Saturday, January 24, 2009
This has nothing to do with environmental geography, but I like it. In the past few weeks, some religious folks who enjoy persecuting others (i.e., gays and lesbians who are causing them no harm) are trying to portray themselves as the victims of anti-religious discrimination. This series of images clarifies the nonsense.
The water used in the coffee is renewable -- it does not disappear or anything. But a lot of it is used in locations thousands of miles from the consumer and with minimal environmental regulations. Because the water used for growing will return to local streams and water supplies, organic coffee can help to keep those resources free of pesticides and fertilizers.
Similarly, the water used for depulping is usually returned to local streams, full of nutrients that can lead to algae blooms and diminished available oxygen for fish. For this reason, it is important to support integrated production systems that harvest biogas or otherwise capture the nutrients before returning water to the local environment.
This page is an overview of the group's findings regarding coffee and tea. It includes links to more detailed studies (in Dutch and English) of each.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I really like the fact that in each state, he is seeking jobs that typify the region.
His project is similar to two of my own web pages, though they pale in comparison: my county map project and my fun jobs list! The end result of Sediqqui's work might have a place on my wife Pamela's Year of blog.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
The North American Environmental Atlas is an online product that allows professionals and ordinary citizens to study spatially variable aspects of environmental quality in the NAFTA countries.
It includes pre-formatted maps and dynamic maps in which users can compare multiple variables of interest or concern.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
See my own geography of coffee site for more about such connections.
All of this was gradually growing as an annoyance for me until the early summer of 2008, when the company pushed me over the proverbial edge by caving in to a xenophobic attack on one of its marketing campaigns. I tried communicating with the company directly, but the corporate response actually deepened my concern, so I created this page: COFFEE HELL. And as prolific as the brand is, I have managed to avoid it ever since.
One interesting thing I learned about USGS staff (at least in hydrology) is that they tend to be very good at English/metric conversions. I am pretty good at it, but these people are amazing. As scholars, they publish their research in metric units, but as U.S. government officials, they have to use the archaic inches and miles stuff.
The geography section of the USGS web site provides updates on recent science, links to various mapping resources and earth imagery, and links to the regional science research centers of the agency.