Archive for January, 2014

 

Will Metcalf is Wallenberg Scholar

Junior Geography major Will Metcalf is one of three Wallenberg Scholars from Gustavus who are working in Sweden this January. Will is working at Green Tech Park, a sustainable business park which works on regional and national sustainable development projects. In particular, Will is studying biogas technology in the private sector and renewable energy strategy […]

 

Climate and human migration

What does climate change mean for human migration? Will the world be overrun with climate refugees? Wilfrid Laurier University geographer Robert McLeman, the author of the recent book Climate and Human Migration, provides an interesting interview in the weekly news magazine Maclean’s. “People are already on the move, in the same way they’ve always responded […]

 

Geography Publication: Informal Material Aid & the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

My study of how friends and family provided material assistance to survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and how formal disaster aid groups might learn from these informal sector aid systems, is now available online (for free, for now) from the Overseas Development Institute. A summary of the study is below.   Formal and informal […]

 

Earth wind map

You may remember this very cool map of real-time winds over the U.S. Now here is the same idea for the entire earth. (Click on the word “Earth” to see a legend and change values.) Brrr. Just look at that Arctic air traveling over Minnesota!