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Daily Archives: June 18, 2014

Energy sector faces increasing pressures from climate change – new report

World Energy Council – “The energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change. All segments of the industry will be affected by the changing global climate and the policy responses to it.  So says a briefing published jointly by the World Energy Council (WEC), the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the Cambridge Judge Business School, and the European Climate Foundation. The briefing, released on 18 June at the Asian Clean Energy Forum in Manila, brings into sharp focus the energy-related findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for policymakers and business leaders in the energy sector. It identifies the need to incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into energy policymaking, infrastructure planning, and investment decisions.  The briefing, “Climate Change: implications for the energy sector”, reveals:

  • Energy demand is increasing globally, causing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. The trend is set to continue, driven primarily by economic growth and rising population.
  • Climate change presents increasing challenges for energy production and transmission as a result of temperature increase, extreme weather events, and changing precipitation patterns.
  • Significant cuts in GHG emissions from energy can be achieved through a variety of measures, including cutting emissions from fossil fuel extraction and conversion, switching to lower-carbon fuels, improving energy efficiency, increasing use of renewables and nuclear, introduction of carbon capture and storage (CCS), and reducing final energy demand.
  • Strong global political action on climate change would have major implications for the energy sector.
  • Incentivising investment in low-carbon technologies will be a key challenge for governments and regulators to achieve carbon reduction targets.”

Dynamic Stalemate: Surveying Syria’s Military Landscape – Brookings

“The Syrian uprising has changed significantly since the first signs of localized armed resistance began emerging in late April 2011. Western states and regional countries opposed to President Assad’s rule failed to manage the formation of an organized and representative political and military opposition body over the past three years. Instead, fragmentation of first theContinue Reading

GAO – Additional Actions Needed to Improve Reporting on and Planning for the Use of Contract Personnel

Civilian Intelligence Community – GAO-14-692T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. “Limitations in the intelligence community’s (IC) inventory of contract personnel hinder the ability to determine the extent to which the eight civilian IC elements—the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and six components within the Departments ofContinue Reading

New Insights on Childhood Poverty in Virginia

Demographics Research Group, University of Virginia news release – “Child poverty in Virginia is of concern, not only for its current effects, but also for its future consequences. Today’s poor children are likely to have lower educational attainment, lower projected lifetimes earnings, and generally poorer health outcomes as adults—negative outcomes affecting not only these individuals,Continue Reading

Political Polarization and Personal Life – Pew

How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life,. June 12, 2014 [snipped] “Liberals and conservatives are divided over more than just politics. Those on the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum disagree about everything from the type of community in which they prefer to live to the type of peopleContinue Reading

DHS Contract and Grant Spending and the Supporting Industrial Base, 2004-2013

By David J. Berteau, Gregory Sanders, Jesse Ellman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 16, 2014 “This report analyzes contracting for products, services, and research development by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its key components. In provides an in-depth look at trends in DHS contracting since the establishment of the agency and provides an initialContinue Reading

New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens

News release: “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societalContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Industry Series Reports – Pipeline Transportation

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released additional data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports, including new data for the transportation sector on pipeline transportation. This data series publishes national statistics for detailed industries as well as information on the product lines sold by or services provided by businesses. The economic census is conducted every fiveContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding, Coast Guard Acquisitions, Defense Health Care, Medicaid, VA Health Care

AIRPORT FUNDING: Aviation Industry Changes Affect Airport Development Costs and Financing, GAO-14-658T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-650T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-450: Published: Jun 5, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Measuring Internet congestion: A preliminary report

Via MIT Information Policy Project – Internet scientist David Clark – “The goal of the research described here is to determine the location and extent of congestion in the core of the Internet. In particular, as a first focus, we are interested in whether the interconnections among ISPs, both customer-provider (transit) and ISP-ISP (peering) links, are subjectContinue Reading