Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

H2Tools: Safety Precautions for Hydrogen Technologies

In light of ever-increasing demand for renewable energy sources, hydrogen – the most abundant element on the planet – offers a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. In addition to its many industrial applications, nine major auto makers are currently developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Each fuel cell lasts 5,000...

U.S. Forest Service Wildfire Report Raises Alarm

This week the U.S. Forest Service released a report detailing the effects of increasing wildfire expenditures, showing that for the first time in the history of the service it is spending more than half its annual budget fighting wildfires. The report cites increasing occurrence of wildfires redirecting resources away from...

Tensions and Temperatures are Rising: How the DOD is Anticipating Climate Change

Preparation for the potential implications of climate change can be seen across most sectors throughout the U.S. Stakeholders in government, energy, and transportation among others are analyzing how their operations will be affected by not only changing climate patterns, but also by corresponding legislation that could be passed to stifle...

Adapting Naval Strategies to Match 21st Century Developments

As the U.S. has concluded its large-scale military involvement in Afghanistan, Congress has deemed it appropriate to decrease the percentage of the American budget devoted to defense. This has caused the armed services to analyze which aspects of their operational functionality require what amount of funding. One of the results...

Trafficking in Persons Report Shows Concern

Following a four week delay, the State Department has released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report is seen by many as a way to hold countries accountable for their policies and practices, or lack thereof, in combating human trafficking. The report ranks 188 countries around the world on...

HHS and What It Can Do for You

The Response and Recovery Resources Compendium from the Department of Health and Human Services is an “an easy to navigate, comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents.”  From Situational Awareness to Patient Movement and Recovery, this compendium...

Countering Terrorism on the Canadian Homefront

Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence released its interim report titled Countering the Terrorist Threat in Canada: And Interim Report. The committee was charged with studying and reporting on cyber espionage, threats to critical infrastructure, terrorist recruitment and financing, and terrorist operations and prosecutions, among other threats. Considering the testimony...

Legal Responses to Health Emergencies

Conducted in February of 2015, The Global Legal Research Center from the Law Library of Congress published a European Union World Health Organization [WHO] study regarding the Legal Responses to Health Emergencies in 23 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya,...

Is Cyberspace Safer Than You Think?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House have released a paper titled, Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime. With all of the recent media coverage on large-scale data breaches, a person could conclude that Cyberspace is a very unsafe place. The author, Eric Jardine, would disagree...