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A Bear’s-Eye View of Yellowstone

Via National Geographic: What do bears eat? How far do they roam? Find out in this interactive journey through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

State of the Air 2016

“For 17 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner and healthier.”

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

“At COP 21 in Paris, Parties to the UNFCCC reached a historic agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperatureContinue Reading

Leaders Aim to Put a Price on Half of All Global Carbon Emissions

World Bank – “Ten leaders, including Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, have laid out goals in a joint vision statement to expand carbon pricing to cover 25 percent of global emissions by 2020, and achieve 50 percent coverage withinContinue Reading

Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs

Kaiser Family Foundation: Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs “When it comes to world affairs, majorities of Americans list fighting terrorism (64%), protecting human rights (60%), and protecting the environment and fighting climate change (51%) as top priorities for the president and Congress, findsContinue Reading

Report – Proxy Carbon Pricing

Center for American Progress – Proxy Carbon Pricing, A Tool for Fiscally Rational and Climate-Compatible Governance, By Alison Cassady and Gwynne Taraska. April 2016. “As the world unites to fight climate change, more and more countries are turning to carbon pricing as a means to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. By putting a price onContinue Reading

GAO reports – Counterterrorism, CFTC Leasing Guidance, DoD and mental health, national flood insurance, VA health care

Counterterrorism: DOD Should Enhance Management of and Reporting on Its Global Train and Equip Program, GAO-16-368: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016. Federal Real Property: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Needs Better Leasing Guidance to Improve Cost-effectiveness, GAO-16-434: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016. Foreign Aid: USAID Generally Complied withContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00705 Publication Date (Web): April 05, 2016. Copyright © 2016 American Chemical Society Abstract – “Oil and gas (O&G) well pads with high hydrocarbon emission rates may disproportionally contribute to total methane and volatile organic compound (VOC)Continue Reading

Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed

“International Energy Analysis [IEA] analysis shows energy-related emissions of CO2 stalled for the second year in a row as renewable energy surged. Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released [MarchContinue Reading

Weather conditions continue record breaking snow melt in Greenland

Washingotn Post: “The Danish Meteorological Institute reported that although it’s only April, nearly 12 percent of the ice sheet’s surface is covered with a layer of meltwater of a depth of at least a millimeter. “The former top 3 earliest dates for a melt area larger than 10% were previously all in May (5th May 2010, 8th May 1990,Continue Reading

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan, Jonathan L. Ramseur, Specialist in Environmental Policy. April 11, 2016. “Recent international negotiations and domestic policy developments have generated interest in current and projected U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels. GHG emissions are generated throughout the UnitedContinue Reading