Sunday, July 3, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of June 26-July 2

* The New York Times reported that natural gas wells might not yield as much gas as claimed by industry, which could mean more fracture treatments of each well, falling investment values, and higher gas and electricity prices. 

* The National Parks Conservation Association issued a detailed report titled, The State of America's National Parks.  The report focuses on the major threats facing national parks.  And, while none of the threats noted were very surprising  (e.g., development at their boards, impacts of visitors, and invasive species), the report is convincing.  If for no other reason, the report is worth pursing for the stunning pictures it includes of parks around the U.S.

* The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in an EPA Clean Water Act enforcement action, Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 10-1062 (SCOTUS Blog and Legal Planet). 

According to a report NOAA released this week, 2010 was one of the two warmest years on record.

*  Scientific American published an article in three installments (1, 2, and 3) that links specific extreme weather events--rather than just the increased frequency or severity of events--to climate change.

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