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October 18, 2018
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Images illustrate impact of Hurricane Michael
Images illustrate impact of Hurricane Michael
(Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrate Hurricane Michael's effects on the Florida Panhandle. The images compare how the area looked before and after the hurricane hit as a Category 4 storm.
CityLab (10/12) 
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Why New Orleans grapples with flooding
Several factors -- including sinking land and inadequate underground pipes -- contribute to New Orleans' flooding problems, experts say. The city has several topographical depressions, known as bowls, where water can gather during a heavy rainstorm.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (10/14) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Study predicts increase in global life expectancy by 2040
Researchers found that global life expectancy will rise an average of 4.4 years and health will improve by 2040, but deaths from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer and chronic kidney disease will increase, as will deteriorating health from obesity. The findings in The Lancet, based on 250 causes of death in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016, showed that life expectancy in the US will increase by only 1.1 years to about 80 years in 2040, compared with a 5.6-year increase in China and a 2.5-year increase in the UK.
U.S. News & World Report (10/16) 
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Report: Rural America hasn't recovered from the recession
A report by the Economic Innovation Group suggests that many parts of rural America are becoming more at risk economically even while metropolitan areas boom, writes Richard Florida. "While prosperous areas have already recovered all the jobs and businesses they lost during the recession, distressed areas are still losing jobs," Anna Hensel writes.
CityLab (10/16),  VentureBeat (10/15) 
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Study: Warming increases climate variability
Higher temperatures can exacerbate century-to-century climate variability, a study has found. Researchers reviewed data from the last interglacial period, from 130,000 to 115,000 years ago, to reach their conclusions.
United Press International (10/12) 
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Technology and Applications
Earthquake warning system ready for West Coast use
Businesses, schools and other institutions can start using the West Coast earthquake early warning system, which detects earthquakes and sends out alerts up to a minute before the shaking begins, US Geological Survey officials said Wednesday. The halfway-completed system, which is being built for California, Oregon and Washington, isn't ready to send automated warnings to the public yet, partly because cellphone technology can't provide the notifications quickly enough, says Doug Given, USGS earthquake early warning coordinator.
The Associated Press (10/17) 
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Organize a Field Trip or Workshop for #aagDC
Annual meeting attendees, specialty groups, and organizations are welcomed to arrange and participate in field trips and workshops -- an excellent and fun way to interact, engage and learn. The AAG is accepting proposals for submissions for single- and multi-day field trips and workshops for the 2019 conference in Washington, DC. Submit by Oct. 25 for priority scheduling. Learn more.
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Community College Travel Grants Nov. 1 Deadline
Are you or is someone you know a community college student who is passionate about geography? The Community College Travel Grant consists of meeting registration, one year membership in the AAG, and a travel expense subsidy of $500 to be used to defray the costs of attending the AAG Annual Meeting. Apply and spread the word before Nov. 1! Learn more.
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