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Leaders Sign Landmark Paris Climate Accord

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Treaties,United Nations

Describes signing ceremony and provides excerpts from key speeches.  From the United Nations


EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release summarizing results of report.  Inventory shows a 9% drop in U.S. emissions since 2005 and a 1% increase in GHG emissions in 2014 over 2013.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report: 1990-2014

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Annual report on U.S. emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and greenhouse gas.  Provides separate links to different sections of 2014 report.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Climate Atlas

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Interactive site which allows user to view monthly maps of precipitation and maximum/minimum temperatures from 1895 through 2015.  Coverage of over 10,000 weather stations.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(environment     statistics     weather/disasters)

Genetically Engineered Crops: USDA Needs to Enhance Oversight and Better Understand Impacts of Unintended Mixing with Other Crops

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Proponents assert that GE crops are more pest-resistant, require less labor, and increase productivity.  Opponents cite possible harm to agriculture, the environment, and humans.  This report examines steps federal agencies have taken to regulate GE crops, the extent and impact of unintended mixing of GE and non-GE crops, and the amount of information provided to the public on GE crops.  From the Government Accountability Office


U. S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

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

Discusses an EPA regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan, which is designed to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emission levels from existing electric power plants.  Recently such emissions have dropped due primarily to a decrease in coal’s contribution and an increase in natural gas’s contribution to electricity generation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Transportation in the United States: Highlights from 2015 2015 Transportation Statistics Annual Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Presents a 30 page summary of the complete 2015 annual report.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Annual statistical report on the U.S. transportation system, the system’s performance, economic contributions, safety issues, and its effect on the environment.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


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