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Enigma Public – Helps Connect You To Free Public Data

The world’s broadest collection of public data. By India Kerle, Associate Product Manager, Enigma

“Data released by federal departments, state agencies and the like can reveal trends or anomalies that are in the public’s interest for data journalists to cover. From housing and pricing to hiring and the environment, public data can be critical to piecing together a story. Yet, as valuable as it is, public data can be equally as difficult to track down. While some cities and states have moved forward with open data portals, many critical datasets are still only accessible by way of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request — a practice in patience, often involving check writing and weeks of waiting for a CD to arrive via snail mail. As most journalists working on a time sensitive piece would agree, this process is, well, less than ideal. Enigma, an operational data management and intelligence company, believes that accessing this information shouldn’t be such a challenge. This summer, they launched Enigma Public, a community platform to help connect you to public data. Best of all? The tool is free to use for journalists and for all non-commercial purposes. Enigma Public, the world’s broadest collection of public data, contains datasets from tens of thousands of sources for you to search, browse, download, access via our API and integrate into data driven storytelling. We bring together topics ranging from building permits and corporate registrations to the oil production of a specific well in North Dakota and the contents of all container ships arriving in US ports…”

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

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database

“The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake) is the largest and most up-to-date database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been induced or triggered by human activity. The data are freely available to download in Microsoft Excel format for your own analysis. We endeavour to keep the database up-to-date and accurate…” See related article via the National… Continue Reading

BLM moves forward with plan for oil and gas leases on southern Utah lands rich in ancient Puebloan ruins

Salt Lake Tribune – Study of acreage spanning Recapture and Jenny canyons goes to public comment as the Bureau of Land Management pushes Trump’s ‘America First’ energy strategy: “The Bureau of Land Management plans to move forward on nearly 52,000 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in archaeologically sensitive parts of southeastern Utah. Among… Continue Reading

Congressional Research Service Reports on Disaster Response

Via FAS [many thanks as always to Steven Aftergood] – a complement of new and recent applicable critical CRS resources on subject matter pertinent to Hurricane Harvey, including flood response and recovery, oils and chemical spills, flood insurance, disaster assistance and housing, and dam safety. These documents are especially important in light of this report… Continue Reading

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Hurricane Response Resources

This site includes critical documents on drinking water, waste management, waste treatment plants, air quality, public water outages, and suspension of law respective to the Texas Administrative Code due to Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations. Continue Reading

Words ‘climate change’ removed from NIH website removes

Update via the Observer, August 25, 2017 – Energy Department Tells Scientist to Remove ‘Climate Change’ From Study – “On August 24, the Trump administration’s Department of Energy censored a Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science proposal from Dr. Jennifer Bowen, an associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She posted a screenshot of the email on Facebook,… Continue Reading

Dept of Energy Report to Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability

“Secretary Rick Perry directed his staff to develop a report including an assessment of the reliability and resilience of the electric grid and an overview of the evolution of electricity markets. The study contains a comprehensive analysis and series of recommendations from the Department of Energy staff meant to inform and guide policy makers, regulators, and… Continue Reading

Ozone treaty taking a bite out of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

NOAA – “The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth’s protective ozone layer, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. A new study by NOAA and CIRES scientists shows the 30-year old treaty has also significantly reduced climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. That’s because the ozone-depleting substances… Continue Reading

Google – Understand Electricity Generation Choose

Google Energy Strategies: “The goal of the Climate and Energy team in Google Research is to find abundant energy for everyone on the planet. We cannot reach this goal based on today’s fossil fuel technology, because the atmosphere can only absorb a limited amount of CO2 in the near-term. At the current rate CO2 production… Continue Reading

Toolkit For State Legislators to Create Environmental Legislative Action

A Curated List of Environmental Laws That Both Protect The Environment and Support Economic and Job Growth – “Laws that protect the environment and the health of citizens, while simultaneously supporting economic and job growth, are being passed in state legislatures across the United States. These laws are more important than ever before and, increasingly,… Continue Reading

By August 2, 2017 we used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year

“Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator at www.footprintcalculator.org. Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year Earth Overshoot Day falls on August 2, the earliest… Continue Reading