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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.

 

Greenhouse Gas Pledges by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,United Nations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44092.pdf

Briefly summarizes the existing commitments and pledges of selected national and regional governments to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/cirareport.pdf

Estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Summarizes results from a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis, the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project.  Predicts that a global agreement to cut ghg emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths by the end of the 21st century.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA and DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

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

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2015/hd-trucks-phase-2-standards

Proposed regulatory standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution.  Agency press release with links for further information.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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