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1. More than half of Earth's aquifers are running dry, NASA says

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jul 01, 2015

More than half of the world's 37 biggest aquifers are running dry, putting at risk the freshwater supplies of hundreds of millions of people, according to a NASA analysis. "The water table is dropping all over the world," said NASA water scientist Jay Famiglietti. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/16)


2. Interactive map by EPA highlights areas of pollution health risks

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jun 17, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency last week introduced EJSCREEN, an interactive online map showing how pollution risks affect low-income, minority communities. The map shows areas particularly at risk include California's southeast Los Angeles County, the San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (06/10)


3. Report shows decrease in Calif. water use during April

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jun 17, 2015

Water usage was down 13.5% in California during April compared to the same month in 2013, according to a report from the California State Water Resources Control Board. Residents of the state are facing water restrictions amid a severe drought. April was cool and rainy, however, which might have contributed to the level of reduced water usage. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/02)


4. Retrofit kit quickly upgrades old home to net-zero energy

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jun 17, 2015

A retrofit kit can quickly and easily turn old homes into zero-energy dwellings. The prefab kit developed in the Netherlands includes solar panels, an energy module and new facades. It entails no demolition, and those working on its development hope to bring the price point down enough that average homeowners could benefit from it. FastCoExist (06/04)


5. EPA issues safety standards for petroleum storage tanks

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jul 01, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency last week released safety regulations for retail and non-retail petroleum storage tanks near water sources to strengthen secondary containment standards and training regulations, among other things. The agency said it "carefully considered the environmental benefits of the [storage tank] requirements, while balancing those with the potential future costs of compliance for ... owners and operators." The Hill (06/22)


6. 10 countries release 72% of greenhouse gas emissions, data show

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jul 01, 2015

Mashable (06/23)


7. Climate inaction could cost $180B, says EPA

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jul 01, 2015

The U.S. will face economic losses of $180 billion by the end of the century if the world fails to tackle climate change, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency. The report is part of the administration's attempt to win support for its climate agenda in the run-up to new power-plant rules due next month. Reuters (06/22) The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/22) Politico (06/22)


8. Republicans look to overturn EPA's regulation on streams, wetlands

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jun 17, 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (06/10)


9. Drones help China's regulators keep tabs on emissions

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jun 17, 2015

Drones are being used in China to monitor pollution from industrial plants and straw burning in rural areas. The drones, regulators say, are a key tool in battling fraudulent emissions reporting. International Business Times (06/01)


10. New partnership aims to study oil spills with cutting-edge technology

Aon Environmental Risk Advisor | Jul 01, 2015

MarineLink.com (06/17)




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