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Dangerous radioactive material is used in many medical and industrial applications. But, if it ends up in the wrong hands, it could be used in a dirty bomb.
Replacing technologies that use radioactive materials with safer alternatives can protect people and reduce potential financial costs.
Plastic waste—overflowing landfills and polluting oceans—has grown tenfold in the U.S. from 1970-2018, as recycling rates have remained low.
Chemical recycling is an alternative or complementary technology to current mechanical recycling processes (like sorting and shredding).
The U.S. has networks of pollution monitoring sites that use air quality sensors. But the networks have shortcomings such as trouble detecting localized pollution.
Technological improvements have led to smaller, more affordable air quality sensors and better satellite-based sensors.
The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing weather forecasts and warnings to help protect life and property during severe weather events. However, it has faced a number of challenges over the past decade that may hamper its ability to deliver these services.
We testified about our earlier work on “sustainable chemistry” that drew on an extensive literature review, 82 interviews, a meeting of experts, and a survey of 27 chemical companies.
These sources didn't agree on how to define sustainable chemistry or measure sustainability.
Can the chemistry behind medicines, personal care products, and other everyday items be improved? We examined “sustainable chemistry.”
Stakeholders generally didn't agree on how to define or assess sustainable chemistry.
What GAO Found GAO found in March 2016 that the Department of Defense (DOD), in conducting a requirements review and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) from 2012 to 2014, generally performed a thorough review for identifying capability gaps in meteorological and oceanographic data—also referred to as weather...
What GAO Found As highlighted in a May 2016 report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program has continued to make progress in developing the JPSS-1 satellite for a March 2017 launch.