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IEA releases Oil Market Report for September

News release 11 September 2015 “The latest tumble in the price of oil, which hit a six-year low in August, is expected to cut non-OPEC supply in 2016 by nearly 0.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) – the biggest decline in more than two decades, the IEA Oil Market Report for September informed subscribers. Lower output in the UnitedContinue Reading

Pew – Americans Concerns about China

Pew Research Center: “As the White House prepares to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first state visit to the United States later this month, the American public continues to see a number of issues related to China and its rising power as major concerns. In particular, economic issues loom large. China’s growth rateContinue Reading

Impact of urbanization on US surface climate or why we need trees

Impact of urbanization on US surface climate – Lahouari Bounoua, Ping Zhang, Georgy Mostovoy, Kurtis Thome, Jeffrey Masek, Marc Imhoff, Marshall Shepherd, Dale Quattrochi, Joseph Santanello, Julie Silva, Robert Wolfe and Ally Mounirou Toure – Published 12 August 2015 • 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd • Environmental Research Letters, Volume 10, Number 8. “We combine LandsatContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Lender-Placed Insurance, Reducing freshwater use in hydraulic fracturing

Lender-Placed Insurance: More Robust Data Could Improve Oversight, GAO-15-631: Published: Sep 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2015: “Mortgage servicers use LPI to protect the collateral on mortgages when borrower-purchased homeowners or flood insurance coverage lapses. The 2007-2009 financial crisis resulted in an increased prevalence of LPI. Because LPI premiums are generally higher than thoseContinue Reading

The predator-prey power law: Biomass scaling across terrestrial and aquatic biomes

Washington Post, Chelsea Harvey, September 3, 2015 “In nature, the relationship between predators and their prey seems like it should be simple: The more prey that’s available to be eaten, the more predators there should be to eat them. If a prey population doubles, for instance, we would logically expect its predators to double too. ButContinue Reading

The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment — ABoVE

“Climate change in the Arctic and Boreal region is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth, resulting in reduced Arctic sea ice, thawing of permafrost soils, decomposition of long- frozen organic matter, widespread changes to lakes, rivers, coastlines, and alterations of ecosystem structure and function. NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program is conducting a major field campaign,Continue Reading

Our World in Data

“Life around the world is changing rapidly – here you find the data visualizations that show you how. Poverty, violence, health, education, the environment and much more. Our World In Data covers a wide range of topics and visualizes the empirical evidence of how living standards changed over the last decades, centuries, and millennia. AContinue Reading

NOAA – National Preparedness Month: What You Can Do

“If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those inContinue Reading

An International Legal Framework for SE4All

Kaime, Thoko and Glicksman, Robert L., An International Legal Framework for SE4All: Human Rights and Sustainable Development Law Imperatives (September 4, 2015). 38 Fordham International Law Journal 1405 (2015). Available for download at SSRN: “Governments around the world recognize the link between human development and access to safe, secure, and affordable sources of energy.Continue Reading

Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference Anchorage, AK

President Obama, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Anchorage, Alaska – September 1, 2015: “…Our understanding of climate change advances each day. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought. The science is stark.  It is sharpening. It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present.  Continue Reading

WSJ – Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands

Big data moves into the collective sphere of farmers who use it now directly to plan and manage all phases of crop production – “Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms—one measured in bytes, not bushels. Startups including Farmobile LLC, Granular Inc.Continue Reading

Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014

Breggin, Linda K. and Brock, Jamieson and Agre, Carke and Vandenbergh, Michael P., Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014 (September 3, 2015). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 45, No. 10731, 2015; Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 15-23; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 15-22. Available for download at SSRN: “This comment provides aContinue Reading