Tagged: issues

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

IPCC Releases Working Group II’s Report on Climate Change

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) revealed today the climate change findings of Working Group II (WGII), out of Yokohama, Japan. This report, titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, constitutes the second part of the IPCC Fifth Assessment report (AR5) on climate change. The findings of WGII...

Mega-Droughts, Super-Storms, and Civil Unrest: Buckling Down for the Impacts of Climate Change

Mega-droughts, floods, and super-storms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to climate-change-driven events, and the US Defense Department fears that the United States’ infrastructure isn’t prepared to take the damage. Preparation for, rather than prevention of, disasters may soon be the name of the game for...

Severe Winter Weather: A Review of the January 2014 Storms in Georgia

Following the winter storms that paralyzed parts of Georgia from January 26-30, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal requested that the state agency heads in charge of emergency response conduct a review of the events and create a plan for future response. The report, “Internal Review and Action Plan: Winter Storm Event...

IPCC Releases Newest Report on Climate Change

The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] revealed today the climate change findings of Working Group I, out of Stockholm, Sweden. These findings constitute the first part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change, titled “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.” This report outlines the scientific...

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts that disruptions to the nation’s energy supply will continue to worsen due to the continuing effects of climate change and extreme weather. The report highlights three major climate trends that have great impacts on the energy sector: 1. Increasing air...

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

The White House released the “National Strategy for the Arctic Region” which sets forth the United States Government’s strategic priorities for the Arctic region. The strategy intends to position the United States to respond effectively to challenges and emerging opportunities arising from significant increases in Arctic activity due to the...