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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Climate Change: Analysis of Reported Federal Funding

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance

Examines reported federal funding on climate change matters from 2010 to 2017, the funding directed to activities where addressing climate change is the primary purpose, and the extent to which the primary purpose programs are overlapping or duplicative.  From the Government Accountability Office


Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Iran,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

Outlines the legal framework for withdrawal from international agreements under U.S. and international law and applies the procedure to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action related to Iran’s nuclear program—treaties the Trump Administration has announced its intention to abandon.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2016

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

Annual report on how successful the U.S. has been in meeting its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Includes trends in greenhouse gas emissions, energy-related emissions of GHGs from stationary and mobile sources, emissions from industrial and agricultural sources and more.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

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

Website established to track Virginia’s plan for regulating carbon emissions from electric power generation.  Includes results from public hearings.  Comment period closed on 4/9/18.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality



Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Controversial proposed rule that would limit environmental regulatory activity if data were not publicly available. Proponents call it a move toward transparency, while opponents argue that it would limit regulation where research results were based on human health studies.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


2016 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2016 Industry Reports

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

For calendar year 2016, Virginia businesses filed 1,345 individual reports on the release, transfer, or management of 909 million pounds of 153 toxic chemicals.  The 2016 totals represent a 5.8% increase, compared to 2015, of chemicals being released or managed onsite.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.


Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

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

Finds that 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest without an El Nino present.  Provides analysis of global land and ocean surface temperatures, snow cover, and Arctic/Antarctic sea ice extent.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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