Rivers in New Zealand, India gain legal rights | Understanding water insecurity | Map converts population density into geologic features
March 23, 2017
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Rivers in New Zealand, India gain legal rights
Rivers in New Zealand, India gain legal rights
People bathing in the Ganges (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
New Zealand's government recently awarded the Whanganui River legal status as a living entity, a move supported by the local Maori tribe. The action was subsequently cited by a court in India, which awarded similar status to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.
The Guardian (London) (3/21),  The Guardian (London) (3/16) 
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Understanding water insecurity
Hundreds of millions of people lack reliable access to clean drinking water, writes Majed Akhter, an assistant professor of geography at Indiana University Bloomington. In this commentary, he reflects on World Water Day, which was Wednesday, and discusses the roles that politics and culture play in water insecurity.
Al Jazeera (3/20) 
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Explore global disease ecology & health issues
The fourth edition of Health and Medical Geography is now updated with new chapters, studies, and data. Using examples from across the globe, integrated perspectives, and diverse approaches, this is a thought-provoking introduction to health and medicine for geographers. Read a free chapter.

Research, Education and Global Change
New maps coming to Boston schools
Officials in Boston are replacing classroom maps in the city's schools that use the Mercator projection with new ones based on the Gall-Peters projection. The move is part of an effort to move beyond Eurocentric viewpoints in the classroom, said Colin Rose, assistant superintendent in charge of the Boston Public Schools' Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps.
National Public Radio (3/21),  The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/17),  The Guardian (London) (3/23) 
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Maps show US attitudes toward climate change
Americans have a broad range of opinions on global climate change. Six maps show how the US thinks about the issue according to where people live.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (3/21) 
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Weather factors hammered Australia mangrove forest
Weather factors hammered Australia mangrove forest
(Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Extreme temperatures, drought and declining sea levels all contributed to one of the most severe mangrove forest diebacks on record in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria in the summer of 2015-16, which increases the risk of shore erosion. The dieback occurred as the Great Barrier Reef saw its worst-ever bleaching.
The Conversation (U.K.) (3/13) 
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Lead the Way in a Rapidly Growing SpecialtyLead the Way in a Rapidly Growing Specialty
USC's online graduate programs in GIST can pave the way for a career that goes far beyond science. Today's GIST specialists take on critical roles in fields such as engineering, transportation, health care, telecommunications, real estate, government, and the non-profit sector. Learn more.

Technology and Applications
Team to map sand changes along Lake Michigan's western edge
Researchers will use electromagnetic mapping to survey the western edge of Lake Michigan to gain a better understanding of changes in its sand deposits. A helicopter hauling a six-sided antenna will gather data and give the team a 3D look at the area.
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (3/22) 
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Make a Difference this Summer in Havana, Cuba
Join The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture Economy June 21-28, 2017 for a Revitalization & Sustainability Bamboo Workshop in Havana! Join us as we discover and create to meet local needs with local solutions. No Spanish or previous design or carpentry skills required; just an interest in Cuba, sustainability, revitalization, innovation, and re-purposing. Learn more and apply

Association News
Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience: Advances in Theory, Methods, and Practice
Uncertainty and context pose fundamental challenges in geographic research and GIScience. Geospatial data are imbued with error, and understanding of the effects of contextual influences on human behavior and experience are often obfuscated by various types of uncertainty. These issues will be addressed at the AAG Annual Meeting in Boston within the special theme Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience. The opening plenary on April 6 will feature keynotes on "New Developments and Perspectives on Context and Uncertainty." The closing plenary on April 8 features a discussion panel on "New Developments and Perspectives on Context and Uncertainty." See a full list of sessions in this theme.
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AAG Offers Undergraduate Student Activities and Resources at Boston Meeting
More than 400 undergraduates have registered to attend this year's AAG Annual Meeting, which is the first conference since the Undergraduate Student Affinity Group was established. A program of events, activities, and resources has been organized for undergraduate students to celebrate and welcome them into the AAG community. These activities are designed to help students network with their peers and colleagues, expand their involvement in and understanding of the discipline of geography, and learn skills to build their careers. Undergraduate students can join the AAG for just $38 per year and receive a range of member benefits. Learn more.
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