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Air Quality: EPA’s 2013 Changes to the Particulate Matter (PM) Standard
Describes what the changes are, why they were instituted, and their potential impacts, especially on state implementation plans for attaining the particulate standards. Robert Esworthy. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
America’s Children and the Environment
3rd edition of a report that presents key information on environmental problems that affect children’s health. See also Appendices to the Report. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Water and Bottom Sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, 2010 to 2011—Collection Methods, Analyses Methods, Quality Assurance, and Data.
Kathy Lee et al. USGS, 2012.
Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities
Technical report which describes potential climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems and human economies as well as the kinds of scientific data, planning tools and resources needed to help adapt to these changes. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Desalination and Membrane Technologies: Federal Research and Adoption Issues
Discusses what desalination is, how it is being used in the U.S. to augment municipal water supplies and reclaim water from industrial processes such as fracking, and what role the federal government might play in regulation to protect the environment and public health. Nicole T. Carter. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Claims of Property Rights "Takings"
This report outlines the ESA provisions most relevant to the act’s impacts on private property and surveys the major ESA-relevant principles of Fifth Amendment takings law. The report then summarizes court decisions on whether particular government actions based on the ESA “take” private property. Robert Meltz. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
The Endangered Species Act and "Sound Science".
Reviews controversies related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal agencies involved in implementing provisions of the act, the role of science in the ESA process, and how the courts have viewed agency use of science criteria. M. Lynne Corn et al. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Enforcement Annual Results for Fiscal Year 2012
Claims 6.6 million pounds of pollution and hazardous waste reduced, eliminated or treated due to enforcement actions. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation
Discusses the extent to which federal agencies take environmental issues into consideration when procuring products and services, the current legal authorities requiring or allowing for environmental considerations, and how these laws are implemented. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
EPA’s 2011 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline, Total Toxic Chemicals Increase as Result of Mining
Press release announcing availability of annual Toxic Release data on toxic chemical releases to the air, ground, and water in American communities. Offers links to the full TRI. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Regulation of Chemicals in Commerce: An Overview of Issues for the 113th Congress
Covers amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce costs and delays, expansion of disclosure requirements, overlapping authorities for pesticide discharges to water, international treaties, and lead-based paint. Linda-Jo Schierow. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Future of America’s Forests and Rangelands: Forest Service 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment
Summarizes findings and management challenges about the status, trends, and projected 50 year future of forests, rangelands, wildlife and fish, biodiversity, water, outdoor recreation, wilderness and urban forests, as well as the effects of climate change upon these resources. From the Forest Service
GAO Key Issues Portal
Check out sections on natural resources and the envioronment, or energy, for example.
Is Biopower Carbon Neutral?
Examines evidence for and against the argument that electricity from biomass sources will not produce a net increase in greenhouse gases. Kelsi Bracmort. From the Congressional Research Service, 2013, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan.
Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council; Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Draft Copy, December, 2012.
NASA Finds 2012 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend
Reports that the nine warmest years in the last 132 have all occurred since 2000 with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest on record. Also provides links to other resources, including an analysis that compares 2012 global temperatures with averages from the mid-20th century. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Climate Assessment 3rd Draft Report:
Concludes that the evidence for a changing climate has strengthened considerably since the last report in 2009; offers 11 key findings covering causes for climate change, effects on human health, relationship to extreme weather, and need for planning/adaptation. From the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee
Profitable farms and woodlands handbook: a practical guide in agroforestry for landowners, farmers and ranchers.
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo33288 Washginton DC: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Agroforestry Center, 2012.
Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment
A series of nine reports on the climate of various portions of the U.S. with descriptions of the historical climate for each region and anticipated future conditions associated with two future possibilities for greenhouse gas emissions with two IPCC emission scenarios. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Report on Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan: October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2012.
Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection, Solid Waste Section. Lansing, Michigan, 2013.
Review of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Plan
Assesses the quality of the federal government’s strategic plan for dealing with increasing ocean acidification. From the National Research Council
State of the Climate, National Overview, Annual 2012
Reports that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the period 1895 to date and exceeded the previous warmest year (1998) by 1.0 degree. Also provides information on precipitation, storms. From the National Climatic Data Center.
Status of Lake St. Clair Submerged Plants, Fish Community, and Sport Fishery.
Michael V. Thomas and Robert C. Haas. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, February 2012.
Transportation Impacts of the Chicago River Closure to Prevent an Asian Carp Infestation.
Nebraska Univ.-Lincoln. Mid-America Transportation Center, July 2012.
Updated Regional State Forest Management Plan drafts available online; public review now through March 8.
Press release: http://michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153--294111--rss,00.html
Draft plans: http://michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-30301_30505_62551---,00.html
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2013.
2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Latest in a series of five year reports on outdoors recreation, such as fishing, hunting, and wildlife w atching, the number of participants, and the economic impact. Reports that nearly 38% of Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, an increase of 2.6 million participants from the 2006 survey. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Census Bureau
2011 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis Overview
Summarizes the results from detailed information on disposal or other releases of more than 650 chemicals from thousands of U.S. facilities that are required to report to TRI. From the Environmental Protection Agency
2012 Antler Point Restrictions Survey: Deer Management Units in the Northwest Lower Peninsula.
Brian J. Frawley. Michigan DNR, 2012.
2017 and later model year light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and corporate average fuel economy standards: EPA response to comments.
United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Transportation and Air Quality. Assessment and Standards Division. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, 2012.
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