Study: Southeastern US saw rapid sea-level rise | Study finds meaty US pet foods contribute to high GHGs | Gulf of Mexico dead zone is biggest ever recorded
August 10, 2017
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Study: Southeastern US saw rapid sea-level rise
The sea level on the coastline south of Cape Hatteras rose much faster than the long-term rate of global increase between 2011 and 2015, new research has found. The scientists discovered that two atmospheric patterns -- El Nino and the North Atlantic Oscillation -- may have been responsible for the rapid increase in this area.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/9) 
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Study finds meaty US pet foods contribute to high GHGs
Producing the meat that goes into US pet foods results in 64 million tons of greenhouse gases each year, said UCLA's Gregory Okin. "If you are worried about the environment, then in the same way you might consider what kind of car you buy ... this is something that might be on your radar," he said.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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Gulf of Mexico dead zone is biggest ever recorded
Scientists have identified a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that's as large as New Jersey, the biggest ever recorded. Farming pollutants and algae are the culprits, but a solution is possible, one expert argues, if Midwest farmers engage in more crop rotation.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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For millions of Americans, emergency hospital services are 30-plus miles away
For millions of Americans, emergency hospital services are 30-plus miles away
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Nearly 30 million Americans are an hour or more from trauma care and a new analysis finds 16% of mainland US residents need to travel at least 30 miles to get to the nearest hospital. The number of hospital deserts has grown in recent years as rural hospitals struggle to continue operating, with data from the University of North Carolina's rural health research program showing that 81 rural hospitals have stopped operations since 2010, and another 673 are considered vulnerable.
CNN (8/3) 
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Belgium experiments with 3 types of reef to preserve coastline
Belgium is experimenting with three types of artificial reef -- employing seaweed, tube worms and mussels -- to help preserve its storm-battered beaches. Private companies are working with government authorities on the project, which is designed to determine which method is most effective before initiating a larger deployment.
The Guardian (London) (8/3) 
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Technology and Applications
Researchers study US innovation trends
Lower-density areas in the US account for a significant share of total patents, but work done in cities produces a higher volume of "unconventional innovations," per a study by economists at Northwestern University and the University of Toronto. Researchers reviewed more than 1 million patents granted between 2002 and 2014 for the study.
CityLab (8/3) 
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Visiting Geographical Scientist Program Accepting Applications for 2017-18
The Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP) is accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. VGSP sponsors visits by prominent geographers to small departments or institutions that do not have the resources to bring in well-known speakers. The purpose of this program is to stimulate interest in geography, targeted for students, faculty members and administrative officers. Participating institutions select and make arrangements with the visiting geographer. Applications and program details may be found here. VGSP is funded by Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international honors society for geographers. Questions and complete applications may be directed to Mark Revell.
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AAG 2018 Registration and Call for Papers Now Open
Register now to submit an abstract or organize sessions for the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting. This conference will feature participation from over 9,000 scholars, professionals and students with an interest in geography. #AAG2018 will be held in New Orleans from April 10-14, 2018. Learn more.
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