have dropped due primarily to a decrease in coal’s contribution and an increase in natural gas’s contribution to electricity generation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.  Includes chapters on temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, water-related illness, food safety, and mental health.  From the White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program


WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2015

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

Describes 2015 as a year of record-breaking heat and precipitation. Also covers El Nino’s effects, the cryosphere, greenhouse gas concentrations, regional extremes, tropical cyclones, and ozone depletion. From the World Meterological Organization.


Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Categories: Climate Change,Defense/Military,Weather/Disasters

Latest revised edition of the volume which, for the first time, includes the term “climate change” in acknowledgment of the actual and potential impacts of global warming on military operations. From the Department of Defense, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Building Resiliency in Response to Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding: Comprehensive Planning in Hampton Roads

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

Discusses the General Assembly mandate to Hampton Roads communities to incorporate strategies within their comprehensive planning to mitigate sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Describes some measures adopted by governments, businesses, and households in response to the mandate. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


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