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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

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

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Index Up 40 Percent Since 1990

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-s-greenhouse-gas-index-up-40-percent-since-1990

Agency press release which tracks the warming influence of greenhouse gases as measured by the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index.  Unlike previous releases during the Obama Administration, this brief release does not link the rise in emissions to human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2017

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

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201706

Provides details about the 2nd warmest year-to-date in the U.S. including temperatures, precipitation, and other major weather events during the first half of 2017.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Rising Sea Levels

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0555/POST-PN-0555.pdf

Sea level rise will continue even if global temperature increase is limited to 2 degrees Centigrade.  Sets out the causes and likely future levels of sea level rise and its implication. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment

http://epaclimatechange.sfgov.org/

Contains information on climate change removed from the EPA web site by the Trump administration. San Francisco is one of several cities hosting former EPA information related to climate change.  From the San Francisco city/county web site.

 

Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy

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

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf

Executive directive from the Virginia governor, one of several state efforts, to mandate reductions in carbon emissions in contrast to the policy of the Trump administration. Directs state environmental officials to prepare regulations for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances with other states.  From the Office of the Governor

(climate change     environment     laws/regulations     Virginia issues)

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