Maps show where protests are occurring | Reports: US has more poor communities now than in 1980 | Scientists study warming's effects on blooming trends
June 4, 2020
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Protests have spread across the country -- and to other parts of the world -- since the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. These maps offer a look at where protests have been held and provide links to more coverage.
Full Story: USA Today (6/3),  NBC News (6/3),  Al Jazeera (6/3) 
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Recent research suggests that the number of poor neighborhoods in metropolitan areas has increased sharply since 1980, and the median income gap between high-poverty and low-poverty areas has expanded. "What we're seeing is that Americans segregate more by income, so the number of poor neighborhoods is growing," said researcher Kenan Fikri.
Full Story: CityLab (5/26) 
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Satellite data is offering clues into climate change's effect on the yearly cycle that plants go through as they grow and change. Mark Schwartz, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee geography professor, is collaborating with Paul Roebber, a professor of atmospheric science, to dig deeper and examine the implications for short-term weather forecasts.
Full Story: WUWM-FM (Milwaukee) (text and audio) (5/29) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
An area over the Southern Ocean appears to have the cleanest air on Earth, unaffected by human activity, according to findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The aerosols controlling the properties of SO (Southern Ocean) clouds are strongly linked to ocean biological processes, and ... Antarctica appears to be isolated from southward dispersal of microorganisms and nutrient deposition from southern continents," says study co-author Thomas Hill.
Full Story: CNN (6/2) 
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The rate of deforestation around the world has decreased in the past five years, but approximately 22 million hectares of forest were lost between 2010 and 2020 -- an increase over previous decades, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization shows. "Forests regulate global weather and provide livelihoods to millions of people - we just cannot afford to continue down this road," says UNEP executive director Inger Andersen.
Full Story: The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) (6/3) 
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Technology and Applications
What may be the oldest and largest monument built by Mayan people may have been found in southeast Mexico by scientists using lidar during an aerial survey, according to findings published in Nature. The complex, which dates back to about 1000 B.C., encompasses at least 21 ceremonial sites, researchers say.
Full Story: New Scientist (free content) (6/3) 
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AAG Commitment to Justice and Equity
AAG has issued a statement condemning the racism, violence, and systemic inequities that directly threaten the lives of Black Americans. Within our own community, we stand in support of Black geographers and geoscientists, who bear a disproportionate daily burden in confronting and fighting structural racism. We renew our commitment to actively combat oppression and support our members who challenge institutions to create a more just and inclusive society.
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Final Call: Submit to the Guide to Geography Programs
The AAG will accept submissions to the 2020 Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas through Friday, June 12, 2020. Updated each academic year, the Guide lists undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of geography and includes an interactive map that students can use to explore and discover geography programs, with easy-to-use search tools to find programs by degree type, region, and program specialization. It has long been an invaluable reference for faculty, prospective students, government agencies, and private firms in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.
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