Archive for Environment

What everyone should know about energy

Cap and trade illustration

What is a cap-and-trade program and how does it work? This question and many more are answered by Energy in Briefs provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Important energy topics are presented in plain language with recommended resources for further reading.

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2010 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. released

The Statistical Abstract, also known as “Uncle Sam’s Almanac,” has been published since 1878 — before automobiles, airplanes and motion pictures had even been invented. Contained in the 129th edition are more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts which collectively describe the state of our nation and the world.

Did you know that in 2007, the nation’s 16,604 libraries collectively had an average of 12.5 public-use computers connected to the Internet per library?

Every edition of the Statistical Abstract, dating from 1878, is available in PDF or zip files on the Census Bureau’s Web site.

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New website features energy technology information

The Department of Energy has launched a new open-source web platform, Open Energy Info, that will make DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public. The data and tools housed on a free, editable and evolving wiki-platform that will be used by government officials, the private sector, project developers, the international community, and others to help deploy clean energy technologies across the country and around the world.

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Copenhagen: The whole world is watching

The U.S. is participating in the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-18 December.

You can watch presentations and discuss climate change with the experts on the ground at the U.S. Center in Copenhagen.

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Change your climate, change your world video contest

Tell us in a video no longer than 2 minutes what you or somebody you know is doing to make your community a better place by contributing to a healthier, safer, cleaner, and more peaceful world for all of us and you may win an all-expense-paid international exchange program!

Everyone aged 14 and older is invited to participate in the Change your climate, change your world video contest which opened 17 November and runs until 12 January 2010. Two international and two American winners (one in each of the two age categories: 14-17 and 18 and older) will receive one of four Grand Prizes: an all-expense-paid two-week international exchange program.

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NOAA updates World Ocean database

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has just released the World Ocean Database 2009, the largest, most comprehensive collection of scientific information about the oceans with records dating as far back as 1800. This product is part of the climate services provided by NOAA.

The database captures 29 categories of scientific information from the oceans, including oxygen levels and chemical tracers, plus information on gases and isotopes that can be used to trace the movement of ocean currents.

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Your guide to understanding energy

Developed by the Energy Information Adminstration of the U.S. Department of Energy, the new Energy Explained, your guide to understanding energy  website includes facts about energy usage in the United States, energy calculators and information about non-renewable and renewable sources of energy.

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October 16 is World Food Day

The aim of World Food Day, proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the FAO of the United Nations, is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The Day marks the date of the founding of the FAO in 1945.

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Climate change is topic of latest ejournal

The new ejournal Climate Change Perspectives offers perspectives of experts and activists in several key countries on effective policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate global warming and adapt to irreversible changes, and features an introduction by U.S. special envoy Todd Stern.

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G-20 leaders pledge cooperation on range of issues

The G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh is now history. The gathering of leaders ended with pledges for cooperation on a range of issues.

The Leaders Statement

Facts on the Summit

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