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Category Archives: Geography & environment

Book Review: Milieu and human identity: Notes towards a surpassing of modernity

Augustin Berque. Milieu et identité humaine. Notes pour un dépassement de la modernité (Milieu and human identity: Notes towards a surpassing of modernity). 2010. Paris: Editions Donner Lieu. 148 pp. ISBN 978-2-9532093-3-4. Reviewed by Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Department of Sociology, University of Trento (IT) After the catastrophic events that hit Japan, and particularly in the […]

Climate Change and the Urban Future

At Cancun this week , where delegates are discussing the 16th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) demanded that the focus on states be shifted toward a stress on peoples and a more local and specific vision of climate impacts. Kirt Ejesiak, Vice President of ICC Canada, voiced the […]

Nature’s Urban Crisis

Paradoxically, it is in cities that the destiny of nature is being decided. Massive consumption by a mostly urbanized human population drives the exhaustion of natural resources and rising pollution. On the occasion of meetings in Tokyo to address decreases in biodiversity, interest in more ecological industries is increasing. Ray Côté is the leading expert […]

Book Review: Modernism and the Marketplace

Alissa G. Karl. Modernism and the Marketplace: Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen. 2009. New York: Routledge. 183 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-98141-5 Reviewed by Paul Crosthwaite, English Literature Research Group, Cardiff University (UK) This outstanding study explores the engagement of Anglo-American women writers of the modernist period with a global […]

Geo-Mashups: Mapping US Statistics

Datamasher maps US state-level statistics from the US census and other sources.  An example is their map of fast-food restaurants versus obesity rates (above).  Sometimes these are revealing, sometimes not, and sometimes their statistical reliability may not be good due to sample sizes.  Makes a nice map, however. Rhizalabs’ FluTracker also does a global mapping […]