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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

News release regarding unexpectedly large amounts of carbon tetrachloride, a chemical banned under the Montreal Protocol back in the 1980s.  Sudden re-emergence of the chemical attributed to large emissions from contaminated sites or new, unknown sources.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Clean Coal Loan Guarantees and Tax Incentives: Issues in Brief

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

Discusses the use of federal loan guarantees and tax incentives to stimulate private investment in clean coal technologies in order to bring about reductions in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Considers wording and purpose of previous relevant legislation and the future of such efforts.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


National Climate Assessment: Southeast and the Caribbean Region Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Assesses the effects of current and future climate change on the southeastern region of the U.S. and on the Caribbean Islands.  From the site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

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

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Memorandum of Agreement Between the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality Regarding the Coordinated Review of the Environmental Impacts of Oil or Gas Drilling in Tidewater Virginia

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

Agreement which acknowledges the mission of the two agencies—one to regulate oil and drilling activities in the state, the other to protect the environment—and the need to work together on the development of environmental impact assessments in areas of proposed drilling.  From the Office of the Governor


The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing climate change policies and calls for implementation now to avoid higher costs from delays.  From the Council of Economic Advisers


NOAA’s Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for an Increased Chance of a Below-Normal Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Latest prediction calls for a 70% chance of a below normal season for hurricanes along the U.S. Atlantic Coast because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


EPA’s Proposed CO2 Rule for Existing Power Plants: How Would It Affect Nuclear Energy?

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy

Describes the cost issues in play but concludes  that flexibility for the states in developing their own CO2 emission rate goals makes it difficulty to predict how nuclear energy would fare. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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