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Ordnance Survey Annual Report and Accounts

Ordnance Survey Annual Report and Accounts | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

"The Annual Report of Ordnance Survey, normally published near the beginning of July, documents Ordnance Survey's major business events and finances for the year to 31 March."

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This business report presents Ordnance Survey's highlights of the year, strategic report including the future outlook, Corporate Governance statement, Directors’ report, Directors’ remuneration, the Certificate and Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General to the Houses of Parliament and financial statements. You'll also find reports dating back until 2003/04. 

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Ukraine: East or West? | Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs

Ukraine: East or West? | Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Rarely has the literal meaning of Ukraine – ‘on the edge’ or ‘borderland’ – seemed more apposite. As the largest country geographically in Europe, with a population of nearly 45 million people, the outcome of the turmoil around Ukraine’s ties with the West will have significant ramifications for the future shape, size, economy and direction of the whole European continent – and for the Eurasian one to the east. Chatham House work in this area is ongoing and includes publications, expert comment and media interviews.

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Find out more about the background to the current crisis and expert opinion on the issues facing the Ukraine. Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) is an independent research organisation which brings together researchers in international affairs who publish papers and provide authoritative debate and comment. 

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Envia (Beta)

Envia (Beta) | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Envia is a new service being developed to improve the discovery and access of environmental science information. In April 2013, the Britsihs Library Science Team began Beta testing Envia. The information you can discover through Envia at the moment includes reports, PhD theses and data resources related to flooding.
Envia is initially focused on the broad subject area of flooding. Topics covered include: Hydrology; Hydrogeology; Civil engineering in particular to flood control and management; Flood protection; Flood risks and forecasting; Flooding impacts; Ocean and coastal management - in relation to storm surges; Watershed management; River management; Water quality; Groundwater; Water technology, treatment, disruption and utility operations; Wetland research; Natural resources conservation; Environmental geology; Soil erosion. 

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The British Library Science Team has launched the search engine Envia to help researchers find data sets, theses and reports more easily. They are still in the testing phases and keep adding material to it. Your feedback is desired as it will help them to improve their service: http://www.envia.bl.uk/pages/ContactUs 

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Gapminder: for a fact based world view

Gapminder: for a fact based world view | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Gapminder is a non-profit foundation based in Stockholm. Its goal is to replace devastating myths with easily accessible and understandable data. It is aimed at teachers, journalists and everyone else and its tools, videos and presentations are free to use. 

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Download and visualise data sets from different sources covering topics such as employment rates, agriculture, health, infrastructure and economy. 

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Oil and gas: field data | GOV.UK

Oil and gas: field data | GOV.UK | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Data for oil and gas wells around the UK: production history, income, expenditure on exploration, spills, remaining reserves and approvals.

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Climate Change 2013: the physical science basis (IPCC)

Climate Change 2013: the physical science basis (IPCC) | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

The accepted Working Group I report, comprising the Technical Summary, 14 Chapters and three Annexes, has been released online in unedited form. 
The accepted Report has to be read in conjunction with the document entitled "Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Changes to the Underlying Scientific/Technical Assessment" to ensure consistency with the approved Summary for Policymakers (IPCC-XXVI/Doc.4) and presented to the Panel at its Thirty-Sixth Session. This document lists the changes necessary to ensure consistency between the full Report and the Summary for Policymakers, which was approved line-by-line by Working Group I and accepted by the Panel at the above-mentioned Sessions.

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Link to "Climate change 2013: the physical science basis" (5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC)

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Environment Agency

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"Environment Agency homepag. We are an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles."

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Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology carries out research in the areas of biodiversity, hydrology and biogeochemistry, and hosts the Environmental Information Data Centre and CEH Information Gateway.
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UK National Statistics Publication Hub

Home of official UK statistics. Statistics on Britain's economy, population and Society - summaries and detailed dates available.

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ShareGeo Open

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ShareGeo Open is a site for sharing and re-using geospatial datasets.
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Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN)

"The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) was established in 1919.  Its principal function is  to advise the British Government on policies and procedures for the proper writing of geographical names for places and features outside the United Kingdom, excluding those of the Antarctic."

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National Biodiversity Network Gateway

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National Biodiversity Network Gateway. NBN. This site allows you to view distribution maps and download UK biodiversity data provided by many data providers.
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GoGeo

Discover geospatial information and services for those in education and research.

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The strategic defence and security review: securing Britain in an age of uncertainty - Publications - GOV.UK (2010)

The strategic defence and security review: securing Britain in an age of uncertainty - Publications - GOV.UK (2010) | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

The strategic defence and security review sets out how the government will go about securing Britain in an age of uncertainty. This Strategy describes how - in an age of uncertainty - we need the structures in place to allow us to react quickly and effectively to new and evolving threats to our security. 

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The Strategy identifies 15 priority risk types, including "major accident or natural hazard (for example, influenza pandemic)". 

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Governance of shared waters : legal and institutional issues (IUCN publication)

Governance of shared waters : legal and institutional issues (IUCN publication) | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Governance of shared waters : legal and institutional issues
This book seeks to reposition the law as a tool for implementing higher good, or, in other words, for providing justice by seeking to ensure individuals have access to the services that ecosystems naturally provide, and guaranteeing the right to water for human well-being. The goal of the publication is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal and institutional arrangements necessary for promoting good governance of transboundary waters between two or more States. The ultimate aim of this book is to try and strengthen the capacity of various stakeholders, and to help reach the ideal that water should be considered as a vehicle for integration rather than as a source of conflict. 

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This book showcases international and national law in relation to water management of shared basins and rivers. 

Free PDF available as a download on the website.  

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UN-REDD Programme

UN-REDD Programme | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

The Programme supports national REDD+ readiness efforts in 48 partner countries, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, in two ways: (i) direct support to the design and implementation of UN-REDD National Programmes; and (ii) complementary support to national REDD+ action through common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices developed through the UN-REDD Global Programme.

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Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007 but with a pedigree stretching back over 40 years. Their aim is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom by working closely with companies across the sector, governments and all other stakeholders to address the issues that affect your business.

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Addressing the Water Crisis: healthier and more productive lives for poor people

Addressing the Water Crisis: healthier and more productive lives for poor people | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

This 2001 paper is about water and its links to poverty elimination and to the achievement of the International Development Targets (IDTs). Those links form the basis of all DFID's work in water. (DFID = Department for International Development)

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On the website, you'll be able to download the full text report which highlights the challenges, target statements, experience to date (2001), responses to the challenges, priorities for DFID and process review.

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GOV.UK

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GOV.UK - The new place to find government services and information replacing Directgov and Business Link - Simpler, clearer, faster
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Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)

Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) | General sites GGE | Scoop.it

Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) is a network of seven large European environmental research centres, created in 2001.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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UK-AIR - Air quality information resource

Extensive database of statistics relating to air quality in the UK from 1960 to the present day. Search options permit queries using geospatial, temporal and pollutant terms. Real-time data are available.

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Landsat Science

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"The Landsat Program provides the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected measurements of Earth’s continents and surrounding coastal regions that have enabled people to study forests, food production, water and land use, ecosystems, geology, and more. The long data record allows scientists to evaluate the dynamic changes caused by both natural processes and human practices. The Landsat Program is jointly managed by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA."

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Encyclopedia of Earth

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An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.

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The Geospatial Resource Portal

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"Geospatial World - The Geospatial Resource Portal.  As a technical resource, the Portal disseminates a wide range of information in GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS, Photogrammetry and related sciences. Information and viewpoints are aimed at a wide readership profile including industry, policy makers, academia and end users."

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