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Earl Gregg Swem Library

State of the Global Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://library.wmo.int/opac/doc_num.php?explnum_id=3414

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95108/115024/Coal_PEIS_Vol_II_508.pdf

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Scoping Report. Vol. 1

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95106/115023/CoalPEIS_RptsScoping_Vol1_508.pdf

Argues the need for modernization of the federal coal program to ensure a fair return on the sale of public coal resources, assess the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and consider the impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.  Volume 1 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/hfstudy

Contains the text of the final assessment report, appendices to the final report, an executive summary, a fact sheet, and the text of the 2015 draft assessment. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://ofmpub.epa.gov/eims/eimscomm.getfile?p_download_id=529930

666 page text of the final assessment report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-final-report-impacts-hydraulic-fracturing-activities-drinking-water

Press release on the issuance of the final scientific report on the impact of fracking on drinking water. Became controversial because of alterations from the earlier draft. The final report states “hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances.”  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

Hampton Roads Regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2016/3095/fs20163095.pdf

Describes the water quality monitoring program launched by the USGS in partnership with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to determine the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids added to the Chesapeake Bay by the Hampton Roads communities.  From the U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3095

 

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