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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-485.pdf

Outlines the history of efforts to achieve a balance between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes, the current ways in which parity is defined and measured, and the effort to achieve an ideal.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Value Based Assessment of Drugs

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-487.pdf

Briefing for Parliamentarians on proposals to change the current assessment methods by which the British National Health Service bases the pricing of prescription drugs on their therapeutic benefits.   From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Trends in Hydraulic Fracturing Distributions and Treatment Fluids, Additives, Proppants, and Water Volumes Applied to Wells Drilled in the United States from 1947 through 2010 …

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5131/pdf/sir2014-5131.pdf#

Identifies hydraulic fracturing trends in drilling methods and use of fluids/chemical additives in nearly 1 million wells drilled in the U.S.  over a 60 year time period.  Compares these findings to the literature to establish a common understanding of how newer technology has affected water use volumes and other factors.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Using Technology in Nonviolent Activism Against Repression

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR357-Using-Technology-in-Nonviolent-Activism-against-Repression.pdf

Results of a July 2014 workshop on key challenges and opportunities in using technologies to support nonviolent civic movements in the twenty-first century.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY2012: Detailed Statistical Tables

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15305/pdf/nsf15305.pdf

Provides detailed statistics on the level, distribution, and characteristics of federal government support to academic institutions for research, equipment, and training in the sciences and  engineering.  Also shows rankings of institutions by totals received.   From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Enforcement Annual Results for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/enforcement-annual-results-fiscal-year-fy-2014

 

Claims $163 million was collected in civil and criminal penalties from environmental law violations, and $9.7 billion was invested by companies in actions and equipment purchases to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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