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Posted on March 4th, 2014

Apollo News Snippets – March 2014

A rather disturbing look at over consumption put together by the Hungry Planet.
  • One of the biggest environmental myths is that over-population is killing the world. While I do not deny that population has a direct impact on resource use, a far larger issue is over consumption by rich countries such as the USA. In fact, to compare the population of the USA to less developed countries, you have to multiple the figure by 32. Or to put it another way, a single American consumes as much as 32 people in the developing world! Here is an infographic put together by the Hungry Planet that helps to put this issue of over-consumption into perspective.
  • Spring is right around the corner and I will admit that I am ready for some warm, sunny weather! In honor of the changing seasons, my Google search this month was, “GIS and spring rain.” Here is a great article written by Kun Yu and Chuanmin Hu that looks at environmental change in a Chinese wetland. By employing vegetation indices calculated from free MODIS satellite imagery, the authors were able to assess if the wetland was protected from anthropogenic and natural pressures.
  • From Iowa, we stay in the Midwest with a tour of Wichita, Kansas’ online GIS resources. This is our first city in a while with a GIS site that is lacking. That said, the County of Sedwick which includes Wichita, is linked to their site and is a big help. On the city’s own GIS site, the only service offered is printed maps for a fee. On the county website, you can create a variety of online maps with multiple data layers; and then they give you access to download the actual GIS files here and here.

Brock Adam McCarty
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