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selection of noteworthy articles
and congress reports that have
been published by RNRF.
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and the Environment
Although organized religion has remained silent on the subject of the environment, it should be a principal vehicle for instilling environmental values in people. The major challenge to religion as it addresses the environment is to give leadership to human understanding and acceptance of essentially ecological views.
Chemicals as Pollutants in the Environment:
a 21st Century Perspective
Outlined in this paper is a sampling of some of the many alternative perspectives regarding chemical pollutants (especially those that are new to our attention - the so-called "emerging" pollutants) and their ramifications for biological systems and society's values. A primary objective in presenting these alternative views of chemical pollution is the hope of catalyzing dialog and debate regarding new approaches for its management.
Quality Requires Congress to Make the Hard
In the 1970 Clean Air Act, Congress took responsibility for a rule that would eventually reduce lead exposure from automobile emissions. The act authorized the EPA to require that new cars made from 1975 onward use only lead-free gasoline. Their motivation was not environmental protection, however, but the protection of a new pollution-controlling catalytic converter in automobile engines that would be ruined by lead.
The rules and actions that followed cast doubt on the assumption upon which the EPA's rulemaking power is based - that "only an expert agency insulated from politics can do the right thing." The EPA was supposed to insulate environmental rules from politics. But it did not; it insulated the politicians in Congress from responsibility.
for Rising Water Along our Coastlines
The onset of global warming is reshaping the face of the land from mountains heights, through river basins and along the coasts of our country, affecting forests, wetlands, prairies and agriculture. Precipitation patterns are changing. Storm events are becoming more extreme, generating more frequent and intense flooding along river channels. However, the most extensive changes in the land wrought by climate change are now occurring along our coastlines.
Sea levels are rising more or less uniformly across the planet, driven by thermal expansion of ocean water and increased volumes of water reaching the oceans from melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, as well as terrestrial glaciers. Along our coasts these rising sea levels are steadily encroaching upon lowland regions, and inevitably coastal flooding will require major adjustments in land-use patterns.
Geological Carbon Capture and Storage:
Assessing the Challenges
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies may be an option for capturing carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere and sequestering the gas terrestrially. The U.S. and governments around the world are evaluating the allocation of financial resources for this and other mitigation options. This article highlights some of the major challenges associated with CCS, including site selection, transportation, monitoring, risk management, liability, financial requirements and knowledge gaps.
The IPCC report indicates that due to high costs, CCS systems are unlikely to be deployed on a large scale in the absence of explicit government policies that require substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.
York's Prescription for Hydraulic Fracturing
This article is a series of excerpts from New York's draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The dSGEIS reviews the risks of HVHF activity including water withdrawal, transportation, the use of additives in water, facility requirements, and waste disposal. It also outlines the regulations and restrictions that should be imposed on HVHF to safely and sustainably develop shale gas resources.
the Escalating Risks of Natural Catastrophes
in the United States
Damages from natural catastrophes in the U.S. are rising and are expected to continue to grow in the future. Increases in population and economic activity coupled with development in riskier and more environmentally vulnerable areas, will expose more property, infrastructure and other assets to damage from natural catastrophes.
In this paper Lloyd’s sets out a set of principles for addressing the challenge of managing natural catastrophe risks in the U.S. Ways that the insurance industry, government and property owners can work together to manage increasing natural catastrophe risks and make insurance in catastrophe-exposed areas more available and affordable for U.S. policyholders are examined.
In addition to the congress reports listed below, all
other congress reports are identified and available for
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Coastal Resilience and Risk
Environmental Impacts of Emerging Contaminants