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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Describes the Millennium Development Goals program          as the most successful global anti-poverty program in history.  Also focuses on where action is needed most, especially food security, health care, sanitary facilities.  From the United Nations


World Economic and Social Survey 2013: Sustainable Development Challenges

Categories: Energy,Environment,Food/Nutrition,United Nations,Urban Issues

Focuses on three issues: sustainable cities, food security, and energy transformation as a follow-up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations


Preliminary Multifactor Productivity Trends—2012

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that productivity in the nonfarm business sector increased at a 1.4% annual rate in 2012.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results from the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey: First Look

Categories: Education,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Information about public school districts in the U.S. including teacher salaries, benefits, collective bargaining agreements, and training programs.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Background and Current Issues

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Provides summaries and analyses of selected issues related to the reauthorization of the CFTC including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, changing technology, and LIBOR-type market manipulations.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers

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

Discusses the controversies surrounding control of greenhouse gas emissions, especially as they affect coal-fired electricity-producing power plants.  Some of the issues include the effectiveness of  carbon capture and storage technology and whether separate standards should be created for coal and gas fired units. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Presidential Memorandum: Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards

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

Calls for action by the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new standards for regulation of carbon emissions from future power plants by September 2013 and also regulations that relate to existing and modified power plants by no later than June 2014.  From the White House


President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

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

Reviews the elements of the president’s plan for cutting carbon emissions and preparing the U.S. for the effects of global warming.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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