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Outside – Joel Clement on Why He Quit the Dept. of the Interior

The longtime DOI employee says he was forced out because he spoke up about the risk climate change poses to Alaskans. We caught up with him to talk the state of the Interior, how his colleagues are faring…”
“…Until June 2017, Clement was in charge of the Office of Policy Analysis, where he worked primarily on the effects of climate change in Alaska. Then he was abruptly transferred to a position in the office that audits royalty payments from companies extracting oil and coal on public lands—an area well outside of his expertise…”

Electric Utility Generating Units: Repealing the Clean Power Plan

EPA: Electric Utility Generating Units: Repealing the Clean Power Plan Rule Summary Rule History Additional Resources Rule Summary – The Clean Power Plan established emission guidelines for states to follow in limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants.  EPA is proposing to repeal the CPP and rescind the accompanying legal memorandum. Rule History… Continue Reading

Wildfire Suppression Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 115th Congress

CRS report via FAS –  Wildfire Suppression Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 115th Congress, October 5, 2017 “Congress has directed that the federal government is responsible for managing wildfires that begin on federal lands, such as national forests or national parks. States are responsible for managing wildfires that originate on all other lands.… Continue Reading

Science News and Information Today

“At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally, according to a new study by Pew Research Center. Overall, about a… Continue Reading

Boosting Humanitarian Response to Hurricanes

Center for Data Innovation – “The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), an open data platform for humanitarian response efforts run by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has published 63 datasets and counting of administrative, geospatial, weather, and satellite information related to Hurricane Irma. The datasets include satellite imagery of potential building… Continue Reading

Socrata launches Find Shelter application for victims of disasters

GCN: “…The Federal Emergency Management Agency puts out information on hurricane shelters every 20 minutes during natural disasters through its application programming interface. Socrata decided during Hurricane Irma to input the information into its geographic information system for a new web-based platform called Find Shelter. This week, capabilities were added to the platform to include… Continue Reading

CRS Reports – Responding to Major Disaster and Considerations Related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies, updated September 8, 2017 – “While the disaster response and recovery process is fundamentally a relationship between the federal government and the requesting state or tribal government, there are roles for congressional offices. For instance, congressional offices may help provide information to survivors on available federal… Continue Reading

Responding to the Threat of Sea Level Rise: Proceedings of a Forum 2017

National Academy of Engineering. 2017. Responding to the Threat of Sea Level Rise: Proceedings of a Forum. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. “The future rate and extent of sea level rise are highly uncertain, and responses to higher water levels will need to reflect this uncertainty. Sea level rise was a major topic… Continue Reading

Disaster Debris Management: Requirements, Challenges, and Federal Agency Roles

CRS report via FAS – Disaster Debris Management: Requirements, Challenges, and Federal Agency Roles, September 6, 2017. “Every year, communities in the United States are affected by disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, wildfires, and winter storms. After a disaster, when a region turns its attention to rebuilding, one of the greatest challenges… Continue Reading

Fortune – Change the World List

Fortune places JPMorgan Chase at the top of the latest Change the World List – doing well by doing good:  “More companies than ever are using the profit motive to solve a multitude of societal problems. Here’s our third annual list of the best of them. Click here to read more about the list and… Continue Reading

NYT – If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal

If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal – “Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fastest growing city, is one of the world’s most bike-friendly places in one of the world’s most bike-friendly countries… In a country where there are more bikes than people — 22.5 million vs. 18 million — daily usage has grown 11 percent in… Continue Reading

World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017

“Young people feel that they’re not being listened to by global decision makers. But with over half of the world’s population under the age of 30, it won’t be long before they will be making their voices heard. Almost 25,000 people aged between 18 and 35 from 186 countries and territories took part in the… Continue Reading