Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Recreation/Travel,United Nations

Provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for global tourism.  Offers a series of case studies from various continents.  From the UN Environment Programme and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.


Global Aids Update 2016

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,United Nations

Describes progress made in fighting AIDS as efforts continue to end the epidemic by 2030.  From the UNAids Organization


Characteristics of New Housing 2015

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

Provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned  residential structures by region, including number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, source of financing, and presence of homeowner’s association.  From the Census Bureau


Births: Preliminary Data for 2015

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Marriage/Family,Statistics,Women

Provides preliminary 2015 birth data by age, race, and Hispanic origin of mother.  Also includes data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight.  Information presented at national and state levels.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rule to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Agency press release explaining the purpose and details of the proposed regulation to provide protection against short term, high interest loans.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text of proposed regulation that would provide consumer protections for certain short term, high interest loans by requiring lenders to determine that the borrower has the ability to repay the loan and restricting further loans for borrowers with outstanding loans.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


U.S. Supreme Court: Policies and Perspectives on Video and Audio Coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings

Categories: Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

The U.S. Supreme Court does not provide video coverage of oral arguments but does provide audio coverage of selected proceedings upon request.  This report reviews the Supreme Court’s current policies on audio and video coverage, the policies of other selected appellate courts, and benefits/concerns about expanding such coverage.  From the Government Accountability Office


Zika Virus Outbreak Global Response Interim Report

Categories: Health/Medical,United Nations

Summarizes the background to the Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan, provides an update to key activities, and sets out the current funding gap for critical activities.  From the World Health Organization


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