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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

The State of Nature in the European Union: Report on the Status of and Trends for Habitat Types and Species Covered by the Birds and Habitats Directive for the 2007-2012 Period ….

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,European Union,Natural Resources

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52015DC0219&from=EN

Provides the most comprehensive picture to date on the state of nature in the European Union.  Birds are faring better than other species. From the European Commission

 

Preliminary Methodology to Assess the National and Regional Impact of U.S. Wind Energy Development on Birds and Bats

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

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2015/5066/pdf/sir2015-5066.pdf

Describes the components of the methodology, the underlying assumptions, and its usefulness in identifying species that may require additional protection.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Adrenal Gland and Lung Lesions in Gulf of Mexico Common Bottlenose Dolphins … Found Dead Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126538

Finds that exposure to elevated levels of petroleum compounds in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill was the probable cause of a high death rate among dolphins since 2010.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Library of Science.

 

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