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October 25, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Does climate affect the chance of conflict?
    There appears to be a connection between weather and the likelihood of conflict, according to research led by University of Colorado geography professor John O'Loughlin. The researchers, who studied East African countries between 1990 and 2009, discovered that high temperatures correlated with a heightened risk of conflict; in contrast, increases in precipitation were linked to a lowered chance of violence. USA Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geography professor assesses the impact of NAFTA
    Trade has significant potential benefits, but Harley Shaiken, a geography professor at the University of California, Berkeley, describes the North American Free Trade Agreement as a missed opportunity. "Expanded trade is good -- there are real benefits in Mexico and in the U.S. -- but the terms of NAFTA have made it a squandered opportunity really for both countries," he says. During this interview, Shaiken also discusses the link between trade and immigration. KALW-FM (San Francisco) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Mysterious private map collection finds a route to public library
    The Los Angeles Public Library is the recipient of a map collection found in the home of John Feathers, a retired hospital dietitian who died in February. Map librarian Glen Creason, who estimates the collection includes 1 million maps, received the maps from a real estate agent who was tasked with preparing Feathers' home for demolition. "He has every type of map imaginable. There's a 1956 pictorial map of Lubbock, Texas. He's got a 1942 Jack Renie Street Guide of Los Angeles," Creason said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Urbanization not linked to growth in sub-Saharan Africa
    Traditional thinking holds that urbanization leads to economic growth, but countries in sub-Saharan Africa are showing that isn't always the case, according to a report by the World Bank. One reason could be that much of the non-farm work available in these countries is from household businesses that aren't very lucrative. "These businesses make a significant contribution to gross job creation and destruction, although not necessarily to net job creation and productivity growth," according to the report. The Atlantic Wire (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 185 million Asians at risk of disasters, U.N. says
    Between 1970 and 2010, the number of people at risk of floods in the Asia-Pacific region has gone from 29.5 million to 63.8 million, while those threatened by cyclones have increased from fewer than 72 million to more than 120 million, the United Nations reports. Rapid urbanization and economic growth are partially responsible, according to a U.N. analysis, and the region accounts for three-fourths of disaster fatalities since 1970. AlertNet (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • New interactive map introduced by Arlington National Cemetery
    Arlington National Cemetery used geospatial technology to create an interactive map of the some 400,000 graves contained within its borders, allowing people to search by name to locate graves. The cemetery's Web and mobile applications give the location of a grave, display a photo of the headstone and give the occupant's dates of birth and death -- information that officials say will make it easier for families and other visitors to honor veterans. WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)/The Associated Press (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AAG extends deadline for Annual Meeting abstracts to Nov. 14
    The deadline to submit abstracts and session proposals for the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting Los Angeles has been extended due to high demand. Abstracts and proposals are now due by Nov. 14, 2012. Visit for abstract guidelines and registration information. Preliminary information on themes, speakers and calls for papers is also online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAG reissues key GIScience reference book
    The AAG has teamed up with Esri and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) to reprint 2,000 copies of "Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge." This key GIS reference book is available at no charge in print and downloadable formats from Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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