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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43429.pdf

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

USGS Repeat Photography Project Documents Retreating Glaciers in Glacier National Park

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/repeatphoto/

Documents climate change effects via repeat photographs in Montana’s Glacier National Park since the establishment of the park in the early 20th Century.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Recent Trends and Factors

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43795.pdf

Discusses recent progress in reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, what causes GHG emissions, and the challenge of estimating future emissions accurately.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014

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

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/pdfs/climateindicators-full-2014.pdf

Presents data on 30 key indicators of the environment including U.S. and global temperature/precipitation, ocean heat and acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and more. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/portals/50268/pdf/EGR2014_LOWRES.pdf

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme

 

President Obama’s November 2014 Visit to China: The Bilateral Agreements

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN10181.pdf

Reviews the major agreements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, products to be covered under a new information technology agreement, a military confidence building measure to reduce military tensions, and extension of student, business, and tourist visas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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