MCEA Staff blog regularly about current environmental issues and how they relate to MCEA's work.
Today, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the White House released "final guidance" on how federal agencies should address greenhouse gases in their environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/nepa_final_ghg_guidance.pdf. The CEQ put out "draft" guidance several years ago, which prompted substantial opposition and concern from industry, and it was not clear whether "final" guidance would get done in the waning months of the Obama Administration. This is particularly important, because we do not directly regulate greenhouse gas emissions like we might nitrogen oxide, so identifying the likely emissions and considering alternatives and mitigation options is key to reducing GHG emissions in projects that need federal permits or licenses, or receive substantial federal money. There may be lessons to be learned as well as Minnesota revises its own environmental review policies.
Not exactly news: 2015 was hottest year ever, 2016 will be hotter yet.
Latest "state of the climate" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/02/environment-climate-change-records-broken-international-report.