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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34573 - Does the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listing Provide More Protection of the Polar Bear?: A Look at the Special Rules
10-Nov-2010; Kristina Alexander; 16 p.
Update: Previous editions:
October 16, 2009
September 2, 2008
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Abstract: The polar bear has been protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) since 1972, meaning that it is illegal to kill or harass the bear or to transport or trade its parts (with a few exceptions). The Endangered Species Act (ESA) also prohibits killing or harming listed species. Some ask.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, General Interest, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ R41296 - Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Status and Issues
8-Nov-2010; Megan Stubbs; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 22, 2010
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Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, 2008 farm bill) created the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The two main purposes of BCAP are (1) to support the establishment and production of eligible crops for conversion to bioenergy in selected areas, and (2) to assist ag.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy
go directly to report, PDF _ R40506 - Cars, Trucks, and Climate: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Mobile Sources
2-Nov-2010; James E. McCarthy; 22 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 4, 2010
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Abstract: As Congress and the Administration consider new legislation to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency has simultaneously begun to exercise its existing authority under the Clean Air Act to set standards for GHG emissions. T.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Transportation, Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ R40172 - Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Issues in the 111th Congress
22-Oct-2010; Eugene H. Buck, Harold F. Upton; 39 p.
Update: Previous releases
September 24, 2010
July 23, 2010
January 29, 2010
April 10, 2009
March 26, 2010
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Abstract: Fish and marine mammals are important resources in open ocean and nearshore coastal areas; many federal laws and regulations guide their management as well as the management of their habitat.

Commercial and sport fishing are jointly managed by the federal government and individual states. Sta.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine

go directly to report, PDF _ R40185 - The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 111th Congress: Conflicting Values and Different Choices
22-Oct-2010; Eugene H. Buck, Corn, Sheikh, Meltz, Alexander; 29 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 16, 2010
July, 23, 2010
July 19, 2010
April 28, 2010
March 26, 2010
January 29, 2010
April 10, 2009
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Abstract: The Endangered Species Act (ESA; P.L. 93-205, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1531-1543) has been one of the more contentious environmental laws. This may stem from its strict substantive provisions, which can affect the use of both federal and nonfederal lands and resources. Under ESA, species of plants and animal.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity
go directly to report, PDF _ R41098 - Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2011
4-Oct-2010; John F Sargent, Jr.; 53 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 15, 2010
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Abstract: President Obama has requested $147.696 billion for research and development (R&D) in FY2011, a $343 million (0.2%) increase from the estimated FY2010 R&D funding level of $147.353 billion. Congress will play a central role in defining the nation’s R&D priorities, especially with respect to two ov.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ R41161 - Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: FY2011 Appropriations
4-Oct-2010; Nathan James, Oscar R. Gonzales, Jennifer D. Williams; 62 p.
Abstract: This report provides an overview of actions taken by Congress to provide FY2011 appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS). It also provides an overview of FY2010 appropriations for agencies and bureaus funded under the CJS bill. The source for the FY2010-enacted am.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, International Finance
go directly to report, PDF _ R41347 - Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply Chain
30-Sep-2010; Marc Humphries; 19 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 28, 2010
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Abstract: The concentration of production of rare earth elements (REEs) outside the United States raises the important issue of supply vulnerability. REEs are used for new energy technologies and national security applications. Is the United States vulnerable to supply disruptions of REEs? Are these elemen.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Mining
go directly to report, PDF _ R41150 - Energy and Water Development: FY2011 Appropriations
30-Sep-2010; Carl E. Behrens; 55 p.
Abstract: The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill provides funding for civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and a number of independent agencies.

Key budgetary issues for FY2011 i.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Water, Economics & Trade

go directly to report, PDF _ RL34614 - Nanotechnology and Environmental, Health, and Safety: Issues for Conseration
29-Sep-2010; John F. Sargent, Jr.; 40 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
February 9, 2009
August 6, 2008
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Abstract: Nanotechnology—a term encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—is focused on understanding, controlling, and exploiting the unique properties of matter that can emerge at scales of one to 100 nanometers. A key issue before Congress regarding nanotechnology is how best to protec.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, Population, General Interest
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