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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Solid Waste Managed in Virginia During Calendar Year 2014

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

Covers the amount of solid waste managed in Virginia in 2014 and the amounts and sources of solid waste generated outside the state.  The total amount received at Virginia facilities declined by about 15,000 tons from the 2013 total.  From the Department of Environmental Quality


Greenhouse Gas Pledges by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,United Nations

Briefly summarizes the existing commitments and pledges of selected national and regional governments to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Michigan v. EPA

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision which blocks further implementation of a 2011 EPA regulation under the Clean Air Act designed to control toxic mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.  The court majority said the EPA failed to consider the costs of pollution control.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources

Estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Summarizes results from a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis, the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project.  Predicts that a global agreement to cut ghg emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths by the end of the 21st century.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013: Assessing Trends in Material Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Waste Management

Annual report on the collection and disposal of waste in the U.S.,  formerly entitled Municipal Solid Waste in the U.S.: Facts and Figures.   From the Environmental Protection Agency


EPA and DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Proposed regulatory standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution.  Agency press release with links for further information.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Encyclical Letter Laudato Si of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

The English text of the encyclical from the Pope on global warming and the destruction of the human environment.  From the Vatican


Energy and Climate Change: World Energy Outlook Special Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Treaties

Presents a detailed assessment of the energy sector impact of known and anticipated national climate pledges prior to the Paris, December 2015 climate summit, proposes a strategy to deliver a near-term peak in global energy-related GHG emissions, stresses the need to balance energy systems with climate goals, and recommends 4 pillars for COP21 success.  From the International Energy Agency


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