How geographic knowledge relates to foreign policy views | Mapping changes in wealth distribution in US cities | Understanding the scope of wetland loss in La.
May 18, 2017
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How geographic knowledge relates to foreign policy views
How geographic knowledge relates to foreign policy views
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Out of 1,746 American adults in a recent experiment, only 36% were able to find North Korea on an unlabeled world map. Those who were able to locate the country were more likely to favor diplomatic and nonmilitary approaches to relations with North Korea.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/14) 
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Mapping changes in wealth distribution in US cities
Data suggest that the divide between high- and low-income households grew in the US between 1970 and 2015 as the middle class shrank. This article features a graphic that shows how the distribution of wealth has shifted in cities including Chicago, Detroit, New York and San Francisco.
The Guardian (London) (5/17) 
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Learn to create effective and compelling maps!
The new edition of Making Maps includes more color illustrations, covers the use of mobile digital devices to collect map data, and discusses added case studies. Accessible and beautifully designed, it explores all aspects of map making and provides the tools needed to create maps. Learn more!

Research, Education and Global Change
Study links drug trade to Central American deforestation
Cocaine trafficking is a major reason for the loss of tropical forests in Central America, per research from Oregon State University. Up to 30% of the forest loss in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua over the past 10 years may be related to the drug trade.
The Oregonian (Portland) (5/16) 
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Last 10 months is driest southern England has been in 100 years
The stretch of 10 months from July to April was the driest in southern England in more than a century. April was especially arid, having less than half of the month's usual rainfall, according to the Center for Ecology and Hydrology.
New Scientist (free content)/Press Association (UK) (5/16) 
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Mont. glaciers have shrunk, survey shows
The number of glaciers in Montana dropped from 39 to 26 over the past 50 years, on average shrinking by 39%, according to the US Geological Survey. "While the shrinkage in Montana is more severe than some other places in the US, it is in line with trends that have been happening on a global scale," researcher Andrew Fountain said.
United Press International (5/10) 
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Technology and Applications
Higher-res images lead to global forest discovery
Higher-resolution images made available through Google Earth Engine have helped researchers discover previously unknown forests equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. The find, which increases the world's forest cover by about 9%, is expected to improve the models used to calculate Earth's stored carbon.
The Conversation (U.S.) (5/11) 
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Association News
Upcoming Award Deadlines
The AAG is accepting nominations and applications for AAG Honors, the Media Achievement Award, the AAG Publication Award, and the AAG Fellows Program. All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2017, for consideration. Learn more about AAG awards.
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Feature Your Department in the AAG Guide to Geography Programs
Don't miss the chance to promote your geography department to prospective students. Tell them about your program and highlight your faculty in the 2017 edition of the AAG Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas. Act soon because the deadline to submit your listing is June 2. All departments listed in the Guide will also be included in Guide to Geography Programs Interactive Map. The Guide serves as a complete and invaluable reference for faculty, prospective students, government agencies, and private firms in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. Learn more or view the current edition at this website.
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