Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update


*  “Evidence from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans, collected by scientists and engineers from around the world, tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming, and over the last half century, this warming has been driven primarily by human activity—predominantly the burning of fossil fuels.”  You’ll recall that assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, established by Presidential Initiative in 1989, a program that coordinates climate work among 13 federal agencies.  Last week the GCRP said that Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), “Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States” remains on track for release in December as required by Congress.  Procedurally, this is a somewhat confusing program of reports, sometimes seeming like reports about reports.  A draft of Volume II was released last year. A complete Assessment is due every four years; the last report was released in 2014.  Should be an interesting release.
*  The Department of Commerce International Trade Administration has reestablished the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), first chartered in 1994. ETTAC advises on the development and administration of policies and programs to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, and services.  DOC is also looking for people to serve on the Committee, from companies or trade associations.  There are eight focus areas: Air pollution control and monitoring; Analytic devices and services; Environmental engineering and consulting; Financial services; Process and pollution prevention technologies; Solid and hazardous waste management technologies; and Water and wastewater treatment technologies.  Nominations are due by Oct. 19.
*  Okay, end of 3rd quarter and time to update the admittedly very rough measure – the number of pages in the Federal Register – of how big Big Gubmint’s getting to be.  End of this quarter: 49,263 pages.  Last year – 45,677 pages.  Hmmmm… better clean off those cheaters and get in some good light – that’s another 3,586 pages or about an additional 15 pages per bidness day for your reading pleasure.  Simetomes aftr a wile thet #9 font kan mkae youur eyez seeee a lidtle phunny…*:D big grin

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