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Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States, 2007

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Foodborne agents cause an estimated 76 million illnesses annually in the U.S. This article offers information on the causes of foodborne illnesses, the types of foods often implicated, and the settings.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Use of the CPI in Adjusting Federal Income Tax Brackets and Other Federal Tax Parameters

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Taxes

Explains what bracket creep is, and how indexing federal tax rates, personal exemptions, and standard deductions to the Consumer Price Index has changed things.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Long-Term Growth in U.S. Cheese Consumption May Slow

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Statistics

Predicts that though U.S. per capita cheese consumption has more than doubled since the mid-1970s, future growth may slow as population changes reduce the size of the white majority, which represents the major consumers of cheese.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Real Change for Afghan Women’s Rights: Opportunities and Challenges in the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

Categories: Afghanistan,Civil/Human Rights,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns,Women

Argues that expansion of women’s rights, especially voting rights,  is crucial for stabilizing Afghanistan.  Discusses key issues which impede women’s political participation, and how they might be dealt with.   From the United States Institute of Peace

The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament in South Asia: A Reality Check

Categories: Arms Control,India,Nuclear Arms,Pakistan,Treaties

Describes the reasons that India and Pakistan are defying the trend toward nuclear disarmament and what might be done to change this situation.  From the United States Institute of Peace

Arctic Sea Ice Decline: Projected Changes in Timing and Extent of Sea Ice in the Bering and Chukchi Seas

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology,Statistics

Provides projections of 21st Century sea ice conditions in the Bering and Chukchi Seas by 18 climate models to explore the effects of global warming on local resources of commercial and cultural value.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

Correlation Chart of Pennsylvanian Rocks in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania Showing Approximate Position of Coal Beds, Coal Zones, and Key Stratigraphic Units

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Provides information on the presence or absence of coal beds and coal zones by means of a correlation chart to show how coal areas differ between states and regions. From the U.S. Geological Survey

Mapping Watershed Potential to Contribute Phosphorus from Geologic Materials to Receiving Streams, Southeastern United States

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Provides estimates of total nitrogen and phosphorus loads in surface waters from point and nonpoint sources in the Southeast including Virginia.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

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