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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/ozone-depleting-compound-persists-nasa-research-shows/#.U_X5wLxdVWg

News release regarding unexpectedly large amounts of carbon tetrachloride, a chemical banned under the Montreal Protocol back in the 1980s.  Sudden re-emergence of the chemical attributed to large emissions from contaminated sites or new, unknown sources.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Clean Coal Loan Guarantees and Tax Incentives: Issues in Brief

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43690.pdf

Discusses the use of federal loan guarantees and tax incentives to stimulate private investment in clean coal technologies in order to bring about reductions in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Considers wording and purpose of previous relevant legislation and the future of such efforts.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Militarization of Law Enforcement and the Department of Defense’s “1033 Program.”

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IN10138.pdf

Traces the recent history of militarizing police departments with the development of SWAT teams and the role of legislation which allows transfer of certain military equipment to local police departments.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Women’s Continued Access to Contraception Coverage, While Respecting Religious-based Objections

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/08/20140822a.html

Press release explaining proposed revision to regulations relating to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act to relieve nonprofit organizations and closely held corporations with religious objections from being required to fund such coverage for employees.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

http://copyright.gov/comp3/docs/compendium-full.pdf

 

Third edition of the document that explains the rules and requirements relating to copyright registration and documentation of ownership.  From the U.S. Copyright Office

 

Immigration Policies and Issues on Health-Related Grounds for Exclusion

Categories: Health/Medical,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R40570.pdf

Reviews the diseases that are health-related reasons for excluding people from entering U.S., and port of entry procedures. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43684.pdf

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-475.pdf

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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