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To avoid conflict between water users, Asian countries like China and India are going to have to make tough decisions about water allocation between cities, industries, and farmers. Future water scarcity could make both food and energy production grind to a halt, reported Businessweek.
The European Union is drafting legislation to limit use of crop-based biofuels in response to fears of competition over crops during droughts without requisite emissions reductions. Plans are also to end all subsidies for crop-based biofuels by 2020 when present legislation expires, reported Reuters.
The EU announcement rides on the tail of a call from United Nations representatives for the US to temporarily suspend their corn-based ethanol fuel mandate, the National Geographic reported.
The United States and Canada renewed a 40-year-old Great Lakes environmental pact Friday, pledging stepped-up efforts to reduce pollution, clean contaminated sites and prevent exotic species invasions.
The updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement binds both nations to continue a cleanup and restoration initiative begun when the freshwater seas were a symbol of ecological decay. Many of their beaches were littered with foul algae blooms and dead fish. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie in Cleveland, was so choked with oil and chemicals that flames erupted on its surface in 1969.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "US, Canada renew Great Lakes pact; Cleanup, restoration work to continue", Lansing State Journal, September 9, 2012.
Amid acres and acres of corn, soybeans and beets, a new 140-mile network of high-voltage power transmission lines has started to take shape in Michigan's Thumb area, promising to bring more and potentially less-expensive electricity to metro Detroit.
The $512-million energy superhighway is critical to moving the power generated by a growing number of wind farms in the Thumb to residents and businesses in more-populated areas in southeast Michigan, Ohio, other Midwest states and Ontario.
For the full article, see Katherine Yung, "High-voltage lines going up in Thumb", Detroit Free Press, September 6, 2012.
The Environment Report provides a weekly program service of environmental news and information to public radio stations around the country. Currently, more than 160 stations are airing Environment Report material.
Archive highlights include:
Changes to Michigan Land Preservation?
Show date: 09-04-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Palisades Open House & Bill McKibben on Climate Change
Show date: 09-06-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Addressing Market Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Buildings
This paper identifies three reasons why people undervalue energy savings and then examines four types of policy options for addressing those underlying market imperfections. From the Congressional Budget Office
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012 Edition
Describes trends in economic and environmental indicators in the agriculture sector, especially on conservation, land use, and productivity. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Air emissions and electricity generation at U.S. power plants.
Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2012.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore general management plan, wilderness management plan: summary document.
United States. National Park Service. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 2011.
Assessment of Potential Additions to Conventional Oil and Gas Resources in Discovered Fields of the United States from Reserve Growth, 2012
Estimated additions include 32 billion barrels of crude oil, 291 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 10 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. Growth results from new discoveries, improved technology that enhances extraction from known sources, and recalculations based on changing economic /operation conditions. From the U.S. Geological Society
Commander's Guide on Invasive Species.
Dalsimer, A. A. Dalsimer. Golla L. and P. Boice. Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Bethesda, MD, 2011.
EME Homer City Generation v. Environmental Protection Agency
2-1 decision by three judge panel that overturned EPA regulations (the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule) that restricted power plant pollution that contributed to unhealthy air in downwind states. Two Republican appointed judges found the rule too far reaching while one Democratic-appointed judge dissented. From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Energy security in the United States.
Washington, D.C.: Congress of the United States, Congressional Budget Office, 2012.
Energy Use Behaviour Change
Introduces factors and interventions that can influence behavior and discusses the behavioral aspects of the Green Deal and the smart meters programme. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Federal Pollution Control Laws: How Are They Enforced?
This report provides an overview of the statutory framework, key players, infrastructure, resources, tools, and operations associated with enforcement of and compliance with the major federal pollution control laws and regulations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities.
Environmental Protection Agency, 2012.
The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2013
This report serves as a brief overview of the GCCI, its structure, intents, and funding history. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Great Lakes Islands National Wildlife RefugesGravel Island, Green Bay, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuges: Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Land Protection Plan
Federal Register announcement: https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-20847
FWS wegpage: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/GreatLakesIslands/index.html
Improving the Accuracy of the AFWA-NASA (ANSA) Blended Snow-Cover Product over the Lower Great Lakes Region.
Hall, Dorothy K et al. Goddard Space Flight Center, 2012.
An introduction and user’s guide to wetland restoration, creation, and enhancement: a guide for the public containing: background on wetlands and restoration information on project planning, implementation, and monitoring, lists of resources, contacts, and funding sources.
Silver Spring, Md.: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Washington, D.C.: Environmental Protection Agency, 2011.
Michigan oil and gas development: A mid-year update.
Dean Solomon, Michigan State University Extension, 2012.
National Climate Assessment Technical Report on the Impacts of Climate and Land Use and Land Cover Change
On the importance of understanding how land use and land cover affects weather and climate variability and how that variability in turn affects land use and cover. From the U.S. Geological Society.
National Strategy for Biosurveillance
First-ever national strategy of its kind is designed to guard the nation against terrorist attacks involving biological agents, the spread of infectious diseases, and food-borne illnesses. From the White House.
Need to know: anticipating the public’s questions during a water emergency.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Water Infrastructure Protection Division, Threat and Consequence Assessment Division, National Homeland Security Research Center, 2012.
NOAA Raises Hurricane Season Prediction
Revised forecast increases the chance of an above normal season of hurricanes to 35% with 5 to 8 hurricanes expected and 2-3 could be major. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards
Press release which announces the fuel efficiency standards that auto makers will have to attain for a fleet average for cars and light trucks by model year 2025. The standards are expected to reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels. From the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Oil dispersants: additional research needed, particularly on subsurface and Arctic applications: report to congressional requesters.
United States. Government Accountability Office. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2012.
Pipeline Cybersecurity: Federal Policy
Discusses how energy pipelines have cybersecurity issues that are distinct from other critical infrastructure sectors and whether security needs strengthening. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Potential Budgetary Effects of Immediately Opening Most Federal Lands to Oil and Gas Leasing
Presents estimates of revenue that might be gained by the federal government if it immediately opened all federal lands, both onshore and offshore, for oil and gas development. The estimates include lands where development is currently legally prohibited and where it is off-limits because of administrative policies. From the Congressional Budget Office.
Proposed Plan for Additional Development, Wildlife Protection in the National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska
Press release which announces details of proposed plan for allowing additional oil and gas development while protecting caribou herds and bird habitats in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The plan is scheduled to be released in November 2012. Includes link to map of preferred alternative. From the Interior Department
Remediation of Buried Chemical Warfare Materiel
Examines regulatory issues that affect the need, timing, and costs of cleaning up 250 sites in 40 states and the District of Columbia where chemical weapons were stored. Also calls for an alternative approach to identifying and cleaning such sites. From the National Research Council.
Remote Sensing of Snow Cover.
Hall, Dorothy K.; Frei, Allan; Drey, and Stephen J. Goddard Space Flight Center, 2012.
State of the Climate, July 2012
Reports that July 2012 was the hottest month on record for the U.S. in records that date back to 1895. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids Proved Reserves, 2010
Proved reserves of U.S. oil and natural gas in 2010 rose by the highest amounts ever recorded since reserves estimates began in 1977. Increases in reserves were attributed to the expanded application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shale and price rises. From the Energy Information Administration
U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts
Current information on the potential impact of the drought on key commodities and food prices. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis
Provides estimates of energy generation potential for solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, and biopower technologies by state. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy
Variability in stream chemistry in relation to urban development and biological condition in seven metropolitan areas of the United States, 1999-2004.
Beaulieu, Karen M.; Bell, Amanda H.; Coles, James F. USGS Scientific Investigations Report: 2012-5170. 2012.
2011 Wind Technologies Market Report
Reports that wind power installations were 31% higher in 2011 than in 2010, but low natural gas prices and modest electricity demand growth slowed progress of the wind energy industry. From the Energy Department
2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
Wording of the final regulation for average corporate fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2017-2025 period. From the Enviromental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department
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