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March 22, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • U.S. emerges from mild winter with limited snowfall
    This week marked the end of a relatively snow-free winter. Much of the country got less snow than last year, and Albany, N.Y., and Concord, N.H., had record-low levels of snowfall, according to Jake Crouch, a scientist with the National Climatic Data Center. The lack of snow in much of the country was due to the positioning of the jet stream, he said. "Across the lower 48, we've gone from a snow feast to a famine between last year and this one," said Rutgers University geographer David Robinson, who is New Jersey's state climatologist. USA TODAY (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geography professor maps London marathon course
    Sean Hartnett, a geography professor at University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, is preparing a map of the marathon course to be used at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Hartnett has also created maps for marathons in other locations, including Boston and New York. He uses GPS equipment to create the maps, which detail the changing elevation of the courses. The Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Researchers make geologic map of Jupiter's moon Io
    Scientists have created a geologic map of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter. Io, which experiences gravitational pull from Jupiter as well as from the planet's other moons, has much more volcanic activity than Earth. "Knowledge of Io's volcanic activity derived from geologic mapping is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature and diversity of volcanism in our solar system," according to David Crown of the Planetary Science Institute. The map was derived from images taken by Voyager 1 and 2 and from the Galileo orbiter. Space.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Premature deaths from air pollution to skyrocket
    Air pollution is projected to prematurely kill an estimated 3.6 million people each year by 2050, exceeding even the deaths stemming from poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The deaths from particulate matter in the air, primarily in China and India, would nearly be doubled when ground-level ozone and "indoor pollution" are taken into account, the report said. The Guardian (London) (3/15), The Washington Post/WonkBlog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report paints portrait of illegal timber trade
    Illegal logging operations around the world generate up to $15 billion annually -- most of which goes into the pockets of organized crime gangs and corrupt government officials, according to a report by the World Bank. Indonesia, Madagascar and parts of West Africa are hardest hit, said the report, which encouraged better enforcement against the illegal timber trade because "most forest crimes go undetected, unreported, or are ignored." BBC (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Tribes digitally defend lands from outsiders
    Indigenous people across the world -- from the rain forests of central Africa and South America, to Southeast Asia -- are using the Global Positioning System to better survey and map their territories in an effort to defend their communities from logging and other outside development. Yale Environment 360 (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Google endorses AAG resolution on geography education
    Google, an American company specializing in Internet, mobile and cloud technologies, has endorsed an AAG resolution calling on Congress to "include authorizations and appropriations for geography education consistent with other core academic subjects for K-12, as part of a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act." Current and former government officials, corporations and national organizations also joined the ongoing call to support geography education. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New AAG book aims to improve career preparation
    "Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment" is a comprehensive resource designed to prepare geographers for careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations. The book addresses networking, managing work-life relationships and professional ethics. Dozens of professional geographers are also profiled to illustrate the exciting range of careers in geography today. Available for purchase in early April. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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