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www.sea-technology.com April 2017 / st 43 FCC Mandates GNSS Testing For Maritime Safety Products The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that any new products related to improving mari- time safety must be tested using GNSS. Spirent claims to have developed GNSS, as well as test scenarios that mock realistic satellite reception conditions at sea to improve GPS distress beacon performance and enable faster and more efficient search and rescue at sea. US House Science Subcommittees' Hearing on Social Cost of Carbon The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Tech- nology's Subcommittees on Environment and Oversight held a joint hearing titled "At What Cost? Examining the Social Cost of Carbon." The Social Cost of Carbon is an estimate of the economic damages caused from the release of a single metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions. Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) made an opening statement emphasizing that assessing and addressing the impact of climate change on current and future generations is critical. The social cost of carbon permits the government to help quantify the future economic damages caused as a result of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change and global warming. In 2009, the Barack Obama Administration convened an interagency effort to formalize a consistent value for this met- ric. Its use has been challenged in the courts recently, but the courts have upheld the methodology used to obtain this estimate. Beyer argued that climate change is real, scientific evi- dence supports it, and the Science Committee should be leading the fight to protect against its impacts. US Senate Hearing on Flood Control Infrastructure The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Pub- lic Works held a hearing on "Flood Control Infrastructure: Safety Questions Raised by Current Events." Ranking Mem- ber Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) made an opening statement on the need to modernize and rebuild aging infrastructure, with a focus on job growth and job preservation. He pointed out that when dams and levees fail, they can result in loss of life and economic devastation. The 2013 infrastructure report card issued by the Ameri- can Society of Civil Engineers gave a D grade to roads, dams, drinking water and wastewater. Inland waterways and levees received a D-. Ports received a C, and bridges received a C+. Carper said it's also important to invest in protecting U.S. natural infrastructure, such as shorelines and wetland eco- systems. Flame Refluxer Tested During Controlled Oil Burn A team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Insti- tute (WPI), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforce- ment (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) tested new capital report

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