Tagged: environmental

Making a Dangerous Job Safer: Report Provides Roadmap Toward Smarter Fire Fighting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborated with the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to produce the recent “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting: Summary Report“. In this report, readers find statistics regarding the hazards of fire fighting, damage caused, lives lost and disadvantages faced by fire fighters. ...

2015 National Preparedness Report

In 2011, President Obama issued the  Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness with the goals of “strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation.” The President’s directive, summed up in...

Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Coastline from Extreme Weather

  This month, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), together with research support from Allied World and Earth Economics, published, Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather. The document takes an in-depth look at the risks we Americans face from potentially...

Energy and Climate Outlook 2014

The 2014 Energy and Climate Outlook provides a glimpse into the future on how affected our natural resources will be if we continue on the development path we are on. The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change delivers results by using three broad country groups:...

Delaying Action on Climate Change Could Cause “Substantial Economic Damage,” Says White House Report

The Obama Administration has already implemented a number of climate change policies in the last year to combat phenomena such as global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, but what are the economic costs of delaying further action? The White House released today a report from the Council Economic of Advisers...

White House Releases First-Ever National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

Last week, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) released its first-ever National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. The National Plan represents the White House’s “blueprint for maximizing the value of observations collected by Federal agencies of the Earth’s land surfaces, oceans and atmosphere.” Because the U.S....

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

The United States is economically at risk by the climate change happening today. A report done by The Risky Business Project shows that the human-induced climate threats-“rising seas, increased damage from storm surge, more frequent bouts of extreme heat”- are starting to hurt our American economy and will continue to...

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Investigative Report on 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place on April 20, 2010 in the Macondo Prospect oil field has been described as “one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.” The explosion and subsequent spill took the lives of 11 workers, seriously injured 17, and leaked a reported 5...

Climate Change Building Steam: EPA, President Obama Join Forces to Sweep Existing Power Plants

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the direction of President Obama, released the Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, which is deemed the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The proposal comes almost one year after the President released a...