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This past week, officials from Florida-based NextEra Energy and Ann Arbor-based Atwell Anderson Construction, which provides engineering services, met with Merritt Township officials to discuss possible site plans for 15 to 20 wind turbines in the township. The project in total will use 75 wind turbines to produce 120 megawatts of power, or enough to power 30,000 homes, in parts of Bay, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. Saginaw County's Blumfield Township could see more than five giant wind turbines dotting the rural community's landscape.
Two weeks ago, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a contract worth $485 million for DTE Energy to buy power from the wind farm.
For the full article, see Andrew Dodson, "Bay County wind farm project divides township, turns 'neighbor against neighbor'", MLive, September 4, 2011.
Assessment of Blue Crab in Chesapeake Bay
Latest management report for the blue crab in the Bay. Develops new formulas for assessing the abundance of blue crab species in the Bay and a suitable exploitation rate. Recommends continued limits on harvesting of blue crabs, especially females. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others.
Challenges and opportunities to achieve 50% energy savings in homes: national laboratory white papers.
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, 2011.
China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Policies
China recently surpassed the U.S. to become the largest emitter of human-related GHG globally, and together the two nations account for 40% of the global total. This report looks at China’s GHG emissions, the drivers of those emissions, and China’s abatement policies and programs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center
Climate Change Policy in the United Kingdom
Represents an assessment of the effectiveness of climate change policies in the United Kingdom. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses
Assesses climate engineering technologies, including their technical status, future directions for research, and potential responses. From the Government Accountability Office
Cuba’s Offshore Oil Development: Background and U.S. Policy Considerations
Discusses potential oil reserves in the waters near Cuba, plans for the development of these oil deposits, the environmental threat to U.S. interests, and prospects for disaster coordination between the U.S. and Cuba. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center
Driving Efficiency: Cutting Costs for Families at the Pump and Slashing Dependence on Oil
Describes the plan that will mandate average fleet fuel efficiency to rise to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025, save 12 billion barrels of oil in reduced consumption, and eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. From the White House.
The effects of renewable or clean electricity standards.
Washington, DC: Congress of the United States, Congressional Budget Office, 2011.
Environmental factors that influence the location of crop agriculture in the conterminous United States.
Reston, Va.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2011.
The Ethanol Decade: An Expansion of U.S. Corn Production, 2000-09.
Federal Loan Guarantees for the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants
Examines the main factors that influence the cost of federal loan guarantees for nuclear construction projects to help resolve the debate over whether such guarantees are underpriced or overpriced. From the Congressional Budget Office
Field guide to common macrofungi in eastern forests and their ecosystem functions.
Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 2011.
Final Environmental Impact Statement: Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Includes final environmental impact statement for the controversial $7 billion pipeline project to transport Canadian oil to Texas refineries. Also includes Supplemental Draft EIS and Federal Register notices. From the State Department
Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
Final rules for regulating fuel efficiency and emissions of tractor trailer and heavy-duty pickup trucks, buses, and garbage trucks. From the Environmental Protection Agency
How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean?
Much discussed scientific article which estimates there are about 8.7 million species globally of which 86% of terrestrial and 91% of marine species have not yet been scientifically described. From the Public Library of Science Biology.
International Energy Outlook: 2010.
Energy Information Administration, 2011.
Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater out of the Public’s Water
EPA has developed this report to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about combined sewer/storm water overflows and to raise awareness about this important water quality issue. From the Environmental Protection Agency.
Multiple indicator monitoring (MIM) of stream channels and streamside vegetation.
Denver, CO: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, 2011.
National Earthquake Resilience: Research, Implementation, and Outreach
Presents a 20 year road map for increasing U.S. resilience to earthquakes, including a major earthquake that could strike a highly populated area. From the National Research Council
NOAA 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update
Calls for an 85% chance of an above-normal season and a 15% chance of a near-normal season. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On the Doorstep of the Information Age: Recent Adoption of Precision Agriculture
Argues that the adoption of farm-level information technologies can improve the efficiency of in-put use and reduce environmental harm from overapplication of fertilizers and pesticides. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Scientific research to support offshore oil and gas decision making: evolution of the Environmental Studies Program.
United States. National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Washington, D.C.: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, 2011.
The SEAB Shale Gas Production Subcommittee Ninety-Day Report
Offers recommendations for reducing the environmental impact and improving the safety of shale gas production. Part of the president’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future. From the Energy Department.
Toward understanding the ecological impact of transportation corridors.
Portland, OR: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2011.
U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2010
Examines the level and causes of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2010. Reports that emissions increased by 3.9%, the largest percentage increase since 1988. From the Energy Information Administration
Virginia Earthquake Details
Officials details about the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Mineral, Virginia. From the U.S. Geological Survey
Water in Production and Products
Examines how water is a vital component of most production and how global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030. This paper examines how “virtual” water use is calculated and its application within the global economy. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
In recent years, the battle to prevent the plankton-gobbling carp from entering the Great Lakes and disrupting their $7 billion fishing industry has focused on the Chicago area, where a shipping canal forms what some call a "superhighway" for invaders. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a closer look at 18 other waterways from New York to Minnesota that could provide an aquatic back alley for the wily aggressors.
The corps is analyzing which of those secondary routes pose the biggest threats — a task that became more urgent this month with the discovery of Asian carp DNA in the St. Croix River on the Minnesota line and an angler's catch of a bighead carp in the lower Wisconsin River. Neither river has a direct tie to the Great Lakes, but both are tributaries of the Mississippi. The finds were further evidence of the carp's steady northward march, which makes shielding the lakes ever harder.
For the full article, see "Experts seek Great Lakes pathways for Asian carp", MLive, September 2, 2011.
President Obama today scrapped U.S. EPA efforts to strengthen national air quality standards for ozone, handing a major victory to industry groups and Republicans who had blasted the plans as too costly and crushing the hopes of environmentalists who had pushed for the toughest yet limits on smog. The withdrawal of the ozone rule comes 10 days after the American Petroleum Institute (API), which represents major oil companies, urged EPA to abandon its proposal for an ozone standard between 60 and 70 parts per billion -- a level identified by the agency's science advisory panel. House GOP leaders also had pressed EPA to yank the new ozone restrictions, which were estimated by the Obama administration to carry a $90 billion price tag.
Source : Greenwire, September 2, 2011.
A coalition of groups on Wednesday asked a judge to halt imminent mining activity that they claim would desecrate a sacred Native American site and jeopardize water quality for the Great Lakes and one of the region's last spawning grounds for the coaster brook trout.
The Huron Mountain Club, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, National Wildlife Federation and Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve filed the motion to stay Rio Tinto's permits with the Ingham County Circuit Court. If granted, the stay would prohibit Rio Tinto from blasting Eagle Rock, which they say is a sacred site that sits over a proposed nickel mine.
They argued that extracting nickel from the site poses extreme risks to water quality, wildlife and recreation. The metals are embedded in sulfide ores, which produce sulfuric acid when exposed to moisture and air. The so-called acid mine drainage has devastated natural resources in other parts of the country, according to the groups.
Source : "Groups Ask Judge To Halt Mine Blasting", Inside MIRS Today, September 1, 2011.
For another article, see Eartha Jane Metzer, "Groups make last-ditch legal effort to block Kennecott mine", Michigan Messenger, September 2, 2011.
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