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Earl Gregg Swem Library

A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of the Interior: A Report to the Secretary of the Interior from the Energy and Climate Change Task Force

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

Describes the challenge of trying to change from a project-by-project approach to consistent, science-based management of the nation’s land and resources.  Calls for policies that minimize and compensate for the development of Department-managed lands and improve the resilience of natural resources in the face of climate change.  From the Department of the Interior


EPA and the Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Describes the proposed rule, jointly sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers, which attempts to respond to recent Supreme Court rulings by clarifying the regulatory status of waters of ambiguous jurisdictional status.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Crude Oil Causes Developmental Abnormalities in Large Marine Fish

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release about research studies which reveal that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas, which spawn in the northern Gulf waters.  Also includes link to full text of study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service


Algae’s Potential as a Transportation Biofuel

Categories: Energy,Natural Resources,Science/Technology,Transportation

Discusses the relationship between algae and the Renewable Fuel Standard, provides technical background on algae-based biofuel, and reviews legislative activity related to algae-based biofuels. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


The Lacey Act: Protecting the Environment by Restricting Trade

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Explains how the Lacey Act began as a 1900 measure to prevent hunters from crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for violation of hunting laws and evolved over the years to prohibit import, export, transport, purchase or sale of species when that action would violate domestic or foreign law.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Includes discussion of what drought is and why it occurs, a description of recent severe droughts in the U.S., the role of climate change in drought conditions, and drought forecasts for the U.S.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Nutrient Load Summaries for Major Lakes and Estuaries of the Eastern United States, 2002

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

Provides estimates of sources and stream transport of harmful nutrients to 255 major lakes and 64 estuaries in the eastern U.S. including major rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay tributaries.   From the U.S. Geological Survey


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