A public Webinar on “Modeling Results for Virginia Business-as-Usual and Cap Scenarios” will conducted October 20, 2017, 10 a.m., by the Georgetown Climate Center for the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Committee on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Trading Regulation.
Register with the Georgetown [University] Climate Center online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4584701090528236289, no later than October 19, 2017.
More information about the meeting is available from the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=26734.
The Regulatory Advisory Committee was formed to advise the DEQ on the development of proposed regulatory amendments concerning CO2 trading. Its formation followed Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Directive 11 (May 2017) that instructed the DEQ to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants. Executive Directive 11 is available online (as a PDF) at http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 26, 2017. The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140. More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4818.
In October 2017, two one-hour Webinars on climate change adaptation in Miami Beach, Fla., will be presented by the the American Water Resources Association (AWRA; headquartered in Middleburg, Va.; main Web site: http://www.awra.org/).
October 4 – Miami Beach’s Aggressive Action Toward Climate Change Adaptation, Part 1.
October 18 – Adaptation Strategies for Miami Beach, Part 2: Green Infrastructure, Resilience, and Groundwater.
Both events begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration is free to AWRA members and $25 for non-members. More information and registration is available online at http://www.awra.org/webinars/. Descriptions of previous AWRA Webinars are also available at that site.
The 11th Annual Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project Conference will be held October 24, 2017, in Reisterstown, Maryland (Baltimore County). The conference is being organized by the Maryland Conservation Council. This year’s theme is “Research, Practices & Policies: Protecting the Bay & Addressing Climate Change.” According to the conference Web site, the meeting will “focus on cutting-edge trends in agriculture that simultaneously protect the Bay and address carbon sequestration — including the latest in science research and policy impacting on the watershed.” For more information, visit http://www.mdconservationcouncil.org/save-the-date-tues-oct-24th-pesticides-the-chesapeake-bay-watershed-project/; or e-mail the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the information in this post was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC). For more information about the VWMC, please visit http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.
In Summer 2017, the Adapt Virginia Web portal on climate adaptation was announced by the Virginia Institute or Marine Science’s Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM). The Web site is http://adaptva.com/. According to that site, Adapt Virginia (AdaptVA) “is a gateway to information for individuals, local programs, and agencies engaged in climate adaptation. AdaptVA focuses on the physical and social vulnerabilities by integrating the best available science, legal guidance, and planning strategies. Visitors will find legal and policy resources, stories that explain adaption through maps and pictures, a searchable web catalogue, and mapping tools that address short and long-term predictions for rising water levels.” The site’s content currently covers forecasts, adaptations, tools, maps and data, and planning and policy.
“Defending Our Coasts: Ensuring Military Readiness and Economic Viability as Waters Rise” is the theme of the 5th annual conference of the William and Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center. The conference will be held on October 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the College of William and Mary School of Education, 301 Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg.
For more information, visit http://law.wm.edu/academics/programs/jd/electives/clinics/vacoastal/index.php; phone (757) 221-3800; or e-mail: email@example.com.
Loss of giant ice sections from Antarctica—the most recent a Delaware-sized piece that broke off in July 2017—is the subject of the following two PBS NewsHour videos.
“One of the biggest icebergs ever just broke off Antarctica. Here’s what scientists want to know,” broadcast on July 12, 2017 (8 minutes/26 seconds) describes this July 2017 break-off of the Delaware-sized iceberg and gives background on Antarctica’s ice geography, other notable ice rifts, and scientists’ efforts to assess the connection of these developments to climate changes and their potential for contributing to sea-level rises; the video is available online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/one-biggest-icebergs-ever-just-broke-off-antarctica-heres-scientists-want-know/.
A March 8, 2017, segment on the subject was “How scientists are tracking a massive iceberg in the making.” That 5 min./55 second video, available online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientists-tracking-massive-iceberg-making/, describes some of the satellite technology and imagery used to track such large-scale changes.
More information on changes to the Larsen Ice Shelf is available from the National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA), “Antarctica’s Changing Larsen Ice Shelf,” online at https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/antarctica-s-changing-larsen-ice-shelf.