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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Reading in the Mobile Era: A Study of Mobile Reading in Developing Countries

Categories: Literacy/Reading,United Nations

First ever study of mobile readers in developing countries.  Covers characteristics of readers, what they are reading, and what are the barriers.  From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Agricultue, Forestry and Other Land Use Emissions by Sources and Removals by Sinks: 1990-2011 Analysis

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,United Nations


This report provides the first comprehensive analysis of emissions releases from agriculture and forestry as extracted from the new FAOSTAT Emission Database.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization


Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations


The third of three working group reports which form the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change.  Asserts that global emissions of greenhouse gases grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and that only major institutional and technological change can limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Global Study on Homicide 2013: Trends, Contexts, Data

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics,United Nations

Aims to improve understanding of criminal violence by providing information on where it occurs, who is most at risk, and how their lives are taken.  Reports that 437,000 persons were killed in 2012 with the largest number (36%) occurring in the Americas.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Special Report: FAO/WFP Markets and Food Security Assessment Mission to the Central African Republic

Categories: Africa,Food/Nutrition,United Nations

Warns of dire food shortages in conflict-wracked Central African Republic, which is described as being on the brink of economic and social collapse.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme


Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations


Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice


Climate Change 2013: Summary for Policy Makers

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

Describes a range of likely outcomes and effects of climate change to enable policy makers to set priorities in combatting those effects.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

Warns of economic and social dangers of climate change caused by human factors that change atmospheric gases and land surface properties. Chapters on evaluation of climate models, detection and attribution of climate change, near and long-term climate change projections, sea-level change, and more.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


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