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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action Under the Convention

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

Presents the outcome of the Climate Change conference held at Cancun, Mexico in 2010, including the creation of a Green Climate Fund, compensation for developing nations for preserving rain forests, and creation of research centers to ease transfer of clean-energy technology to developing nations.  From the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Final Program Review Determination: Virginia Tech, December 9, 2010

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education-Higher,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Faults Virginia Tech for violating provisions of the Clery Act by failing to provide timely warning about the presence of a gunman on campus in the April 2007 shooting rampage of Seung Hui Cho.  The Department is considering possible adverse administrative action against Virginia Tech.  From the U.S. Department of Education

Summary: U.S. Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids Proved Reserves 2009

Categories: Energy,Statistics

Reveals that proven natural gas reserves for the U.S. increased by 11% in 2009 primarily because of shale gas development.  From the Energy Information Administration

Youth’s Characteristics and Backgrounds

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics,Youth

Examines the characteristics and backgrounds of youth in custody, including their demographic characteristics, current and prior offenses, family and educational backgrounds, and expectations for the future.  From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

HIV and AIDS Statistics

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Statistics

Provides statistics and information on HIV/AIDS in Great Britain.  Includes sections on international statistics and public knowledge and attitudes toward the disease.  From the Library of the House of Commons

The Stuxnet Computer Worm: Harbinger of an Emerging Warfare Capability

Categories: Homeland Security,Nuclear Energy,Telecommunications/Internet,Treaties

Examines the implications of the Stuxnet computer worm and other similar potential threats to the critical infrastructure facilities of a nation.  Issues for Congress include the effect on national security, the response of the government, and whether an international treaty to curb the use of malicious software is needed.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Cost Implications of the Navy’s Plans for Acquiring Littoral Combat Ships

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Procurement,Prices/Inflation

Weighs the benefits of lower construction costs from a dual contractor approach against anticipated higher maintenance costs in connection with the Navy’s plans for a fleet of shoreline combat ships.  From the Congressional Budget Office

Economic Impacts of Waiting to Resolve the Long-Term Budget Imbalance

Categories: Govt Finance,Taxes

This issue brief analyzes the economic effects of waiting 10 years—from 2015 to 2025—to implement policies that would stabilize the ratio of debt to output.  From the Congressional Budget Office

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