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2016 marks three consecutive years of record warmth for the globe

“With a boost from El Nino, 2016 began with a bang. For eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat.  With this as a catalyst, the 2016 globally averaged surface temperature ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69 degrees F or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average. This surpassed last year’s record by 0.07 degrees F. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016). Despite the cooling influence of a weak La Nina in the latter part of the year, the year ended with the third warmest December on record for the globe, with an average temperature 1.42 degrees F above the 20th century average.  In a separate analysis of global temperature data released at the same time, scientists from NASA also found 2016 to be the warmest year on record.”

Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: Why primates matter

Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: Why primates matter. Science Advances 18 Jan 2017: Vol. 3, no. 1, e1600946 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600946. “Nonhuman primates, our closest biological relatives, play important roles in the livelihoods, cultures, and religions of many societies and offer unique insights into human evolution, biology, behavior, and the threat of emerging diseases.… Continue Reading

EPA released its annual Toxics Release Inventory

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56% from 2005-2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program.  In Florida, the analysis shows a 56 percent decrease of reported chemical releases from 2005 to 2015…The report shows… Continue Reading

NDC Explorer – one-stop-shop for exploring national climate action plans

Via Data Driven Journalism: “In 2013, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decided that every member state should formulate a concrete national contribution to address the challenges of climate change. To this end, each country developed a Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) that communicated their planned climate change mitigation… Continue Reading

How Cell Phone Data Helps Us Better Understand Human Exposure To Air Pollution

Vast digital data-sets are changing how we predict the impacts of the urban environment on human health. In challenging traditional principles, can cellular network data offer insights on how to mitigate human exposure to dangerous air pollution? “Global urbanization has led to one of the world’s most pressing environmental health concerns: the increasing number of… Continue Reading

Treepedia maps trees in cities throughout the world

Treepedia – Exploring the Green Canopy in cities around the world – Using the power of MIT digital research applications and Google Street view users may choose a city from the list included to date, and search by specific location(s) to identify the differences in green space within a city and in comparison to other… Continue Reading

EPA Notifies Fiat Chrysler of Clean Air Act Violations

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500… Continue Reading

GPO Begins Digital Release Of Historical Federal Register, 1990-1994 Available Today

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) start the digital release of historic issues of the Federal Register with issues from 1990-1994. The complete collection of 1990s Federal Registers are now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project will digitize a total of 14,587 individual issues,… Continue Reading

NPS – Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Climate Change Response Program, December 2016. “The purpose of this Strategy is to set out the broad scope of cultural resources in relation to climate change and identify major directions of action in cultural resources and climate… Continue Reading

Valuing Climate Changes: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

“The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an economic metric intended to provide a comprehensive estimate of the net damages – that is, the monetized value of the net impacts, both negative and positive – from the global climate change that results from a small (1-metric ton) increase in carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions. Under Executive Orders… Continue Reading

Data drive overview of Washington DC City Bikeshare

tableau public – Washington DC Capital Bikeshare – metadata available from 2011-2017 – “Ridership is highest on weekdays during commuting hours and leisure hours during the weekends.” Continue Reading

Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

“In response to today’s release of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Elisabeth Kruger, Arctic program officer and polar bear expert: “The plan shows the complexity of what it means to truly protect America’s most iconic Arctic species. It addresses the… Continue Reading