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Biomass Feedstocks for Biopower: Background and Selected Issues

Biomass Feedstocks for Biopower: Background and Selected Issues

Date: October 6, 2010
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
Description: The production of bioenergy - renewable energy derived from biomass - could potentially increase national energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to rural economic growth. This report provides analyses of commonly discussed biomass feedstocks and their relative potential for power generation. Additional biopower issues - feedstock accessibility, the biomass power plant carbon-neutrality debate, and unintended consequences of legislative activities to promote bioenergy - are also discussed.
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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: October 8, 2010
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened concerns about the region's future. Issues such as Arctic sovereignty claims; commercial shipping through the Arctic; Arctic oil, gas, and mineral exploration; endangered Arctic species; and increased military operations in the Arctic could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation, competition, or conflict. This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific Arctic-related issues.
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Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Date: January 17, 1996
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D
Description: This report reviews several issues relating to alternative fuels and vehicles, mainly to combat dependence on petroleum imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report discusses the advantages and drawbacks of various alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as related legislation.
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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress

Date: September 22, 2010
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D.
Description: This report provides an overview of current issues surrounding alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles - issues discussed in further detail in other CRS reports referred to in each section.
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Administering Green Programs in Congress: Issues and Options

Administering Green Programs in Congress: Issues and Options

Date: March 11, 2011
Creator: Straus, Jacob R.
Description: This report discusses "green" programs and the higher profile they have gained since the 110th Congress. "Green" programs are those designed to create an environmentally friendly work environment and conserve energy. This report discusses initiatives and policy options that would improve the "greening" process on Capitol Hill.
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Seafood Safety: Background and Issues

Seafood Safety: Background and Issues

Date: December 2, 2010
Creator: Upton, Harold F.
Description: Although seafood consumption can contribute to a healthy diet, some fish and shellfish can cause foodborne illnesses or contain environmental contaminants. This report discusses whether current food safety programs are sufficiently protecting consumers, and if not, what changes should be considered.
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Litigation Seeking to Establish Climate Change Impacts as a Common Law Nuisance

Litigation Seeking to Establish Climate Change Impacts as a Common Law Nuisance

Date: November 19, 2010
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: This report discusses recent legislative initiatives seeking to establish climate change impacts as a common law nuisance. The report explains what private and public nuisances are, the issues faced by policymakers when litigating a climate-change/nuisance suit, and also discusses five climate-chance/nuisance suits that are now or formerly active, as a basis of comparison. The report also explores arguments of those both for and against addressing the complex issue of climate change through common law suits.
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Soil and water conservation in the Pacific Northwest.

Soil and water conservation in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: July 1937
Creator: Rowalt, E. M.
Description: Describes types of erosion and methods for preventing the erosion of soil by water and wind.
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Meadows and pastures: formation and cultivation in the middle eastern states.

Meadows and pastures: formation and cultivation in the middle eastern states.

Date: 1899
Creator: United States. Department of Agriculture.
Description: A guide to the cultivation and selection of varieties of hay, pasture grasses, and clover. Describes the use grass as a soil builder and provides methods of soil improvement.
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The what and why of agricultural experiment stations.

The what and why of agricultural experiment stations.

Date: 1889
Creator: United States. Office of Experiment Stations.
Description: A summary of the purpose, origins, and work of the agricultural experiment stations in the United States.
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Rural planning : the social aspects of recreation places.

Rural planning : the social aspects of recreation places.

Date: 1924
Creator: Nason, W. C. (Wayne Crocker), b. 1874.
Description: Describes the trend toward establishing planned recreation areas in rural communities, and the economic and social benefits they provide to farmers.
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Dust storms come from the poorer lands.

Dust storms come from the poorer lands.

Date: September 1949
Creator: Finnell, H. H. (Henry Howard), b. 1894.
Description: Describes the different classifications of land and the effect soil erosion has on the quality of land and its future for crop production. Contains the results of an extensive study.
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Contour-furrow irrigation.

Contour-furrow irrigation.

Date: September 1953
Creator: Kohler, Karl O.
Description: Describes how farmers can use contour-furrow irrigation as a means of preventing soil erosion and maintaining even watering of crops.
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The church and agricultural progress.

The church and agricultural progress.

Date: May 1962
Creator: Belew, M. Wendell.; McCanna, Henry A.; Mueller, E. W. (Elwin William), 1908-1993. & O'Rourke, Edward W.
Description: Describes the role of agriculture in the United States from a Christian perspective.
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Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues

Date: October 14, 2010
Creator: Schnepf, Randy & Yacobucci, Brent D.
Description: This report focuses on the mandated minimum usage requirements - referred to as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) - whereby a minimum volume of biofuels is to be used in the national transportation fuel supply each year. It describes the general nature of the biofuels RFS and its implementation, and outlines some of the emerging issues related to the sustainability of the continued growth in U.S. biofuels production needed to fulfill the expanding RFS mandate, as well as the emergence of potential unintended consequences of this rapid expansion. This report does not address the broader public policy issue of how best to support U.S. energy policy.
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Controlling the Japanese beetle.

Controlling the Japanese beetle.

Date: March 1958
Creator: Fleming, Walter E. (Walter Ernest), 1899-
Description: Describes the characteristics of the Japanese beetle, the damage it causes to plants, and methods of control.
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Arbor day, its purpose and observance.

Arbor day, its purpose and observance.

Date: November 1936
Creator: United States. Forest Service.
Description: Discusses Arbor Day as a holiday that recognizes the importance of United States forests and discusses a citizen's duty to preserve them and foster new growth of trees.
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Game management on the farm.

Game management on the farm.

Date: October 1936
Creator: Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962.; Sheldon, H. P. & Gabrielson, Ira Noel, 1889-
Description: Describes ways that a farmer can support game on his land to make the best use of otherwise wasted land. Provides an overview of practical game management practices.
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Managing farm fields, wetlands, and waters for wild ducks in the South.

Managing farm fields, wetlands, and waters for wild ducks in the South.

Date: November 1959
Creator: Davison, Verne E. (Verne Elbert), 1904- & Neely, William W., 1915-
Description: Provides instructions for establishing ponds and marshes in order to attract wild ducks to farmlands. Discusses the recreational benefits of watching and hunting ducks.
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Managing the small forest

Managing the small forest

Date: September 1957
Creator: United States. Forest Service.
Description: A guide to the basic principles of forest management, for use by small forest owners.
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Making land produce useful wildlife.

Making land produce useful wildlife.

Date: 1969
Creator: Anderson, Wallace Lowell, 1913-
Description: Discusses the benefits of biological balance on ranches and farms. Describes ways to allow wildlife to flourish for the purposes of hunting, trapping, fishing and other recreation.
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Planting the roadside.

Planting the roadside.

Date: June 1926
Creator: Mulford, Furman Lloyd, b. 1869.
Description: Describes the benefits of planting trees and shrubs on the roadside, and the proper procedures for doing so.
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Planting and care of street trees.

Planting and care of street trees.

Date: August 1921
Creator: Mulford, Furman Lloyd, b. 1869.
Description: Describes the importance of shade trees within city limits, including: how to plan the layout of street trees; the various types of trees best suited for city growth; and how to properly maintain city-grown trees.
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Our remaining land : we can use it and save it.

Our remaining land : we can use it and save it.

Date: June 1949
Creator: United States. Soil Conservation Service.
Description: Discusses the condition of the remaining productive land in the United States and the risk of losing it to soil erosion. Describes conservation efforts including the use of land standards in conservation planning.
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