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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Weather/Disasters

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Labor/Employment

Examines promising practices and continuing barriers in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement.  Aims to assist law enforcement agencies, especially smaller police departments in promoting diversity in their workforces.  Includes case studies of six communities.  From the Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies: 2016 Update

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Latest annual report on the move toward clean energy technologies, which highlights the development wind turbines, solar technologies, electric vehicles, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  From the Energy Department


Household Income: 2015

Categories: Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

Presents data on median household income and the Gini index of income inequality.  Shows a significant increase in median household income at the national level and for 39 states.  2015 median household income for the nation was $55,775, up 3.8% from 2014.  From the Census Bureau.


2015-16 Total Educational and General Expenditures by Program, Virginia Public Higher Education Institutions

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues$file/RD354.pdf

Statistical table showing what each public Virginia college and university spent on instruction, research, public service, academic support, student services, institutional support and O&M.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Current and Future Plans for a State System of Attractive, Sustainable, and Enduring Trails Across the Commonwealth

Categories: Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues$file/RD363.pdf

Provides a progress report on efforts to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in the state. From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation


Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reviews U.S. trade performance during the year with a focus on changes in exports and imports of key natural resources, agricultural, and manufacturing products.  Also examines changes in trade relations with 4 key partners and country groups.  Also has special topic: the impact of declining energy prices on U.S. sectoral trade flows.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission.


Paris Climate Agreement Ratified

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

Passage by the European Parliament of the Paris Climate Agreement brought the number of ratifying countries past the 55 needed for the treaty to come into force.  To date 74 countries with 58% of global emissions have agreed to the terms.  This report offers a British view.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7718


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