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June Marks 14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat for the Globe

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

http://www.noaa.gov/june-marks-14-consecutive-months-record-heat-globe

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/workingpaper/51610-Hurricanes_WP.pdf

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51518-Hurricane-Damage.pdf

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.

 

Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan

Categories: Homeland Security,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.hrpdcva.gov/uploads/docs/DRAFT%20HAZ%20MIT%20PLAN%20MAY%202016.pdf

Updated plan for preparing for and responding to emergency situations in the communities of the Hampton Roads area.  Combines six separate plans from the Peninsula and Southside communities into a single plan.  From the Hampton Roads Plan District Commission

 

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Maps/Geography,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/Sea%20Level%20Rise-Storm%20Surge%20Impacts%20to%20Roadways%20in%20HR%20DRAFT%20Report.pdf

Includes a methodology for incorporating sea level rise and storm surge impacts to roadways into transportation planning.  Also contains adaptation strategies, design considerations, best practices, and lessons learned from other coastal regions.  Dated January 2016 but released to the public in May 2016.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-publishes-21st-annual-us-greenhouse-gas-inventory

Agency press release summarizing results of report.  Inventory shows a 9% drop in U.S. emissions since 2005 and a 1% increase in GHG emissions in 2014 over 2013.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report: 1990-2014

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html

Annual report on U.S. emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and greenhouse gas.  Provides separate links to different sections of 2014 report.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

U.S. Climate Atlas

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climateatlas/

Interactive site which allows user to view monthly maps of precipitation and maximum/minimum temperatures from 1895 through 2015.  Coverage of over 10,000 weather stations.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(environment     statistics     weather/disasters)

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