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State Transportation Statistics 2014

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

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2014/index.html

A statistical profile of transportation in the 50 states and DC.  Covers freight movement, passenger travel, registered vehicles and miles traveled, safety, infrastructure, energy, and environmental topics.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

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

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5025367

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

 

Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Categories: Environment,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://ozone.unep.org/Assessment_Panels/SAP/SAP2014_Assessment_for_Decision-Makers.pdf

Finds that Montreal Protocol has led to stabilizing of ozone layer in latest measurements of the earth’s ozone layer.  Sums up the assessments of 300 scientists.  From the UN Environment Programme

 

The State of the Birds Report 2014

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2014%20SotB_FINAL_low-res.pdf

The fifth such report with information on bird habitats, preventing extinction, and more.  Claims to be the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.  From the Smithsonian Institution and other project partners

 

Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_1002_en.html

Press release which describes the record high amount of greenhouse gases measured in earth’s atmosphere in 2013 and the implications for ocean acidification and accelerating climate change.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2013

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/documents/1002_GHG_Bulletin.pdf

Reports that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases reached new highs in 2013 and the atmospheric increase of carbon dioxide from 2012 to 2013 was the largest annual increase since measurements began in 1984.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20,2010

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.uscourts.gov/courts/laed/9042014FindingsofFactandConclusionsofLaw.pdf

Decision by federal district court judge Carl Barbier that BP was guilty of gross negligence and subject to enhanced civil penalties in connection with the Macondo well blowout and fire that caused 11 deaths and vast environmental damage.   From Justia

 

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/ozone-depleting-compound-persists-nasa-research-shows/#.U_X5wLxdVWg

News release regarding unexpectedly large amounts of carbon tetrachloride, a chemical banned under the Montreal Protocol back in the 1980s.  Sudden re-emergence of the chemical attributed to large emissions from contaminated sites or new, unknown sources.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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