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Member Helen Delano was in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, commenting for an article titled Officials: Landslide locations are tricky to predict.

Jennifer Bauer was featured on ABC News 13 in North Carolina in a special report on landslide mapping. Great job representing the profession and reminding everyone of the value our profession provides to the public!

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AEG 2014 Annual Meeting Short Courses
AEG will be hosting several excellent Short Courses at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Courses include:
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  • Philosophy of Professional Ethics for Geoscientists and Engineers
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XII International IAEG Congress — 50th Anniversary
The IAEG XII Congress aims to analyze the dynamic role of engineering geology in our changing world by means of a series of topics and sessions offered to the participants' choice through the interpretative key of four main themes:
In the next few years, major effects over territorial planning and infrastructures will be due to the global change particularly evident in extreme climate regions. Climate changes also affects natural processes related to slope dynamics, water courses, coastal and marine environments. All these phenomena are case studies for engineering geology.

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The history, science and poetry of New England's stone walls
EARTH Magazine via AEG
When author John-Manuel Andriote returned to his hometown in New England after years from being away, he noticed something that had been invisible to him while growing up there — the old stone walls tumbling off into the forests. The realization that the crumbling and overgrown walls meant those forests had once been cleared farm lands set Andriote on a years-long journey of discovery that highlights the intersections of geologic and human history.
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Yellowstone geyser eruptions influenced more by internal processes
Geology Times
The intervals between geyser eruptions depend on a delicate balance of underground factors, such as heat and water supply, and interactions with surrounding geysers. Some geysers are highly predictable, with intervals between eruptions varying only slightly.

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By itself, abundant shale gas unlikely to alter climate projections
Duke University via ScienceDaily
A policy analysis finds that if natural gas is abundant and less expensive, it will encourage greater consumption of gas and less of coal, renewables and nuclear power.

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New study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable
American Geophysical Union
A new study finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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Climate change threatens historical sites
Smithsonian magazine
A new Union of Concerned Scientists report warns that if climate change continues unchecked, Americans might have fewer historical sites to be proud of. The report, which UCS says is the first to really delve into the impact of climate change on cultural and historical sites, lists 30 at-risk sites currently threatened by the changing climate and looks at 17 case studies where rising sea levels and more frequent and intense weather events (hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.) are threatening to erase the locales from the map.
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Coral reefs are critical for risk reduction and adaptation
U.S. Geological Survey
Stronger storms, rising seas and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and a big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study finds that coral reefs reduce the wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by 97 percent.
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