"One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes."
Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?
In 1990, the manufacturing industry was the leading employer in most U.S. states, followed by retail trade. In 2003, retail trade was the leading employer in a majority of states. By 2013, health care and social assistance was the dominant industry in 34 states. This animated map shows the top industry in each state and the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2013.
Big Picture Agriculture Photos: Land Use Change Destruction to Grow Biofuels Big Picture Agriculture About eight months after I wrote that, the Associated Press did an in-depth story on the same subject in November 2013, concluding the same as I...
Egypt's Black Site Torture Camps Daily Beast But instead of completing his semester, the student leader of protests against the army's return to power, orchestrated by former general and now president Abdel Fattah El Sisi, says he was disappeared...
Turkey Gives Up On Unified Iraq Daily Beast All but defenseless against ISIS and suffering from punishing shortages of vital resources, Iraq's ancient Christian communities are taking their only option: leave.
INDIA’S general election will take place before May. The front-runner to be the next prime minister is Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party, currently chief minister of Gujarat. A former tea-seller, he has previously attacked leaders of the ruling Congress party as elitist, corrupt and out of touch. Now he is emphasising his humble caste origins. In a speech in January he said 'high caste' Congress leaders were scared of taking on a rival from 'a backward caste'. If Mr Modi does win, he would be the first prime minister drawn from the 'other backward classes', or OBC, group. He is not the only politician to see electoral advantage in bringing up the subject: caste still matters enormously to most Indians."
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.
A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.
In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.
The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.
"From the time we’re about 6 years old, everyone loves a good poop joke, right? But is there something more meaningful lurking beneath the bathroom banter? Take a look at some international potty humor and then follow the jokes to a deeper understanding. Every laugh on this page reflects a life and death issue: the very real sanitation problems facing India today."
Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.
"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."
Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world. Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places.
SFGate State feeling the effects of climate change Greenville News The “National Climate Assessment” reveals in sobering terms the present-day impacts of human activity on the climate: hotter summers, extended droughts, more-intense storms, less...
Iran Won't Let Women Watch The World Cup Daily Beast All but defenseless against ISIS and suffering from punishing shortages of vital resources, Iraq's ancient Christian communities are taking their only option: leave.
It's Official: 'Redskins' Is Racist Daily Beast The threat of hordes of giddy entrepreneurs cranking out logo-embossed gear might be enough, since basic human decency hasn't moved the needle, to get the powers-that-be to give Snyder a nudge in the...