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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Weather/Disasters

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Implications for U.S. National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

Discusses threats to national security from global warming in the near term, over the next five, years, and over the next twenty years.  Among the threats covered: severe weather, adverse effects on food prices and availability, increased risks to human health, negative impacts on investments and economic competitiveness, and sea level rise.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Atlantic Hurricane Season Still Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release on updated hurricane predictions for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 hurricane season.  Now calls for 70% chance for 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.  Also discusses the atmospheric conditions which lead forecasters to increase the expected number of hurricanes from the earlier spring prediction.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Text of Federal Register notice which informs federal agencies about their need to consider the impacts of any program actions on the emission of greenhouse gases and climate change.  Provides guidance to agencies on how to respond to GHG emissions and the effects of climate change resulting from their proposed actions.  From the Council of Environmental Quality


Climate Change Indicators in the United States: 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Presents 37 indicators which describe trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.  The indicators are grouped into 6 chapters on greenhouse gases; weather and climate; oceans, snow, and ice; health and society, and ecosystems.  Primary focus is on the U.S. but some global trends are also presented.    From the Environmental Protection Agency


June Marks 14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat for the Globe

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Press release on the record high global temperatures in June, the highest in 137 years of record keeping.  The year to date temperatures also broke the previous record set in 2015.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


CBO’s Approach to Estimating Expected Hurricane Damage

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

Describes how the Congressional Budget Office estimates the effects of climate change and coastal development–including frequency of storms, sea levels, population, and per capita income–in trying to calculate the costs of future hurricane damage.  A working paper of the Congressional Budget Office


Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of climate change and coastal development.  This report provides estimates of the increased damage and federal aid needed.  It also examines 3 approaches to reducing the damage: limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shifting costs to state/local governments to reduce coastal development, and investing in structural changes to reduce vulnerability.  From the Congressional Budget Office.


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