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September 13, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • How geography drives world events
    Technology has made rapid travel and communication possible, but geography is still a key factor in global politics, writes Robert D. Kaplan in an adaptation from his book, "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate." "Successfully navigating today's world demands that we focus first on constraints, and that means paying attention to maps," he writes. The Wall Street Journal (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researching the link between environmental noise and health
    More than 2% of the population of Fulton County, Ga., must deal with road noise that can make sleep difficult, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Urban planners are interested in this. Public health folks will have an interest in this as well," said CDC epidemiologist and geographer James Holt. The researchers conducted their study by using mapping software to split the area into segments of 90 square meters. National Public Radio/Shots blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How young people are reshaping the urban landscape
    Members of the millennial generation have flocked to urban areas, which provide economic and cultural opportunities, but it remains to be seen how many will choose to live in cities over the long term, writes Rolf Pendall, director of the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. Young people "have generated new demands for local government and businesses so that cities are becoming places where families stay by choice and not just by necessity," he writes. The Atlantic Cities (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Popular unrest bubbles to surface in West Africa
    It has been "a summer of siege" in countries along Africa's west coast, where popular discontent over issues of stability, income inequality and government legitimacy are playing out in Togo, Gabon, Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire. The unrest is unlikely to subside soon, especially in Togo, as the Togolese do not have enough to eat, says activist Jil-Benoït Afangbedji. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Where are the most diverse communities?
    Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have tracked diversity trends in communities across the country. Among the most diverse places are communities in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the New York and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas, they found. Factors such as population size, job options and government or military employment are linked to diversity. The Atlantic Cities (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data

  Technology and Applications 
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  Association News 
  • Tour Los Angeles from Pueblo to the sea via Sunset Boulevard
    Getting to know the lay of the land in Los Angeles can be impossible, says Stefano Bloch, California State University, Northridge. Instead, Bloch suggests that conference-goers attending the AAG Annual Meeting tour L.A. via Sunset Boulevard, his most trusted path through the city. He notes, "Sunset Boulevard is perhaps the best choice for exploring the City of Angels via one of its many historically significant, culturally diverse, and topographically distinctive routes." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United Nations recognizes value of geography to protect human rights
    The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recognized geography's role in human rights, citing sessions on human rights from the AAG Annual Meeting in New York. The OHCHR highlighted how geographers use geographic technologies and techniques to monitor and provide evidence of human rights abuses around the world. For more information on AAG's activities related to human rights, see the AAG Geography and Human Rights Clearinghouse and Forum. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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