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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Crime in the United States 2009

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

The annual compilation of crime statistics gathered from local police departments.  Reports that violent crime dropped for the third consecutive year and property crime incidents dropped for the seventh consecutive year.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Latin America and the Caribbean: Environment Outlook

Categories: Environment,Latin America,United Nations

Includes current economic development pressures, the state of the environment, environmental change and human well-being, possible future scenarios, and options for action.  From the United Nations Environment Programme

Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Resources for the United States

Categories: Energy,Virginia Issues

This report summarizes the offshore wind resource potential for the contiguous U.S. and Hawaii.  Includes Virginia among coastal states with measures of wind resource by wind speed interval, water depth, and distance from shore.  From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Energy Department.

Achieving and Sustaining Earth Observations: A Preliminary Plan Based on a Strategic Assessment

Categories: Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

Describes the need for an integrated earth observing system and the elements of such a system.  From the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House

Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings Growth Among the Youngest Baby Boomers: Results from Longitudinal Survey

Categories: Careers,Education,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that the average person born in the latter years of the baby boom held 11 jobs from age 18 to age 44.  More than three-fifths of these jobs were held  from ages 18 to 27.  The survey report provides information on work and nonwork experiences, education, training,  income, and health characteristics.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults: United States, 2000-2009

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Provides state by state data on the consumption of fruits and vegetables among adults over a decade.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Substance Use Among American Indian or Alaska Native Adults

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Native Americans,Statistics

Reports that the rate of alcohol use was lower among American Indian or Alaska Native adults than the national average for adults but the percentage of AIAN adults who needed treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use in the past year was higher than the national average.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability

Categories: Climate Change,Weather/Disasters

This report suggests best practices for the procedures and protocols associated with making forecasts, with the goal of increasing forecast quality.  From the National Academy of Sciences

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