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Category Archives: Environmental Law

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

Report – A Wild Success: A Systematic Review of Bird Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act

“The Endangered Species Act is the world’s strongest law protecting animals and plants on the brink of extinction. In fact, 99 percent of species protected under the Act have avoided extinction. For the Center’s third in-depth report on the Act’s efficacy, A Wild Success: A Systematic Review of Bird Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act… Continue Reading

The Economist – Global Liveability Ranking 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit – “The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (reg. req’d) – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per… 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

Development is impacting the Grand Canyon environment, ecology

National Geographic – Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?On a 650-mile trek, two adventurers faced danger and hardship—and saw how development could spoil an American icon. A proposed tramway, an upcoming titanium mine, hundreds of helicopter tourist trips – in addition to all the facilities to house, feed and transport an ever growing number of… 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

NASA Analysis Finds July 2016 is Warmest on Record

“July 2016 was the warmest July in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Because the seasonal temperature cycle peaks in July, it means July 2016 also was warmer than any other month on record. July… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Green Files 2016

Via LLRX.com – Green Files 2016 is a comprehensive listing of green resources and sites on the Internet. These focused actionable resources will assist researchers to discover many subject and topic specific sources published and maintained by sectors and groups including: private, public, NGO, and advocacy communities. 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

GAO Report – DOE Project Management

DOE Project Management: NNSA Needs to Clarify Requirements for Its Plutonium Analysis Project at Los Alamos, GAO-16-585: Published: Aug 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2016. “The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) defined requirements for the revised Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) project to provide plutonium analysis equipment at its… Continue Reading

Article – International shipping touches 90% of everything we buy

Via Fast co.exist: “The climate deal made in Paris last November didn’t include cargo ships—despite the fact that shipping emits roughly as much climate pollution as the entire country of Germany (and more pollution than the 160 least-polluting countries to sign the agreement, combined). A visualization from researchers at University College London and the digital… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading