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NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-study-shows-antarctica-s-larsen-b-ice-shelf-nearing-its-final-act

Press release about scientific study of collapsing Antarctic ice shelf, in existence for 10,000 years but expected to completely disappear before the end of the decade.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Enduring Leadership in a Dynamic World: Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 2015

Categories: Climate Change,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs,Terrorism

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/241429.pdf

Provides a blueprint for promoting America’s interests in economic development, global security, and human rights as the backbone of American foreign policy.  Also outlines four global policy priorities: supporting democracy, opposing violent extremism, advancing inclusive economic growth, and adapting to climate change.  From the State Department

 

Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

Categories: Climate Change,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nist.gov/el/building_materials/resilience/guide.cfm

Draft of a guide which aims to help communities prepare for and recover from wind, floods, earthquakes, sea-level rise and other hazards.  Provides for 60 day period for public comments before final version is issued in the fall of 2015.  From the National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

Quadrennial Energy Review: Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Homeland Security,Transportation

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/04/f22/QER-ALL%20FINAL_0.pdf

The first-ever such review, resulting from a presidential memorandum of January 2014, focuses on energy infrastructure  and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security.  From the Department of Energy

 

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

 

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