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GEF Countries Meet with a Strong Mandate for Environmental Action

“The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Operations Council and Assembly meet this week with a new record level of pledges to support developing countries in their work to prevent environmental degradation. A new publication, When Foundational Acts Generate Significant Impacts, looks at GEF projects channeled through the World Bank Group, from support for low-carbon cities and renewable energy sources toContinue Reading

The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport

OECD – May 21, 2014: “Outdoor air pollution kills more than 3 million people across the world every year, and causes health problems from asthma to heart disease for many more. This is costing societies very large amounts in terms of the value of lives lost and ill health. Based on extensive new epidemiological evidenceContinue Reading

Asia’s Oil Supply: Risks and Pragmatic Remedies

World Bank – Global Consumption Database

“IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today launched the world’s most comprehensive database on consumer spending patterns in developing countries—a tool to help private sector companies identify business opportunities that can benefit low-income people in developing countries. The Global Consumption Database, launched in cooperation with the World Bank, is based on government surveys of moreContinue Reading

DOE Releases New Guidance for Strengthening Cybersecurity of Grid’s Supply Chain

News release: “”As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department today released new guidance to help U.S. industry strengthen energy delivery system cybersecurity. Developed through a public-private working group including federal agencies and private industry leaders, the Department’s Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems guidance provides strategiesContinue Reading

Uranium Marketing Annual Report

Uranium purchases and prices: “Owners and operators of U.S. civilian nuclear power reactors (“civilian owner/operators” or “COOs”) purchased a total of 57 million pounds U3O8e (equivalent1) of deliveries from U.S. suppliers and foreign suppliers during 2013, at a weighted-average price of $51.99 per pound U3O8e. The 2013 total of 57 million pounds U3O8e decreased slightly comparedContinue Reading

China produces and consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined

EIA – “Chinese production and consumption of coal increased for the 13th consecutive year in 2012. China is by far the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, accounting for 46% of global coal production and 49% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the rest of the world combined. As a manufacturing country thatContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Business Systems, Oil and Gas, USPS

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: Actions Needed to Further Improve Management of Hopper Dredging, GAO-14-290: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014. CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION: Air Force Reviewed Costs and Benefits of Several Options before Deciding to Close the Power Plant, GAO-14-550: Published: May 12, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014. DEFENSE BUSINESS SYSTEMS: Further Refinements Needed to Guide theContinue Reading

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

A Strategy for Global Development Leaders | Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | May 8, 2014 “Climate change is already affecting every continent across the globe, and people living in developing countries will fare far worse than most in a warmer world, warns a March report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Alternative Jet Fuels, DHS, Federal Vehicle Fleets, Information Technology

ALTERNATIVE JET FUELS: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors, GAO-14-407: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: Progress Made; Significant Work Remains in Addressing High-Risk Areas, GAO-14-532T: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014. FEDERAL VEHICLE FLEETS: GSA Has Opportunities to Further Encourage Cost Savings forContinue Reading

Fitch – Fracking Water Supply Risk Would Fall On US Utilities

Fitch Ratings-New York-02 May 2014: “Despite more stringent state laws, water and sewer utilities must comply with EPA water regulations and would bear much of the financial burden if hydrofracking (fracking) operations lead to contamination of a water supply, Fitch Ratings says. This week the state of Michigan joined a growing list of states thatContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Acquisitions, Defense Transportation, DOE Loan Programs

DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS: Observations on Whether the Military Service Chiefs’ Role in Managing and Overseeing Major Weapon Programs Should Be Expanded, GAO-14-520: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 1, 2014. DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION: DOD Needs to Take Actions to Improve the Transportation of Hazardous Material Shipments, GAO-14-375: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 1, 2014: “Over 3 billion tons of HAZMATContinue Reading