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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Preliminary Methodology to Assess the National and Regional Impact of U.S. Wind Energy Development on Birds and Bats

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2015/5066/pdf/sir2015-5066.pdf

Describes the components of the methodology, the underlying assumptions, and its usefulness in identifying species that may require additional protection.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-study-shows-antarctica-s-larsen-b-ice-shelf-nearing-its-final-act

Press release about scientific study of collapsing Antarctic ice shelf, in existence for 10,000 years but expected to completely disappear before the end of the decade.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Adrenal Gland and Lung Lesions in Gulf of Mexico Common Bottlenose Dolphins … Found Dead Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126538

Finds that exposure to elevated levels of petroleum compounds in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill was the probable cause of a high death rate among dolphins since 2010.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Library of Science.

 

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure

Provides mapping tools that show people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding.  The current geography covers the east coast and Gulf of Mexico coastline.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal

Categories: Energy,Environment,Nuclear Energy,Waste Management

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33461.pdf

Discusses recent developments in the long struggle to dispose of highly radioactive waste from U.S. nuclear reactors and what current policy and regulations exist.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Data

Categories: Energy,Environment,Maps/Geography

https://dwhdiver.orr.noaa.gov/

Interactive site for exploring the massive amounts of data  collected by different sources during the five years following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill

National Transportation Statistics Updated

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/dot039_15

Latest quarterly notice of the updating of 66 data tables in the 260 table National Transportation Statistics website, which covers transportation safety, system, energy and environmental factors.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Safeguarding Biological Diversity

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,European Union,Natural Resources

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2015/554175/EPRS_IDA%282015%29554175_EN.pdf

Provides an overview of the state of biological diversity in the European Union and globally, including the causes of biodiversity decline and the rationale for protecting it.  Also covers EU achievements and failures in the area of biodiversity.   From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

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