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Renewable Resources Report

Produced by Senior Program Manager Madeline Voitier and Program Manager Stephen Yaeger

RNRF Congressional Forum: Can EPA Fulfill its Statutory Mandate?

October 15, 2019

On October 15, 2019, the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) conducted a congressional forum on the impacts of recent administrative and regulatory changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted the meeting on Capitol Hill. Speakers were Chris Zarba, formerly with EPA, and Gretchen…

RNRF Round Table: WRI’s David Waskow Discusses Paris Agreement Implementation

September 11, 2019

David Waskow, director of the World Resources Institute’s International Climate Initiative, spoke at a meeting of the RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy on September 11, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to keep global heating under 2 degrees…

Prepare for more downpours: Heavy rain has increased across most of the United States, and is likely to increase further

August 5, 2019

Warming conditions mean more evaporation, which leads to more water vapor in the air. When rain-triggering conditions are favorable, more saturated air leads to heavier precipitation. This has been the story across most of the United States in the past century. Extreme precipitation events have grown more frequent since the start of the twentieth century,…

Union of Concerned Scientists Reveal Future of Extreme ‘Killer Heat’ Across the U.S.

July 19, 2019

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report entitled “Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days.” The report, funded in part by the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, sought to estimate the frequency of days in which the heat index would rise above 90°F, 100°F or 105°F in…

Atmospheric Microplastic Found Everywhere (Including the Pyrenees)

June 20, 2019

The presence of microplastic in oceans has become a growing problem over the past decade. Microplastics, defined as plastic particles less than 5 mm in size, have typically been studied in the context of urban environments, yet it is apparent that microplastics have permeated the world’s most remote waterways. In late 2018, the National Oceanic…

Media Moves to Reframe Coverage of the Environment

June 19, 2019

The British newspaper The Guardian took a major step a few weeks ago that has been heralded throughout the globe as one that has been long overdue—it announced that it is changing the language it uses when reporting on the environment. Damian Carrington, Environmental Editor, proclaimed that “The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce…

Report Finds Many Companies Expect to Feel Financial Sting from Climate Change in the Next Five Years

June 18, 2019

More people are demanding that businesses take stock of how climate change could impact their bottom lines. A recent analysis by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) shows that many companies are listening. According to CDP’s assessment, many of the world’s largest companies reported climate change could significantly impact their businesses within the next five…

RNRF Round Table: Planning for Coastal Inland Resilience: Keeping Toxic Substances Out of the Water and Avoiding Unwise Development

June 13, 2019

On June 13, 2019, the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) presented a meeting titled “Planning for Coastal Inland Resilience: Keeping Toxic Substances Out of the Water and Avoiding Unwise Development,” hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers at its Capitol Hill office in D.C. Speakers included Pete Harrison with Earthjustice and Jeff Peterson formerly…

RNRF Meeting: Deep Seabed Mineral Mining and the U.S.

May 29, 2019

On May 29, 2019, the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) presented a meeting titled “Deep Seabed Mineral Mining and the U.S.: Diplomatic, Legal, and Environmental Aspects,” hosted by the American Geophysical Union in its newly renovated headquarters in Washington, D.C. Speakers were Greg O’Brien, U.S. Department of State; Kerry Kehoe, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

U.S. Deviates from Climate Consensus at Arctic Council Meeting

May 15, 2019

The Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum comprised of the eight countries with territory in the Arctic Circle, ended its ministerial on May 14, 2019, without a joint declaration spelling out its priorities. This was because the United States objected to any mention of climate change or the Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump intends to…

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