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National Transportation Statistics 2017

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

https://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/NTS_Entire_2017Q2.pdf

Annual statistical report on the condition of the U. S transportation network, the safety and accident record, the relationship between transportation and the economy, and the environmental and energy implications of transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

(energy     environment     statistics     traffic accidents     transportation)

NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Index Up 40 Percent Since 1990

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-s-greenhouse-gas-index-up-40-percent-since-1990

Agency press release which tracks the warming influence of greenhouse gases as measured by the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index.  Unlike previous releases during the Obama Administration, this brief release does not link the rise in emissions to human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2017

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201706

Provides details about the 2nd warmest year-to-date in the U.S. including temperatures, precipitation, and other major weather events during the first half of 2017.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule

Website for regulatory activity related to the Clean Water Rule designed to protect navigable waterways and wetlands. Contains the executive order and press release on the intent of the agency to rescind the rule and “recodify the regulatory text” as it existed prior to 2015.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

 

Rising Sea Levels

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0555/POST-PN-0555.pdf

Sea level rise will continue even if global temperature increase is limited to 2 degrees Centigrade.  Sets out the causes and likely future levels of sea level rise and its implication. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Solid Waste Managed in Virginia During Calendar Year 2016

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Land/ReportsPublications/2017_Annual_Solid_Waste_Report_for_CY2016.pdf?ver=2017-06-20-102952-963

Total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities (22 million tons) during 2016 increased by about 1.3 million tons from 2015.  Also provides numbers on solid waste brought in from out-of-state sources.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment

http://epaclimatechange.sfgov.org/

Contains information on climate change removed from the EPA web site by the Trump administration. San Francisco is one of several cities hosting former EPA information related to climate change.  From the San Francisco city/county web site.

 

Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf

Executive directive from the Virginia governor, one of several state efforts, to mandate reductions in carbon emissions in contrast to the policy of the Trump administration. Directs state environmental officials to prepare regulations for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances with other states.  From the Office of the Governor

(climate change     environment     laws/regulations     Virginia issues)

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