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24 Nov 2015

Today's Categories: Editor's Choice / PNNL in the News / Hanford Site / DOE around the U.S. / Energy/Science Policy / National/International Science and Technology / Security / Workforce - Health and Safety /

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On the definition and identifiability of the alleged 'hiatus' in global warming

Recent public debate and the scientific literature have frequently cited a "pause" or "hiatus" in global warming. Yet, multiple sources of evidence show that climate change continues unabated, raising questions about the status of the "hiatus". To examine whether the notion of a "hiatus" is justified by the available data, we first document that there are multiple definitions of the "hiatus" in the literature, with its presumed onset spanning a decade. For each of these definitions we compare the associated temperature trend against trends of equivalent length in the entire record of modern global warming.

Global impacts of the 1980s regime shift

[W]e confirm that the 1980s regime shift represented a major change in the Earth's biophysical systems from the upper atmosphere to the depths of the ocean and from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and occurred at slightly different times around the world... [W]e then demonstrate that this event was triggered by rapid global warming from anthropogenic plus natural forcing, the latter associated with the recovery from the El Chichon volcanic eruption.

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US could cut per capita greenhouse emissions 90% by 2050, says report

As the Paris climate summit approaches, a new study shows in detail that it is technologically and economically feasible for the United States to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the international goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius or less... The two-volume report is from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project... The analysis itself was conducted by the San Francisco-based consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics Inc., in collaboration with researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

CSU, Los Alamos neutron detection experts train visiting students

A handful of students from the [Alcorn State University] - a historically black college - recently spent several days on the CSU campus learning about neutron detection... Alcorn State University and other historically black colleges and universities in the United States work with three national labs - Pacific Northwest, Los Alamos, and Y-12 National Security Complex - to strengthen this type of training.

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Audit: Faulty vit plant purchases costly for DOE

The Hanford vitrification plant contractor, Bechtel National, has been slow to spot problems with items it purchases for the huge plant and has not been aggressive enough about recovering the costs, according to a new audit by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.

Hanford Challenge calls for stop to vit plant work

Hanford Challenge is calling for a halt to work on the Hanford vitrification plant after the Department of Energy proposed a new court-enforced deadline that would not require all parts of the plant to be operating simultaneously until 2039.

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Secretary Moniz Awards 125 Million [dollars] for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead of COP21 in Paris

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced 125 million [dollars] across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

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Obama Administration Announces 2016 Greenhouse Gas Targets and Sustainability Plans; Highlights Federal Leadership on Climate Action

[T]he Administration is today announcing new greenhouse gas emissions targets for Federal Agencies to cut emissions by 41.8 percent from 2008 levels by 2025... In addition, the Federal agencies are also releasing their new "Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans."

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Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, according to a study by scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. (

Report Says Most Zero Net Buildings Have Some Control Problems

Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, according to a new study released from the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA). The study, "Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons," was conducted by New Buildings Institute (NBI) and focuses on three areas from the designer and user experience to surface details about how existing and emerging monitoring and control technologies are helping designers, building owners, operators and occupants achieve and maintain ZNE performance.

U.S. reports mixed bag for CO2 emissions

A federal report from the U.S. government found a diverse energy landscape meant emissions tied to energy use were down in nearly every state since 2005.

Energy Department Announces Six Clean Energy Projects through Partnership with Israel

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW) today announced 5.1 million [dollars] for six newly selected clean energy projects as part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.

Innovative Report Series to Help Inform Decisions by Utility Regulators, Policymakers and Electric Industry

A new series of reports commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) Electricity Markets and Policy Group will advance the discussion by examining issues related to electric industry regulation and utility business models.

Supercomputer Simulations Reveal Dynamics of Protein Motion, Function

(scroll down for article) Supercomputing simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms. (

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Canberra physicists working on 'unbreakable' cyber security systems

QuintessenceLabs work closely with experts from the Australian National University to protect the defence, government and banking sectors from cyber attacks. The global Security Innovation Network, which includes the US Department of Homeland Security and the Home Office in the United Kingdom, has now listed the company as one of the world's top emerging innovation companies.

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How To Deal With Jerks In The Workplace

Instead of risking a meltdown, here are Winch's (Guy Winch, a psychologist and author of Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts) and Taylor's (CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant) advice for how to best deal with the workplace jerk in your life.

Wise Practitioner - Workforce Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Jonathon Frampton at Baylor Scott & White Health

View the Q-and-A below to see how Jonathon Frampton has incorporated predictive analytics into the workforce of Baylor Scott & White Health.

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