Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Social Trends 2009

Categories: Children,Elderly,Great Britain,Marriage/Family,Statistics

Combines social and economic data from a range of British government agencies to provide a guide to United Kingdom society and how it has been changing. This issue focuses on households, families, and children. Reports that the proportion of people under age 16 has dropped below those over state pension age. From the UK National Statistics Office.

Global Green New Deal

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,United Nations

Calls for greening proposed fiscal stimulus packages to revive the world economy, promote sustainable growth, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and reduce carbon dependency and ecosystem degradation. From the United Nations Environment Programme.

2007-2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2007-08

Categories: Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Describes the percentages of students receiving various types of financial aid and average amounts received, by type of institution attended, attendance pattern, dependency status, and income level. Covers undergraduate and graduate students. From the National Center for Education Statistics

Building a Sustainable Energy Future

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology

Presents a plan for changing the U.S. from an extractive fossil fuel energy economy to a sustainable energy economy. Offers 6 key findings and related recommendations. From the National Science Board.

A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Categories: Children,Hispanics,Immigration/Migration,Population/Census,Statistics

Describes trends in the unauthorized immigrant population, 76% of which consists of Hispanics. Finds there are 8.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. labor force as of March 2008 but that the period of rapid growth in this number has ended. Also reports that the number of citizen children with unauthorized parents has expanded rapidly from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million in 2008. From a nongovernment source that uses Census Bureau data. From the Pew Hispanic Center.

Quantifying a Relationship between Place-Based Learning and Environmental Quality: Final Report

Categories: Environment

Investigates whether there is a relationship between school-based or informal education programs that focus on air quality and the resulting quality of the air in a region. Reports that air quality actually improved over the course of nearly half the projects, most projects undertook some action to improve air quality, and programs reporting more place-based learning activities were more likely to report improvements in air quality. From the Environmental Protection Agency

Fact Sheet: Reaching Out to the Cuban People

Categories: Cuba

Describes U.S. policy changes toward Cuba which bring an end to restrictions on family visits to Cuba, lift all restrictions on sending money to family members in Cuba and foster U.S. telecommunications services to Cuba. From the White House

OPEC Oil Export Revenues

Categories: Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Reports that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries earned $970 billion in net oil export revenues in 2008, a 42% increase over 2007. Saudi Arabia earned the largest share, $287 billion or 30% of total OPEC revenues. From the Energy Information Administration.