New POSTnotes published

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published the following POSTnotes.

Precision Farming

Precision farming uses technology to improve efficiency. It offers benefits for yields, profits and the environment. However, uptake by farmers has been slow. This POSTnote describes precision farming methods, adoption and factors influencing it, and future practices.

Trends in Compulsory Education

This POSTnote focuses on trends in UK compulsory education and outlines where trends differ between individual nations.

Trends in Crime and Criminal Justice

This POSTnote describes crime patterns, and highlights issues with crime measurement and data. It also identifies key developments in the criminal justice system.

Deep Sea Mining

In March 2013, the Prime Minister said that deep-sea mining could be worth £40bn to the UK over the next 30 years. This briefing summarises the framework governing activity in international waters. It also describes the mineral deposit types being considered and the proposed extraction methods, potential environmental effects and mitigation options.

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