The purpose of this report is to capture best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation + mitigation (A+M) to cut carbon pollution (mitigation) and prepare the nation for climate change impacts (adaptation). These best practice and lessons learned were distilled from the “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and workshop sessions held at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference held in Washington, DC from January 28-30, 2014. The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the National Climate Assessment’s network (NCAnet) Adaptation + Mitigation Nexus (AMNex) affinity group co-hosted these sessions.
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The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014 has been introduced to Congress in an effort to secure the United States’ clean energy future.
To track the progress of this legislation, visit Congress.gov. It was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Power on April 11, 2014.
Catalog of Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 10.674
April 22, 2014 - Issuance of Request for Proposals
June 3, 2014 – Proposal submission deadline
July 29, 2014 – Approximate date for the U.S. Forest Service to notify applicants of results
August 15, 2014 – Approximate date of award
Synopsis of Cooperative Agreement Opportunity
The U.S Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis. The Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy (W2E) Grant Program will fund projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Projects that use woody biomass from multiple land ownerships (State, Tribal, or private lands) and multiple sources (wood products facilities, urban wood waste, etc.) will be considered as long as some of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest System lands. Projects that do not anticipate using any wood from National Forest System lands will not be eligible.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Public Meeting: 8:30 am – 5:45 pm (Central Time)
In person: The meeting will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Hall I, located at 1 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR.
Webinar: For those unable to attend in person, there is an option to view the meeting via webinar. The only requirements for attending the webinar are that you register and have a computer with sound (listen through the speakers or headphones) so that you can see and hear the presentations being made. After you register for the webinar, instructions about how to join the webinar will be emailed to you.
To register, go to the registration page and indicate whether you will be attending in person or via the webinar.
- Share innovative approaches among the states to reduce excess N and P in HTF states as part of nutrient strategy implementation.
- Learn about Arkansas’ nutrient reduction strategy.
- Learn how federal programs and innovative new approaches to those programs can support state nutrient strategy implementation and other HTF goals.
- Hear insights from non-member organizations working to reduce nutrients in the MARB.
IKEA US announced today that it is making its first wind farm investment in the United States with the purchase of Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. The 98 megawatt wind farm is the largest single IKEA Group renewable energy investment globally to date and will make a significant contribution to the company’s goal to generate as much renewable energy as the total energy it consumes by 2020. The project is currently being constructed by Apex Clean Energy and is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2015.
EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:
- A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communities
- The Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health
- Ecosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources.
Though critically important to human well-being, ecosystem services are often overlooked. EnviroAtlas seeks to measure and communicate the type, quality, and extent of the goods and services that humans receive from nature so that their true value can be considered in decision-making processes.
Using EnviroAtlas, many types of users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand how various decisions can affect an array of ecological and human health outcomes. EnviroAtlas is available to the public and houses a wealth of data and research.
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You may have read something recently about the air being racist, which is of course ridiculous. It is true that if you are white in America you will tend to breathe air of a more premium quality. A recent study from the University of Minnesota found that black and brown Americans are more often trapped in neighborhoods laden with nitrogen dioxide than their white fellow Americans.