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Report on the Collision between USS Fitzgerald and Motor Vessel ACX Crystal and Report on the Collision between USS John S. McCain and Motor Vessel ALNIC MC

Categories: Defense/Military,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://s3.amazonaws.com/CHINFO/USS+Fitzgerald+and+USS+John+S+McCain+Collision+Reports.pdf

Memorandum from the Chief of Naval Operations, which includes reports on collisions involving two U.S. Navy ships in separate incidents in June and August 2017 which resulted in the deaths of 17 American sailors.  The Navy’s report on the events and actions that led to the collisions concludes that the accidents were preventable and caused by multiple failures by those on watch duty.  From the Defense Department

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

The National Flood Insurance Program: Financial Soundness and Affordability

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53028-nfipreport2.pdf

Examines the financial soundness of the Flood Insurance Program and its affordability for policyholders.  The program, launched in 1968, collected premiums in August 2016 that fell short of the program’s expected costs by $1.4 billion, mostly from policies in coastal counties.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Hurricane Harvey Situation Reports

Categories: Energy,Weather/Disasters

https://energy.gov/oe/downloads/hurricane-harvey-situation-reports-august-2017

A series of reports on energy sector impacts of the hurricane which hit the southeastern Texas region.  From the Department of Energy

 

State of the Climate in 2016

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Early Season Storms One Indicator of Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead

Update to the prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.  Now sees strong possibility of above-normal number of tropical storms with 14-19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

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

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

EPA Announces Superfund Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-superfund-task-force-recommendations

Agency press release on recommendations for streamlining and improving the operation of the Superfund Program. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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