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January 17, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • How dry weather has affected the Mississippi River
    Drought has taken a toll on the Mississippi River, making the water shallower and causing problems for barge traffic along the waterway. It's hard to attribute the river's current state to climate change, but "we can say that warming, for example, has probably made this drought worse than it would be otherwise," said Justin Schoof, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. WBUR-FM (Boston) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Draft of Third National Climate Assessment is now available
    The Earth's climate is changing, and human activity is at least partially responsible, according to a draft of the Third National Climate Assessment. Furthermore, the report, which was written by more than 200 scientists and experts, indicates that climate change may cause problems for humanity through reduced air quality and more frequent instances of extreme weather. A final draft of the report is scheduled for release early next year. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nearly half of world's food wasted, report says
    As much as 2 billion metric tons of food are wasted each year, tantamount to nearly half the food produced worldwide, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Waste in developed economies is attributed to marketing practices and consumer behavior. "This is food that could be used to feed the world's growing population -- as well as those in hunger today. It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food," said Tim Fox of IME. The Guardian (London) (1/10), BBC (1/10), CNN (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Impressive Peruvian growth halves poverty levels
    The number of Peruvians living on less than $2 a day has fallen by half, to about 28%, over the past decade, and the government aims to reduce the rate to 15% by 2015. The country has recorded 38 consecutive months of economic expansion -- fueled by consumer spending bolstered by accessible bank loans and credit cards. The Washington Post/Financial Times (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Using GIS to draw businesses to a Canadian region
    A new website has been unveiled that uses GIS technology in a bid to attract commercial investment to the Calgary, Alberta, region. Users of the website can look at available properties and learn about demographic information. "When anyone is considering the Calgary region as a potential spot to expand or relocate a business, the first thing they need is information," said Alan Tennant of the Calgary Real Estate Board. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Dream of transnational metropolis lives on in San Diego, Tijuana
    Urbanization, free trade and "global interruptions" have shaped the California-Mexico border, according to Lawrence Herzog of San Diego State University. Cities such as San Diego and Tijuana were emerging as a transfrontier metropolis during the globalization of the 1980s, but that came to a halt after Sept. 11. However, Herzog observes, "2012 has ushered in glimpses of hope." He adds, "The dream of a transnational metropolis lives on." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abstracts for special issue of Annals are due Feb. 1
    The "Annals of the Association of American Geographers" invites abstracts of papers to be considered for a special issue on Futures: Imagining Socio-Ecological Transformation. This will be the seventh of a series of annual special issues that highlight geographical research around a significant global theme. Final papers will be due on Nov. 1, 2013, for publication in 2015. All papers published in the 2015 Special Issue will later be published as an edited book. More. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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