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GAO – Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts

Climate Change: Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts, GAO-16-834: Published: Sep 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2016.

“Climate assessments predict that floods and other extreme weather events will become more common and intense, putting coastal areas—which are home to more than half of the U.S. population—at risk. The wetlands, marshes, and mangroves that usually help protect coastal communities are also vulnerable. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides funding, training, and other assistance to help states assess and prepare their coastal zones for sea-level rise and other effects of climate change. We surveyed the coastal managers in the 23 states with such coastal zones and found that they’re generally satisfied with NOAA’s support…”

Paper – A Brief History of Marine Litter Research

Marine Anthropogenic Litter pp 1-25. 02 June 2015. A Brief History of Marine Litter Research. Peter G. Ryan. 10.1007/978-3-319-16510-3_1 “This chapter traces the history of marine litter research from anecdotal reports of entanglement and plastic ingestion in the 1960s to the current focus on microplastics and their role in the transfer of persistent organic pollutants to marine… Continue Reading

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

CRS report via FAS – Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations, Peter Folger – Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy; Nicole T. Carter, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy. September 12, 2016. “Some states, such as Florida and Louisiana, and U.S. territories have a considerable share of their assets, people, economies, and… Continue Reading

Study – How Much Do You Pollute? Individuals Can Calculate Their Bay Footprint

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: “If everyone in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area consumed only the recommended amount of protein, the associated reductions in nitrogen pollution would be equivalent to what is needed to save the Chesapeake Bay. That is one of the findings of an exercise by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the University of… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement

CRS report via FAS  – Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement, Jane A. Leggett, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy; Richard K. Lattanzio, Specialist in Environmental Policy. September 1, 2016. “Experts broadly agree that stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere to avoid dangerous GHG-induced climate change could be accomplished… Continue Reading

Will NYC become a gradual Atlantis?

New York Magazine – Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition, by Andrew Rice “Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by profession and a doomsayer by disposition. I’ve gotten to… Continue Reading

American landfills and waste production – landfills over time, size and location

How Much Trash in Near Your Home?: “The average American tosses 4.4 pounds of trash every single day. It may not seem all that astonishing on the surface, but with 323.7 million people living in the United States, that is roughly 728,000 tons of daily garbage – enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. That is… Continue Reading

New Pilot Study on Measuring OECD Countries’ Starting Positions on Sustainable Development Goals

“On July 14 2016 the OECD presented its Pilot Study on Measuring OECD Countries’ Starting Positions on the SDGs in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs in New York.  The Study, Measuring the Distance to the SDGs Targets, piloted on selected OECD countries, leverages on the OECD work on well-being… Continue Reading

Global warming visualized as a heat rainbow

Via Scientific American – “According to new data published by NASA, July 2016 was the hottest month our planet has seen since we started recording temperatures 136 years ago. In fact, every month since October 2015 has set a new record compared to previous years. But since July is generally the warmest month of the… Continue Reading

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

“Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama’s… Continue Reading

NASA Analyzes Deadly Louisiana Flooding

NASA – “Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana have been calculated at NASA with data from satellites. An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico…At least 4 people have died in record… Continue Reading

Explore ongoing history of human civilization through research and data visualization

“OurWorldInData is an online publication that shows how living conditions around the world are changing. It communicates this empirical knowledge through interactive data visualisations (charts and maps) and by presenting the research findings on global development that explain what drives the changes that we see and what the consequences of these changes are. The publication… Continue Reading