The 2015 edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety has just been released. It contains a plethora of data ranging all the way up to college statistics. Overall, there is a downward trend in crime with the notable exceptional of sexual assaults on campus – they have more than doubled. Numerous figures add to the utility of this document. Here is a brief report from The Chronicle of Higher Education on this iteration.
Both national and international bodies have issued important documents pertaining to water scarcity and its implications. The World Bank has published High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy. This report details how the lack of potable water will exacerbate already bad conditions in areas where water scarcity already exists as well as impacting areas that presently do not have to contend with this issue. If left unabated, climate change will affect the supply of water to the world’s cities by 2050, in some cases by two-thirds. These conditions will give rise to mass migrations, “water wars”, and otherarmed conflicts that will in the long run reduce the economies of many of the world’s countries by up to 6%.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued Municipal freshwater scarcity: Using technology to improve distribution system efficiency and tap nontraditional water sources and an E-Supplement containing the survey of 1300 municipal water systems upon which the report is based. As stated in the highlights page: “Of all municipal services, providing a safe and adequate supply of water is perhaps the most essential. Reports about lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan and ongoing drought in several regions of the United States highlight some of the challenges water utilities are facing. In times of shortage, conflicts over limited freshwater resources—including for irrigation, power production, and municipal water use—increase. Further, freshwater shortages are expected to continue into the future.”
The Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has produced Climate Change, Water Scarcity, and Adaptation in the U.S. Fieldcrop Sector that states:”Projected changes in climate are likely to alter growing conditions across important agricultural regions in the United States.”(Summary 1) Reductions in crop yields are expected by 2020.
A search of PMC (PubMed Central) shows over 700 articles on water scarcity; over 350 articles are in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); and more than 100 articles can be found courtesy of HighWire Press.
Center for Digital Education; Maximizing K-12 Fiber Connectivity Through E-Rate: An Overview (Berkman Center, Harvard); IT Leadership Survey (CoSN); and Children’s Rights and Digital Technologies: Introduction to the Discourse and Some Meta-Observations (Berkman Center).
We admit that we have been lucky that back in the day we walked the streets of Palmyra and gazed upon the Temple of Bel, visited “The Treasury” at Petra while marveling at the ingenuity of the water supply system there, tread the ruins of Carthage and recalled the phrase uttered by Cato at every speech-making opportunity (abbreviated as “Carthago delenda est”, and strolled among “The “Houses of the Dead” at Meroe. So it should come as no surprise that we recommend the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with its wealth of online publications. Its entire corpus of 700+ works has been digitized for free access; these works encompass both scholarly and more popular items. Tomes range from Picturing the Past that highlights restoration efforts, whether in line drawings, digital reconstructions, or actual rebuilding to the Assyrian Dictionary, a multi-year project.
This recent report, that reviewed dozens of scientific studies on the relationship between weight loss and exercise states: “The evidence is now clear: Exercise is excellent for health, but it’s not important for weight loss. The two things should never be given equal weight in the obesity debate.” Reviewing metastudies, tracking back decades-old research as well as incorporating work as recent as this year, interviewing experts in the field, and providing cogent graphics and links, this report should give one pause when thinking that the key to weight loss is exercise. While exercise is great for your health, the study says, it does little for weight reduction. The secret? Eat less food! It would seem to be a no-brainer, but as the article points out, most of us operate under the assumption that we burn off what we eat. And that is much too simplistic a viewpoint.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions (CRS); New data explores foreign fighters from the United States (START); Africa: ACLED Conflict Trends Report No. 46 March 2016 (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project); Death Sentences and Executions in 2015 Report (Amnesty International); Victims of Ideological Homicides, 1990-2014 (START); Global Defence Spending 2015: The Big Picture (EU Institute for Security Studies); Trends in Armed Conflict 1946-2014 (Peace Research Institute); Common Foreign and Security Policy (from the “What Think Tanks Are Thinking” series published by the European Parliamentary Research Service); NATO, EU and Security in Europe (same series); Common Security and Defence Policy (same series); Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2015 (SIPRI); and Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 21.
This 50th edition has almost 1000 pages of charts and graphs tracking the state of United States education from pre-k to graduate school. Do you want to see Historical summary of faculty, enrollment, degrees conferred, and finances in degree-granting postsecondary institutions: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2012-13? How about Foreign students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the United States, by continent, region, and selected countries of origin: Selected years, 1980-81 through 2013-14? Need figures on Labor force participation and educational attainment? Or parental involvement in education? Look no further than this tome.