Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 Billion in Economic Damages Annually

The Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=11005 Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United … Continue reading

Risks and Risk Governance in Shale Gas Development: Summary of Two Workshops

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1uE67ey Natural gas in deep shale formations, which can be developed by hydraulic fracturing and associated technologies (often collectively referred to as “fracking”) is dramatically increasing production of natural gas in the United States, where significant gas deposits exist in formations that underlie many states. Major deposits of shale gas exist in … Continue reading

Natural Gas: Federal Approval Process for Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-762 What GAO Found Since 2010, of 35 applications it has received that require a public interest review, the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved 3 applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 6 applications are conditionally approved with final approval contingent on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) issuance … Continue reading

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities 2013

US EPA http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/ghgdata/reported/index.html Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, … Continue reading

Living Planet Report 2014

World Wildlife Fund http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/ [Yale Environment 360] The number of animals on the planet has fallen 52 percent in the last 40 years,according to an analysis by the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The group’s Living Planet Index, which tracked the populations of more than 10,000 vertebrate species from 1970 to 2010, revealed major declines in … Continue reading

Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources

Johnson Foundation http://bit.ly/1owYlvW [Press Release]  The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread announced the release of “Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources,” a report that culminates the Foundation’s work through its Charting New Waters (CNW) initiative. In its latest phase, CNW focused on what it will take to transform … Continue reading

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/explaining-extreme-events-2013 [The report] addresses the causes of 16 individual extreme events that occurred on four continents in 2013. NOAA scientists served as three of the four lead editors on the report. Of the five heat waves studied in the report, human-caused climate change was found to have clearly increased … Continue reading

Implications of State Energy Plans: An Economic Case for the Implementation of a State Energy Plan and Its Impact on States: Missouri Energy Initiative 2014

National Association of State Energy Officials http://www.moenergy.org/publications/whitepapers/seppaper [Opening]  Some believe the most recent U.S. EPA greenhouse gas rules (111(d)) are a subtle way to create a national state energy plan or require states to develop their own. But, do state energy plans work and is there a right way to put one together? The EPA … Continue reading