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Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Concludes that EPA had the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect Flint residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015.  The order was not issued until January 2016.  Directs EPA to clarify how its emergency  authority can and should be used to protect the public.  From the Office of the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency


Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre


Effectiveness of Virginia’s Water Resource Planning and Management 2016

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Concludes that there is currently insufficient groundwater in eastern Virginia to accommodate any major, new permit requests (for example, industries seeking to locate in the region).  Criticizes the state’s state and local water plans as lacking in addressing sustainability challenges.  Offers recommendations for improved state and regional planning.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience: An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Income/Poverty,United Nations

Examines how the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development relates to the challenge of building resilience to climate change and alleviating suffering of the most vulnerable populations.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations


Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

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

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Paris Climate Agreement Ratified

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

Passage by the European Parliament of the Paris Climate Agreement brought the number of ratifying countries past the 55 needed for the treaty to come into force.  To date 74 countries with 58% of global emissions have agreed to the terms.  This report offers a British view.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7718


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