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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Over-Indebtedness of European Households in 2008

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Germany,Great Britain,Greece,Statistics

Reports that the proportion of individuals in households owing an amount larger than the monthly disposable income exceeded 5% in the United Kingdom, Germany, Cyprus, Austria, and Greece.  Provides data on debt for each of the European Union countries.  From Eurostat

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Designation of Critical Habitat for the Polar Bear in the United States

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations

Final regulation which designates 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for the polar bear.  Covers barrier islands, on-shore den areas, and offshore sea-ice near Alaska where federal authorities will see that human actions do not harm polar bear populations.  From the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service

A Method for Assessing Carbon Stocks, Carbon Sequestration, and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the United States Under Present Conditions and Future Scenarios

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

This document defines the scope and methods of the assessment in terms of the ecosystems, pools, assessment units, and scale of applications, and explains the interdisciplinary framework and the individual methods and models used to development assessment reports.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

Conflict and Post-Conflict Governance: The Stakeholder Perspective

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace

Summarizes major themes from a May 2010 conference.  From the  United States Institute of Peace

Transcending the Past to Build Haiti’s Future

Categories: Haiti

Argues that the effort to create a better Haiti requires important shifts in political, social, and economic paradigms. From the United States Institute of Peace

Census Bureau Releases 2010 Demographic Analysis Population Estimates

Categories: Births/Deaths,Immigration/Migration,Medicare/Medicaid,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides estimates of the U.S population and components of that population through the use of data on births and deaths, international migration, and Medicare enrollment.  Provides five different estimates (low to high) based on different assumptions for each of the date sources.  From the Census Bureau

National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Estimates total health care expenses at $1.15 trillion for the U.S. in 2008.  Also offers data on types of service and source of payments.   From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Highlights from PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context

Categories: Education,Headlines,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

Describes the results of the Program for International Student Assessment, an international test that measures the performance of 15 year olds in reading, math, and science every 3 years.  Compares results by country.   From the National Center for Education Statistics

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