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Earl Gregg Swem Library

BOEM Denies Atlantic Seismic G&G Permits

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

Agency press release announcing the denial of permits for further surveys of oil and gas deposits in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean.  Cites a diminished need for additional survey information, because the Atlantic Program Area has been removed  from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology

Provides background information about the project and summary descriptions of the first installment, released in April 2015, and the second installment, released in January 2017.  From the Energy Department


Quadrennial Energy Review: Second Installment: Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology

Analyzes trends and issues confronting the U.S. electricity sector to 2040, examines the system from generation to end use, and sets out three overarching national goals and 76 recommendations.  From the Energy Department


Annual Report on the State of the DOE National Laboratories

Categories: Science/Technology

The first such annual report on the 17 national laboratories that describes the system, its role in advancing science and technology, and efforts to ensure its continuation for near- and long-term missions.  From the Energy Department


Cabinet Exit Memos: Our Record of Progress and the Work Ahead

A series of memos from members of the Obama cabinet summarizing accomplishments over the past eight years and offering a vision for the country’s future.  Includes a cover letter from the president.   From the White House


Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides tactical and strategic guidance regarding the planning, testing, and improving of recovery efforts from cybersecurity events.  Also provides an example scenariothat may be helpful for improving resilience of information systems.  From the National Institute of Standards and Technology


Can the President Withdraw From the Paris Agreement?

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Treaties

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement intended to reduce the effects of climate change by maintaining global temperatures well below 2 degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels. This report reviews the rules that govern withdrawal from international agreements and treaties and how these rules apply to the Paris Agreement. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Registry of U.S. Federal Scientific Collections

Categories: Environment,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

A comprehensive resource of information about scientific collections maintained by federal departments and agencies.  Covers collections of physical objects that have been gathered for scientific research.  From the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections and the Smithsonian Institution


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