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Building America’s Future Educational Fund, a bipartisan and national infrastructure coalition, just released a report that examines the economic challenges posed by the United States’ ailing transportation infrastructure. The report, “Falling Apart and Falling Behind,” reviews investments being made by international competitors and recommends new transportation policies to spur U.S. economic growth. Among the report […]

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Robert B. Murrett, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and current  professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, spoke to the dynamic changes that are creating greater demands for GIS as well as raising expectations at the Esri International User Conference today.  The talk focused on the tremendous […]

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Mapping Farm Subsidies

by Matt Ball on June 14, 2011

The Washington Post has a feature and map about the distribution of $16.3 billion to farms across the United States, after Congress indicated bipartisan agreement to cut taxpayer subsidies to farmers. The wheat and corn states get the bulk of the moneys, with North Dakota leading at $445 million, followed by Kansas at $369 million. […]

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On May 18, two reports regarding GIS and geosptial information were released from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Collectively they summarize geospatial information, GIS, and some of the challenges for the federal role in authoritative data access and collection for non-classified data. Each were written by Peter Folger, specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy […]

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The Federal Geographic Data Committee quietly launched the Geospatial Platform yesterday, with content, documents and details that frame further data sharing among a host of federal government partners. To date the site is more about framing the common data, services, and applications that are envisioned, and providing details about the objectives of the initiative. The […]

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India Commits $10Billion for Green India Mission

by Matt Ball on February 24, 2011

Today the Indian government approved an investment of $10.14 billion (460 billion rupees) for the National Mission for a Green India (NMGI). The plan will expand forests by five million hectares, while also remediating and improving forest quality on another five million hectares. The plan is part of a larger National Action Plan on Climate […]

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In the wake of the BP oil spill there’s a lot of activity underway to try and prevent a repeat. The environmental threats go beyond just oil extraction, to include the threats from storms and rising sea levels, with economic impacts including seafood, offshore energy, critical infrastructure, navigation routes, tourism, and wildlife and marine habitats. […]

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This is budget time in Washington, with bi-partisan calls for cuts in funding. Last week we heard widely from Republicans in the House of Representatives regarding their proposed cuts. Today there’s word from the White House on the proposed budget, and press releases are going out from individual federal agencies regarding their plans. While overall […]

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A report was released yesterday from the Asian Development Bank titled, “Migration Due to Climate Change Demands Attention.” In the report, the climate threats and the complex nature of migration were outlined. Such impacts as rainfall variability (droughts and floods), high temperature, more severe monsoons and cyclones, and rising sea levels all pose issues to […]

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