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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/portals/50268/pdf/EGR2014_LOWRES.pdf

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme

 

Distribution of U.S. Health Care Providers Residing in Rural and Urban Areas

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Careers,Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues

http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/supplydemand/nchwafactsheet.pdf

Presents statistics on the supply and distribution of practitioners in 32 health occupations across rural and urban areas, based on their place of residence.  From the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

President Obama’s November 2014 Visit to China: The Bilateral Agreements

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN10181.pdf

Reviews the major agreements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, products to be covered under a new information technology agreement, a military confidence building measure to reduce military tensions, and extension of student, business, and tourist visas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Federal Proposals to Tax Marijuana: An Economic Analysis

Categories: Drug Trafficking,Govt Finance,Taxes

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43785.pdf

Provides an overview of marijuana production, possible justifications for imposing federal taxes, estimates the level of taxes that might be raised, and analyzes possible marijuana tax designs.  Also discusses potential administration and enforcement problems. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Recent Developments

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43787.pdf

Reviews the economic, energy, and environmental controversies surrounding the proposed pipeline project and recent developments involving litigation and permit reviews. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Highlights of Ferry Operators in the United States

Categories: Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/HighlightsFerryOperators.pdf

Information and statistics on operations of U.S. ferries including number of ferry operators by region, number of passengers and vessels, and miles traveled,  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Census Bureau Economic Data Show Electric Power Generation Using Renewable Energy Growing

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-204.html

 

Press release on first  time data on firms that use wind, geothermal, biomass and solar for electric power generation.  The data comes from the 2012 Economic Census which is being released through the American Fact Finder.  From the Census Bureau