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Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre


Broadband Coverage in Europe 2015

Categories: European Union,Science/Technology,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines the progress in 31 European countries of specific broadband coverage objectives and analyzes the availability of nine broadband technologies across each country at national and rural levels.  From Eurostat



Paris Climate Agreement Ratified

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

Passage by the European Parliament of the Paris Climate Agreement brought the number of ratifying countries past the 55 needed for the treaty to come into force.  To date 74 countries with 58% of global emissions have agreed to the terms.  This report offers a British view.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7718


MEPs’ Green Light for Paris Climate Agreement to Trigger Its Entry Into Force

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Headlines,Treaties

Press release on the vote to approve the Paris Agreement by the European Parliament by a 610 to 38 vote with 31 abstentions.  Includes links for adopted text, video recording of the debate, a glossary of terms, and more.  From the European Parliament


Ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Treaties

Describes progress made toward ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, with a focus on the EU nations.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper 7718


European Communities and Certain Member States: Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Transportation,Treaties

Ruling by a compliance panel of the World Trade Organization that the European Union and several European countries illegally subsidized airplane manufacturer Airbus to the extent of $22 billion over more than a decade and had failed to comply with orders to cease such subsidies.  Considered the most expensive dispute in international trade history.  From the World Trade Organization


Human Rights in Russia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Russia

Describes the human rights situation in Russia as “increasingly difficult” with repressive legislation curtailing freedom of expression and human rights activism.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Brexit: Trade Aspects

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Great Britain,Treaties

Considers three possible trade options for Great Britain in the non-EU future: membership in the European Economic Area, a free trade agreement with European countries, or trading under World Trade Organization rules.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7694


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