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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

 

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/arc-x

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Paris Climate Agreement Ratified

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7718/CBP-7718.pdf

Passage by the European Parliament of the Paris Climate Agreement brought the number of ratifying countries past the 55 needed for the treaty to come into force.  To date 74 countries with 58% of global emissions have agreed to the terms.  This report offers a British view.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7718

 

MEPs’ Green Light for Paris Climate Agreement to Trigger Its Entry Into Force

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Headlines,Treaties

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160930IPR44535/pdf

Press release on the vote to approve the Paris Agreement by the European Parliament by a 610 to 38 vote with 31 abstentions.  Includes links for adopted text, video recording of the debate, a glossary of terms, and more.  From the European Parliament

 

Facility Level Information on GHGs Tool (FLIGHT)

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics

https://ghgdata.epa.gov/ghgp/main.do

Interactive site which allows user to choose geographic place, types of fuels and emissions and identify sites with 2015 emissions totals.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: 2015 Highlights

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics

https://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/ghgrp-reported-data

8003 facilities reported direct emissions totaling 3.05 billion metric tons CO2 equivalent.  Includes program background, reported emissions, emissions trends, and geographic distribution of emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data From Large Facilities

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data-large-facilities

Agency press release on the sixth year of greenhouse gas emissions reporting including GHG pollution trends and emissions by industrial sector, geographic region, and individual facilities.  In 2015 large industrial facilities emissions, accounting for about 50% of total U.S. emissions, were 4.9% lower than 2014 and 8.2% lower than 2011.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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