Most widely held works by Jennifer Weeks
Nuclear energy by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
President Bush has recommended building more nuclear energy plants in response to high oil and natural gas costs and continuing concern about global warming. Advocates say nuclear power is the only large-scale energy source that does not contribute to global climate change. The Energy Department is working with industry to find sites for new, safer reactors, and Congress has approved subsidies for companies that build the first plants. Opponents fear that accidents or terrorist strikes on reactors could contaminate large areas, and that nuclear fuel could be stolen and used for weapons. They also argue the United States does not have an acceptable, long-term policy for managing nuclear waste and that renewable energy is safer, cleaner and more affordable. Meanwhile, critics say a nuclear pact recently proposed by Bush between India and the United States undercuts nuclear non-proliferation efforts.
Domestic Energy Development by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged oil and gas facilities throughout the Gulf of Mexico region, exacerbating the nation's energy problems. Since 1999 world oil prices have doubled and the U.S. cost of natural gas has tripled. In response, the Bush administration is pressing for increased domestic oil and gas production, and Congress is considering expanding energy development in areas currently off-limits, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore oil fields. The administration already has relaxed limits on energy exploration on public lands and supports building new refineries and gas-delivery systems. Opponents say such actions could cause serious environmental damage and that states should have more control over energy development decisions. Environmentalists say relying more on conservation and renewable fuels would foster greater energy security.
Factory farms by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Most U.S. meat, poultry, eggs and milk come from so-called factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), where thousands of animals are confined indoors. While they efficiently produce abundant supplies of affordable food, CAFOs also raise questions about animal welfare, public health and environmental degradation. Large livestock farms create huge quantities of animal waste, which produce noxious air emissions and contaminate water supplies when storage facilities leak or overflow. Overuse of antibiotics to keep animals healthy in crowded conditions helps generate drug-resistant bacteria and spread infections in humans. And many critics argue that long-term confinement in small enclosures or cages harms farm animals. Organic and free-range meat and eggs are increasingly popular, but they are more expensive than conventional meat and dairy products, and some organic suppliers are adopting industrial-style methods to keep up with demand.
American press coverage of U.S.-Soviet relations, the Soviet Union, nuclear weapons, arms control, and national security : a bibliography by William A Dorman ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Health care issues : selections from CQ Researcher ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Modernizing the grid : is the electric power system at risk by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Smart grids will generate more electricty from renewable fuels but some worry that digital grids could be vulnerable to cyberattacks and others say promoting energy conservation is the more effective approach.
Nuclear disarmament will President Obama's efforts make the U.S. safer by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Peace activists have sought to eliminate nuclear weapons for decades, but now they have a new ally. President Barack Obama has pledged to negotiate new U.S.-Russian arms reductions, end U.S. nuclear testing and reduce the role of nuclear weapons in national defense policy. Obama argues that these steps, plus new measures to combat nuclear smuggling and theft, will make the United States safer. But critics say further nuclear cuts will embolden rogue countries like North Korea and Iran, which are widely thought to be seeking nuclear capabilities. Although the U.S. and Russia have drastically shrunk their Cold War arsenals, the United States still spends at least $52 billion annually on nuclear-related programs. Liberals and conservatives sharply disagree about addressing post-Cold War security threats with nuclear arms. But some experts warn that new, regional nuclear arms races could break out if the U.S. fails to rebuild global support for nuclear reductions.
Water shortages : is the United States facing a crisis by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Clean water is a critical resource not only for drinking but also for agriculture, energy production and high-tech manufacturing. But severe drought once seen as an issue only for the arid West has become a fact of life in many parts of the United States. Meanwhile, many cities depend on water mains and sewer pipes more than 100 years old. Environmental laws have sharply cut water pollution and improved drinking-water quality since the 1970s. But experts say the nation needs to spend more than $250 billion in the next several years to modernize water treatment systems, and current investments are falling short. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new ways to regulate water pollutants, and economists say charging more for water would promote conservation. But whether Americans will pay more for a resource that many view as a basic human right remains to be seen.
Regulating toxic chemicals by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Chemicals are integral to many everyday products, from electronics and toys to building materials and household goods. But environmental, health and consumer advocates say the agencies responsible for protecting Americans from exposure to harmful chemicals are allowing too many dangerous substances into the market without testing them for toxicity. Some goods, such as medicines, are tested for safety before they can be sold, but many common products do not go through premarket safety screening. Many concerns focus on infants and young children, who are especially sensitive to toxic hazards. Chemical manufacturers say the existing regulatory system works effectively and can be tightened to address new concerns, but critics argue that a precautionary approach -- which would require producers to show that materials are safe before they can be marketed -- would protect consumers more fully.
Coal's comeback by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Many Americans regard coal as a high-polluting fuel of the past, but today the U.S. is on the verge of a new coal energy boom. Coal-burning power plants generate half the nation's electricity, and that share could grow. More than 150 new coal power plants are planned or under construction, but critics oppose many of them. Coal is cheap and plentiful compared to other fuels, but it also produces air pollutants that contribute to acid rain, smog and climate change and cause thousands of deaths every year. Supporters say technology can make coal a pollution-free energy source in coming decades and that coal could even be used to make liquid fuels as a substitute for oil. But environmental and health advocates argue that the damaging impacts from mining, transporting and burning coal cancel out its value as an energy source. As Congress and the states debate proposals to combat global warming, regulators and businesses weigh coal's energy benefits against its health and environmental liabilities.
Managing nuclear waste : should spent fuel be stored at Yucca Mountain by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Thousands of tons of lethal nuclear waste from civilian power plants and military sites are stored at more than 100 sites around the country. But the federal government doesn't have a long-term plan today for managing nuclear waste. In the 1980s, Congress decided to build a single underground repository for spent fuel and highly radioactive defense waste in the southern Nevada desert. But work on the Yucca Mountain complex has faced political and technical problems and was canceled by President Obama, who advocates a new storage solution. Cancellation has created uncertainty for the nuclear power industry and for states where military waste is stored. It also is forcing utilities to pay to store used nuclear fuel at reactors costs they pass on to customers. Some utilities have won multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the federal government, and more cases are pending. Obama supports expanding nuclear power as a clean energy strategy, but if the waste problem isn't solved, new reactors may be a hard sell in many states.
Protecting wetlands by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
The nation's millions of acres of wetlands are valuable natural resources. Ponds, lakes, swamps, bogs, bays and marine estuaries not only shelter countless fish, birds and animals but also filter pollutants from water and soak up floodwaters. Since the United States was settled, more than half of its wetlands have been lost, and crucial areas like Louisiana's coast and the Florida Everglades are eroding daily. Although the U.S. is now gaining more wetlands every year than it is losing, scientists say too many acres of crucially needed wetlands are still being lost. For several decades national policy has called for protecting wetlands, but the powerful construction, energy and agriculture industries say current environmental regulations make projects too expensive. Conservationists, sportsmen and many state officials argue that stronger regulations are still urgently needed. Meanwhile, recent Supreme Court decisions have intensified debate over how broadly the federal government can oversee activities affecting wetlands.
Future of recycling by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Three-quarters of all Americans recycle at home, making recycling one of the nation's most popular environmental activities. Skeptics argue that recycling does little to help the environment and often costs more than burying waste in landfills, but rising energy prices and concerns about climate change are strengthening the supporters' case. Making new goods from scrap metal, glass or paper uses less energy and generates fewer greenhouse gases than extracting and processing virgin materials. Today the U.S. recycles more than 30 percent of its municipal solid waste, and advocates say that figure could be much higher. Diverting more waste from landfills, however, will involve finding ways to handle new materials such as food scraps. Meanwhile, a growing stream of junked computers, televisions and other electronic trash -- much of it containing toxic materials -- is forcing manufacturers to take responsibility for disposing of their products.
Fish farming by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Global demand for fish products has doubled since the 1950s and is still rising. Today more than 40 percent of the world's seafood comes not from wild catches but from land-based and offshore farms. With many wild fisheries already overharvested throughout the world, aquaculture is an important food source -- especially for poor countries -- and has made seafood more abundant and affordable. But some fish farms pollute surrounding waters, and escaped farm fish compete with wild stocks and spread diseases. Moreover, raising carnivorous fish can use up more fish protein for feed than it produces, further stressing wild fisheries. There are also growing concerns about whether imported seafood is safe to eat and whether the United States regulates fish imports strictly enough. Congress is considering legislation to expand ocean aquaculture, but many fish and marine experts urge caution, saying we know little about the potential impact on the oceans.
Buying green by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Americans will spend an estimated $500 billion this year on products and services that claim to be good for the environment because they contain non-toxic ingredients or produce little pollution and waste. While some shoppers buy green to help save the planet, others are concerned about personal health and safety. Whatever their motives, eco-consumers are reshaping U.S. markets. To attract socially conscious buyers, manufacturers are designing new, green products and packaging, altering production processes and using sustainable materials. But some of these products may be wastes of money. Federal regulators are reviewing green labeling claims to see whether they mislead consumers, while some critics say that government mandates promoting environmentally preferable products distort markets and raise prices. Even if green marketing delivers on its pledges, many environmentalists say that sustainability is not a matter of buying green but of buying less.
Protecting wetlands : is the government doing enough by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Buying green : does it really help the environment by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Future of recycling : is a zero-waste society achievable by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Coal's comeback : can coal become a clean energy source by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Domestic energy development : will more domestic drilling help meet U.S. energy needs by Jennifer Weeks ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Abortion--Law and legislation Advertising--Green products AIDS (Disease)--Treatment Animal welfare Breast--Cancer Cancer--Prevention Coal Coal-fired power plants Coal-fired power plants--Environmental aspects Coal-fired power plants--Fuel Drug resistance in microorganisms Electronic waste Energy development Energy development--Environmental aspects Environmental responsibility Factory farms Factory farms--Environmental aspects Factory farms--Moral and ethical aspects Fish culture Food supply Global warming Green marketing International relations Mariculture Marijuana--Law and legislation Medical care Medical care--Law and legislation Medical ethics Medical policy Nuclear energy--Government policy Nuclear power plants--Environmental aspects Nuclear power plants--Security measures Nuclear reactors--Safety measures Offshore oil well drilling Pollution--Environmental aspects Press Press and politics Prisoners--Medical care Radioactive waste disposal--Government policy Recycling (Waste, etc.) Refuse and refuse disposal--Environmental aspects Reproductive rights Salvage (Waste, etc.) Soviet Union Sustainable living United States Wetland conservation Wetlands Wetlands--Government policy Wetlands--Law and legislation