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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





February 2016




News Reports and Resources


Visualizing the Geography of Student Debt
Center for Data Innovation | READ STORY

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, an economic research organization, has created Mapping Student Debt, a website which maps data about the $1.1 trillion in student debt owed by 42 million Americans. The map uses data from the U.S. Department of Education linked with tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service to compare household student loan balances and delinquency rates to medium income by zip code.

Speak Your Piece: Small-Town Suicides -Facing facts
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The suicide rate is higher in rural areas, but some weekly newspaper editors won't run stories about self-inflicted deaths, reflecting community reluctance to talk about the issue. An editor in Tennessee took a different approach - covering basic information about such deaths and helping his county find a way confront the problem.

Global Fish Harvests Far Higher Than Official Figures, Study Says
Scientific American | READ STORY

Tens of millions more tons of fish have been taken from the seas than are recorded in official statistics, suggests a huge and controversial project aiming to estimate the "true catch" of the world's fishing industry. The work is detailed in a paper in Nature Communications by fisheries researchers Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and it builds on a decade-long project that has drawn in hundreds of researchers from around the world.

Report Warns that Plastics Will Soon Outweigh Fish in World's Oceans
Ellen Macarthur Foundation | READ STORY

The weight of plastic waste clogging the world's oceans threatens to exceed all fish by 2050 if the world's seemingly insatiable appetite for the material continues at the current explosive rate, warned a new report. In fact, according to the study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation along with the World Economic Forum, "plastics production has surged over the past 50 years, from 15 million tonnes in 1964 to 311 million tonnes in 2014, and is expected to double again over the next 20 years."



Refugee Crises, Climate Change Are Top Risks in Next 10 Years, Experts Say
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

Large-scale refugee flows and lack of progress in slowing global warming are the top risks that the world faces in the coming decade, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum of executives and experts from the fields of business, academia, civil society, government and international organizations.


Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds
Climate Central | READ STORY

With tides and storm surges inching upward and inward, worsening floods are harbingers of even soggier times ahead. As recent winter storms hurtle across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing flood risks to Europe, new research is pointing to an outsized role that ocean warming has been playing in raising sea levels - a problem normally associated with melting land ice.


Climate Change Calculator

Countries have been publishing their plans for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the UN meeting in Paris. The COP21 Climate Change Calculator was co-created by the Financial Times and Climate-KIC, creators of the Global Calculator. You can read more about the work behind the tool in a technical note from the scientists who carried out the research.






President's Corner


Its official; Montana State University Extension will be hosting the 2017 CDS / NACDEP Conference in Big Sky, Montana, June 11-14. It's the first time the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and the Community Development Society are working collaboratively on their annual conferences and the Local Host Committee is already busy planning mobile learning workshops, sponsorships, and keynote speakers; If you have ideas or would like to help plan, please contact . Stay tuned for updates.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

IACD Sustainable Communities Practice Exchange

March 10-21, 2016


Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Extension Sustainability Summit 2016

April 5-7, 2016

Portland, OR

Sponsor: Western Rural Development Center

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit

May 4-5, 2016

Kansas City, MO

Sponsor: Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Community Development Extension Institute

May 22-24, 2016

Jackson, WY

Sponsor: Western Rural Development Center


June 26-69, 2016

Burlington, VT


Joint IACD/CDS International Conference

July 24-27, 2016

Bloomington, MN

Sponsor: IACD / CDS

Grants and Awards

Rural Community Investment

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: CHS, Inc.

Community Building Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Singing for Change

Sports and Community Development

Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Developing Healthy Places

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

National/International News

China's Factory Activity Slows Again

BBC News; Jan 31st

Myanmar Set for Historic New Parliament

BBC News, Jan 31st

Britain Braces for Storm Henry, 80 mph Winds

The Guardian, Feb 1st

Syrian Opposition Considers UN Offer

Reuters; Jan 31st

Europe Slows Refugee Inflow

Wall Street Journal, 31st

Montana News

Earthquake Recorded in Western Montana

NBC Montana, Jan 30th

Price Increases for Hunting, Fishing Licenses

NBC Montana, Jan 31st

Stillwater Miners Approve New Contract

Great Falls Tribune, Jan 31st

Strangers Save Child Inside Car

KTVQ, Jan 31st

Thousands Show Up for Ski Joring in Whitefish

KPAX, Jan 31st







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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