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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Health/Medical,Nongovernmental organizations

http://www.oecd.org/environment/indicators-modelling-outlooks/Policy-Highlights-Economic-consequences-of-outdoor-air-pollution-web.pdf

Summarizes the major findings of the lengthy study of air pollution and its economic consequences as ten bullet points.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

The Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Health/Medical,Nongovernmental organizations

http://www.oecd.org/environment/the-economic-consequences-of-outdoor-air-pollution-9789264257474-en.htm

Predicts that air pollution will cost 1% of global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2060 due to rising health care costs and lost work days.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

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

http://cetsound.noaa.gov/Assets/cetsound/documents/Roadmap/ONS_Draft_Roadmap_Complete_June1.pdf

Draft document on efforts to protect marine animals from rising levels of underwater noise created by human activities.  The noise levels lead to a reduced ability to navigate, find food and mates, avoid predators, and perform other critical functions.  Calls for an integrated approach to mitigating the effects of ocean noise over the next 10 years.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Commerce Department

 

CBO’s Approach to Estimating Expected Hurricane Damage

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/workingpaper/51610-Hurricanes_WP.pdf

Describes how the Congressional Budget Office estimates the effects of climate change and coastal development–including frequency of storms, sea levels, population, and per capita income–in trying to calculate the costs of future hurricane damage.  A working paper of the Congressional Budget Office

 

Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51518-Hurricane-Damage.pdf

Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of climate change and coastal development.  This report provides estimates of the increased damage and federal aid needed.  It also examines 3 approaches to reducing the damage: limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shifting costs to state/local governments to reduce coastal development, and investing in structural changes to reduce vulnerability.  From the Congressional Budget Office.

 

Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-290

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that limits the ability of federal regulators to determine what land is protected by the Clean Water Act.  At issue in the case was whether companies could take the regulators to court without having to first seek expensive permits.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Recreation/Travel,United Nations

http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/05/world-heritage-and-tourism-in-a-changing-climate.pdf

Provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for global tourism.  Offers a series of case studies from various continents.  From the UN Environment Programme and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

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