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Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program Data and Tools

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Maps/Geography,Statistics,Waste Management

https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-data-and-tools

Offers a list of tools to allow for searching of toxic chemical releases down to the state and county level.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Virginia Population Shifts: Localities Face Challenges as Growth Slows

Categories: Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202017%20Vol.%2093%20No%201.pdf

Analyzes the changes in Virginia’s population as some localities continue to grow by double digits while others deal with slowing growth rates or declining population.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

The U.S. Government’s Santa-Tracking Mission

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,History,Maps/Geography

https://govbooktalk.gpo.gov/2016/12/19/the-u-s-governments-santa-tracking-mission/

Explains the history of how the Continental Air Defense Command got into the business of playing Santa Claus in 1955 because of an erroneous newspaper ad.  Also tries to sell some
GPO merchandise.  From the Government Publishing Office’s Government Book Talk Blog

 

NORAD Tracks Santa

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Maps/Geography

http://www.noradsanta.org/

Follow the countdown.  Because tis the season!  From the North American Aerospace Defense Command

 

Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Urban Issues

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/acs/acsgeo-1.pdf

Highlights the history of how the concept of “rural” has been defined by the Census Bureau, the current delineations of urban and rural areas, and the relationship that exists between decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, and geography.  From the Census Bureau

 

Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

National Lakes Assessment 2012 Results

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/national-lakes-assessment-2012-results

Reports on the results of a 2012 national assessment of the condition of lakes and reservoirs in the U.S. (released in December 2016).  Includes the text of the public and technical reports, key findings, regional results, and an interactive data dashboard.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Energy and Air Pollution

Categories: Energy,Environment,Maps/Geography,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WorldEnergyOutlookSpecialReport2016EnergyandAirPollution.pdf

The number of worldwide deaths attributed to air pollution annually exceeds those from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and road accidents combined.  This World Energy Outlook Special Report presents a clean air scenario for pushing air pollution levels into a steep decline in all countries.   Includes profiles for major countries and world regions.  From the International Energy Agency

 

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