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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Virginia Issues

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

Web site created to provide information to and receive comments from Virginians about the federal Clean Power Plan and how it might affect residents of the state.  Virginia must now develop its own state plan for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that generate electricity through the use of fossil fuels.  From the Department of Environmental Quality

 

Dominion Virginia Power and Clean Power Plan Costs: A Brief Review of the Dominion’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan Compliance Cost Estimates

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/CEPS_Report_15-02_0.pdf

Analysis of Virginia Power’s method for estimating (or overestimating) the cost of compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan and its failure to develop an integrated resource plan. Relates to concerns about greenhouse gases, climate change, and Virginia’s energy future.

From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

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

http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/clean-power-plan-existing-power-plants

Provides rule summary, history, the full text of the final rule, various fact sheets, and technical support documents for the regulation that requires states and utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 and rewards them for expanding the use of solar and wind power.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

USGS Arctic Science Strategy 2015-2020

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

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2015/3049/fs20153049.pdf

Describes U.S. goals and priorities for resource management in the Arctic region as it undergoes dramatic changes from global warming.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Army Corps of Engineers: Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/671591.pdf

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing.  This report covers how the Corps prepares for and responds to extreme weather events in planning water resources projects and its assessment about whether existing water resources infrastructure is prepared for such events.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

State of the Climate in 2014

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

http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/state-of-climate-in-2014/

2014 was the warmest year on record for the Earth.  The report includes global climate indicators, notable weather events, and contributions from more than 400 scientists in nearly 60 countries.  Includes sections on oceans, regional climates, the tropics, and the polar regions.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society

 

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41836.pdf

The RGGI is the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.  It involves 9 eastern states and applies only to carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants with capacities to generate 25+ megawatts.  This report looks at what can be learned from the program thus far.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development

Categories: Climate Change,Health/Medical,United Nations

http://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/WMO_WHO_Heat_Health_Guidance_2015.pdf?ua=1

Describes the development of and increasing need for Heat-Health Warning Systems, first developed in Philadelphia in 1995, and considered to be of increasing importance as global warming intensifies.  From the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization.

 

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