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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


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


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


EPA and the Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Describes the proposed rule, jointly sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers, which attempts to respond to recent Supreme Court rulings by clarifying the regulatory status of waters of ambiguous jurisdictional status.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

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


Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations


Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice


Climate Change 2013: Summary for Policy Makers

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

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

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


Preliminary Interpretation of Pre-2014 Landslide Deposits in the Vicinity of Oso, Washington

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Weather/Disasters

Presents a 2013 interpretation of the topography of the area where the tragic March2014 mudslide occurred.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


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