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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2016

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

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2016

Annual report on how successful the U.S. has been in meeting its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Includes trends in greenhouse gas emissions, energy-related emissions of GHGs from stationary and mobile sources, emissions from industrial and agricultural sources and more.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

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

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx

Website established to track Virginia’s plan for regulating carbon emissions from electric power generation.  Includes results from public hearings.  Comment period closed on 4/9/18.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

 

Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt86_PaP_of_HTFlooding.pdf

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.

 

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712

Finds that 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest without an El Nino present.  Provides analysis of global land and ocean surface temperatures, snow cover, and Arctic/Antarctic sea ice extent.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

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

http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

Categories: Climate Change,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-I7695e.pdf

Due to climate change and world conflicts, the number of people affected by food shortages grew in the past year.  815 million people or 11% of the world population were suffering from food shortages according to the annual report on food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 

State of the Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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