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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy

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

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf

Executive directive from the Virginia governor, one of several state efforts, to mandate reductions in carbon emissions in contrast to the policy of the Trump administration. Directs state environmental officials to prepare regulations for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances with other states.  From the Office of the Governor

(climate change     environment     laws/regulations     Virginia issues)

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/01/statement-president-trump-paris-climate-accord

Speech defending U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.  From the White House

 

U.S. Climate Change Regulation and Litigation: Selected Legal Issues

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44807.pdf

Offers a brief history of U.S. climate change regulations, reviews litigation over GHGs, examines other litigation related to climate change issues, and assesses the implications for Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

New Executive Order Directs Agencies to Revise or Rescind Climate Change Rules and Policies

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

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/eo-rescind.pdf

Analyzes recent presidential executive order that establishes policy to promote energy independence, primarily through actions favorable to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy producers.  The order also withdraws guidance on assessing climate change effects when making regulations about energy policy.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

(climate change     energy     environment     laws/regulations     presidency)

State of the Global Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://library.wmo.int/opac/doc_num.php?explnum_id=3414

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

State of the Climate: National Overview Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201613

Finds that the average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.9 degrees above the 20th century average.  It was the second warmest year on record.  Also includes precipitation, statewide highlights, seasonal summaries, snow and ice, hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

State of the Climate: Global Analysis Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201613

Reviews global weather patterns for the past year and finds that 2016 was the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping by the federal government.  Twelve warmest years have all occurred within the past 20 years.  Covers global temperatures and precipitation.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95108/115024/Coal_PEIS_Vol_II_508.pdf

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

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