Redlining tied to lasting differences in neighborhood temperatures | Study: Ocean temperature reaches record high | How music aids communication after natural disasters
January 16, 2020
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Redlining tied to lasting differences in neighborhood temperatures
Neighborhoods in 108 urban areas that were once subjected to discriminatory housing practices tend to be hotter today than other communities, research shows. The difference may be related to the presence of fewer trees and green spaces in neighborhoods that were affected by redlining.
National Public Radio (1/14) 
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Study: Ocean temperature reaches record high
Study: Ocean temperature reaches record high
The temperature of oceans hit a record high in 2019, the fifth consecutive year of reaching a record, according to a study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. "The upward trend is relentless, and so we can say with confidence that most of the warming is man-made climate change," says Kevin Trenberth, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
CNN (1/13),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/13) 
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GIS Advances Rigorous Scientific Research
Scientific data are paired with GIS technology to study a range of issues – climate change, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, homelessness, loss of green infrastructure, resource shortages, and more – relevant to the functioning of planet Earth. Learn more
Research, Education and Global Change
UN seeks protections for 30% of the planet by 2030
World leaders must enact protections for at least 30% of the world's land and oceans in the next decade to protect current biodiversity levels and avert the extinction of many species, according to a draft plan from the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The plan states that "transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors" will be necessary to reach environmental goals.
ABC News (1/14),  The Guardian (London) (1/13),  HuffPost (1/13) 
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Study: Meteorite's stardust formed up to 7B years ago
Stardust in a meteorite that was recovered in Australia in 1969 is up to 7 billion years old -- the oldest material ever found on Earth, a study shows. The presolar grains, which offer clues about how stars developed, are helping researchers understand when star formation in the galaxy may have reached peak levels.
CNN (1/13) 
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Technology and Applications
Images record ground changes in Puerto Rico
Satellite images have captured changes in Puerto Rico's landscape following the recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake that happened there. According to a NASA news release, up to 5.5 inches of ground change was recorded and the ground appears to have shifted downward and slightly to the west.
Space (1/13) 
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Scientists to create digital map of Notre Dame after fire
Scientists with a French research organization will create a "digital ecosystem" of Notre Dame to gain insight that could benefit rebuilding efforts. "It will be like a 'digital twin' of the cathedral, able to evolve as the studies progress," said digital mapping specialist Livio de Luca.
Nature (free content) (1/8) 
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Association News
Visiting Geographical Scientist Program Accepting Applications for 2020
The Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP) welcomes applications for the current academic year. Funded by Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Geographical Honor Society, and managed by the AAG, VGSP sponsors visits by prominent geographers to small departments or institutions that do not have the resources to bring in well-known speakers. The purpose of this program is to stimulate interest in geography among students, faculty members, and administrative officers. Learn how to apply.
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Presidential Plenary at #aagDENVER Announced
At the 2020 AAG Annual Meeting, AAG President David Kaplan will lead the Presidential Plenary Resurgent Ethnonationalism: The Politics of Purity in a World of Difference. Kaplan will facilitate a discussion among a panel of public scholars to talk about the various ways in which ethnonationalism manifests worldwide. The plenary is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 6, from 6:05-7:25 p.m. in the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Learn more.
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