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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Student Loan Statistics

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Great Britain,Statistics

Discusses recent developments relating to student loans in Great Britain including background information about the program, the estimated rise in loan levels, repayment requirements, and arguments for reform.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 1079

(education, higher     govt finance     Great Britain     statistics)


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


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


Referendum Campaign Literature

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

In the wake of complaints about the distribution of misleading information during the Brexit referendum, this paper looks at the regulation of campaign literature in the United Kingdom and other countries.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7678


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



Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations

Provides background to the increasing use of referendums worldwide to settle constitutional issues and to the holding of referendums in the United Kingdom like the Brexit vote.  Also provides information on the use of thresholds, the administration and regulation of referendums, and includes a table of all such votes in Britain to date.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7692.


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