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Drought Maps frequently updated by region and state
USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Application Center MODIS and VIIRS Fire Detection GIS Data in Shapefile Format
USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Application Center Active Fire Mapping Program & Drought Information?
Will Climate Change Driven Hurricane Sandy-Like Frankenstorm Floods Result in Fukushima-Like Nuclear Power Plant Disasters in the U.S.?
2011 Toxic Release Inventory Data Release Download.
Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Weather.
Joining Census Data from American FactFinder to TIGER/Line 2012 Shapefiles.
Census Tiger/Line shapefiles with population and housing demographics - These are special sets that Census has created. They would like your input.
Free National Atlas One Million-Scale Shapefile to Download and Use as You Please.
Yosemite Closing Many of the Most Affordable Overnight Visiting accommodations Due to the Risk of Rock Falls. Why? Many more people die from falling on rocks than rocks falling on people!
Bogus Obama-Bashing: Map Used in Claim that Obama is Giving Away Oil Rich Islands to Russia.
MOBILE MAPS & APPS, GPS, UTILITIES AND DEVELOPER TOOLS: Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod, SmartPhones.
Map of Top 20 States for Number of Solar Jobs.
VIDEO: James Hansen Speaks Out About Climate Change.
One Year Since Fukushima: Movie, Maps, Shapefiles.
NRDC Interactive Map: 120 Million Americans at Risk to Fukushima-Like Nuclear Accident.
Animated Maps: Global Coal Consumption Nearly Doubles Since 1980.
San Onofre Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due to Leak: Millions of people at risk in Southern California.
Texas Drought Continues: 2012 Drought for California and the West? Check out the maps.
Physicians for Social Responsibility Create Maps of Nuclear Accident Evacuation Zones in the U.S.
Caliper Releases Maptitude 2012: Easy to Use, Affordable and Includes New Geodata.
Interactive Map of the Billions Spent on Military Equipment for Police in U.S.
Sanctions on Iran Results in Iran blockading Strait of Humoz Reducing Fuel Flow from Middle East. Will This Fuel the Fire for U.S. Oil, Gas and Nuclear Energy?
IPCC Says World Energy Requirements Can Be Met With Renewables - Read press release, download summary report, energy maps and shapefiles.
Live Training: ArcGIS API for Windows Phone April 7, 2011 -
ArcGIS for Windows Phone extends the reach of your GIS from the office to the mobile web. It includes a free downloadable app that adds basic mapping functionality to your Windows Phone device, as well as an API for developing custom applications.
Free 90 Day Trial of ESRI Community Analyst -
Esri Community Analyst is a Web-based solution that provides GIS capabilities in a simple and easy-to-use framework. Thousands of demographic, health, economic, education, and business data variables, combined with instant reports and interactive color-coded maps, allow you to quickly explore the geographic characteristics of any area.
MapInfo Professional Free Trial Download -
If you’re looking for a faster, easier way to create, share and use maps, try the world’s premier desktop mapping application for free!
Maptitude for Redistricting - The professional tool for political redistricting. It is used by a supermajority of the state legislatures, political parties, and public interest groups. Designed with the help of redistricting professionals, state legislatures, and political parties.
Maptitude for Redistricting is now available as an ArcGIS extension.
ESRI Redistricting is a Web-based solution for state and local governments, legislators, and advocacy groups to create political and geographic redistricting plans.
Geographic Learning Resources for Kids - List of resources available on the world wide web. This page will be updated as new resources are found.
National Weather Data Available in GIS formats -
The National Weather Service produces several data sets that are available in formats available to import into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This page lists many of these data sets.
California Senate Bill AB 1978 Withdrawn -
Assemblymember Solorio has "dropped" AB 1978 from consideration by the Government Organization committee, which effectively kills the bill. His office said that due to "new developments" on the bill, Solorio "has decided to not push it forward," so "it's not going to go anywhere."
This does not mean that the backers of this attempt to limit and confuse the public's right to its governments' data (as guaranteed by the California Public Records Act) would not try to advance their objectives through other means.
Public access to governent GIS data and maps threatened -
On February 14, 2008, California State Assemblymember Jose Solorio introduced a bill, AB1978, to amend Government Code Section 6254.9 of the California Public Records Act (CPRA). As stated in the "Computer Mapping Systems Fact Sheet" issued by his office, the bill seeks to improve the current definition of what constitutes a "computer mapping system." In fact, the bill distorts the definition of "computer mapping system" further from reality. Moreover, if enacted, this bill would severely weaken the CPRA and reduce the public's access to its governments' records.
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