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Natural Gas for Cars and Trucks: Options and Challenges

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

The increase in natural gas supplies in the U.S. has raised interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel.  This report reviews vehicle technologies that could use natural gas as a fuel and legislative policies that could spur development.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme


Landsat: Overview and Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

Landsat 8, launched in 2013 by NASA, is the latest in a string of earth-observing satellites going back to 1972.  This report focuses on whether there should be a Landsat 9, whether the effort should be privatized, the value of continuous earth monitoring, and the cost of such a project.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Federal Policies and Innovation

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology

Examines the effects on technological innovation of existing federal government policies and systems and the possible effects of a variety of current proposals for changing those policies and systems.  From the Congressional Budget Office



Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology

Website for the Rosetta mission which achieved the first landing on a comet in history. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


GM Insects and Disease Control

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Summarizes possible benefits, risks and uncertainties associated with the development of geneticially modified insects as a means of disease control.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


U.S. and China Announce Important New Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Categories: China,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology

Presents a summary of actions announced by China and the U.S. to control carbon emissions in the post 2020 period.  From the White House


Climate Change and Dead Zones

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


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