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View Resource Grand Challenges For Engineering

Where will the next great ideas in engineering come from? What will they be? These are but a few of the excellent and thoughtful questions being asked as part of the Grand Challenges For Engineering initiative. Sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), this website is part of their effort to solicit opinions on this material from engineering experts and members of the scientific...

View Resource CIRES: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) introduces its collaborative research and education program in the diverse field of earth system sciences. At this expansive website, students and educators can discover the Institute's numerous projects in the areas of climate system variability, geodynamics, planetary metabolism, and regional processes. CIRES discusses its...

View Resource WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator

Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Library, this meta-page links to over 750 science and policy related sites. Each site is selected and briefly annotated by NOAACL staff. The page is organized topically, and then alphabetically within the topic. At present over 35 topics are available, from air pollution to wetlands. In addition, there are connections to...

View Resource Sources of Emission Reductions: Evidence from U.S. SO2 Emissions from 1985 through 2002

This paper describes database studies that have examined where the greatest emission reductions in sulfur dioxide have occurred over the past twenty years. Specifically, the paper examines whether reductions have come from retrofits of existing power generation plants, or replacement of old plants with new generating capacity. The paper finds that the greatest reductions have been gained...

View Resource Absolute vs. Intensity-Based Emission Caps

As governments begin to consider regulation of greenhouse gases, many are turning to market-based initiatives. Such programs assign emitters a certain share of emissions, and allow them to trade for emissions rights in a market. Emission shares can be distributed strictly as a certain amount of carbon, or they can be assigned as a certain amount of pollutant per unit output or input. This...

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