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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2016 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2016 Industry Reports

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2016TRIReport.pdf

For calendar year 2016, Virginia businesses filed 1,345 individual reports on the release, transfer, or management of 909 million pounds of 153 toxic chemicals.  The 2016 totals represent a 5.8% increase, compared to 2015, of chemicals being released or managed onsite.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

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

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt86_PaP_of_HTFlooding.pdf

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.

 

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

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

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712

Finds that 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest without an El Nino present.  Provides analysis of global land and ocean surface temperatures, snow cover, and Arctic/Antarctic sea ice extent.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=22095

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands: Rescission of a 2015 Rule

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-12-29/pdf/2017-28211.pdf

Final rule that rescinds an Obama Administration rule that would have set environmental limitations on hydraulic fracking on public lands.  The rescinded rules would have strengthened well construction and wastewater management standards and required disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids.  From the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior

 

2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://www.boem.gov/NP-Draft-Proposed-Program-2019-2024/

Trump Administration proposal to revise Obama administration plans and open previously-protected U.S. off-shore waters to oil and gas drilling.  Identifies 47 potential areas, including the mid-Atlantic, where companies  could buy leases between 2019 and 2024 under the proposed plan.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

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

http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume XLI, Global Issues II

Categories: Africa,Environment,Foreign Affairs,Health/Medical,History,Population/Census

https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.history.state.gov/frus/frus1981-88v41/pdf/frus1981-88v41.pdf

The documents in this volume focus on seven global issues: law of the sea, human rights, African famine, AIDS, international population policy, whaling, and the ozone layer.  From the Office of the Historian of the State Department

 

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