Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2014

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women

Women’s earnings were 83% of those of men in 2014, up from 62% in 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available. The statistics tables cover age, race and ethnicity, education, occupation, state of residence, and weekly work hours. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


FDA Takes Several Actions Involving Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals for Food

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Agency press release on the approval of genetically modified salmon and other steps relating to food from genetically engineered plants and animals. Also provides links to guidance documents relating to voluntary labeling of GE products by food companies. From the Food and Drug Administration


The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1: Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness

Categories: Children,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Veterans

Reports on an overall 11% decrease in homelessness in the U.S. and a 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when the Opening Doors strategy was launched to prevent and end homelessness. See also statistics for homelessness by state and sub-state units. Also reports on child, family, veteran, and chronic homelessness. From the Department of Housing and Urban Development


FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Provides wording and explanation of final regulations relating to safety standards for growing, harvesting, shipping and selling of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. From the Food and Drug Administration


Police Use of Nonfatal Force, 2002-2011

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Statistics

Presents statistics on the threat or use of nonfatal force by police against white, black, and Hispanic residents during police contact. Describes characteristics of the contact, type of force threatened or used, and the perceptions that the force used was excessive or proper. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Determination

Categories: Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Transportation

Lists the reasons for the denial of the permit for TransCanada to build the pipeline across the U.S. From the State Department


WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2014

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Latest annual report on the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Reports atmospheric abundances and rates of change of the most important greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—and provides a summary of the other gases. From the World Meteorological Organization


Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Press release on the latest greenhouse gas measurements from an international monitoring organization. In Spring 2015 the global average concentration of carbon dioxide exceeded the symbolically significant 400 ppm level. Includes links to the full report. From the World Meteorological Organization


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