Tagged with Data Quality

Hazardous Waste: Agencies Should Take Steps to Improve Information on USDA’s and Interior’s Potentially Contaminated Sites

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-35?source=ra The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (Interior) have identified many contaminated and potentially contaminated sites, but neither agency has a complete inventory. As of April 2014, USDA had identified 1,491 contaminated sites and many potentially contaminated sites, including landfills and shooting ranges. However, USDA … Continue reading

Exploring Potential Data Sources for Estimating Private Climate Finance

OECD / by Randy Caruso and Raphaël Jachnik http://bit.ly/1jCW599 The paper reviews a number of commercial and public data sources to examine their potential for increasing coverage and understanding of the volume and characteristics of private climate finance beyond renewable energy projects. Such information is needed to assess progress towards the global transition to low-carbon, … Continue reading

The Best Value for America’s Energy Dollar: A National Review of the Cost of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy / by Maggie Molina http://aceee.org/research-report/u1402 As efficiency programs gain wider traction as a utility resource, the need increases in step for high-quality, comprehensive and consistent data metrics on energy efficiency program costs and cost-effectiveness. In this report we review utility-sector energy efficiency program costs in recent years (2009-2012).  We … Continue reading

Climate Change: Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers

Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-13-242 [Energy Guardian article by Edward Felker] The Obama administration should do more to make federal climate change information available to communities coping with higher tides, strong storms and other problems caused by warmer temperatures, government auditors say. The Government Accountability Office called on President Barack Obama to tap a single office … Continue reading

U.S. EIA Suspends “Annual Energy Review”, but will provide more annual data through the “Monthly Energy Review”

Energy Information Admin., US Dept. of Energy [E-mail Press Release]  Due to budget considerations, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will not publish the Annual Energy Review (AER) or its companion publication, Energy Perspectives, in 2013 (for data year 2012). To meet the needs of its customers, EIA will expand the Monthly Energy Review (MER) … Continue reading

The Air That We Breathe: Addressing the Risks of Global Urbanization on Health

PLoS Medicine (Published: August 28, 2012 ; v9 n8: e1001301. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001301) http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001301 [Description]  More than half of the world’s population now live in cities, and while urbanization has the potential to allow greater access to health care for all, huge discrepancies in how resources are allocated within cities result in major inequities in health. Addressing … Continue reading

A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling

National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13430 [Description] As climate change has pushed climate patterns outside of historic norms, the need for detailed projections is growing across all sectors, including agriculture, insurance, and emergency preparedness planning… Throughout this report, several recommendations and guidelines are outlined to accelerate progress in climate modeling. The U.S. supports several climate models, each conceptually … Continue reading

Baseline Map of Carbon Emissions from Deforestation in Tropical Regions

Science (22 June 2012, v336 n6088 pp. pp1573-1576 DOI: 10.1126/science.1217962) http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6088/1573.full [Abstract] Policies to reduce emissions from deforestation would benefit from clearly derived, spatially explicit, statistically bounded estimates of carbon emissions. Existing efforts derive carbon impacts of land-use change using broad assumptions, unreliable data, or both. We improve on this approach using satellite observations of … Continue reading