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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Rolling Stone – Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?

The future of America’s greatest city is at risk by Jeff Goodell – Rolling Stone, July 5, 2016. “Almost every coastal city in the world is vulnerable to sea-level rise, but nowhere is there more at stake than in New York. In purely economic terms, the New York metropolitan area is responsible for almost 10… Continue Reading

Energy and Air Pollution – World Energy Outlook Special Report

“Around 18 000 people die each day as a result of air pollution. In fact, the number of deaths attributed to air pollution each year–6.5 million deaths–is, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), much greater than the number from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. Air pollution also brings major costs to the economy… Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan reduces projected coal production in all major U.S. supply regions

Via EIA: ” U.S. coal production is projected to decline by about 26%, or 230 million tons, between 2015 and 2040 in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case, which assumes the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a scenario that assumes the CPP is never implemented (No CPP case), U.S. coal… Continue Reading

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs, GAO-16-769T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “GAO found in March 2016 that the Department of Defense (DOD), in conducting a requirements review and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) from 2012 to 2014, generally performed a thorough review for identifying capability gaps… Continue Reading

NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect Availability of Critical Weather Data

Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data, GAO-16-773T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “Polar-orbiting satellites provide data that are essential to support weather observations and forecasts. NOAA is preparing to launch the second satellite in the JPSS program in March 2017, but… Continue Reading

The Kemper Coal Files Timeline

Joint publication – The New York Times and The History Project: The Kemper Coal Files Timeline By Ian Urbina “This timeline serves two purposes. It offers a deeper way to understand the history of the Kemper project through the documents behind these events. It is part of a larger New York Times investigation that can… Continue Reading

A Case Study of New York State’s Response to Extreme Weather Events

“Researchers from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York (SUNY) have released a study evaluating New York State’s planning efforts to reduce the state’s vulnerability to future disasters. Such efforts form part of the state’s adaptations to climate change. The study analyzed… Continue Reading

CRS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

Via FAS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer, John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. June 28, 2016: “Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention particularly to three… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – TARP, U.S.-China Cooperation

Troubled Asset Relief Program: Most Community Development Capital Initiative Investments Remain Outstanding, GAO-16-626: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016: “As of March 31, 2016, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had approximately 76 percent of the original Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI) investment outstanding and 57 institutions remained. Treasury’s total investment was… Continue Reading

The Urban Water Blueprint Report

“The Nature Conservancy’s Urban Water Blueprint examines the state of water in more than 500 cities around the world. Our research reveals that there’s an enormous potential for nature to improve water quality for cities. In fact, cities could potentially save $890 million a year in water treatment costs by investing in nature–based solutions in… Continue Reading

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects

Via The National Academies: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops were first introduced commercially in the 1990s. After two decades of production, some groups and individuals remain critical of the technology based on their concerns about possible adverse effects on human health, the environment, and ethical considerations. At the same time, others are concerned that the technology… Continue Reading

Report – Exporting the Public’s E-waste to Developing Countries

“The international toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), released a new report today following a two-year study that involved placing electronic GPS tracking devices into old hazardous electronic equipment such as printers, and computer monitors, and then watching where they travelled across the globe.  The report, the first to be released from the… Continue Reading