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December 27, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
 
  • West Antarctica experiences rapid warming
    West Antarctica is warming at a much quicker pace than other places around the globe, according to a study led by David Bromwich, a geography professor at The Ohio State University. Average temperatures have climbed by more than 4 degrees since the 1950s at one research station in Antarctica. "Lots of melting can do lots of damage to the ice shelves," Bromwich said. "We know that these melting events can happen today, and we are likely to see more melting events." The Christian Science Monitor/Reuters (12/24), Discovery (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lessons from traditional societies
    Life isn't perfect in traditional societies, but there is much to learn from them, according to "The World Until Yesterday" by geographer Jared Diamond, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. For example, studying traditional cultures may yield valuable insights when it comes to modern diet and child care. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geographer explores possibility of 2 Dust Bowls
    The impact of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s was more widespread than some people may realize, according to Donald Berg, a professor emeritus of geography at South Dakota State University. People tend to think of the Dust Bowl as a phenomenon that only struck the southern Great Plains, but the truth is that northern parts of the Great Plains were also affected, Berg contends. "The concept of the Dust Bowl being exclusive to the southern Plains is in error and need of correction," he writes. Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Yields of important food crops stall
    Production of several key crops is increasing in some parts of the world, but a study reports that in up to 39% of growing areas of corn, rice, wheat and soybeans, "yields either never improve, stagnate or collapse." "This finding is particularly troubling because it suggests that we have preferentially focused our crop improvement efforts on feeding animals and cars, as we have largely ignored investments in wheat and rice, crops that feed people and are the basis of food security in much of the world," said Jonathan Foley, co-author of the study. The Washington Post/WorldViews blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More world megacities vulnerable to major floods
    In coming years, the number of coastal megacities at risk of storm surges and flooding is expected to rise significantly. In terms of assets, the risks faced by low-lying cities such as Tokyo, New Orleans and Amsterdam are projected to be surpassed by the fast-growing metropolises of Calcutta, Shanghai, Mumbai, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. "The landscape of vulnerability has changed spectacularly," says Vinod Thomas of the Asian Development Bank. Yale Environment 360 (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • How GIS technology is helping a county in Md.
    GIS technology is proving to be a useful tool for the government of Calvert County, Md. The county launched its GIS initiative about a decade ago, and now the technology has "become a tool people use daily," said GIS Coordinator Kathleen O'Brien. Among other things, GIS technology is used by first responders when they need to locate emergencies, and the public can access interactive topography maps. The Bay Net (Hollywood, Md.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AAG Annual Meeting field trips available to explore Los Angeles
    Explore the rich physical and cultural geography of Los Angeles through informative field trips to Mt. Hollywood, Chinatown, the Arroyo Seco and other locations -- all led by geographers or other experts. Field trips are also an excellent way to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues and friends. Visit the AAG site for a full list of field trips. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Celebrate with this year's honorees at the AAG Awards Luncheon
    Join colleagues and friends in Los Angeles for the AAG Awards Luncheon on April 13 to celebrate and congratulate the recipients of the AAG Honors and several other awards, including the AAG annual book awards, Burrill Award, Miller Award, Nystrom Award, Jackson Prize, AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, Specialty Group Awards and 50-Year Members. Tickets are only $55. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright


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