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2015 Red Book

2015 Red Book – Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects, September 2015 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047. “The purpose of the Red Book is to function as a “how to” for synchronizing NEPA and other regulatory reviews. This handbook will be useful to Federal agencies that review permit applications, and Federal,Continue Reading

VW issues statement on emission violations

Follow up to EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations – see Dissemination of an Ad hoc announcement according to § 15 WpHG: Volkswagen AG has issued the following information, September 22, 2015: “Volkswagen is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines. New vehicles fromContinue Reading

EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations

News release: “[September 19, 2015], EPA is issuing a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissionsContinue Reading

Data – California drought will worsen in coming years

OnEarth: “California’s current three-year drought seems terrible, but everything is relative. The moist, lush California we’re used to represents a moment in time—a golden age for the Golden State. A millennium ago, its droughts were longer, drier, and more damaging than anything the United States has seen in its short lifetime. And those massive droughtsContinue Reading

Ship strikes a leading cause of Whale mortality

“Large whales are vulnerable to collisions with all vessel types, sizes, and classes throughout the world’s oceans. In California, ship strikes of gray whales are the most commonly reported followed by fin, blue, humpback, and sperm whales. When large vessels such as container ships are involved, the ships crew may be unaware a strike hasContinue Reading

GAO Reports – American Red Cross, Child Welfare, Diplomatic Security, Federal User Fees, Positive Train Control, State Health Insurance Marketplaces, Wildland Fire Management

American Red Cross: Disaster Assistance Would Benefit from Oversight through Regular Federal Evaluation, GAO-15-565: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Child Welfare: Steps Have Been Taken to Address Unregulated Custody Transfers of Adopted Children, GAO-15-733: Published: Sep 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Diplomatic Security: Options for Locating a Consolidated TrainingContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Affordable Rental Housing, Confidential Informants, Information Technology Reform, U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center, Veterans Benefits Management System

Affordable Rental Housing: Assistance Is Provided by Federal, State, and Local Programs, but There Is Incomplete Information on Collective Performance, GAO-15-645: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2015. Confidential Informants: Updates to Policy and Additional Guidance Would Improve Oversight by DOJ and DHS Agencies, GAO-15-807: Published: Sep 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15,Continue Reading

Pope Francis and Selected Global Issues: Background for Papal Address to Congress

CRS Report – Pope Francis and Selected Global Issues: Background for Papal Address to Congress, September 8, 2015. “Pope Francis and Selected Global Issues: Background for Papal Address to Congress Congressional Research Service Summary Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) assumed the papacy on March 13, 2013 , following the surprise resignation of Pope BenedictContinue Reading

Zebra finches choose mates for love like humans

Roberts RG (2015) The Fitness Effects of Love. PLoS Biol 13(9): e1002249. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002249. September 14, 2015. “Humans are a mostly monogamous species—a large proportion of us choose mates with whom we spend long periods of time, and many of us produce children through sexual reproduction with those mates. We tend to think of our choiceContinue Reading

GAO Report – Hazardous Waste Cleanup

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role, GAO-15-830T: Published: Sep 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2015. “he Departments of Agriculture (USDA), the Interior, Defense (DOD), and Energy (DOE) have identified thousands of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites on land they manage but do not have a completeContinue Reading

Pew Survey – Americans believe GMOs unsafe

“The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed aContinue Reading

Wild Sanctuary – global audio archive of natural world

“Since 1968, Wild Sanctuary has traveled the globe to record, archive, research, and express the voice of the natural world – its soundscape. These increasingly rare sounds of the wild inform and enrich our specialized efforts from the field to public performance.”