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Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

“Six months after the successful Paris Climate Agreement, two of the world’s primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative  of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents, representing more than 600 million inhabitants, over 8% of the world’s population. Co-chaired by Former New York City Mayor and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, and European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, and with the support of global and regional city networks, including C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, and Eurocities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy represents the strongest and clearest signal to national governments that cities are not only acting to stop the effects of climate change, they are leading and leading together. See relevant materials about the merger here:

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Paper – The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people

The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people – Science 11 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6313,DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf7671 “…The many observed impacts of climate change at different levels of biological organization point toward an increasingly unpredictable future for humans. Reduced genetic diversity in crops, inconsistent crop yields, decreased productivity in fisheries… Continue Reading

Search platform allows investors to identify investments in deforestation funds

“Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that enables people to find out if their money, in the form of individual investments or an employer-provided 401(k), may be causing tropical deforestation through investment in companies that produce, consume, or finance palm oil – the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Palm oil is not… Continue Reading

Arctic Resilience Report

“The Arctic region is changing rapidly, in ways that could dramatically affect people’s lives and ecosystems. Climate change is a major concern, but rapid economic development and social transformation could also make significant impacts. Some changes may be gradual, but there may also be large and sudden shifts. For those charged with managing natural resources… Continue Reading

The Economist – The state of the climate in 2016

“A UN climate talks in Marrakesh enter their final few days, leaders have a lot on their minds. Political support for a green agenda will wane in America next year. Barack Obama has led international environmental-protection efforts; Donald Trump plans to oppose them. The switch comes just as a new report from the World Meteorological… Continue Reading

Hope in the Dark – Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Free ebook – Hope in the Dark – Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit “With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural,… Continue Reading

“one-stop-shop” of data sources useful to anyone wishing to analyze fracking data

Fracking Data – Fracking data, chemicals, toxicities, source code [searchable] Khepry Quixote  – “This site will grow, especially in the domain of “blended” data, for example, the blending of fracking chemical disclosure data with each chemical’s recognized or suspected toxicity.  It is my intent to evolve the various fracking datasets into spatially-oriented datasets and blend… Continue Reading

Public/private partnership create 3D maps combining geospatial, climatology, environmental data

Ecological Marine Units – GIS Provides Better Understanding of Ocean Ecosystems: “A healthy ocean can reduce poverty, combat hunger, limit the impacts of climate change, and improve the global economy. To achieve these ideals and support ocean sustainability, it is necessary to have a baseline method for understanding of the ocean’s ecosystems and a framework to detect… Continue Reading

Paper – Environmental Law, Big Data, and the Torrent of Singularities

Boyd, William, Environmental Law, Big Data, and the Torrent of Singularities (Novemeber 7, 2016). 64 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 544 (2016); University of Colorado at Boulder, Economics Department Paper No. 16-9. Available at SSRN: “How will big data impact environmental law in the near future? This Essay imagines one possible future for environmental law in… Continue Reading

Paper – Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions

Dahr Jamail, Truthout – Report: “…September of this year saw Earth pass a dramatic threshold — one that signifies our entrance into a new era of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). September 2016 will now be remembered as the month that Earth passed the threshold of 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere permanently, according to… Continue Reading

EU Briefing What Think Tanks are thinking

“The United States choses its next president on 8 November, with implications for international relations, security, trade and fight against climate change. The vote follows an acrimonious campaign, which analysts say points to a deeply divided nation on issues such as the US international role, immigration, social protection, taxation as well as trade and industrial… Continue Reading

New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute

“1984 amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (Act) at N.J.S.A. 58:12A- 20, established New Jersey’s Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) as well as the drinking water standard setting process. The DWQI is responsible for developing Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) or standards for hazardous contaminants in drinking water and for recommending those standards… Continue Reading