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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey


A Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Proposes a comprehensive integrated ecosystem restoration plan over the next 15 years financed by penalties imposed upon BP.   The proposed settlement and restoration plan is open for public comment through 12/4/2015. From the Justice Department


U.S. and Five Gulf States Reach Historic Settlement with BP to Resolve Civil Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Crime/Justice,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Press release announcing settlement between U.S. and Gulf States with British Petroleum to resolve civil claims arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and oil spill. The settlement, expected to exceed $20 billion, is the largest with a single entity in Justice Department history. From the Department of Justice


A Conceptual Framework and Monitoring Strategy for Movement of Saltwater in the Coastal Plain Aquifer System of Virginia

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Synthesizes previous studies to provide an understanding of processes of saltwater to groundwater withdrawal in the Virginia Coastal Plain aquifer system. Monitoring of saltwater is needed to detect increases in chloride concentration before groundwater-production wells become contaminated. From the Geological Survey


Army Corps of Engineers: Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing.  This report covers how the Corps prepares for and responds to extreme weather events in planning water resources projects and its assessment about whether existing water resources infrastructure is prepared for such events.  From the Government Accountability Office


State of the Climate in 2014

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

2014 was the warmest year on record for the Earth.  The report includes global climate indicators, notable weather events, and contributions from more than 400 scientists in nearly 60 countries.  Includes sections on oceans, regional climates, the tropics, and the polar regions.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society


American Farm Bureau Federation et al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Supreme Court/courts

Decision of a three judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals affirming the district court opinion that preserves the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load approach to cleaning the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Farm and home builder organizations had opposed the plan which requires non-point sources of pollution to share responsibility for cleanup with point sources.  From Justia.


Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources

Estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Summarizes results from a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis, the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project.  Predicts that a global agreement to cut ghg emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths by the end of the 21st century.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


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