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U.S. coal exports fall on lower European demand, increased global supply

EIA: “U.S. coal exports have continued to decline from their record volumes in 2012. During the first half of 2014, coal exports totaled 52.3 million short tons (MMst), 16% below the same period in 2013. Most of these exports go to countries in Europe and Asia. Export declines reflect both lower European demand for steamContinue Reading

Commentary on octopus – ancient, intelligent, and possessing five hundred million neurons

Why Not Eat Octopus – Silvia Killingsworth – “The cephalopod—a spelling-bee favorite, from the Greek kephalē, for “head,” and pous or pod, for “foot,” by way of modern Latin—has been around for hundreds of millions of years. Evolutionarily speaking, it is far more distant from humans than the animals we tend to have moral quandaries about consuming. In characterizing the octopus, the CUNY biology professorContinue Reading

British Columbia Big Tree Registry

“The BC BigTree Field Package contains printable information on nominating and measuring trees and also includes a field nomination form that you can take into the field. Download the BC BigTree Field Package before you embark on your tree finding adventures!” “The University of British Columbia – Mandate: To identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of eachContinue Reading

U.S. Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California

Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic – “The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will create the largest marine reserve in the world by expanding an existing monument around U.S.-controlled islands and atolls in the central Pacific. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will now be nearly 490,000 square miles, about three times the size of California and six timesContinue Reading

The High Cost of a Littered Beach – NOAA

“A recent NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study found that Southern California residents are losing millions of dollars each year by avoiding nearby littered beaches and traveling to beaches that are farther away and cleaner. The study is the first of its kind to look at how marine debris influences decisions to go to the beach and whatContinue Reading

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Fifth Biennial Review

“The Everglades ecosystem is vast, stretching more than 200 miles from Orlando to Florida Bay, and Everglades National Park is but a part located at the southern end. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the historical Everglades has been reduced to half of its original size, and what remains is not the pristine ecosystem manyContinue Reading

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

“The purpose of the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource administrators,  elected officials, and other decision makers to take action to adapt to a changing climate. Adaptation actions are vital to sustaining the nation’s ecosystems and natural resources—as well as the human uses and values that the natural worldContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Drinking Water, Federal Software Licenses, F-35 Sustainment, Health Resources and Services Admin., Surface Transportation

DRINKING WATER: Characterization of Injected Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production, GAO-14-857R: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014. FEDERAL SOFTWARE LICENSES: Most Agencies Have Reported Planned Actions to Address Our Prior Recommendations on Software License Management, GAO-14-835R: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014. F-35 SUSTAINMENT: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, andContinue Reading

NOAA Global Analysis of Land and Ocean Temperatures – August 2014

NOAA: “The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was record high for the month, at 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F), topping the previous record set in 1998. The global land surface temperature was 0.99°C (1.78°F) above the 20thcentury average of 13.8°C (56.9°F), the second highestContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOD Joint Bases, Federal Real Property, Fish Stock Assessments

DOD JOINT BASES: Implementation Challenges Demonstrate Need to Reevaluate the Program, GAO-14-577: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2014: “Joint base officials reported varying progress in consolidating installation-support functions, and challenges resulting from consolidation efforts that created inefficiencies and inequities. Overall, the joint bases reported partially consolidating 80 percent of their installation-support functions, but the extentContinue Reading

Assessment for Decision-Makers Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Assessment for Decision-Makers: Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014, World Meteorological  Organization, Global Ozone Research and Monitoring Project—Report No. 56, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014. • “The sum of the measured tropospheric abundances of substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol continues to decrease. Most of the major controlled ODSs are decreasing largely as projected, and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)Continue Reading

The Treasure of Diverted Trash – Report

“Landfills are a significant source of heat-trapping GHGs in the United States. They are the nation’s third-largest source of methane emissions, producing 18 percent of that pollutant. Since methane has 34 times more global warming potential than CO2, and since landfill size is only increasing, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, must take action on this issue. On September 15,Continue Reading