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Possible Shift of Perspectives on Breadth of NEPA Review; CEQ's Draft Greenhouse Gas Guidance
Posted on 29 Jun 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),[1] and the corresponding NEPA regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)[2] and the respective reviewing agencies, federal agencies are required to consider the environmental... Read More

CEQ’s Revised Draft Guidance on Addressing Climate Change under NEPA: Federal Agencies Should Analyze Both GHG Emissions and Impacts of Climate Change on Proposed Action
Posted on 23 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On December 24, 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released Revised Draft Guidance on how federal agencies should evaluate GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change when conducting reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality Declares That Climate Change is Already Covered in Environmental Impact Review, and No New Regulations Needed
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, was the first U.S. environmental statute of the modern era. It requires the preparation of environmental impact statements... Read More

Study warns of potential increase in global mercury emissions, which would impact animals in Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

An assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries has projected that global mercury emissions could grow by 25% by 2020 if no action is taken to control such emissions, posing a threat to polar bears, whales, and seals and the... Read More

Nanopollutants Harm the Functioning of Arterioles
Posted on 5 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the adverse health impact of nanoparticles, and that they can cross the so-called blood-brain barrier. Now, animal tests suggest that they affect the function of arterioles, the vessels that connect arteries to capillaries (see... Read More

The solar cycle is decreasing the impact of GHG emissions, but probably only for the near-term
Posted on 21 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The sun's activity waxes and wanes on a cycle that averages roughly 11 years, though cycles as short as nine years and as long as 14 years have been observed. Chinese astronomers were already tracking the sun's activity using sunspots more than... Read More

Humans can transmit diseases to gorillas
Posted on 30 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted and described a number of human diseases that had their origin in animals. Now it appears that some diseases can be transmitted from humans to gorillas. Ecotourism has been seen as a boon for countries with "interesting"... Read More

Nanopollutants Harm the Functioning of Arterioles
Posted on 5 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the adverse health impact of nanoparticles, and that they can cross the so-called blood-brain barrier. Now, animal tests suggest that they affect the function of arterioles, the vessels that connect arteries to capillaries (see... Read More

Arctic salt clouds are reducting the impact of Global Climate Change on the Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted both the various impacts of Global Climate Change ("GCC") on various aspects of the Earth and its atmospheric systems, as well as the failure of many/most models to include such impacts within their parameters. For example... Read More

Study warns of potential increase in global mercury emissions, which would impact animals in Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

An assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries has projected that global mercury emissions could grow by 25% by 2020 if no action is taken to control such emissions, posing a threat to polar bears, whales, and seals and the... Read More