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Paper – Breeding Behavior of Urban Peregrine Falcons in the Midwestern US

Peregrine falcons were close to extinction in America due to the human use of DDTs, when the pesticide was banned in the 1990s and breeding rebounded. However in the mid-west, peregrine are predominantly domiciled in urban areas (as they are also in areas around the DC metro area). This study, Sex in the City: Breeding… Continue Reading

An Analysis of Costs and Health Co-Benefits for a U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standard

30 Jun 2016: Buonocore JJ, Lambert KF, Burtraw D, Sekar S, Driscoll CT (2016) Correction: An Analysis of Costs and Health Co-Benefits for a U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standard. doi: info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0158792 View correction “Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants can have important “co-benefits” for public health by reducing emissions of air pollutants. Here,… Continue Reading

Paper – Using Bibliographic Information to Assess Pet Suitability of Mammal Species

Because every human should take into consideration the importance of a choosing a compatible companion animal – Behavioral Ecology of Captive Species: Using Bibliographic Information to Assess Pet Suitability of Mammal Species – Front. Vet. Sci., 20 May 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2016.00035 “Which mammal species are suitable to be kept as pet? For answering this question many… Continue Reading

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

Energy and Air Pollution – World Energy Outlook Special Report

“Around 18 000 people die each day as a result of air pollution. In fact, the number of deaths attributed to air pollution each year–6.5 million deaths–is, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), much greater than the number from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. Air pollution also brings major costs to the economy… 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

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs, GAO-16-769T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “GAO found in March 2016 that the Department of Defense (DOD), in conducting a requirements review and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) from 2012 to 2014, generally performed a thorough review for identifying capability gaps… Continue Reading

NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect Availability of Critical Weather Data

Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data, GAO-16-773T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “Polar-orbiting satellites provide data that are essential to support weather observations and forecasts. NOAA is preparing to launch the second satellite in the JPSS program in March 2017, but… 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

A Case Study of New York State’s Response to Extreme Weather Events

“Researchers from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York (SUNY) have released a study evaluating New York State’s planning efforts to reduce the state’s vulnerability to future disasters. Such efforts form part of the state’s adaptations to climate change. The study analyzed… Continue Reading

CRS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

Via FAS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer, John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. June 28, 2016: “Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention particularly to three… Continue Reading