GeoNews to 11 Dec 2016

Forest Losses and Gains since 1990 – Animated map; sad to see Canada in the loss category. Congratulations Europe and China for your huge gains! (
Further info from Global Forest Watch, FAO (scroll down for maps & infographics), and UNEP – Vital Forest Graphics
World Migration Map – Animated to show “live” movements of people – very cool! (
Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) A fascinating perspective on mapping (
When Earth hit the reset button on life: New research on the Permian-Triassic mass extinction A somewhat long, but enlightening look at P-T extinctions and the anthropomorphic extinctions of today (EARTH magazine)
Earthquakes of the first 15 years of the 21st century – Animation Teaching plate tectonics? Here you go… (USGS on YouTube)
Beyond GDP – is it time we rethink how we measure growth? Yes it is, and it has been for years now! (World Economic Forum)
100 Women 2016: Female Arab cartoonists challenge authority Excellent insights (BBC News)
Thinking about a career in Geography? U of T “Careers by Major” A great overview of “what’s out there” 

Latest GeoNews

You may have noticed, I’ve update the GeoNews “window” on the landing page. Using Google Docs and “Publish to the Web”, I finally found a way to update GeoNews without having to go into the web-authoring app I’m using. This is just too easy!!

The latest update includes:

Canada moves ahead with carbon taxes, leaving the US behind Canadians too often look south for guidance when, in fact, they can be (and are) leaders (MIT Technology Review)
How an Ancient Greek mathematician calculated Earth’s circumference
A great, short video (Business Insider via
Solving the mysteries of the MonsoonScientists have just returned from a groundbreaking research campaign to understand the Indian monsoon (
Unearthing a Giant Marine Reptile – nearly 75-foot-long ichthyosaur fossil found in the limestone banks of Sikanni Chief River of BC (NatGeo)
Health Canada proposes ban of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide (
Notre Dame Must Vacate 2012, 2013 Football Wins Over Academic Violations (NPR) Plagiarism costs! Dearly!
Sea Ice Reaches a New Low  Sea ice in the Arctic is about 2m km² smaller than its November average (The Economist) 
You may be higher up the global wealth pyramid than you think IF YOU had only $2,220 to your name, you might not think yourself terribly fortunate. But you would be wealthier than half the world’s population… (The Economist)
Canadian Index of Well-being  Is our overall quality of life getting better or worse? Are we getting closer or moving farther away from realizing the kind of Canada we want to live in?  (Univ of Waterloo)

…all well worth the reading!