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Earl Gregg Swem Library

World Happiness Report 2016 Update

Categories: United Nations

The fourth in a series, and an abbreviated version. Covers rankings of happiness by country, an analysis of the inequality of well-being, links between happiness and secular ethics, and the connection between happiness and sustainable development goals. A project of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


Poverty in the United States: 50-Year Trends and Safety Net Impacts

Categories: Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Presents analyses of the impact of the federal safety net on poverty rates and a close look at populations experiencing high risks of poverty during the 50 years since the War on Poverty began. Accompanying data tables show rates of official and alternative poverty from 1964 to 2014 and supplemental poverty rates for 2014. From the Department of Health and Human Services.


Consent Decree: United States of America v . City of Ferguson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Lengthy court document which spells out the details of reforms to be undertaken by the City of Ferguson, Missouri in resolving the lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against the city to ensure the protection of constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community. From the Justice Department


Justice Department and City of Ferguson, Missouri, Resolve Lawsuit with Agreement to Reform Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court to Ensure Constitutional Policing

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Describes terms of agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and the city of Ferguson, Missouri resolving the federal lawsuit against the city. Describes the areas of reform agreed to by the city including community policing and engagement, bias-free police and court practices, and creating a Civilian Review Board for oversight. From the Justice Department


WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2015

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Describes 2015 as a year of record-breaking heat and precipitation. Also covers El Nino’s effects, the cryosphere, greenhouse gas concentrations, regional extremes, tropical cyclones, and ozone depletion. From the World Meterological Organization.


Fact Sheet: EU-Turkey Agreement

Categories: European Union,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Syria,Turkey\

Provides a question and answer format to explain the deal between the European Union and Turkey to end irregular migration of refugees from Syria to Europe and provide incentives for Turkey to house the refugees. From the European Commission


EU and Turkey Agree [on] European Response to Refugee Crisis

Categories: European Union,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Syria,Turkey

Presents details of agreement between the European Union nations and Turkey on the treatment of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe. From the European Commission