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Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing - Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and TechnologyDate:Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00amLocation:2318 Rayburn House Office BuildingSubcommittees:Subcommittee on Energy (115th Congress)Subcommittee on Environment (115th Congress)Opening Statements:Full Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas)Witnesses:Dr. Phil Rasch, chief scientist for climate science, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy, Niskanen Center [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate, Cornell University [Truth in Testimony]Ms. Kelly Wanser, pri...
Estimated 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic

Estimated 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic

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A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 2.1 million people in the U.S. may be getting their drinking water from private domestic wells considered to have high concentrations of arsenic, presumed to be from natural sources. “About 44 million people in the lower 48 states use water from domestic wells,” said Joe Ayotte, a USGS hydrologist and lead author of the study. “While we’re confident our research will help well owners understand if they live in an area of higher risk for arsenic, the only way for them to be certain of what’s in their water is to have it tested.” Using a standard of 10 micrograms of arsenic per liter -- the maximum contaminant level allowed for public water supplies -- the researchers developed maps of th
Tropical storm Nate kills dozens in Central America, heads for US

Tropical storm Nate kills dozens in Central America, heads for US

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Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the US Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend. In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died on Thursday, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country's vice president Rosario Murillo.   Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people were killed due to the lashing rain, including two children. Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters, authorities said. Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide
UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

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These researchers suggest humans have 30 years to double our food supply, and a local university said robots will help get the job done. Engineers at the University of Georgia have developed robots and software that will monitor crops to gather information for geneticists to help increase food and fiber production. “Arable land that is in production worldwide is a finite resource,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said. According to WSB-TV's report, Black suggested growers must be more productive with the farm land they already have. Black also believes, crops can be genetically developed to increase yields, resistance to pests and to withstand droughts and high temperatures. “We’re very certain we’ve got to increase this food and fiber production somewhere between 7
UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

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United Nations Conference Vote to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination Background information By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly unless otherwise agreed by the Conference, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July. The Conference held a one-day organizational session 
Concerns Being Raised on Air Pollution Despite Levels Currently Accepted As ‘Safe’

Concerns Being Raised on Air Pollution Despite Levels Currently Accepted As ‘Safe’

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The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns that government agencies must not become complacent in the effort to provide clean air to all citizens. Despite the advancements that have been made since the 1963 introduction of the Clean Air Act in the United States, much more remains to be done. The most recent example of this is a report published on June 29, 2017, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that was looking at 12 years of Medicare beneficiary data, which showed the risk of death increased in proportion to the amount of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Most concerning was the finding that, although the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards declare that 12 micrograms per cubic meter of fine, inhalable particles (those with an aerodynamic di
Top European Car Manufacturer to go all electric from 2019

Top European Car Manufacturer to go all electric from 2019

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business. The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history. “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement.

UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement.

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The government is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in UK waters, it has been announced. The convention allows Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian vessels to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of UK coastline. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move would help take back control of fishing access to UK waters. The European Commission said it "took note" but felt the convention had been superseded by EU law. Ireland's minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Michael Creed, however, said it was "unwelcome and unhelpful". "Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations," he said. The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it "for some
US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked

US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked

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At least one U.S. nuclear power plant was breached and is now being investigated by Federal authorities. However, evidence of particularly sensitive or operational systems being breached were found.  Authorities believe that the breach was aimed at information of the "business-associated side". There was at least one breach detected over recent months. The breach was first reported by E&E News, which covers energy and environment business and policy issues. E&E noted the hack did not garner the attention of the public safety alert systems at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which could be further evidence of a low risk level associated with the breach. A U.S. official called it an "ongoing matter", meaning, it is still bein