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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Quebec Referendums

Categories: Canada,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP13-47.pdf

This paper gives a brief outline of separatism in Quebec and draws parallels between Quebec’s relationship  with Canada and Scotland’s future relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 13/47

 

NASA Visualizations Show Two Futures of Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.globalchange.gov/whats-new/agency-news/942-new-nasa-visualizations-show-two-futures-of-climate-change

Short videos showing how temperature and precipitation in the U.S. are expected to change through 2011 in low versus high greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.  From NASA Goddard and the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Prisoners in 2012: Advance Counts

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/p12ac.pdf

Reports a decline in the U.S. prisoner population for the 3rd consecutive year.  Covers prisoners in state and federal institutions and includes demographic characteristics and offenses committed.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Homeland Security,Weather/Disasters

http://new.nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/crs/R41981.pdf

Describes the governmental response to major disasters, the roles played by federal, state, and local governments, and the various forms of disaster assistance. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center

 

Cruise Ship Crime: Consumers Have Incomplete Access to Cruise Crime Data

Categories: Crime/Justice,Transportation

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b6b046f1-eb82-404e-a0cc-9cd26a74117f

 

Congressional report that alleges that crime occurs on cruise ships at a higher rate than what is reported to legal authorities. See also statistical appendices.  From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

 

How CBO Projects Income

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/44433-IncomeProjection.pdf

Explains how the Congressional Budget Office derives its projections of income for businesses and individuals as well as net income from the rest of the world in making its economic forecasts.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Hague Convention Treaty on Recovery of International Child Support and H.R. 1896

Categories: Children,Laws/Regulations,Treaties,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43109.pdf

Provides an overview of the current child support enforcement program at the domestic and international levels, a summary and current status of the 2007 Hague Convention, and the current status of implementing legislation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): In Brief

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43158.pdf

Describes the goals of the foreign trade partnership between the U.S. and the European Union, and the regulatory issues which are seen as the most difficult area to win agreement.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists