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A protest is planned this weekend to raise awareness of an oil pipeline laid in 1953 that runs near Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.
Representatives of nearly a dozen organizations will gather in St. Ignace on Sunday to rally against the pipeline operated by Enbridge Energy, the Canadian company responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.
The goal of the rally is to let people know there is a pipeline in the area and also what impact a potential spill could have on the area around the straits, said Beth Wallace of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center.
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "Oil under the Mackinac Straits: Protest planned this weekend over Enbridge pipeline", MLive, July 11, 2013.
State officials have released the final version of an updated plan for dealing with aquatic invasive species in Michigan.
For the full article, see "Michigan officials release invasive species plan", Detroit News, July 10, 2013.
Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters
Reports there were 11 weather or climate-related disaster events in 2012 in the U.S. with losses exceeding $1 billion. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment
Shows a total 20 year capital improvement need of $384 billion to provide safe drinking water to the public. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Evaluating tradeoffs among ecosystem services in the management of public lands. http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo37491
Kline, J. D. Portland, OR: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2012.
Federal Pollution Control Laws: How Are They Enforced?
Esworthy, Robert. Congressional Research Service, 2013.
Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security
Argues that genetically modified crops could contribute to higher yields, more nutrition, and greater food security especially for smallholder farmers, who make up a large proportion of the undernourished people in the world. From the Public Library of Science (PLOS-One)
Hydraulic and Water-Quality Data Collection for the Investigation of Great Lakes Tributaries for Asian Carp Spawning and Egg-Transport Suitability. Elizabeth A. Murphy and P. Ryan Jackson.
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013–5106.
The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program Through 2100.
Estimates the likely financial impact on the National Flood Insurance Program associated with climate change and population growth to the year 2100. Covers the possibility of both riverine and coastal flooding at 20-year intervals. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division Annual Report Fiscal Year 2012. Oct. 1, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2012.
Michigan Hazardous Substances Emergency Event Surveillance 2012 Report.
Lisa Quiggle and Martha Stanbury. Division of Environmental Health Michigan Department of Community Health. Lansing, 2013.
NOAA, Partners Predict Possible Record-Setting Dead Zone for Gulf of Mexico
Press release on size of dead zones (areas of low or no oxygen) in Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay in 2013. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality.
Discusses the environmental implications of how we build on the land and develop transportation systems and how we can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development. From the Environmental Protection Agency
Presidential Memorandum: Transforming Our Nation’s Electric Grid Through Improved Siting, Permitting, and Review
Makes provision for the establishment of energy right-of-way corridors on federal lands to minimize regulatory conflicts and environmental/cultural impacts in the siting of electrical transmission lines. From the White House
The President’s Climate Action Plan
Describes the details of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change, and leading international efforts to counter climate change. From the White House
Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: World Energy Outlook Special Report
Warns that the world is drifting into apathy about greenhouse gas emissions and sets out four specific measures to help keep the 2 degree Celsius target alive at no net economic cost. From the International Energy Agency
Science and Technology Issues in the 113th Congress
Covers 11 categories of science and technology issues such as biomedical research, nanotechnology, the environment, homeland security, and cyber infrastructure. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Smallholders, Food Security, and the Environment
Laments the fact that the green revolution of increased food production in the 1960s and 1970s resulted in a damaged environment and calls for a new agricultural revolution focused on support for small farmers and environmental sustainability. From the UN Environment Programme
State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010.
Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. 2013.
Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Discovered in Oregon: Status and Implications
Describes the discovery of genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm, the current regulations regarding genetically modified agricultural products, and the implications of such unexpected discoveries for exports of U.S. agricultural products. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Wildlife population and harvest trends in the United States: A technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment.
Flather, Curtis H. et al. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2013.
PCB's infect soil along Kalamazoo River: The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered continued dredging in several spots along the river to remove infected PCB soil in Kalamazoo. However, Kalamazoo residents are waiting to see what the EPA will decide about Mt. PCB.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Hopes climb amid talks to clean contaminated 'Mt. PCB' in Kalamazoo", Detroit Free Press, July 7, 2013.
Gray wolves are in danger of disappearing from Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park, while these predators in the rest of the Upper Peninsula have experienced a major resurgence.
The situation is coming to a head on both the island and the mainland, where the state’s Natural Resources Commission is scheduled to meet Thursday and expected to decide whether a mid-November wolf hunt for the Upper Peninsula, but not Isle Royale, will proceed.
Lansing-based Keep Michigan Wolves Protected this week announced a new referendum challenge to the state law passed in May that gave the commission that authority. The latest referendum effort comes too late to halt this year’s possible wolf hunt — aimed at decreasing threats to western U.P. residents and domestic pets — but could bar future hunts.
For the full article, see Jim Lynch, "Michigan's Isle Royale wolves disappearing; Even as the state debates allowing wolf hunting, pack on island national park are in danger", Detroit News, July 6, 2013.
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