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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Report – Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System

CFTC – “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee of the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) today released a report entitled Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System.  The Climate Subcommittee voted unanimously 34-0 to adopt the report. CFTC Commissioner Rostin Behnam, sponsor of the MRAC, noted: “Today would not be possible… Continue Reading

The interactive fall foliage map is back to help you plan your autumn road trip

Mashable: “Even though California is setting record high temperatures this Labor Day weekend, autumn is mere weeks away. It might not feel like fall yet, but the changing foliage is definitely coming. And we have a digital map to prove it. The 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map from SmokyMountains.com is finally live, which means you… Continue Reading

It’s not just cars that make pollution. It’s the roads they drive on, too

Science: “…The researchers estimated the annual emissions from new paving and roofing in parts of Southern California. They calculate that molecules released from asphalt could lead to between 1000 and 2500 tons of particulate air pollution—compared with just 900 to 1400 tons from gasoline and diesel vehicles. (Both sources pale in comparison to volatile chemical… Continue Reading

Senate Democrats’ Climate Committee Releases New Report On Climate Action

“Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), and U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) released a comprehensive report on the climate… Continue Reading

Use These Apps to Identify Outside Air Quality Index in Your Location

Lifehacker – “…You have plenty of options for finding the Air Quality Index for any particular location. Established weather services like Weather.com should have that number for any location you want. I’ve always been a fan of the Environmental Protection Agency’s PurpleAir, specifically, which gives you a lovely, large map full of dots to show… Continue Reading

Meet the National Parks’ ‘Ranger of the Lost Art’

The New York Times – Doug Leen has made it his life’s work to discover, restore and reproduce W.P.A. renderings of America’s threatened public lands. “Hundreds of thousands of sweaty, athleisure-clad national park visitors have entered the park gift shop after a hike and immediately gravitated toward one particular display: the vintage-looking magnets, postcards and… Continue Reading

Google has retooled its search and maps with vital wildfire information

Fast Company: “As wildfires rage in California, and Colorado reports the second largest wildfire in that state’s history, Google has announced it will be providing near-real-time information about such conflagrations on its search engine and mapping platform. In addition to breaking news from media sources, information from local government offices, and safety tips from the… Continue Reading

PowerOutage.us

“PowerOutage.us is an on going project created to track, record, and aggregate power outages across the United States. Find out more on our About page. Click on a state to see more information.  Data is updated site wide approximately every ten minutes. PowerOutage.US collects, records, and aggregates live power outage data from utilities all over the… Continue Reading