Archive for September 9th, 2013

While there is no silver bullet to the problems afflicting STEM education in the U.S., a number of initiatives are underway to address systemic shortcomings. Perhaps the boldest is the proposed introduction of 100,000 newly trained STEM teachers over the next decade.
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Tiananmen Gate, Beijing, Credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly, CC BY 2.0

Tiananmen Gate, Beijing, Credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly, CC BY 2.0

News media in China this past week were reporting new measures by the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau aimed at curbing harmful air pollution caused by automobile and industrial emissions. The agency went so far as to call its new restrictions “a declaration of war against PM2.5,” in an announcement on Monday, referring to particulate matter or solid particles and droplets of fluid of 2.5 microns or less.

Xinhua News, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China, reported that Beijing last week unveiled “a package of measures to curb vehicle emissions over the next five years.” The city hopes to reduce PM2.5 by 25 percent or more by 2017. The new efforts are part of a five-year Clean Air Action Plan (2013-2017).  Read more

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