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Loss of cultural world heritage and currently inhabited places to sea-level rise

“The world population is concentrated near the coasts, as are a large number of Cultural World Heritage sites, defined by the UNESCO. Using spatially explicit sea-level estimates for the next 2000 years and high-resolution topography data, we compute which current cultural heritage sites will be affected by sea-level rise at different levels of sustained future warming. As indicators for the pressure on future cultural heritage we estimate the percentage of each country’s area loss, and the percentage of current population living in regions that will be permanently below sea level, for different temperature levels. If the current global mean temperature was sustained for the next two millennia, about 6% (40 sites) of the UNESCO sites will be affected, and 0.7% of global land area will be below mean sea level. These numbers increase to 19% (136 sites) and 1.1% for a warming of 3 K. At this warming level, 3–12 countries will experience a loss of more than half of their current land surface, 25–36 countries lose at least 10% of their territory, and 7% of the global population currently lives in regions that will be below local sea level. Given the millennial scale lifetime of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, our results indicate that fundamental decisions with regard to mankind’s cultural heritage are required.” Ben Marzeion and Anders Levermann 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 034001 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/034001

Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps

Google Maps Blog: “If you’ve ever wondered which trails Lewis & Clark traveled for their famous expedition, or looked for maps of the best schools in your region, you may have found yourself scouring the web without much luck. The best results for your search may come from governments, nonprofits and businesses, but historically that information has been hard… Continue Reading

2014 edition of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard

“The European Foreign Policy Scorecard is an innovative project that provides a systematic annual assessment of Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the world. The scorecard assesses the performance of the EU institutions on 80 policy areas arranged around six key themes.” Continue Reading

Confidence Bands for Impulse Responses: Bonferroni versus Wald

Luetkepohl, Helmut and Staszewska-Bystrova, Anna and Winker, Peter, Confidence Bands for Impulse Responses: Bonferroni versus Wald (February 20, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4634. Available at SSRN: “In impulse response analysis estimation uncertainty is typically displayed by constructing bands around estimated impulse response functions. These bands may be based on frequentist or Bayesian… Continue Reading

Agencies Issue Final Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test Guidance for Medium-Sized Firms

“Three federal bank regulatory agencies are issuing final guidance describing supervisory expectations for stress tests conducted by financial companies with total consolidated assets between $10 billion and $50 billion. These medium-sized companies are required to conduct annual, company-run stress tests under rules issued by the agencies in October 2012 to implement a provision in the Dodd-Frank… Continue Reading

The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2013

Eagan, K., Lozano, J. B., Hurtado, S., & Case, M. H. (2013). The American freshman: National norms. Fall 2013. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. “Financial considerations are exerting an ever-greater influence on incoming freshman in the U.S., with college costs and financial aid playing an increasingly decisive role in their school-selection process, according… Continue Reading

Covering the Extractives Industry: Big Data, New Tools, and Journalism

“This paper by ANYA SCHIFFRIN AND ERIKA RODRIGUES was presented during the professor’s track at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in October 2013 in Rio De Janeiro. The extractives sector (oil, gas, and mining) continues to be an important subject for journalists, particularly in developing countries. Revenues from oil, gas and mining contribute substantially to GDP and in many… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – E-Record Health Programs, Nuclear Proliferation, 2013 Sequestration, VA Health Care

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD PROGRAMS: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care, GAO-14-207:  Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014.  NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION: Stronger Planning and Evaluation Needed for Radiological Security Zone Pilot Project, GAO-14-209: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014. 2013 SEQUESTRATION: Agencies Reduced Some Services and Investments, While… Continue Reading

Report – Traffic Congestion Is Growing Three Times As Fast As U.S. Economy

Richard Read – The Car Connection – “When it comes to predicting and tracking traffic trends, INRIX is the go-to authority. The company says that traffic congestion surged in 2013, growing over three times as fast as the U.S. economy. According to INRIX, traffic in the U.S. reversed two consecutive years of declines with a six… Continue Reading

Results of the Basel III monitoring exercise as of 30 June 2013

“This report presents the results of the Basel Committee’s Basel III monitoring exercise. The study is based on the rigorous reporting processes set up by the Committee to periodically review the implications of the Basel III standards for financial markets. The results of previous exercises in this series were published in September 2013, March 2013, September 2012 and April 2012. A total of 227… Continue Reading