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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action

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

http://apps.unep.org/publications/index.php?option=com_pmtdata&task=download&file=-The%20importance%20of%20mangroves%20to%20people_%20a%20call%20to%20action-2014Mangrove.pdf

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

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/25/presidential-proclamation-pacific-remote-islands-marine-national-monumen

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

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666048.pdf

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

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5025367

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

 

 

The State of the Birds Report 2014

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2014%20SotB_FINAL_low-res.pdf

The fifth such report with information on bird habitats, preventing extinction, and more.  Claims to be the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.  From the Smithsonian Institution and other project partners

 

State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Climb

Categories: Business/Economics,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5559

Press release announcing that the 2013/14 oyster harvest jumped 25% to an estimated 504,000 bushels.  It was the highest level since 1987.  Includes link to table with history of annual Virginia oyster harvests since 1957-58.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Proposal to Protect the Bristol Bay Watershed

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

http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay

Proposed regulation designed to protect Bristol Bay Alaska salmon fishery waters from damage from copper mining.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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