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Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events

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

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/pubs/nhi14006/nhi14006.pdf

Provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the vulnerability of coastal transportation facilities to extreme events and climate change.  Identifies vulnerabilities by region along with methods for modeling them and the likely impacts of climate change.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

Geotechnical Aspects in the Epicentral Region of the 2011 Mw5.8 Mineral Virginia Earthquake

Categories: Geology/Mining,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://specialpapers.gsapubs.org/content/509/151

Documents geological details of the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake to help assess current geoengineering practices in the region as well as the seismic performance of the region’s aging infrastructure.  Abstract only is available free.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/february/nasa-study-finds-carbon-emissions-could-dramatically-increase-risk-of-us/#.VN4G6mO9aPw

Press release with summary of scientific article on likelihood of major droughts in the southwestern U.S. after 2050 due to effects of climate change.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Key Diplomat’s Personal Notebook Sheds Light on Inner Workings of U.S. Government Response to Genocide Unfolding in Rwanda in 1994

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Weather/Disasters

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB500/

Excerpts from the notebook of the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda during the period of genocide plus a collection of 41 documents illustrating the diplomatic maneuvering at the time.  From the National Security Archive

 

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

State of the Climate Summary Report 2014

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

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/13

 

Reports that average U.S. temperatures in 2014 exceeded the 20th Century average for the 18th consecutive year.  Provides information on temperature, precipitation and significant weather events for 2014.  From the National Climatic Data Center

 

From the Extreme to the Mean: Acceleration and Tipping Points of Coastal Inundation from Sea Level Rise

Categories: Climate Change,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

 http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141218_sealevelrise.html

Predicts that sea level rise from global warming will threaten a majority of U.S. coastal areas with 30 or more days of flooding each year by 2050.  Lists coastal cities such as Norfolk and Washington and when they will surpass the tipping point for flooding.  Press release with links to text of article in academic journal.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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