Category Archives: Maps

High drama in Nepal over Everest’s true scale

In an effort to put an end to generations of controversy, the authorities in Nepal are to launch an operation to try to ascertain the precise height of the world’s biggest mountain. The project could take up to two years, … Continue reading

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China, Philippines warn vs. aggression in Spratlys

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Chinese and Philippine defense chiefs warned rival claimants Monday to avoid unilateral action and focus on responsible behavior in disputed South China Sea islands, where recent spats have renewed tensions. Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie … Continue reading

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Climate change threatens emerging superpowers, warns report

Some of the “big economies of the future” are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new study published today. UK consultancy Maplecroft identified Bangladesh and India as the two countries facing the greatest risks to their populations, … Continue reading

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Earthquake Intensity Map

An amazing map that shows where the largest populations are at risk of earthqaukes:

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Western dominance? It’s the history of geography

Ian Morris explains how Europe’s position on the edge of the Atlantic has shaped the west’s dominance of recent history, and argues that it is geography which determines the landscape of power

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A Scramble for Asia?

Asia’s festering Cold War-era territorial and maritime disputes highlight the fact that securing long-term region-wide peace depends on respect for existing borders. Attempts to disturb Asia’s territorial status quo are an invitation to endemic conflict – a concern that led Asian … Continue reading

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Chinese Civilian Boats Roil Disputed Waters

The diplomatic discord set off by Japan’s recent detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain points to what foreign military officials say is a growing source of friction along China’s borders: civilian vessels plying disputed waters — and sometimes acting as proxies for … Continue reading

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Senkaku / Diaoyutai Islands

The Tiao Yu Tai islands (called “Senkaku” in Japanese) are a group of eight uninhabited islands on the continental shelf, separated from the Liu Chiu islands by a deep underwater trench. These eight uninhabited islands and barren rocks have a … Continue reading

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The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

I blogged recently about the dust-up in Asia between China and Japan over the uninhabited islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China. Both claim them, as does Taiwan for good measure.

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Maps: How Mankind Remade Nature

As scientists get used to the idea that Earth is in a new geological age, that the Holocene — the last geological age — has been replaced by Anthropocene, they’re figuring out how it got to be that way. Two … Continue reading

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