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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2016 World Population Data Sheet

Categories: Environment,Health/Medical,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.prb.org/pdf16/prb-wpds2016-web-2016.pdf

Features statistical tables with country level population, health, and environment data.  From the Population Reference Bureau

2016 Pocket Guide to Transportation

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

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/Pocket%20Guide%202016.pdf

A collection of statistics on the U.S. transportation system with major trends.  Covers freight, passenger, environment, safety, and efficiency topics.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Strengthening Cultural Resources Stewardship in the National Park Service

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,History,Native Americans

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/upload/EFMOAfterActionReview_AsReleased_August2016.pdf

An “after action” review of scandalous conditions at a National Park Service monument in Iowa results in sharp criticism of the management of the agency for lack of understanding and concern about the preservation of cultural resources. From the National Park Service

 

Methane: An Introduction to Emission Sources and Reduction Strategies

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43860.pdf

Covers emissions, historical trends, the source sectors (agriculture, fossil energies, and waste management), issues in measurement, cost-benefit considerations, and current issues for Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/climate/documents/2016-08-ghg-hd-final-rule-phase2-preamble.pdf

Text of final regulation on GHG emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium to heavy duty engines and vehicles as prepared for publication in the Federal Register.  From the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-dot-finalize-greenhouse-gas-and-fuel-efficiency-standards-heavy-duty-trucks-0

Agency press release on the approval of final regulations for limiting carbon pollution and improving fuel efficiency of medium and heavy duty vehicles.  The standards are said to provide $230 billion in net benefits to society.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Atlantic Hurricane Season Still Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/atlantic-hurricane-season-still-expected-to-be-strongest-since-2012

Agency press release on updated hurricane predictions for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 hurricane season.  Now calls for 70% chance for 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.  Also discusses the atmospheric conditions which lead forecasters to increase the expected number of hurricanes from the earlier spring prediction.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Evolution of the Meaning of “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44585.pdf

Examines how widely to interpret the phrase “Waters of the U.S.” which has no clear definition in the Clean Water Act.  The Commerce Clause is cited as the constitutional basis for regulating water quality, but recent court decisions have cited limitations to that authority.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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