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April 12, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Wartime photos used to help locate buried ammunition in Germany
    During World War II, British and American bomber missions used aerial photos to pinpoint their attacks on German explosive stockpiles. Many bombs, however, still remain buried underground throughout Germany's cities and countryside, posing a risk to workers on construction projects. Geographer Hans-Georg Carls is among the country's entrepreneurs who have started private businesses to help locate the dangerous ammunition. He uses the archived aerial photos to find old bombs. Der Spiegel (Germany) (English online version) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Could ancient farming methods help preserve the Amazon region?
    Geographer Mitchell Power of the University of Utah's Natural History Museum is part of a team of researchers discovering how some Amazon farmers prior to the 1500s used raised wetland beds to produce their crops without slash-and-burn or other techniques that heavily rely on fire. The method was labor-intensive, however, and native peoples of the Amazon had to abandon it when European disease killed most of the population, Power said. Today, most farming is done by clearing dry land, which has decimated the rainforests. Voice of America (4/10), ABC (Australia)/Discovery News (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Refugees on Sudan border fleeing geopolitical conflict
    Tens of thousands of residents of an oil-rich region near the border between Sudan and the now-independent South Sudan now are coping with food, water and fuel shortages as well as disease. The residents, some of whom remain in displacement camps, were driven from their homes amid renewed violence that has erupted in the disputed region, despite a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war there. Voice of America (4/10), Reuters (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India is rethinking policies on scarce water
    A conference this week in India is expected to yield new government draft policies that would treat increasingly scarce water as an economic good in an effort to promote conservation and efficient use. India has about 17% of the world's population, but only 4% of its renewable water resources -- and they could be drying up because of rapid development. The Wall Street Journal/India Real Time blog (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • GIS technology is crucial in 6 studies on youth obesity
    GIS technology is playing a major role in several studies looking at how where children live affects their risk for obesity. Researchers concluded that rural youths ate more fast food in areas where it was available than their urban counterparts did. "[GIS] offers an important means of better understanding and dealing with some of the most pressing problems of our time and provides valuable tools for researchers and policymakers alike," said researcher Stephen A. Matthews. News-Medical.Net (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal budget cuts could hurt satellite image capabilities
    U.S. federal budget cuts to the EnhancedView program could affect the capabilities of commercial satellites and the private and public entities that depend on them. The $7.3 billion program provides commercial satellite imagery to private companies such as GeoEye and DigitalGlobe. Much of their revenue is tied to government programs, and cuts could mean reduced access to location-based information used by businesses and emergency services. LBx Journal (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Geographer contrasts urban ecologies of New York and Los Angeles
    It's hard to imagine a place less like New York than Los Angeles, site of next year's AAG Annual Meeting. But imagination -- and intellectual provocation -- is what this contrast of the two AAG conference cities is all about, according to Michael Dear, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vote for AAG's MyCOE Youth Learning Event for Rio+20
    Vote by April 13 to have AAG's MyCOE workshop, "Engaging Stakeholders and Youth with Online and Near Real-Time Geography and GIS," presented during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to teach Geography and GIS to policymakers, decision-makers and international organizations. The workshop is organized by the AAG's My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development Partnership (MyCOE), which includes AAG, Esri and NASA speakers. Learn more and vote. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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