African reforestation efforts get boost from farmers | Would a flood scale help convey risk? | Alaskan villagers vote to move ancestral home
August 25, 2016
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African reforestation efforts get boost from farmers
A proposal to plant a 4,350-mile-long "Great Green Wall" of trees to stop desertification in the Sahel region of Africa faced a number of obstacles to implementation. However, progress has been made to "regreen" the landscape in countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso through the use of shrewd agricultural techniques. (8/23) 
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Would a flood scale help convey risk?
Would a flood scale help convey risk?
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Louisiana's recent flooding raises the question of whether it's time to develop a flood scale similar to the methods used to classify hurricanes and tornadoes. "[F]or whatever reason the public and often media down play flooding (and heat), the two deadliest weather processes each year in the United States," writes Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia.
Forbes (8/18) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
The link between geography and women's life expectancy
The states in which women live may influence their life expectancy, a new study has found. Researchers studied 21 state-level characteristics and found that differences in economic and social factors appear to affect female mortality more than male mortality.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/22) 
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Oldest tree in Europe is 1,075 years old, living in Greece
Europe's oldest known living tree is a Bosnian pine, nicknamed Adonis, that resides in Greece. Dendrochronologists took thin samples from the tree's trunk to count its rings and determined that it is at least 1,075 years old.
The Christian Science Monitor (8/20) 
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Technology and Applications
GIS mapping could boost seniors' access to health care, study finds
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A study in The Gerontologist showed that geographic information systems mapping could help improve access to health care among vulnerable older adults in South Florida. GIS mapping could also help insurers and hospitals boost surveillance of older adults discharged from the hospital into vulnerable areas, said Justin Stoler of the University of Miami.
Health Data Management (8/22) 
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Researchers: AI technique could assist in eradicating poverty
Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence technique to analyze satellite images and find pockets of poverty. "We hope our data will be directly useful by governments around the world ... to more effectively target their programs," said assistant professor Marshall Burke.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/18) 
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Association News
AAG To Offer On-site Childcare During 2017 Annual Meeting
For the third consecutive year, the AAG is pleased to announce that it is continuing full-time, professionally managed and staffed on-site childcare services for the annual meeting at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. Childcare services will be provided by Accent on Children's Arrangements, Inc., which will design and run a children's program called Camp AAG April 5-9, 2017. Learn more.
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Reserve Your Hotel Rooms Online for AAG 2017
AAG Annual Meeting attendees are eligible for discounted sleeping rooms at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Marriott Boston Copley Place when they book their rooms online. The main conference events and activities will be headquartered at the Hynes Convention Center; however, the Sheraton and Marriott are just a few steps away from all the activity. Learn more.
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