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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

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

https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_1002_en.html

Press release which describes the record high amount of greenhouse gases measured in earth’s atmosphere in 2013 and the implications for ocean acidification and accelerating climate change.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2013

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

https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/documents/1002_GHG_Bulletin.pdf

Reports that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases reached new highs in 2013 and the atmospheric increase of carbon dioxide from 2012 to 2013 was the largest annual increase since measurements began in 1984.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/ozone-depleting-compound-persists-nasa-research-shows/#.U_X5wLxdVWg

News release regarding unexpectedly large amounts of carbon tetrachloride, a chemical banned under the Montreal Protocol back in the 1980s.  Sudden re-emergence of the chemical attributed to large emissions from contaminated sites or new, unknown sources.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Clean Coal Loan Guarantees and Tax Incentives: Issues in Brief

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43690.pdf

Discusses the use of federal loan guarantees and tax incentives to stimulate private investment in clean coal technologies in order to bring about reductions in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Considers wording and purpose of previous relevant legislation and the future of such efforts.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

National Climate Assessment: Southeast and the Caribbean Region Report

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

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/regions/southeast

Assesses the effects of current and future climate change on the southeastern region of the U.S. and on the Caribbean Islands.  From the Climate.gov site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

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

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202014%20Vol.%2090%20No%206.pdf

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/the_cost_of_delaying_action_to_stem_climate_change.pdf

Examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing climate change policies and calls for implementation now to avoid higher costs from delays.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes Around the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/NOAA_Technical_Report_NOS_COOPS_073.pdf

Water level gauges are providing clear evidence of sea level rise around most of the continental U.S. and Hawaii.  Finds also that extreme flooding events are reaching higher ground and covering larger areas and the frequency of extreme flood events is increasing.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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