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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

Categories: Climate Change,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

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


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


California Drought, Visualized With Open Data

Categories: Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Presents data on the effect of the California drought on water use and the water cycle through data visualization techniques.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014

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

Presents data on 30 key indicators of the environment including U.S. and global temperature/precipitation, ocean heat and acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and more. From the Environmental Protection Agency


FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Policy: A Primer

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Weather/Disasters

Over the last quarter century, federal assistance provided via disaster declarations has exceeded $150 billion, yet the process by which such declarations come into being is not well understood.  This report discusses the evolution of the process, how it is administered, and recent changes to the process. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Global Estimates 2014: People Displaced by Disasters

Categories: Statistics,United Nations,Weather/Disasters

Presents estimates of the number of people displaced during 2013 by disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions or weather-related, and by conflicts.  Also includes trends from 2008 to 2013.  From the United Nations Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre


Preliminary Report: Crash Involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

Preliminary report on the July 2014 crash of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine to inform the public of the general circumstances of the event and the investigation progress to date.  Finds that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects.  From the Dutch Safety Board


In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20,2010

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Decision by federal district court judge Carl Barbier that BP was guilty of gross negligence and subject to enhanced civil penalties in connection with the Macondo well blowout and fire that caused 11 deaths and vast environmental damage.   From Justia


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