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Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2014

Categories: Energy,Environment,Recreation/Travel,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/PassengerTravelFactsFigures_0.pdf

Data on the characteristics and trends of personal travel in the United States, the transportation network, and related safety, economic, and environmental implications.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Presidential Proclamation: Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Presidency

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/25/presidential-proclamation-pacific-remote-islands-marine-national-monumen

Designates a wide area of the Pacific Ocean for the largest marine preserve in the world to protect the area from drilling and most fishing.  From the White House

 

Carbon Budget 2014: An Annual Update of the Global Carbon Budget and Trends

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbonbudget/index.htm

Reports that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and other activities increased by 2.3% in 2013.  The carbon emissions were 61% above the 1990 total, the Kyoto Protocol Reference Year.  Also provides information on regional emission levels.  From the Global Carbon Project and Global Change.gov

 

Drinking Water: Characterization of Injected Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666048.pdf

Investigates the characteristics of fluids injected into wells associated with oil and gas production in fracking operations and the type of information that federal or state regulations require well operators to provide about these fluids in order to ensure the safety of underground drinking water sources. From the Government Accountability Office

 

State Transportation Statistics 2014

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2014/index.html

A statistical profile of transportation in the 50 states and DC.  Covers freight movement, passenger travel, registered vehicles and miles traveled, safety, infrastructure, energy, and environmental topics.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5025367

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

 

Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Categories: Environment,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://ozone.unep.org/Assessment_Panels/SAP/SAP2014_Assessment_for_Decision-Makers.pdf

Finds that Montreal Protocol has led to stabilizing of ozone layer in latest measurements of the earth’s ozone layer.  Sums up the assessments of 300 scientists.  From the UN Environment Programme

 

The State of the Birds Report 2014

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2014%20SotB_FINAL_low-res.pdf

The fifth such report with information on bird habitats, preventing extinction, and more.  Claims to be the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.  From the Smithsonian Institution and other project partners

 

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