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Infographic: A Look at the Mining Sector in the United States

“A collection of three visualizations presenting data from the 2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series on the leading mining states. The graphs illustrate the states with more than 10,000 mining sector employees, show how mining jobs in these states are distributed by subsector, and compare the value of mining shipments in them before and after the lastContinue Reading

EPA – Application of Publicity or Propaganda and Anti-Lobbying Provisions

Environmental Protection Agency–Application of Publicity or Propaganda and Anti-Lobbying Provisions. B-326944: Dec 14, 2015 “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated publicity or propaganda and anti-lobbying provisions contained in appropriations acts with its use of certain social media platforms in association with its “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rulemaking in fiscal years 2014 and 2015.Continue Reading

Center for Health, Environment and Justice – Superfund: Polluters Pay So Children Can Play

“Today CHEJ released a new report on the mismanagement of the Superfund program and the need to reinstate polluter pays fees. Superfund: Polluters Pay So Children Can Play 35th Anniversary Report is released as part of a National Day of Action where groups across the country are participating in different ways to deliver the message:Continue Reading

Energy use by federal agencies continues to decline

EIA – “According to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), energy consumption by the U.S. federal government fell to 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year (FY) 2014, the lowest level since data collection began in FY 1975. Declines in jet fuel consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense accounted for most ofContinue Reading

The Global Carbon Atlas

“The Global Carbon Atlas is a platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes. Human impacts on the carbon cycle are the most important cause of climate change. The graphics and data sources are made available in the belief that their wide dissemination willContinue Reading

Wiley Online Library – New Free Open Source Journal on Global Challenges

Global Challenges: An innovative journal for tackling humanity’s major challenges: “Climate change, energy poverty and security, health security and disease, food and nutrition security, and ensuring safe access to water and sanitation are some of humanity’s major challenges. They can lead to poverty and inequality within a world population projected to grow to 9 billion byContinue Reading

Testimony – Federal Government’s Responsibilities and Liabilities Under Nuclear Waste Policy Act

Kim Cawley, Chief of CBO’s Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit, testifies on the Nuclear Waste Policy Act before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives. December 3, 2015. “This testimony provides updated information about the federal government’s responsibilities and liabilities under the Nuclear WasteContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Maritime Transportation

Afghanistan: State and USAID Should Evaluate Actions Taken to Mitigate Effects of Attrition among Local Staff, GAO-16-100: Published: Dec 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2015: “Resignations of Afghan local staff at the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) after receiving a special immigrant visa (SIV) reached their highestContinue Reading

U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2014

U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2014 Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 50 million metric tons (MMmt), from 5,355 MMmt in 2013 to 5,406 MMmt in 2014. The increase in 2014 was influenced by the following factors: Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.4%; The carbon intensity of the energy supply (CO2/Btu) declinedContinue Reading

The Islamic State – Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses

CRS – The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses,  John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. Heidi M. Peters, Information Research Specialist. November 19, 2015. “When addressing threats emanating from the Islamic State (IS), numerous strategy and operational considerations arise that might be of interest toContinue Reading

Baltic Dry Index

“The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is an economic indicator issued daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange. Not restricted to Baltic Sea countries, the index provides “an assessment of the price of moving the major raw materials by sea. Taking in 23 shipping routes measured on a timecharter basis, the index covers Handysize, Supramax, Panamax, andContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicare Part B, Government Cybersecurity, Federal Real Property, Climate Change, Bulk Fuel Pricing

Medicare Part B: Expenditures for New Drugs Concentrated among a Few Drugs, and Most Were Costly for Beneficiaries, GAO-16-12: Published: Oct 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2015. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, GAO-16-79: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Federal Real Property: Additional Authorities andContinue Reading