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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)

Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/final-well-control-rule/

Text of 500+ page final rule relating to the risk of offshore oil or gas blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.  The final rule covers all aspects of well control, including design requirements and operational procedures for well control equipment used in offshore oil and gas drilling operations.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

Well Control Final Rule Fact Sheet

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/FACT%20SHEET-%20Well%20Control%20Final%20Rule%20-%20FINAL.pdf

Lists the major requirements in a final regulation designed to correct the problems that led to the Deep Water Horizon tragedy.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

https://health2016.globalchange.gov/

Examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.  Includes chapters on temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, water-related illness, food safety, and mental health.  From the White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Weather/Disasters

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2016/1035/ofr20161035.pdf

Announces the availability of new maps which identify potential hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes.  In the past the federal government had mapped only natural earthquake hazards.  The report shows that 7 million people live and work in areas of the central and eastern U.S. with potential for damaging shaking from induced seismicity, primarily from wastewater disposal from oil and gas production operations.  From the U. S. Geological Survey

 

Water Resources Dashboard

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/water-resources/water-resources-dashboard

A one-stop website for relevant water data and maps on drought, flooding, precipitation, climate, and other measures affecting water supplies in the U.S.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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