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Climate Change Impacts on the United States The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.  Overview:  Alaska.

Climate Change Impacts on the United States The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. Overview: Alaska.

Date: 2000
Creator: National Assessment Synthesis Team (U.S.)
Description: This document discusses climatic trends in Alaska and how changes in weather and climate are affecting plant and animal populations, other geographic and environmental factors, and the socio-economic impacts on the region.
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Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators

Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators

Date: June 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Description: This is a lesson plan for grade levels 5-8 that guides educators through a lesson about coral reef ecology and how climate change affects the growth of coral reefs.
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Collaboration in NEPA: A Handbook for NEPA Practitioners

Collaboration in NEPA: A Handbook for NEPA Practitioners

Date: October 2007
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This handbook is a collaboration of research and consultations by the Council on Environmental Quality concerning analyses prepared under the National Environmental Protection Act. This guide introduces interested parties to collaborative principles, and includes suggestions for successful collaborative efforts.
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Commercial Building Energy Codes

Commercial Building Energy Codes

Date: 2009
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Description: This map shows states with building codes for energy efficiency of commercial buildings.
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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980

Date: December 31, 2002
Creator: United States. Congress
Description: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act -- otherwise known as CERCLA or Superfund -- provides a Federal "Superfund" to clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous-waste sites as well as accidents, spills, and other emergency releases of pollutants and contaminants into the environment. Through CERCLA, EPA was given power to seek out those parties responsible for any release and assure their cooperation in the cleanup.
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Considering Cumulative Effects Under the National Environmental Policy Act

Considering Cumulative Effects Under the National Environmental Policy Act

Date: January 1997
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This document is intended to assist Federal agencies with analyzing cumulative effects during the NEPA process. It outlines general principles, common cumulative effects assessment methodologies, and resources for additional information and background data.
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Convention concerning migratory fish stock in the Pacific Ocean : message from the President of the United States transmitting Convention on the Conservation and Management of the Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, with annexes ("WCPF Convention"), which was adopted at Honolulu on September 5, 2000, by the Multilateral High Level Conference on the Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Convention concerning migratory fish stock in the Pacific Ocean : message from the President of the United States transmitting Convention on the Conservation and Management of the Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, with annexes ("WCPF Convention"), which was adopted at Honolulu on September 5, 2000, by the Multilateral High Level Conference on the Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Date: 2005
Creator: United States. President (2001-2009 : Bush) & Powell, Colin L.
Description: This treaty governs mechanisms designed to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of certain species of fish, including tuna, swordfish, and marlin.
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Convention for the Protection of Plants : message from the President of the United States transmitting the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of December 2, 1961, as revised at Geneva on November 10, 1972, on October 23, 1978, and on March 19, 1991, and signed by the United States on October 25, 1991

Convention for the Protection of Plants : message from the President of the United States transmitting the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of December 2, 1961, as revised at Geneva on November 10, 1972, on October 23, 1978, and on March 19, 1991, and signed by the United States on October 25, 1991

Date: October 25, 1995
Creator: International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
Description: This treaty takes action to control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products. The treaty protects natural as well as cultivated plants, so it has implications for agriculture as well as biodiversity. While the IPPC's primary focus is on plants and plant products moving in international trade, the convention also covers research materials, biological control organisms, and anything else that can act as a vector for the spread of plant pests including containers, soil, vehicles, and machinery.
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Coordination of Programs on Domestic Animal Genomics: The Federal Framework

Coordination of Programs on Domestic Animal Genomics: The Federal Framework

Date: June 2004
Creator: National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Interagency Working Group on Domestic Animal Genomics.
Description: This report discusses progress by Federal agencies dealing with domestic animal genomics. The work represents an increase in the understanding of domestic animals such as sheep, cattle, swine, bees, and others. Knowledge in this area is crucial for better understanding animal diseases such at bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease")
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Creating Impact - Feed-In Tariff Laws: Making clean energy a reality for all

Creating Impact - Feed-In Tariff Laws: Making clean energy a reality for all

Date: March 2009
Creator: World Future Council
Description: The brochure describes evidence from fifty governments that Feed-In Tariff (FIT) policy speeds the transition to clean energy production and use.
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Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development

Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development

Date: 2010
Creator: Nelleman, Christian & Corcoran, Emily
Description: This report discusses some vital services that natural ecosystems contribute to human health and development.
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Dust from Africa Leads to Large Toxic Algae Blooms in Gulf of Mexico, Study Finds. [Press release].

Dust from Africa Leads to Large Toxic Algae Blooms in Gulf of Mexico, Study Finds. [Press release].

Date: August 28, 2001
Creator: NASA News
Description: This press release summarizes the findings of a new study. Saharan dust clouds travel thousands of miles and fertilize the water off the West Florida coast with iron, which kicks off blooms of toxic algae. The research was partially funded by a NASA grant as part of ECOHAB: Florida (Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms), a multi-disciplinary research project designed to study harmful algae.
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Ecological Forecasting: Agenda for the Future

Ecological Forecasting: Agenda for the Future

Date: unknown
Creator: National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Subcommittee on Ecological Systems.
Description: This brochure outlines the economic importance of ecological forecasting, as well as the importance of ecosystems for sustainable development, land management, and recreation.
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Ecoregion: Caribbean

Ecoregion: Caribbean

Date: June 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Description: This document is part of a set of educational resources for educators to encourage climate literacy.
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Ecoregion: Desert Arid

Ecoregion: Desert Arid

Date: June 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Description: This brochure describes the effects of climate change in the desert and arid regions of the United States.
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Effective Disaster Warnings - Report by the Working Group on Natural Disaster Information Systems Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction

Effective Disaster Warnings - Report by the Working Group on Natural Disaster Information Systems Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction

Date: November 2000
Creator: National Science and Technology Council (U.S.). Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction.
Description: This report describes and recommends ways to improve alert systems in order to reduce loss of lives, property, and economic activity caused by natural and man-made disasters.
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Emissions Caps for Electricity

Emissions Caps for Electricity

Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Description: This map shows states that cap greenhouse gas emissions through performance standards or through cap and trade systems.
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Endangered Species Act of 1973

Endangered Species Act of 1973

Date: January 24, 2002
Creator: United States. Congress. House
Description: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of the Department of the Interior maintains a worldwide list which, as of Feb. 20, 2008, included 1574 endangered species (599 are plants) and 351 threatened species (148 are plants). Species include birds, insects, fish, reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, flowers, grasses, and trees. Anyone can petition FWS to include a species on this list. The law requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, to ensure that actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of such species. The law also prohibits any action that causes a "taking" of any listed species of endangered fish or wildlife. Likewise, import, export, interstate, and foreign commerce of listed species are all generally prohibited.
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Energy Efficiency Standards and Targets

Energy Efficiency Standards and Targets

Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Description: This map shows states with policies to promote efficient generation, transmission, and use of energy.
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Energy Policy Act

Energy Policy Act

Date: January 4, 2005
Creator: United States. Congress
Description: The Energy Policy Act (EPA) addresses energy production in the United States, including: (1) energy efficiency; (2) renewable energy; (3) oil and gas; (4) coal; (5) Tribal energy; (6) nuclear matters and security; (7) vehicles and motor fuels, including ethanol; (8) hydrogen; (9) electricity; (10) energy tax incentives; (11) hydropower and geothermal energy; and (12) climate change technology. For example, the Act provides loan guarantees for entities that develop or use innovative technologies that avoid the by-production of greenhouse gases. Another provision of the Act increases the amount of biofuel that must be mixed with gasoline sold in the United States.
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Environmental Quality; Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Environmental Quality; Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Date: 2007
Creator: House of Representatives
Description: Establishes as state policy statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits at or below the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by January 1, 2020. Establishes greenhouse gas emissions reduction task force to prepare a work plan and regulatory scheme to achieve the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits.
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Executive Order - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

Executive Order - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

Date: July 19, 2010
Creator: United States. President (2009- : Obama)
Description: This order establishes a national policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with national security and foreign policy interests. This order also provides for the development of coastal and marine spatial plans that build upon and improve existing Federal, State, tribal, local, and regional decision making and planning processes.
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S.F. No. 145, 2nd Engrossment 85th Legislative Session (20072008)

S.F. No. 145, 2nd Engrossment 85th Legislative Session (20072008)

Date: May 2007
Creator: State of Minnesota
Description: None
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Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

Date: May 22, 2008
Creator: [United States. Congress]
Description: The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) provides for federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. All pesticides distributed or sold in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Before EPA may register a pesticide under FIFRA, the applicant must show, among other things, that using the pesticide according to specifications "will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'' FIFRA defines the term ''unreasonable adverse effects on the environment'' to mean: ''(1) any unreasonable risk to man or the environment, taking into account the economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of the use of any pesticide, or (2) a human dietary risk from residues that result from a use of a pesticide in or on any food inconsistent with the standard under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.''
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