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January 31, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • Race to the South Pole featured triumph, suffering
    In the early 1900s, several explorers mounted expeditions to Antarctica in the hopes of becoming the first to reach the South Pole, write Neal Lineback, professor emeritus at Appalachian State University, and geographer Mandy Lineback Gritzner. Robert Falcon Scott's team members experienced difficulties on their journey: Their motorized sleds were ineffective, and they were unable to place a supply depot as close to the pole as they had hoped. When they finally reached the South Pole in January 1912, they found that a team led by another explorer, Roald Amundsen, had beaten them there by about a month. Scott and his team died while trying to make the journey back to their base camp. National Geographic News/News Watch blog/Geography in the News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Climate change -- not beetles -- may be catalyst for wildfires
    After reviewing hundreds of scientific studies, researchers have concluded that dry conditions -- not damage caused by bark beetles -- may be responsible for wildfires in lodgepole pine and spruce forests. "[I]f you look into the long-term ecology of these forests, there is a high fire risk under drought conditions, even when the trees are green and the landscape looks beautiful," said Dominik Kulakowski, assistant professor of geography and biology at Clark University. The Seattle Times (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Are low-skilled workers being left behind?
    Highly skilled workers are clustering together in the U.S., but this seems to be having a negative effect on lower-skilled workers, writes Richard Florida of the University of Toronto. Lower-skilled workers in large metropolitan areas tend to see a boost in wages, but this gain is erased by higher housing prices, he notes. "There is a rising tide of sorts, but it only lifts about the most advantaged third of the workforce, leaving the other 66 percent much further behind," Florida writes. The Atlantic Cities (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology and Applications 
  • Google Maps gives users a clearer picture of North Korea
    With the help of contributions made by "citizen cartographers," Google has updated its online maps to provide more detail about North Korea. "This data has been in Map Maker for a while now, but it commonly takes the Map Maker community a few years to generate enough high-quality data to make something that works in Google Maps," according to a Google spokesman. The mapping effort may not provide new insights for policymakers, but it could give ordinary Internet users more information about the country. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/29), The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wendy's uses location data tools to better manage locations
    Wendy's employees will have easy access to demographics and sales records from more than 6,500 stores thanks to the integration of Esri Business Analyst. "The company's decision to integrate GIS as a scalable technology within its existing systems means that any staff member, from marketing to design, can gain the benefits of mapping intelligence without any training and at any time," Esri's Simon Thompson said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AAG Community College Travel Grants deadline is Feb. 1
    Outstanding students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges or similar two-year educational institutions may apply to receive support from the AAG Community College Travel Grants program to attend the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles this April. The award consists of meeting registration, one-year membership in the AAG and a travel expense subsidy of $500 to be used to defray the costs of attending the AAG Annual Meeting. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Presidential Plenary at AAG Annual Meeting to focus on Emerging Asias
    Remarkable geopolitical and geoeconomic changes are under way, for which the land mass called Asia is acting as a strange attractor. The 2013 Presidential Plenary, "Emerging Asias," seeks to draw members' attention to these goings-on and their implications. With the AAG Annual Meeting now the global meeting place for geographers, Los Angeles -- the most Asian metropolis on the Pacific Rim in the United States -- is singularly appropriate for such a discussion. Continue reading. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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