93 Power Plants in Danger from EPA’s Climate Rule

American Action Forum/ by Catrina Rorke and Sam Batkins http://americanactionforum.org/research/93-power-plants-in-danger-from-epas-climate-rule [Reuters]  U.S. rules to cut carbon emissions could close more than 90 coal plants and eliminate jobs that support mining and power stations that the federal government has not fully considered, a report by the conservative American Action Forum research group said on Thursday… The … Continue reading

The Governance of Water Regulators

OECD (This fee-based report is available to RFFers on OECD iLibrary; see library landing page for password) http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/the-governance-of-water-regulators_9789264231092-en The establishment of dedicated regulatory bodies in charge of regulating water services, whilst being recent, is nevertheless a consistent trend among OECD and non-OECD countries. This report presents a picture as of September 2014 of the governance … Continue reading

Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2013

US EPA http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html (report) http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/inventoryexplorer/ (data explorer) [Green Car Congress] Total US greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013, an increase of 2% (127.9 MMT CO2 Eq.) over the prior year, according to the EPA’s newly published Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2013. Total US emissions … Continue reading

The Uncertain Climate Footprint of Wetlands Under Human Pressure

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (v112 n15 p4594–4599, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416267112) / by Ana Maria Roxana Petrescu, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/15/4594.short Significant climate risks are associated with a positive carbon–temperature feedback in northern latitude carbon-rich ecosystems, making an accurate analysis of human impacts on the net greenhouse gas balance of wetlands a priority. Here, we provide … Continue reading

Response of Seafloor Ecosystems to Abrupt Global Climate Change

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (v112 n15 p4684–4689; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417130112) / by Sarah E. Moffitt http://www.pnas.org/content/112/15/4684.short Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to decrease oceanic oxygen (O2) concentrations, with potentially significant effects on marine ecosystems. Geologically recent episodes of abrupt climatic warming provide opportunities to assess the effects of changing oxygenation on marine communities. Thus far, this … Continue reading

Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Summary of a Workshop Series

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1DIhs0A When disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. Many catastrophic disaster plans include support from neighboring jurisdictions that likely will not be available in a regional disaster. Bringing multiple stakeholders together from sectors that do not routinely work with each other can augment a response to a disaster, but can … Continue reading

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1DIg7qA In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars … Continue reading