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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Building Resiliency in Response to Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding: Comprehensive Planning in Hampton Roads

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

Discusses the General Assembly mandate to Hampton Roads communities to incorporate strategies within their comprehensive planning to mitigate sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Describes some measures adopted by governments, businesses, and households in response to the mandate. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads: Draft

Categories: Climate Change,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Hampton Roads is second only to New Orleans in terms of vulnerability to sea level rise in the U.S. This is a first draft version of a GIS-based flooding vulnerability analysis for potential sea level rise and storm surge impacts to regional roadways by 2045. From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


State of the Climate

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

Compare past reports on annual climate back to 1997. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

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

Press release announcing that 2015 surface temperatures on earth were the warmest since record keeping began in 1880. Includes links to the full temperature data set and the methodology behind the temperature calculations. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Annual 2015 U.S. Climate Report

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

Press release with summary of full report to be released on January 13, 2016. Reports that average annual U.S. temperature in 2015 was 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the second warmest year on record. The average temperature exceeded the 20th century average for the 19th consecutive year. Also covers precipitation and major weather events of the year. From the National Centers for Environmental Information.


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Discovered Off Alaska’s Arctic Coast

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

Press release on the discovery of two whaling ships which were among a fleet of 33 ships which were trapped and crushed in ice in September 1871. Global warming is credited with making the discovery of the ships possible. Also describes the rescue of the trapped sailors and the import of the event. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Arctic Report Card 2015

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

Reports the air temperature in 2015 across the Arctic was well above average including temperatures over land more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the highest since records began in 1900. Features updates on key indicators as well as new reports on the plight of walruses, the northward migration of fishes, and river discharges into the Arctic Ocean. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Paris Climate Change Conference

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Great Britain,Treaties

Report on the conference including background, world trends in greenhouse gas emissions, progress since Lima Conference, National Designated Contributions, negotiating positions, and the final agreement. House of Commons Library Briefing Paper CPB 7393.


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