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Earl Gregg Swem Library

UNEP Yearbook: Emerging Issues in our Global Environment 2013

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,United Nations

Sounds an alarm about damage to the polar icecaps.  As sea ice melts (it was 18% below previous recorded minimums in the summer of 2012), a rush to exploit natural resources creates conditions for further damage to the fragile system.  From the United Nations Environment Programme



Extended Mass Layoffs—Fourth Quarter 2012; Annual Totals 2012

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that the number of mass layoff events and the number of workers displaced were down from the previous year, despite the effect of Hurricane Sandy.  Also covers reasons for extended layoffs, size of layoffs, movement of work, recall expectations, initial claim characteristics, and geographic/industry sector distribution of layoffs.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Geographic Concentration of High-Income Households: 2007-2011

Categories: Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides estimates on the number of high-income households in each area of the country.  Finds that high-income counties are found most frequently along the coasts, especially the Pacific, Middle Atlantic, and New England coasts.  From the Census Bureau


2013 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S.

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Third annual report on residential broadband performance in the U.S. and the first to include results on satellite technology.  Based on data collected in September 2012.  Finds that ISPs continue to meet or exceed the speeds they advertise and that customers are migrating to faster speeds.  From the Federal Communications Commission



Children and Families Bill

Categories: Adoption/Foster Care,Children,Disability,Education,Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family

Research paper written for British legislation which seeks reform relating to adoption and children in care, aspects of the family justice system, children and youth with special education needs, time off work for ante-natal care, and flexible working arrangements. House of Commons Research Paper 13/11.