Canada ice study offers insights on warming | Will the future include floating cities? | Mapping desperation, optimism across US
November 16, 2017
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Canada ice study offers insights on warming
Research suggests that the Cordilleran Ice Sheet in western Canada melted faster than previously thought, and the study could provide clues about what to expect as warming temperatures affect Greenland's ice. "If you want to understand future and present day, then it's often good to look at the past," said geography professor Brian Menounos of the University of Northern British Columbia, who led the study.
CBC News (Canada) (11/9) 
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Will the future include floating cities?
Floating cities may be moving closer to becoming a reality as the nonprofit Seasteading Institute of San Francisco pursues plans to build and operate about a dozen structures in French Polynesia by 2020. Some see the idea of floating cities as appealing in light of rising sea levels and political instability.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/13) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Carbon emissions on rise in 2017
Carbon emissions on rise in 2017
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Carbon dioxide emissions will likely increase significantly this year despite global efforts to reduce them. Emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to go up 2% after three years of stability.
New Scientist (free content) (11/13) 
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Opinion: More aerial study of ancient Saudi Arabia stone structures needed
Saudi Arabia recently opened up its skies to allow researchers to study ancient stone structures from the air, and archaeologist David Kennedy is pushing for more such collaborative efforts. "A successful systematic program of aerial archaeology in the Al-Ula region could provide valuable lessons and establish best practices for the far larger task of mapping the archaeology of Saudi Arabia," he writes.
LiveScience (11/12) 
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Antarctica home to ancient fossilized forest
The fossil remains of a 280-million-year-old forest have been found in Antarctica. "Antarctica preserves an ecologic history of polar biomes that ranges for about 400 million years, which is basically the entirety of plant evolution," said paleoecologist Erik Gulbranson, who will return to the site next week for more excavations.
LiveScience (11/15) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.

Technology and Applications
Esri, Mobileye partner to collect transportation data
Esri and Mobileye are combining efforts to equip city transit fleets with data-collecting technology. Mobileye sensors attached to buses and other vehicles feed data into Esri's mapping platform with the goal of preventing collisions.
Forbes (11/13) 
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Make a Gift to Enhance Diversity in Geography
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Honorary Geographer Announced for #AAG2018
Every year the AAG designates an individual as AAG Honorary Geographer as a way of recognizing excellence in research, teaching or writing on geographic topics by non-geographers. For 2018, the Executive Committee recognizes Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University. He has played an important foundational role in the study of environmental and transportation justice, as well as translating those ideas to policy makers and wider public groups. This work has been invaluable to scholars in geography, who increasingly address issues of inequality, spatial justice and environmental racism. Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 12, 3:20-5:00 p.m. Learn more.
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