Global Change · Local Impact

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Marginalized indigenous communities in Ecuador have begun to use new technology to create their own maps and demonstrate local knowledge of their territories, which can help in their fight for land rights:

Wind is carrying huge amounts of microplastic dust around the world

On Monday, a fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral destroyed the spire and most of the roof. 3D mapping and laser scanners can help restore the monument. Read more about it here:
And read more about the fire in today's DailyGeo:

3D mapping of Notre Dame will help restoration - GPS World

Detailed 3D maps of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris hold out hope for accurate reconstruction after it was devastated by a massive fire.

The Songkran annual festival in Thailand is known as the world's biggest water fight - but monks and others are calling on city dwellers to show restraint as farmers suffer from drought | @rinachandran reports #Water #Cities #PropertyRights #Asia

As drought bites, Thai cities urged to rein in festive water fights

By Rina Chandran BANGKOK - A worsening drought in parts of Thailand has prompted monks and ...

@AsYouSow @MaxLiboiron In this essay, I write a bit about my Dad using "air conveyers" in the 1960s to move PE pellets from factory to waiting rail cars-- how stressful, difficult; and also how easy to spray pellets everywhere -- if of interest @AsYouSow -- via @topicstories

American Beauties

How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them.

Land in the Choke mountain watershed is becoming degraded due to climate change causing problems for Ethiopian farmers and to those further downstream on the Nile.

Ethiopian farmers struggle to scratch a living in warming highlands

By Dagim Terefe CHOKE, Ethiopia - Sloping fields of barley and potatoes stretching far into the ...

Gentrification or poverty concentration? A new report maps expansion and decline in the 50 largest U.S. metros, revealing the true scale of neighborhood change.

From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change

A new report and accompanying map finds extreme gentrification in a few cities, but the dominant trend—particularly in the suburbs—is the concentr...

It's going to take a long, long time for Earth to regain its biodiversity

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