EPA – June 2015

EPA's National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change sets out long-term goals and specific actions that are EPA's contributions to national efforts to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources. The 2012 Strategy  is organized around five long-term programmatic vision areas: protecting water infrastructure; coastal and ocean waters; watersheds; and, water quality. The EPA National Water Program looks forward to working with state, tribal, and local governments, as well as other partners to implement actions that address climate change challenges in these areas. For more information, click here. For the 2015 Workplan, click here.

By Laura Snider – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research – June 22, 2015

When a deadly heat wave lingers for an especially long time; when a hurricane makes landfall with particular ferocity; or when droughts, winter storms or cold snaps break records, the public is increasingly interested in knowing if human-induced climate change played a role.Attributing individual extreme weather events to a warming climate is difficult work. Even so, scientists have been making an effort in recent years to determine when a connection can be detected. For full story, click here.

By Katherine Bagley – Inside Climate News – June 16, 2015

Nestled on the eastern edge of Appalachian coal country, with a 267-year history of mining its reserves, Virginia seems an unlikely candidate to become one of the country's biggest success stories in adapting to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. But when the agency finalizes its rules this summer, Virginia will not be among the states fighting for it to be overturned. Instead, it is already well on its way to complying. The state has been moving away from coal-fired electricity for the past decade, and the effects of climate change—particularly along the Atlantic coast—already has its attention. For full story, click here.

By John H. Cushman, Jr. – Inside Climate News – June 15, 2015

Pledges made so far by Europe, the United States and China to cut greenhouse gas emissions aren't enough to keep global warming within safe limits, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. But the agency also said that if nations increase their efforts, there is just enough time to change direction with existing technology and without economic penalty. For full story, click here.

By Rex Springston – Richmond Times-Dispatch – June 7, 2015 – Video

Feeding along this barrier island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, about 200 birds called red knots looked more like chunky, long-billed robins than widely admired wonders of nature. Now red knots have a new problem — climate change — and Virginia is at the center of the issue.  For full story and to view video, click here.

The Daily Star – June 8, 2015

Fish such as black seabass and summer flounder that prefer warm water are appearing more frequently in Long Island Sound because of climate change, according to a report released Monday on the health of the sound. And fish such as winter flounder, Atlantic herring and red herring that prefer cold water are slowly decreasing, according to the report by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For full story, click here.

 

By Elizabeth Douglas – InsideClimate News – May 28, 2015

Sharp differences are emerging between U.S. oil majors and their European brethren on the issue of climate change, and Wednesday's shareholder meetings at ExxonMobil and Chevron underscored the divergence as they fought all climate-related shareholder proposals and came away largely victorious. The stiff resistance from Exxon and Chevron came in contrast to recent annual meetings at BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, where nearly identical climate-related shareholder resolutions passed almost unanimously after the three companies opted to support the measure instead of oppose it. For more information, click here.

Forest Trends – June 3, 2015

Companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion on conservation and clean energy over the past decade by purchasing nearly 1 billion carbon offsets, finds a new report released on the sidelines of this week’s international climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace report, Ahead of the Curve: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015, demonstrates that voluntary demand for carbon offsets – each representing a one-tonne reduction in greenhouse gases that compensates for emissions elsewhere – is impactful well beyond the markets’ relatively small size. For full story, click here.

 

By Amanda Peterka – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 18, 2015

La Niña could be driving spring ozone levels in the West, according to new research that has major implications for the Obama administration's proposed tightening of the federal ozone standard. Analyzing air quality and meteorological data from 1990 to 2012, researchers found the frequency of high-ozone events increased after strong La Niña winters. The polar jet stream at that time creates upper-atmosphere intrusions that funnel ozone toward the ground in the western United States. The finding is significant in light of U.S. EPA's proposal to toughen the national ozone standard, the researchers said, because it may allow regulatory entities to better predict and document when high-ozone days occur as a result of background concentrations. For full story, click here.