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Earl Gregg Swem Library

A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of the Interior: A Report to the Secretary of the Interior from the Energy and Climate Change Task Force

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.doi.gov/news/upload/Mitigation-Report-to-the-Secretary_FINAL_04_08_14.pdf

Describes the challenge of trying to change from a project-by-project approach to consistent, science-based management of the nation’s land and resources.  Calls for policies that minimize and compensate for the development of Department-managed lands and improve the resilience of natural resources in the face of climate change.  From the Department of the Interior

 

Agricultue, Forestry and Other Land Use Emissions by Sources and Removals by Sinks: 1990-2011 Analysis

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/docrep/019/i3671e/i3671e.pdf

 

This report provides the first comprehensive analysis of emissions releases from agriculture and forestry as extracted from the new FAOSTAT Emission Database.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg3/

 

The third of three working group reports which form the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change.  Asserts that global emissions of greenhouse gases grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and that only major institutional and technological change can limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/strategy_to_reduce_methane_emissions_2014-03-28_final.pdf

Summarizes the sources of methane and trends in emissions, proposes a plan to reduce domestic and international methane emissions through incentive-based programs, and outlines efforts to improve measurement of these emissions.  From the White House

 

Climate Change 2013: Summary for Policy Makers

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf

Describes a range of likely outcomes and effects of climate change to enable policy makers to set priorities in combatting those effects.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

 

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/

Warns of economic and social dangers of climate change caused by human factors that change atmospheric gases and land surface properties. Chapters on evaluation of climate models, detection and attribution of climate change, near and long-term climate change projections, sea-level change, and more.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

Keystone XL: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessments in the Final Environmental Impact Statement

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43415.pdf

Reviews conclusions about economic and energy security benefits versus environmental impacts of the final environmental impact statement on the proposed pipeline.  Also suggests ways that Congress could expand its role in pipeline consideration.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Climate Change Legislation in the 113th Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43230.pdf

Describes both major focus areas of climate change-related legislation in the 113th Congress and key climate change provisions.  Also compares selected market-based, carbon price programs.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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