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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program 2013 Reported Data

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Statistics

Provides results on greenhouse gas emissions reported by more than 8,000 facilities in the U.S.  Reported direct emissions totaled 3.18 billion metric tons.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Trends in Employment-Based Health Insurance Coverage: Evidence from the National Compensation Survey

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that 58% of those under age 65 in America were covered by employer-based health insurance while 23% had some form of public insurance and 18% had no insurance.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2012, Statistical Tables

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Statistics

Provides the number of deaths in jails and state prisons, the cause of those deaths, characteristics of the deceased, and trends since 2000.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


The Interim Report on the Revision of the Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation

Categories: Defense/Military,Japan,Treaties

Describes revisions to the 1997 guidelines designed to prevent the deterioration of Japan’s security and ensure cooperation between the two countries.  From the Defense Department.


2015 Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles to Remain the Same as Last Two Years

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Agency press release which announces prices for Medicare Part B physicians’ services for 2015 which are set at $104.90 for those with income equal or less than $85,000.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

Examines a variety of issues related to controversies surrounding voter ID laws including voter possession of IDs, cost of obtaining such IDs, how voter ID laws have affected voter turnout in select states, and what challenges loom over the effort to estimate the incidence of voter fraud.

From the Government Accountability Office


Agriculture in the WTO Bali Ministerial Agreement

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties,United Nations

Covers the status of implementation of agricultural provisions in a 2013 conference in Bali, Indonesia that was designed to streamline international trade under the auspices of the World Trade Organization.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

The Environmental Protection Agency has until December 1, 2014 to review and propose changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  This report discusses the standard-setting process, the specifics of the current and most recent reviews of the current standards, and issues that may be raised such as whether the benefits justify the costs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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