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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Summary of Draft Report on National Monuments

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/monument-report-summary.pdf

Covers findings and recommendations after 120 day review on national monuments as a result of an April 2017 presidential executive order.  Reviews areas visited by Secretary of Interior and also claims to provide much needed change for local communities regarding private property rights, timber harvesting, Tribal uses of land, and public access to public lands.  Few details included in the summary released to the public.  From the Department of the Interior

 

State of the Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Early Season Storms One Indicator of Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

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

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead

Update to the prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.  Now sees strong possibility of above-normal number of tropical storms with 14-19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Protected Areas Database of the United States

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Recreation/Travel

https://gapanalysis.usgs.gov/padus/

The official inventory of public parks and other protected areas in all U.S. states and territories.  Includes 200,000 parks and protected areas covering three billion land and marine acres.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Superfund Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-07/documents/superfund_task_force_report.pdf

Report of the Superfund Task Force with 42 recommendations for expediting the clean-up of some 1,300 contaminated sites on the National Priorities List. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Announces Superfund Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-superfund-task-force-recommendations

Agency press release on recommendations for streamlining and improving the operation of the Superfund Program. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

National Transportation Statistics 2017

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

https://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/NTS_Entire_2017Q2.pdf

Annual statistical report on the condition of the U. S transportation network, the safety and accident record, the relationship between transportation and the economy, and the environmental and energy implications of transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

(energy     environment     statistics     traffic accidents     transportation)

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