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

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

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/671591.pdf

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

http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/state-of-climate-in-2014/

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

http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/134079p.pdf

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

http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/cirareport.pdf

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

 

EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/b542d827055a839585257e5a005a796b!OpenDocument

Press release on the lengthy report explaining in brief what the assessment concluded.  The study will be finalized after review by the Science Advisory Board and a period for public comment.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources: External Review Draft

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=244651

Finds that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are conducted in a way that has not led to widespread impacts on drinking water, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could affect drinking water.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/62295cddd6c6b45685257e52004fac97!OpenDocument

Agency press release which provides a summary of what the new regulation is designed to accomplish and what areas are not affected.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States”

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

http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/rule_preamble_web_version.pdf

Final rule that responds to a 2006 Supreme Court ruling by clarifying what waters are affected by the Clean Water Act.  The rule defines affected waters as navigable waterways and their tributaries.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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