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U.S. Winter Outlook Predicts Warmer, Drier South and Cooler, Wetter North

Categories: Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/us-winter-outlook-predicts-warmer-drier-south-and-cooler-wetter-north

Predicts La Nina phenomenon will influence mild winter weather conditions in South and Mid-Atlantic.  Covers precipitation, temperature, and drought possibilities.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

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

https://www.epa.gov/arc-x

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

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Reports%20and%20Pubs/NIC_White_Paper_Climate_Change.pdf

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

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/atlantic-hurricane-season-still-expected-to-be-strongest-since-2012

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

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18620.pdf

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

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/climate_indicators_2016.pdf

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

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

 

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