GeoCurrents http://www.geocurrents.info Map Illustrated Analyses of Current Events and Geographical Issues Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:09:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 GeoCurrents Suspension http://www.geocurrents.info/site-news/geocurrents-suspension http://www.geocurrents.info/site-news/geocurrents-suspension#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:09:20 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11767

Dear Readers,
Due to a number of professional obligations and personal matters, I must suspend GeoCurrents until at least April 2015. At that time I will reconsider the future of the site. Many thanks to those who have read the blog, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to provide informative comments.
Best wishes to all,
Martin Lewis

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Cannabis Cultivation, Carbon Budgets, and the Promise of Biochar http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/cannabis-cultivation-carbon-budgets-promise-biochar http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/cannabis-cultivation-carbon-budgets-promise-biochar#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11753

(Note: This is the final post in a brief end-of-the-year series on marijuana cultivation. After this series is over, GeoCurrents will take a short break. More conventional posting will resume by the middle of January.)
As is explained in a previous post, most marijuana growing currently carried out in California and neighboring states is environmentally destructive, generating a gargantuan carbon footprint. ...

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Why Does the Environmental Movement Ignore Carbon-Intensive Indoor Marijuana Cultivation? http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/environmental-movement-ignore-carbon-intensive-indoor-marijuana-cultivation http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/environmental-movement-ignore-carbon-intensive-indoor-marijuana-cultivation#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:19:06 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11743

As noted at the end of the previous post, many anti-environmentalists no doubt view hypocrisy over carbon-intensive indoor marijuana cultivation as evidence that environmental politics is not really what it claims to be, as it is apparently more concerned about advancing a broad political agenda than it is about greenhouse-gas emissions per se. This view is widely encountered in a ...

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Ultimate Hypocrisy?: Indoor Marijuana Growing and the Environmental Movement http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/ultimate-hypocrisy-indoor-marijuana-growing-environmental-movement http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/ultimate-hypocrisy-indoor-marijuana-growing-environmental-movement#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:07:00 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11725

Imagine if you will an alternative world in which the leaders of one of our most reviled industries – say tobacco – had just figured out a new way to marginally enhance the quality of their product while significantly boosting their profits, but at a gargantuan cost to the environment. In this hypothetical universe, tobacco researchers discovered that they could ...

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NPR’s Incomplete Story on “Trimmigants” in the California Marijuana Industry http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/nprs-incomplete-story-trimmigants-california-marijuana-industry http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/nprs-incomplete-story-trimmigants-california-marijuana-industry#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:42:12 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11719

On December 4, 2014, National Public Radio (NPR) ran an interesting story on a severely underreported matter: international seasonal labor migration to the “Golden Triangle” of marijuana cultivation in northwestern California. This report—“With Harvest Season, ‘Trimmigrants’ Flock To California’s Pot Capital”*—captured many of the more intriguing and important aspects of the phenomenon. But it also missed some significant things and ...

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Simultaneous Flooding and Drought in California: Human-Caused Climate Change? http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/simultaneous-flooding-drought-california-human-caused-climate-change http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/simultaneous-flooding-drought-california-human-caused-climate-change#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:49:53 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11709

Although droughts and floods are generally thought of as opposites, they can occur simultaneously, as droughts tend to be long and cumulative while floods are generally short-lived and episodic. Much of the U.S. state of California currently finds itself in this paradoxical situation. Several storms have hit the state since the beginning of December 2014, and that of December 11-12 ...

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The Uncertain Role of Religion in Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential Election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/uncertain-role-religion-indonesias-2014-presidential-election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/uncertain-role-religion-indonesias-2014-presidential-election#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:00:04 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11696

The on-line maps that I have found of Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election are not very helpful. That of the Wikipedia is particularly poor. To begin with, it merely shows which candidate received a majority of votes in each province, with no information provided on the margin of victory. But the returns actually varied quite significantly across the country, with the ...

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Sexualized Dangdut Performances in Indonesia and Resulting Controversies http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/sexualized-dangdut-performances-indonesia-resulting-controversies http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/sexualized-dangdut-performances-indonesia-resulting-controversies#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:06:15 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11691

As the most recent GeoCurrents post explained, heavy-metal music has been of some political importance in Indonesia, with the country’s new president, Joko Widodo, being a major fan. Although cultural tension between “metalheads” and conservative Muslim organization is an on-going issue, overt clashes have been relatively rare and restrained. Religious groups in Indonesia have, however succeeded in shutting down musical ...

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Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential Election and the Geography of Heavy Metal Music http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/indonesias-2014-presidential-election-geography-heavy-metal-music http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/indonesias-2014-presidential-election-geography-heavy-metal-music#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:09:15 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11682

When lecturing in my course on the History and Geography of Current Global Events, I always begin by showing an enigmatic map or other image and asking if anyone can make sense of it. This week the topic was Indonesia, focusing on the country’s 2014 presidential election (which is admittedly rather old news). I began the class with the image ...

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Intriguing Features on the Oxford Map of the English Wikipedia http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/intriguing-features-oxford-map-english-wikipedia http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/intriguing-features-oxford-map-english-wikipedia#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:45:08 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11673

As a habitual Wikipedia reader, I am particularly intrigued by the map and article entitled “Mapping English Wikipedia” found at Information Geographies (at the Oxford Internet Institute). Here, almost 700,000 dots have been placed on a world map to show the locations of geotagged articles in the English-language Wikipedia. As the authors explain:
Not all articles are geotagged, but almost all ...

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