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Earl Gregg Swem Library

George Washington National Forest: Revised Land and Resource Management Plan

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Headlines,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues

Revises the 1993 management plan for the Virginia forest and drew news headlines because of its position on not prohibiting any specific technology for developing energy resources including hydraulic fracturing on forest lands where there are existing valid leases. See also related environmental materials.  From the Forest Service


Climate Change and Dead Zones

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

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

Water use in the U.S. has dropped 13% since 2005; the 2010 estimates of 355 billion gallons per day put total withdrawals at the lowest level since before 1970.   Thermoelectric power and irrigation were the two main uses for water in 2010.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Mercury in the Nation’s Streams: Levels, Trends, and Implications

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

Presents a summary of results of investigations conducted since the late 1990s on the sources, occurrences, trends, transport, and bioaccumulation of mercury in U.S. stream ecosystems.  Includes section on where mercury concentrations are the highest in the U.S.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,United Nations

Discusses the value of mangrove forests, the alarming rate of loss of mangrove forests and the implications for climate change.  From the UN Environment Programme


Presidential Proclamation: Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Presidency

Designates a wide area of the Pacific Ocean for the largest marine preserve in the world to protect the area from drilling and most fishing.  From the White House


Drinking Water: Characterization of Injected Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Investigates the characteristics of fluids injected into wells associated with oil and gas production in fracking operations and the type of information that federal or state regulations require well operators to provide about these fluids in order to ensure the safety of underground drinking water sources. From the Government Accountability Office


Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey



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