Wednesday, May 07, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 5/7/14

National / International News


<> Take Your Pick! News Roundup for 3rd National Climate Assessment from Climate Nexus – Links to all the coverage from various media sources

  • U.S. National Climate Assessment: Resources and media - The 2014 National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, was given final approval and released by the Obama administration today. "Climate change presents a major challenge for society,"

<> EIA releases complete Annual Energy Outlook 2014 report - (Wed, 07 May 2014) The U.S. Energy Information Administration will release today the full content of the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 ((AEO2014)

<> Americans Deserve a Broad Debate on Energy, But Senate Democrats Won't Allow It - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to allow energy proposals that focus on helping the Middle Class: "Once again. . .

<> Substantial Improvements Made in EPA's IRIS Program - A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council says that changes EPA has proposed and implemented into its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process are "substantial improvements."

<> EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of. . .

<> DOE Issues Request for Information on Fuel Cell Research and Development Needs - May 5, 2014DOE Issues Request for Information on Fuel Cell Research and Development Needs. . .

<> Leading Environmental and Conservation Groups and Deepwater Wind Announce Agreement to Protect Endangered Whales at Deepwater ONE Offshore Wind Farm Site - Agreement Will Reduce Noise Impacts on North Atlantic Right Whales

<> Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Continued Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation - May 7, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress during the first 90 days of implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed. . .

<> May Updates to the Climate Litigation Charts - Update #62 May 2014 Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-US climate litigation charts. 

<> Secretary Jewell to Make Major Announcements Related to Tribal Energy Development - As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will make several major announcements related to energy. . . 1:00 pm MST – Announcement

<> Does "global warming" mean it's warming everywhere? – NOAA: It's only when we "zoom out" to the planet-wide scale that trends in surface temperature are obvious: despite a few, rare areas experiencing cooling, the vast majority of places across the globe are warming.

<> Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Offshore Wind Energy - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Offshore Wind Energy Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.

<> Oil-by-rail exports to the US up by 900 per cent - May 7, 2014 - 9:48am The Globe and Mail reports, "New National Energy Board figures show that oil-by-rail exports have risen more than 900 per cent in less than two years...

<> Plan Bee: we can live without pesticides! - Today Greenpeace launched a solutions report, Plan Bee - living without pesticides. It illustrates concrete ways to protect our bees and agriculture and proves the large-scale feasibility of ecological farming.


Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Nothing We're Tracking Today (click for the complete Energy & EPA announcements)