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Report – Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth

“The growing problem of changing environmental conditions caused by climate destabilization is well recognized as one of the defining issues of our time. The root problem is greenhouse gas emissions, and the fundamental solution is curbing those emissions. Climate geoengineering has often been considered to be a “last-ditch” response to climate change, to be usedContinue Reading

Paper – China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the US

Working Paper Series – Congressional Budget Office Washington, DC. China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the United States. Andrew Stocking Formerly an employee of the Congressional Budget Office; Terry Dinan, Congressional Budget Office. June 2015. Working Paper 2015-05. “Growing rapidly in recent decades, China’s demand for energy has nearly doubled since 2005—making China the world’sContinue Reading

Study by law prof challenges Google search results

Tim Wu, Michael Luca, and the Yelp Data Team [note – Wu was compensated by Yelp for his work] – “While Google is known primarily as a search engine, it has increasingly developed and promoted its own content as an alternative to results from other websites. By prominently displaying Google content in response to searchContinue Reading

OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities

OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities: First Quarter 2015 (PDF) –  From the Executive Summary Insured U.S. commercial banks and savings associations reported trading revenue of $7.7 billion in the first quarter, $3.2 billion higher (71.6%) than the fourth quarter, and $1.5 billion higher ( 23.9%) than the first quarter of 2014.Continue Reading

What Do Rating Agencies Think about “Too-Big-to-Fail” Since Dodd-Frank?

Liberty Street Economics – New York Fed – First in a two-part series, Gara Afonso and João Santos: “Did the Dodd-Frank Act end ‘‘too-big-to-fail’’ (TBTF)? In this series of two posts, we look at this question through the lens of rating agencies and financial markets. Today we begin by discussing rating agencies’ views on thisContinue Reading

Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record

Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination by Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas, June 2015: “The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, while at the same time expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot beContinue Reading

OPM – Actions to Strengthen Cybersecurity and Protect Critical IT Systems

“The recent intrusions into U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems that house personnel and background investigation data for Federal employees and other individuals have raised questions about the security of OPM data and the integrity of its Information Technology (IT) assets. Since Director Archuleta arrived at OPM, she has led the agency in takingContinue Reading

Millennials Outnumber Baby Boomers and Are Far More Diverse

“Millennials, or America’s youth born between 1982 and 2000, now number 83.1 million and represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population. Their size exceeds that of the 75.4 million baby boomers, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. Overall, millennials are more diverse than the generations that preceded them, with 44.2Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Medicaid: Service UtilizationContinue Reading

85th BIS Annual Report

85th Annual Report, Bank for International Settlements 2014/15 28 June 2015 “In its main economic review of the year, the BIS calls for a shift to a longer-term focus in policymaking, with the aim of restoring sustainable and balanced growth.”  PDF (125 pages)

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access preservation of knowledge literature culture

“Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many. Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projectsContinue Reading

Independent report for G7 on climate change risks

“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperationContinue Reading