News from the Reference Desk Category: Environment

July and August 2016 Warmest Months on Record

The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records. —NASA Analysis

During the opening weeks of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, the Paris Agreement on climate change has been a prominent issue and U.N. members have been strongly encouraged to sign on to the accord.

As of September 21, 2016:

…60 countries representing 48 percent of global planet-warming emissions have now legally bound themselves to the Paris accord. The deal goes into legal force when at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions sign on. At Wednesday’s ceremony, leaders of countries representing at least an additional 12 percent of global emissions pledged to submit their legal documents by the end of this year. If they follow through, the pact will take effect.
Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone as 20 More Nations Sign On, New York Times

Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at www.fueleconomy.gov.

2011 Comprehensive Stormwater Study

The Mount Prospect Village Board contracted the engineering firm Burns & McDonnell to examine the cause of flooding that occurred throughout the Village on July 23, 2011. According to the Village website: “The scope of Burns & McDonnell’s work included examining the condition and capacity of the Village’s existing sewer system as well as analyzing flood surveys and home inspections conducted by the Public Works Department.”

The results from this project have been compiled in to a report available for viewing at Public Works and the Mount Prospect Public Library. It can also be downloaded here:  2011 Comprehensive Stormwater Study. For more info: July 23rd Flood Study Report Available.

Harper College: Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate

 Harper College has started an Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate. The College’s solar energy course – a first step toward the new Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate – drew 16 students for the fall term. Launched by a $63,000 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant, which helped with the purchase of new lab equipment, Harper added a wind energy course to the curriculum this spring. The entire Alternative Energy Certificate program, geared to those already in the industrial electronics industry and those just starting out, requires credits in solar and wind energy and a variety of other electronics courses.