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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

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

http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/portals/50268/pdf/EGR2014_LOWRES.pdf

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40594.pdf

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

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49487-Innovation.pdf

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

 

Rosetta

Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology

http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/

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

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-483.pdf

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

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/12/us-and-china-just-announced-important-new-actions-reduce-carbon-pollution

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

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12754/pdf

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

 

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/digest/

Covers enrollment, field of degree, employment status, occupation, and academic employment of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering fields. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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