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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Climate Change: Analysis of Reported Federal Funding

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance

Examines reported federal funding on climate change matters from 2010 to 2017, the funding directed to activities where addressing climate change is the primary purpose, and the extent to which the primary purpose programs are overlapping or duplicative.  From the Government Accountability Office


Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Iran,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

Outlines the legal framework for withdrawal from international agreements under U.S. and international law and applies the procedure to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action related to Iran’s nuclear program—treaties the Trump Administration has announced its intention to abandon.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2016

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics,United Nations

Annual report on how successful the U.S. has been in meeting its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Includes trends in greenhouse gas emissions, energy-related emissions of GHGs from stationary and mobile sources, emissions from industrial and agricultural sources and more.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Website established to track Virginia’s plan for regulating carbon emissions from electric power generation.  Includes results from public hearings.  Comment period closed on 4/9/18.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality



Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

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

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.


Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

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

Finds that 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest without an El Nino present.  Provides analysis of global land and ocean surface temperatures, snow cover, and Arctic/Antarctic sea ice extent.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

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

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

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

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.


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