January 14, 2021
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Geography in Action
Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being granted control of parts of the Congo Basin rainforest so they can manage the land and help preserve it. Heat and drought related to climate change are affecting the rainforest's ability to absorb carbon dioxide, according to research by University College London geographer Simon Lewis, who has been doing field work in the area since 2002.
Full Story: BBC (free registration) (1/7) 
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A recent study has found that as much as one-half of fine-particle pollution in the western US can be attributed to wildfire smoke. Researchers say PM2.5 pollutants linked to wildfire smoke approximately doubled from 2006 to 2018, and they note that the warming climate and fuel buildup from fire suppression activities have led to an increase in smoke.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/13) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Massachusetts' Cape Cod, which was formed during the last ice age and likely took its distinctive shape between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, faces an uncertain future from rising seas. "Current projections for sea level rise are in a range that the cape has not experienced since about 9,000 years ago," says Robert Thieler, director of the US Geological Survey's Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.
Full Story: Eos (1/8) 
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The Middle Stone Age may have lasted 20,000 years longer than previously believed, a study in Scientific Reports suggests. Researchers found evidence of Middle Stone Age tool use in West Africa that may have occurred as recently as 11,000 years ago.
Full Story: Earth (1/11) 
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A changing climate is bringing the risk of flooding to more areas that the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take into account with updated flood maps, according to a petition from environmental and planning groups. The petition notes that existing maps haven't been adjusted since the 1970s, resulting in soaring flood insurance claims in recent years.
Full Story: Reuters (1/6) 
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Technology and Applications
Scientists with the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space project are setting out to track the global movements of animals to learn more about the spread of disease, habitat loss and other issues. Researchers with the project are tagging animals with solar-powered devices that will send information to a receiver aboard the International Space Station.
Full Story: The New York Times (1/12) 
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Association News
Final Day for Proposals: AAG Learning Series on Graduate Research Methods in COVID-19
AAG has issued a new call for proposals, seeking instructors and graduate assistants for its Learning Series for Graduate Students this spring. To support graduate students in adapting in their research during COVID-19, AAG seeks instructors at all levels and in all sectors (professionals lecturers, and faculty from early to advanced career) to develop virtual seminars or workshops. If selected, the instructor(s) will be able to pick a week between March and June 2021 during which they will offer the seminar or workshop. The deadline to apply is on or before Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. See more details and apply here.
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AAG 2021 Is Coming in April
AAG's Annual Meeting will feature more than 2,600 papers in more than 743 sessions April 7-11, all offered in an online virtual meeting that will be easily accessible worldwide. Topics include disciplinarity in collaboration, global Black geographies, youth voices on food geographies, labour geographies, green cities, floodplains and riparian zones, dendrochronology, hazard geographies, and hundreds of other specialities and topics. Reserve your spot now alongside thousands of other geographers and allied professionals. Visit our website.
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