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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Haiti: Is Economic Security Possible if Diplomats and Donors Do Their Part?

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Haiti,Income/Poverty,Latin America

Results of a May 2009 policy forum on whether international goodwill and donor support could free Haiti from political instability, poverty, crime, and environmental degradation. From the U.S. Institute of Peace

U.S.-Iranian Engagement: Toward a Grand Agenda?

Categories: Iran,Iraq,Nuclear Arms

Opinions and ideas from a February 2009 roundtable discussion on the prospects for creating a diplomatic framework through which the U.S. and Iran could overcome differences relating to nuclear proliferation and policy toward Iraq and achieve a diplomatic rapprochement. From the U.S. Institute of Peace and the United Nations Association of the USA.

Housing Affordability: Detailed Tables: 2004

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Offers some 30 statistical tables for measuring housing affordability for families for median-priced and modestly-priced homes. Also offers historical tables on housing affordability, effect of policy changes, and effects of policy changes on black and Hispanic origin families. From the Census Bureau.

Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2004

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Reports that in 2004 58% of American families could afford to purchase a modestly priced home in the state where they lived. The sixth in a series of reports that attempt to measure changes in homeownership affordability. From the Census Bureau.

Estimates of Emergency Department Capacity: United States, 2007

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues

Offers statistics and analysis about volume of business at hospital emergency departments and characteristics of the EDs including metropolitan status. From the National Center for Health Statistics.

Federal and State Cigarette Excise Taxes: United States, 1995-2009

Categories: Headlines,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics,Taxes

Summarizes changes in the federal excise tax, as well as state excise taxes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, from December 31, 1995 to April 2009. The federal tax increased from 24 cents per pack in 1995 to $1.01 per pack in 2009, while the average state excise tax increased from 32 cents to $1.20 per pack during the same period. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Calls for a 50% chance of a near normal season with 4-7 hurricanes and 1-3 major hurricanes in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and/or Gulf of Mexico. Includes a section which discusses the science behind the 2009 prediction. From the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Energy Sources 2008 Flash Estimate

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Statistics

Estimates that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined by 2.8% in 2008 due to higher energy prices and lower economic growth. From the Energy Information Administration

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