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The Global Information Technology Report 2016

“Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in information and communications technologies (ICT), according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016. On average, this group of high-achieving economies at the pinnacle of the report’s Networked… Continue Reading

Rolling Stone – Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?

The future of America’s greatest city is at risk by Jeff Goodell – Rolling Stone, July 5, 2016. “Almost every coastal city in the world is vulnerable to sea-level rise, but nowhere is there more at stake than in New York. In purely economic terms, the New York metropolitan area is responsible for almost 10… Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan reduces projected coal production in all major U.S. supply regions

Via EIA: ” U.S. coal production is projected to decline by about 26%, or 230 million tons, between 2015 and 2040 in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case, which assumes the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a scenario that assumes the CPP is never implemented (No CPP case), U.S. coal… Continue Reading

The Kemper Coal Files Timeline

Joint publication – The New York Times and The History Project: The Kemper Coal Files Timeline By Ian Urbina “This timeline serves two purposes. It offers a deeper way to understand the history of the Kemper project through the documents behind these events. It is part of a larger New York Times investigation that can… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – TARP, U.S.-China Cooperation

Troubled Asset Relief Program: Most Community Development Capital Initiative Investments Remain Outstanding, GAO-16-626: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016: “As of March 31, 2016, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had approximately 76 percent of the original Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI) investment outstanding and 57 institutions remained. Treasury’s total investment was… Continue Reading

Fossil fuels still dominate U.S. energy consumption despite recent market share decline

EIA: “Three fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have provided more than 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. In 2015, fossil fuels made up 81.5% of total U.S. energy consumption, the lowest fossil fuel share in the past century. In EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 Reference case projections, which reflect current… Continue Reading

CDC investigation: Blood lead levels higher after switch to Flint River water

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact that lead contamination in the Flint, Michigan water supply had on the blood lead levels of local children.  The findings indicate that when the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River,… Continue Reading

Electronic Waste: DOD Is Recovering Materials, but Several Factors May Hinder Near-Term Expansion of These Efforts

DOD Is Recovering Materials, but Several Factors May Hinder Near-Term Expansion of These Efforts, GAO-16-576: Published: Jun 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016. “The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) processes tens of millions of pounds of Department of Defense (DOD) electronic waste annually and recovers some materials from this waste, including precious metals and one… Continue Reading

NASA Spots Single Methane Leak from Space

Via NASA Jet Propulsion Labs: “For the first time, an instrument onboard an orbiting spacecraft has measured the methane emissions from a single, specific leaking facility on Earth’s surface. The observation — by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) — is an important breakthrough in our ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions… Continue Reading

1,4 – Dioxane in Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina: An Initial Screening and Source Identification Study

North Carolina Division of Water Resources. 2016. 1,4-dioxane in the Cape Fear River basin of North Carolina: An initial screening and source identification study. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. “Abstract – 1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant of concern that is being monitored in drinking water throughout the United States as part… Continue Reading

Interior Supported $106B in Recreation, Conservation, Water and Renewable Energy Investments

News release: “U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The report highlights that Interior investments in recreation, conservation, water and renewable energy led to $106 billion in economic output, and supported 862,000 jobs. Interior’s activities related to fossil fuel extraction and… Continue Reading

India was the third-largest energy consumer after China and the United States in 2013

EIA Report – “India was the third-largest energy consumer in the world after China and the United States in 2013, and its need for energy supply continues to climb as a result of the country’s dynamic economic growth and modernization over the past several years. India’s economy has grown at an average annual rate of… Continue Reading