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Cracked road from earthquake
Scientists and policymakers continue efforts to study and prepare for earthquakes
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
In the 25 years since the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, scientists and policymakers have worked to better understand seismic hazards and implement strategies to reduce vulnerability.
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Drilling rig
House passes bills to approve KXL and increase domestic production
On September 18, the House passed two legislative packages that would approve the Keystone KL (KXL) pipeline and increase domestic energy production.
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Icebergs in the Weddell Sea
Alaska commission asks that resource development be priority for Arctic Council
The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission has asked the U.S. State Department to prioritize Arctic resource extraction during the 2 year U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council starting in 2015.
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IES Water Glyph
EPA extends comment period for proposed changes to Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for a proposed rule to clarify “waters of the United States” as defined under the Clean Water Act.
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Drilling rig
House Democrats urge BLM to take action on illegal drilling
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Following the recent release of a report by the Interior Office of Inspector General (OIG), four House Democrats sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) encouraging it to strengthen its policies for preventing illegal drilling for federal mineral resources.
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IES Astronomy Glyph
UK opens space weather forecasting center
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
The United Kingdom (UK) opened its first space weather forecasting center, the Met Office Space Weather Operations Center, on October 9 in Exeter, England.
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Hazards fire houses
NASA to test unmanned aerial systems for wildfire detection
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have entered into a one-year agreement to test small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for detecting brush and forest fires in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk, VA.
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GAO critical of interagency response to ocean acidification
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In an October 14 report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended the formation of an independent office to streamline the federal response to ocean acidification.
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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - September 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for September 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
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Atlantic waves
President Obama establishes world’s largest marine reserve
On September 25, President Obama announced the addition of more than 490,000 square miles of federally protected waters around the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the southern Pacific Ocean south and west of Hawaii, making it the largest marine reserve in the world.
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