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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Preliminary Estimates of Annual Agricultural Pesticide Use for Counties of the Conterminous United States, 2013

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Statistics

Provides estimates of annual agricultural use of 387 pesticide compounds for U.S. counties in 2013. Updates are expected when the 2017 Agricultural Census is released. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 Billion Goal

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Foreign Assistance,Nongovernmental organizations,Weather/Disasters

Provides an up-to-date estimate of public and private climate financing mobilized by developed countries towards their 2010 Cancun commitment for climate action in developing countries. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


A Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Proposes a comprehensive integrated ecosystem restoration plan over the next 15 years financed by penalties imposed upon BP.   The proposed settlement and restoration plan is open for public comment through 12/4/2015. From the Justice Department


U.S. and Five Gulf States Reach Historic Settlement with BP to Resolve Civil Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Crime/Justice,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Press release announcing settlement between U.S. and Gulf States with British Petroleum to resolve civil claims arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and oil spill. The settlement, expected to exceed $20 billion, is the largest with a single entity in Justice Department history. From the Department of Justice


Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Describes five defining features of the trade agreement which is designed to promote open trade and regional integration. Also provides a summary of the 30 chapters covering such topics as trade rules, customs, intellectual property, electronic commerce, labor, environment, competition policy, and dispute settlement. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Deep-Sea Mining

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Treaties

Describes the mineral deposit types being considered by British planners, proposed extraction methods, potential environmental effects, mitigation options, and the legal framework governing such activity in international waters. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Final Rule

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Language of the final regulation to be published In the Federal Register dealing with standards for ozone. The revised standard sets the limit at 0.070 parts per million. The rule becomes effective 60 days after publication in the Register. From the Environmental Protection Agency



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