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Alaska: The 49th State's Place in History

Mon, 2015-08-31 13:35

Today, the President is traveling to Alaska to meet with some of the Alaskans who are on the frontlines of climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. Follow along with the President's trip at

“The state’s God-given natural treasures are all at risk.”

President Obama

But just how did this treasure trove of national resources and beauty become a part of our union? While the President is en route, let's do a quick historical recap. 

March 30, 1867

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Secretary Pritzker Tours Manufacturing Innovation Hubs

Mon, 2015-08-31 10:01

Last week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker wrapped up a three-state visit to National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes that are developing tomorrow’s transformative technologies and industries.
NNMI is a key element of the Administration’s competitiveness agenda and commitment to ensuring the next great revolution in manufacturing happens right here in America.

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Six Survival Tips for Small Business Continuity

Mon, 2015-08-31 09:34

As a small business owner, you know that being forced to close your doors, even for a day, is a costly setback.  Typically, it’s often the seemingly isolated incident, not the mega-disaster, that...

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Weekly Address: Meeting the Global Threat of Climate Change

Sat, 2015-08-29 06:00

In this week's address, the President spoke about his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century. In his address, the President spoke to ways in which we can address these challenges, including the transition away from fossil fuels to more renewable energy sources like wind and solar, an effort in which America is already leading.

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10 Years after Being Hit by Hurricane Katrina, Seeing an Oiled Marsh at the Center of an Experiment in Oil Cleanup

Fri, 2015-08-28 12:10

Crossposted from NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog. This is a post by Vicki Loe and Amy Merten.
On August 29, 2005, not far from Chevron Pipe Line Company’s oil terminal in Buras, Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Knowing the storm was approaching, residents left the area, and Chevron shut down the crude oil terminal, evacuating all personnel.

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Satellite Technology and Spectrum Key to Better Weather Forecasting

Fri, 2015-08-28 11:16

Guest blog post by Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling.

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Lessons Learned from Katrina are Helping to Build Stronger Communities

Fri, 2015-08-28 11:03

Guest blog post by Dr. Therese P. McAllister, Group Leader of the Community Resilience Group in the Materials and Structural Systems Research Division of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later - NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey looks back

Thu, 2015-08-27 16:02

Crossposted from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey
On August 29, 2005, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were struck by one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters to hit the United States. With sustained winds during landfall of 125 miles per hour, over 1,800 people were killed, thousands of lives were disrupted, and damage estimates exceeded $150 billion.
This disaster brought together all of Coast Survey’s capabilities on an unprecedented scale to help in response and recovery efforts in the storm’s aftermath.

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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:20

This blog post will be updated throughout the day as the President travels to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents who have rebuilt their lives since the storm. Stay tuned here for updates on the trip and to watch his remarks at 4:55 p.m. EDT.

Today's Schedule:


10:45AM        The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
11:00AM        The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to New Orleans, Louisiana


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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2015

Thu, 2015-08-27 09:30

Real GDP growth in the second quarter was revised markedly upward, as consumers spent more and businesses invested more than previously estimated. The economy grew at a much faster pace in the second quarter than in the first, with strong personal consumption leading the rebound.

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