Category Archives: Natural Resources and Environment

Here Comes the Sun

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, residential batteries, and other tech may help you manage your energy use, generate electricity, and lower your utility bills. For example, homeowners can use solar systems to generate clean electricity to power their home and … Continue reading

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Managing Fisheries in a Changing Ocean

As the conditions in the Earth’s oceans change due to rising ocean temperatures, among other things, the size and location of fish populations may also change. So, can federal agencies anticipate and plan for the effects of these changes on … Continue reading

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Who’s Watching What You Eat?

Although the U.S. food supply is generally considered safe, foodborne illness remains a costly, common public health problem. The safety and quality of the food supply is governed by a highly-complex system—involving 16 federal agencies administering over 30 federal laws. … Continue reading

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Residential Solar Electricity and Other Energy Saving Technologies (podcast)

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, and other residential technologies increasingly allow customers to generate and store electricity, and better manage its use. While these technologies may allow people to more efficiently manage their power use—and lower their bills—too much customer-generated … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Water?

In honor of today’s World Water Day, we are taking a look at our work on combined sewer overflows in cities with declining populations—and the serious wastewater problem they pose. Combined sewer systems collect stormwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial … Continue reading

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Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading

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Fighting to Protect Wildlife

Today is World Wildlife Day. To commemorate, the WatchBlog takes a look at the illegal trafficking of animals—like elephants and rhinos—that are on the brink of extinction. What’s it worth? The trade in illegal wildlife brings in anywhere from $7 … Continue reading

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Do the Oscars Make You Think of Federal Policy? Yeah, Us Too.

We think about our reports all the time—even when we watch movies. As a tribute to our single-mindedness, today’s WatchBlog is all about how our work relates to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. So, get some popcorn, put your feet up, … Continue reading

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2017 High Risk List – U.S. Government’s Environmental Liability (video)

This year, we added the federal government’s environmental liability to our High Risk List—our biennial report highlighting areas particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or needing a fundamental transformation. When federal government activities contaminate the environment, the government’s on … Continue reading

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Mining for Gold and Other Minerals on Federal Lands

It’s Valentine’s Day and while some people may shop for flowers and chocolate, others may be seeking a longer-lasting gift like gold jewelry. But it’s not just Valentine’s Day that can lead to a gold rush. Mine operators can submit … Continue reading

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