Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Statistics

Aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to alcohol use in England and covers such topics as drinking habits and behavior among adults and school children, drinking related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol and alcohol related costs. From the British National Health Service.

Could 7/7 Have Been Prevented? Review of the Intelligence on the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July

Categories: Great Britain,Homeland Security,Terrorism,Transportation

Covers what happened during the terrorist attack on the London transit system which killed 52 people, questions raised about who knew what when, and lessons learned from the incident. In particular it tries to answer the questions about why the attacks were not prevented when the authorities knew about two of the four perpetrators. Released to the public with the addition of information in Annex D. From the Intelligence and Security Committee of the British Parliament.

Cultural Dimensions of Strategy and Policy

Categories: Defense/Military

Endorses the Analytical Cultural Framework for Strategy and Policy as a systematic approach to the vital task of viewing the world and its security problems through varied cultural lenses. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Unfinished Business in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What is to be Done?

Categories: Democracy/Peace,East Europe

The first of three papers scheduled for release in May 2009 with perspectives on what is happening in Bosnia and what needs to be done to prevent a return of violence. This paper summarizes views expressed by a panel of experts at an April 3, 2009 roundtable. From the United States Institute of Peace.

Notice of Upcoming Joint Rulemaking to Establish Vehicle GHG Emissions and CAFÉ Standards

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Describes regulatory plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving corporate average fuel economy of motor vehicles. The plan would accelerate the timetable for reaching an average of 35 miles per gallon and would create a national standard for regulation of tailpipe emissions. From the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Report to Congress 2008: Federal Housing Finance Agency

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

First report to Congress by the agency created in 2008 legislation to oversee Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. Reports credit losses in the mortgage portfolios totaling $5.2 trillion by the end of 2008 and the need to put both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in conservatorship to stabilize the markets. From the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Comparative Analysis of Three Proposed Federal Renewable Electricity Standards

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

Analyzes potential impacts of proposed national renewable electricity standard legislation. National renewable standards would impose requirements on power companies to provide a minimum share of their electricity sales from qualifying renewable power generation. Examines impact of proposals on generating capacity, cardon dioxide emissions, and electricity prices. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy.

2008 Status of U.S. Fisheries

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reports that 41 stocks of fish are subject to overfishing and that 46 stocks are overfished. Also reports that 4 stocks have been fully rebuilt: monk fish-north, monk fish-south, bluefish – Atlantic Coast, and king mackerel – Gulf of Mexico. From the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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