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USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment: Draft for Public Comment

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/09/fact-sheet-us-caricom-summit-deepening-energy-cooperation

This scientific assessment reviews new literature on the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. including temperature related death and illness, air quality, vectorborne disease, water problems, food safety, extreme weather and mental health.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Fact Sheet: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCC

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/31/fact-sheet-us-reports-its-2025-emissions-target-unfccc

Describes the U.S. plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as presented to the UN and the previous actions of the Obama administration to assist in meeting the target.  From the White House

 

INDCs as Communicated by Parties

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,United Nations

http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/indc/Submission%20Pages/submissions.aspx

Website which contains the plans submitted to the UN by various nations (and the European Commission) spelling out their goals for reducing greenhouse gas pollution.  From the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

United States Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC ) [Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions]

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,United Nations

http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/INDC/Published%20Documents/United%20States%20of%20America/1/U.S.%20Cover%20Note%20INDC%20and%20Accompanying%20Information.pdf

Describes the formal U.S. plan, presented to the United Nations, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below its 2005 level by 2025.  From the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

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

 

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