S3 Platform - eGovernment The Commission Services recommend (Annual Growth Survey 2012) that Member States should give priority to ensuring that exchanges between administrations and enterprises as well as citizens can be done digitally, in order to increase administrative efficiency, transparency and the quality of service. Online public services can be particularly beneficial for SMEs and should be adapted to their needs. The positive effects on administrative efficiency, transparency and quality of services are likely to have positive spill-over effects on the private sector's competitiveness, and thus also have a positive impact on employment. These benefits will be there for national, regional and local levels. To the right are some of the key documents that can be read to better understand the EU viewpoint in the area of eGovernment/online Public services.
California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger By Joe Romm "California’s Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger" The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. As Climate Central notes, “a series of Pacific storm systems is producing sorely needed rain and mountain snowfall in California, which has been suffering from one of its worst droughts in at least 500 years.” The storms are being driven by an “atmospheric river,” which, as NOAA explains, is a “relatively narrow” region in the atmosphere “responsible for most of the horizontal transport of water vapor outside of the tropics.” Climate Central has the graphic: Ice sheets may have already passed point of no return - environment - 25 June 2014 THE cracks are beginning to show. Greenland's ice sheets slid into the sea 400,000 years ago, when Earth was only a little warmer than it is today. That could mean we are set for a repeat performance. The finding, along with data from Antarctica, suggests both of Earth's big ice sheets may have already passed a crucial tipping point, condemning them to collapse – either melting, or sliding into the ocean. That will mean sea levels rising by as much as 13 metres, leading to massive coastal flooding.
Why is it so cold if the Earth is warming? (video) Dr. Jeff Masters from Weather Underground drops some science on those who think they can conclude that the planet isn't warming because "it's so cold this winter!" Interestingly, cold isn't the only abnormal weather pattern for North-America right now. There's also historic warm temperatures in Alaska, and the deepest drought in decades across the west...
Huge 'whirlpools' in the ocean are driving the weather - environment - 27 June 2014 Giant "whirlpools" in the ocean, up to 500 kilometres across, are driving the world's climate on a scale previously unimagined. We just don't know exactly how yet. The bodies of swirling water, called mesoscale eddies, are 100 km to 500 km in diameter.