ASWM has been a valuable source for wetland-related news for over 10 years. It publishes the monthly "Wetland Breaking News," which is widely read as a national publication. News items are also posted under major topic categories, for example, climate change, Gulf oil spill, state wetland program news and job postings. These can be found in the drop-down menu below "News," or select a news topic from the list below, then select a news article to read. In addition to publishing WBN, the Association also offers original content with announcements, legal analysis, quirky wetland stories and more on its weekly blog, The Compleat Wetlander.
By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian – May 24, 2013
When it comes to understanding the impact of human emissions on the climate, thousands of studies published over decades are what builds understanding. And so we come to new research published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggesting global warming might not occur quite so quickly as other studies have suggested it would. New Scientist magazine said the study could mean the world had a "second chance" to avoid dangerous climate change. The BBC reported how the study had concluded that the rate of global warming would "lead to lower temperature rises in the short term". The Sydney Morning Heraldalso reported that the study "could" mean global warning might be slower in the short term. For full story, click here.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing rule updates to federal water quality standards regulations. For the first time in 30 years, EPA is proposing changes to the core requirements of the federal water quality standards (WQS) regulation that interprets part of the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule addresses the following key areas: Administrator's determinations that new or revised WQS are necessary, designated uses, triennial reviews, antidegradation, variances to WQS, and compliance schedule authorizing provisions. Proposed changes are available online here. EPA will accept public comments now through December 3, 2013. Details on how to submit formal comments are available here. In addition EPA is hosting two public webinars and one public meeting during the public comment period. To register for the webinars and find more information about the proposed revisions please click here.
By Lawrence LeBlond – redOrbit – May 24, 2013
In July 2012 the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released an infographic detailing the associations between extreme weather in the US and the evidence of climate change. In the report, the graph explained that strong evidence of climate change was seen in droughts, coastal flooding and heat waves, while limited evidence was seen for tornadoes and hurricanes. However, on the heels of devastating events, such as last fall’s superstorm Hurricane Sandy and this past week’s Moore, Oklahoma tornado tragedy, policymakers and elected officials seem to come out of the woodwork to either place blame on climate change or negate the fact that it exists altogether. And these accusations have typically come without first having the hard facts in their hands. For full story, click here.