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August 28, 2015
Best Practices in eGovernment
September 17, 2015 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Presented by Dr. Jon Gant
 
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Local governments in Illinois and around the US are integrating computer-based technologies to augment the delivery of services, support public participation, and enhance governing and decision-making. This webinar focuses on understanding models of delivering services through IT-enabled processes, social media and data analytics. We will consider open government, security issues, the technology ecosystem, and social and economic evaluation. This webinar is part of the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program and is funded through the Office of the Provost and College of ACES Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative.
 
Gulf Dead Zone
 
Dead zones—large areas of ocean water that are mostly devoid of oxygen—are a growing problem worldwide. Triggered by nutrient-rich discharges from farms, sewage treatment plants, and other sources, they pose a major threat to marine life. Of the more than 550 dead zones that form each year around the world, the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is thought to be the second largest one caused by humans. Scientists have been tracking the size of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico for the past 30 years. Data from this year’s survey indicate that the dead zone that formed in 2015 is above average in size, likely because of heavy rains in June.

 
Did it feel hot last month?

The July 2015 average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.46°F (0.81°C) above the 20th century average. As July is climatologically the warmest month for the year, this was also the all-time highest monthly temperature in the 1880-2015 record, at 61.86°F (16.61°C), surpassing the previous record set in 1998 by 0.14°F (0.08°C). The first seven months of this year (January-July) were also record warm for the globe.
 
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