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New Scientist – US Supreme Court air pollution ruling will save lives

Lisa Grossman: “Citizens of the US, breathe easier. The Supreme Court has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can regulate air pollution that drifts across state lines. The ruling means about 1000 power plants will be forced to reduce their emissions. The states hit hardest by the rules include Texas and Ohio, where coal-fired power plants areContinue Reading

U.S. National Climate Assessment

“The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy ofContinue Reading

Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

“U.S. Arctic waters north of the Bering Strait and west of the Canadian border encompass a vast area that is usually ice covered for much of the year, but is increasingly experiencing longer periods and larger areas of open water due to climate change. Sparsely inhabited with a wide variety of ecosystems found nowhere else,Continue Reading

Oil Spill Clean Up in U.S. Arctic Waters Requires Increased Infrastructure to Use Full Range of Response Methods

News release: “A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills.  A new report from the National Research Council says that a full suite of proven oil response tools is needed to address potential oilContinue Reading

EPA Publishes 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

News release: “ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today, showing a 3.4 percent decrease in 2012 from 2011. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is submitted annually to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, presentsContinue Reading

IPCC: Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate despite reduction efforts

News release April 13, 2014: “A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.  According to the WorkingContinue Reading

CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs. February 27, 2014. “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue ofAlaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial interestsContinue Reading

Application of the SES framework for model-based analysis of the dynamics of social-ecological systems

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Full reference: Schlüter, M., J. Hinkel, P. W. G. Bots, and R. Arlinghaus. 2014. Application of the SES framework for model-based analysis of the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 19(1): 36. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05782-190136. Download publication 19(1): 36. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05782-19013 “Social-ecological systems (SES) are dynamic systems that continuously change in response to internal or external pressures. AContinue Reading

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Issues Fifth Report

“The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world. ClimateContinue Reading

IPCC report: climate change felt ‘on all continents and across the oceans’

Guardian: “Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans“, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday. Government officials and scientists are gathered in Yokohama this week to wrangle over every line of a summary of the report beforeContinue Reading

On Ravaged Tar Sands Lands, Big Challenges for Reclamation

Ed Struzik: “The challenges of restoring a landscape uprooted by the destructive practice of oil sands mining — which involves strip mining the earth to depths of up to 250 feet — are enormous. Oil sands mining occurs primarily in complex wetland ecosystems of boreal swamps, bogs, and peatland fens that were formed over thousands ofContinue Reading

Scout – Open Source tool to get alerts on issues you care about

“Scout is a free service that provides daily insight to how our laws and regulations are shaped in Washington, DC and our state capitols. These days, you can receive electronic alerts to know when a company is in the news, when a TV show is scheduled to air or when a sports team wins. Now, youContinue Reading