Australia aims to safeguard Great Barrier Reef with new plan
Australia's government has announced a sustainability plan for protecting its Great Barrier Reef in an effort to keep the reef off a list of endangered sites maintained by the U.N. The 35-year plan urges monitoring species' populations and breeding activities, enhancing water quality and working to keep farm chemicals from entering the reef's waters. However, some environmental advocates say more needs to be done. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
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GIS in Chicagoland
In his contribution to the "Focus on Chicago" series, Todd Schuble writes on the ubiquity of GIS and digital mapping in the Chicago region and their myriad applications. "Local government offices were early adopters of mapping technology, using GIS and spatial analysis to maintain or improve their interests," he writes. Today, there are very few local government offices in the area that do not have a GIS department. Schuble is manager of GIS research and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. Read more.
AAG 2015 to feature theme on geography's radical intra-disciplinarity
Posters and paper sessions at the AAG Annual Meeting will be organized into a featured theme on radical intra-disciplinarity to highlight the diverse tool kits, methods, theories and ways of knowing that exist in the geography discipline. The theme's title is meant to illustrate the discipline's un-disciplined nature and point out that geography's intra-disciplinarity is at the root of and fundamental to geographical practices. It also highlights the ways in which those un-disciplined practices can lead to important transformations. Learn more.
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