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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34059 - The Carbon Cycle: Implications for Climate Change and Congress
18-Feb-2009; Peter Folger; 13 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 25, 2007
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Abstract: Carbon is stored in the atmosphere, in the oceans, in vegetation, and in soils on the land surface. Huge quantities of carbon are actively exchanged between the atmosphere and the other storage pools of carbon. The exchange, or flux, of carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface is ca.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31796 - The Endangered Species Act and Claims of Property Rights “Takings”
3-Feb-2009; Robert Meltz; 22 p.
Update: Previously Releaseds:
January 14, 2008
December 18, 2006
December 5, 2005
October 14, 2005
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Abstract: The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in the “property rights” debate. This report first outlines the ESA provisions most relevant to the act’s impacts on private property, and then surveys the major ESA-relevant principles of Fifth Amendment takings l.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33462 - Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues
6-Feb-2009; Carol Hardy Vincent and David L. Whiteman; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 2, 2007
November 29, 2006
August 28, 2006
June 7, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

For FY2007, the President requested $7.4 million for the NPS for Heritage Partnership Programs, a 44% decrease from the $13.3 million appropriated for FY2006..... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Over the past two decades, Congress has established 37 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) to commemorate, conserve, and promote areas that include important natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. NHAs are partnerships among the National Park Service (NPS), states, and lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies, Information

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34174 - What Happens to the Bald Eagle Now That It Is Not Protected Under the Endangered Species Act?
17-Sep-2007; Kristina Alexander ; 25 p.
Update: Previous updates:
September 17, 2007
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Abstract: In 2007 the American bald eagle was removed from the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, the ESA was not the only statute protecting the eagle. Among the federal statutes protecting the bald eagle are the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, General Interest, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22602 - Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response: Issues in the 110th Congress
1-Aug-2008; Sarah A. Lister; 6 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
August 1, 2008
March 23, 2008
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Abstract: The 2001 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and concerns about an influenza (“flu”) pandemic have sharpened congressional interest in the nation’s systems to track and respond to public health threats. The 109th Congress reauthorized or established relevant programs in the Departments of Healt.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Government, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21605 - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Estimated Allocations
26-Jun-2008; Libby Perl; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 26, 2008
July 5, 2007
March 22, 2007
October 10, 2006
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Abstract: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a block grant program under which the federal government gives annual grants to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations to operate multi-component home energy assistance program.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Information, General Interest
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go directly to report, PDF _ 94-731 - Brief Summaries of Federal Animal Protection Statutes
15-Aug-2008; Henry Cohen; 34 p.
Update: Updates:
November 6, 2007
February 27, 2007
October 16, 2006
Previous releases:
February 10, 2006
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Abstract: This report contains brief summaries of federal animal protection statutes, listed alphabetically. It does not include treaties, although it does include statutes enacted to implement treaties. It includes statutes concerning animals that are not entirely, or not at all, animal protection st.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, General, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33934 - The 2008 Farm Bill: A Summary of Major Provisions and Legislative Action
19-Jun-20008; Renée Johnson, Joe Richardson, Donald J. Marples and Mark Jickling; 44 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 19, 2008
November 21, 2007
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Abstract: The farm bill governs federal farm and food policy and is renewed about every five years. The 110th Congress is seeking to revise the current farm bill (P.L. 107- 171), which covers a wide range of programs including commodity price and income support, agricultural conservation, farm credit, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Legislative, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33938 - Recent Honey Bee Colony Declines
28-May-2008; Renée Johnson; 19 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 14, 2007
June 20, 2007
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March 31, 2007
Update:
In 2006, commercial migratory beekeepers along the East Coast of the United States began reporting sharp declines in their honey bee colonies. Because of the sev.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: In 2006, commercial migratory beekeepers along the East Coast of the United States began reporting sharp declines in their honey bee colonies. Because of the severity and unusual circumstances of these colony declines, scientists have named this phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Current .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31243 - Safe Drinking Water Act: A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements
21-May-2008; Mary Tiemann; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 27, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: This report summarizes the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and its major programs and regulatory requirements. It excerpts, with several additions, the SDWA chapter of CRS Report RL30798, which provides summaries of the principal environmental statutes administered by the Environmental Protect.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative, Information
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