Statistical Abstract of the United States — 2008 online

The US Census Bureau has been compiling and publishing this valuable resource since 1878.

It is an excellent starting place when looking for statistical data. Search the database, or browse through categories of data such as: Energy & Utilities, Geography & Environment, Natural Resources, Science & Technology. References for these data are always cited, and via the Excel spreadsheets are directly linked to the more complete resources on the web.
The PDFs give the URLs for “cutting and pasting”.

EPA guilty of unfair labor practices in library closures

EPA Guilty of Bad Faith and Unfair Labor Practice in Shutting Agency

Washington, DC – A federal arbitrator has found the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency guilty of unfair labor practices and acting in bad
faith in its national series of library closures, according to a ruling
posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
(PEER). EPA is ordered to bargain with affected public employee unions
before making any further changes in its library network.

During the past two years, EPA has closed or reduced access to much of
its network of libraries which serve both its own specialists and the
public. Altogether, access to EPA libraries in 23 states has been
completely lost, and several specialized collections have been
shuttered, including its headquarters library.

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:45:19 -0500
From: Lynne E. Bradley
From: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

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Experiment: read EPA docs and describe (tag) them

Play Tag With Government Documents

“Free Government Information is doing an experiment for tagging government documents, and they need you to help.

The group has taken 32 documents from the EPA Web site and posted them to the Internet Archive, at . They want you to read the documents, and then describe them and tag them in You can see what’s been tagged so far at . The project will run for three months and then the data generated by users will be analyzed, with the group determining how many participated, average number of tags per document, how the documents were described, etc.”

Source: ResearchBuzz #420 — February 28, 2008

Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists [Real Player, Windows Media Player]

The Exploratorium recently decided to celebrate International Polar Year 2007-2008 by giving cameras to a group of penguin biologists, glaciologists, cosmologists, geologists, and marine scientists working in Antarctica and the Arctic. The results of this interesting idea can be found on this site, and visitors will enjoy learning about the thoughts and experiences of the scientists working in these two regions. Visitors can get started by clicking on the “Check out the dispatches” button. Visitors can learn how penguins function as barometers of climate change, get up close and personal with a smattering of charismatic marine mammals, and learn about the fascinating South Pole Telescope. Visitors can also browse through archived materials and they should definitely revisit the site, as they will be adding posts from scientists in the Arctic over the coming months. [KMG] Source: Scout Report, Feb. 1, 2008

Knovel additions in Geosciences

K-News Winter 2008 – Knovel Adds 173 New Engineering Titles

“Our new Earth Sciences subject area enables subscribers in infrastructure construction, oil and gas, civil engineering and many other fields to rely on Knovel as a single place for finding reliable answers quickly. The Earth Sciences collection currently contains 53 titles covering the following topics:

Geophysics, Geodesy & Seismology,
Geotechnical Engineering,
Hydrology, Oceanography & Glaciology,
Paleontology & Stratigraphy”

The Merck Index has also been added, and 34 new oil and gas titles.