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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://www.census.gov/hhes/commuting/files/2014/acs-32.pdf

Focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013.  Highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of residential communities.  From the Census Bureau

 

Dominion Virginia Power and Clean Power Plan Costs: A Brief Review of the Dominion’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan Compliance Cost Estimates

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/CEPS_Report_15-02_0.pdf

Analysis of Virginia Power’s method for estimating (or overestimating) the cost of compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan and its failure to develop an integrated resource plan. Relates to concerns about greenhouse gases, climate change, and Virginia’s energy future.

From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Baseline Report on HB2320

Categories: Education-Higher,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://www.schev.edu/reportstats/HB2320report.pdf?from=

Study report with 5 preliminary conclusions on development of a plan by the state’s two or four year private or public colleges for a cooperative online degree program at a per student tuition cost of $4,000 or less per year.  2015 legislation (HB 2320) in the General Assembly had called for preparation of such a plan.  From the State Council of Higher Education

 

Herbicide Resistance

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0501#fullreport

Resistance to the use of herbicides has the potential to reduce crop yields.  The UK government commitment to increase crop yields will require the development of alternative crop protection methods.  This note outlines the challenges of herbicide resistance and possible approaches to alternative weed-control strategies.   From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Membership of UK Political Parties

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN05125#fullreport

Covers trends in party membership in Britain and social characteristics of party members and supporters.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper SN05125

 

NATO’s Military Response to Russia

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,NATO,Russia

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7276#fullreport

Explains the main details of the Readiness Action Plan adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in response to the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis and the military contribution of the United Kingdom.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper 07276

 

Department of Energy Declassification Decisions: Selected DOE Memoranda of Decisions on Declassification

Categories: Energy,Govt Secrecy,Nuclear Arms

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/decl/index.html

A list of declassification memos spanning the time period 2011-2015 made in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 which mandates review of restricted data which may be declassified without undue risk to national security.  From the Department of Energy, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Categories: Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/2015-Rising-Cost-Wildfire-Operations.pdf

Documents the growth over the past 20 years of the cost of fighting wildfires and the impact those costs are having on the portion of the Forest Service budget devoted to recreation, restoration, and other activities.  From the U.S. Forest Service

 

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