Great Lakes Fishery Commission Open-Access Videos

Via the Prairie Research Institute Library’s News from the Library Blog.

Just launched: Great Lakes Fishery Commission open-access video database, featuring an extensive inaugural collection of footage on sea lamprey biology, research, and control.  Asian carp is also featured.  The site is intended to bring together a large collection of footage from many sources, readily available for non-commercial re-use.  Also see the similarly open GLFC photo database.

To submit photo(s) or video(s) for consideration for inclusion these GLFC databases, contact Jill Wingfield [; 734-669-3005].   In addition to sea lamprey and other invasive species, topical coverage in the databases includes common sportfish species, fisheries activities, habitat and scenery, and historical photos/footage.

DOE Data Explorer Retooled

Read the full story from OSTI.

Earlier this year, the DOE Data Explorer (DDE), a tool for locating DOE data and non-text information, received an upgrade with a new design and expanded search functionalities. The “new” DDE has the “look and feel” of SciTech Connect.  Like SciTech Connect, DDE automatically breaks down the results of the search into groupings that allow you to shortcut through a long list of citations and go directly to the subset of your choice. In DDE, the groupings are based on the types of data and non-text items that are retrieved by your search term.  Search using the word “solar,” for example, and you will instantly see that the 95 items retrieved break down into 61 collections of numeric data, 17 collections of multimedia … and all the way down to one collection of computer animations or simulations that are related to solar energy or solar technology.

DOE’s Building Technologies Office Issues Request for Information for the Prioritization Tool

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other interested stakeholders for the Prioritization Tool. BTO seeks comments and information related to the Prioritization Tool that improves the tool’s accuracy and applicability for technology planning within BTO. Specifically, this notice solicits comments and information on data, assumptions and outputs of various energy efficiency technologies and activities analyzed by the Prioritization Tool. Currently, the tool contains data on over 500 energy efficiency measures along with their markets. It has the capability to perform extensive analyses using established methodology for calculating energy savings potential and the costs of conserved energy associated with each measure.

BTO developed the Prioritization Tool to improve its programmatic decision-making. The tool provides an objective framework for most energy-saving measures and scenarios, as well as methodology, comparing long-term benefits and end-user costs applied to various markets, end-uses, and lifetimes.

For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-0001024 or e-mail questions about the RFI to Responses must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on December 24, 2013.

How the Power of Cooperation Transformed a Vacant Lot in South Chicago

Read the full post at Shareable.

In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency remediated a piece of vacant land in the Pullman neighborhood, which is located on the far South Side of Chicago near the Indiana border. The area was left vacant after a Sherwin Williams processing plant closed, and the building burnt down in the 1990’s. Like many vacant lots in cities across America, the land at 114th and Langley became a haven for crime and was contaminated with toxic chemicals. That is until Sunday, September 22nd when members and supporters of the Coop Op unveiled their new garden and community resource.

We Have a Right to Save Seeds. Right?

Read the full post at Shareable.

Growing food should present no legal problems. You plant seeds, care for the plants, harvest the food, then save some seeds for the next year. Right?

Not anymore. Big agribusinesses are enclosing the seed commons. Seed ownership has become complex, littered with regulation, copyright issues, forgery charges and corporate manipulation.

The following video gives a brief overview of the current “crazy seed situation” in Europe. Created by the Open Solutions Project, the video uses talking (and singing) potato people to explain the barriers that prevent growers from saving and re-sowing seeds. It also shines a light on a sane solution to the problem: public domain seeds.

Twenty-fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

The twenty-fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 25) took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21-25 October 2013. Over 560 participants attended the meeting, representing governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, industry and the agricultural sector. Summaries are now available in PDF and HTML.

MOP 25 adopted 12 substantive and nine procedural decisions. Substantive decisions adopted include: terms of reference for the study of the 2015-2017 multilateral fund (MLF) replenishment; the implementation of the Montreal Protocol with regard to small island developing states (SIDS); and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS). Procedural decisions adopted include: budget; organizational issues related to the TEAP; and membership of Montreal Protocol bodies for 2014.

MOP 25 did not conclude discussions on the Montreal Protocol amendment proposals, additional funding for the MLF for the implementation of the Protocol to maximize the climate benefit of the accelerated phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); and the harmonization and validation of the climate impact fund.

Climate change pact signed by California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

Read the full story in the San Jose Mercury News.

Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies.

Each state and the Canadian province promised to take roughly a dozen actions, including streamlining permits for solar and wind projects, better integrating the electric power grid, supporting more research on ocean acidification and expanding government purchases of electric vehicles.