Reports, publications, and data dealing with US weather and climate disasterous events.
NOAA notes that in the last 31 years there were 99 weather-related natural disasters that casued $1 billion worth of damage. So that is a roughly 3 per year (with dollars adjusted for inflation). In 2011, there were 14 natural disasters in the United States that caused over $1 billion in damage.
Is this primarily due to climate change? Are all of components of these natural disaters 'natural?' What does this information say about the human-environmental interactions that we see today?
I don’t really know if this is due to climate changes. I do think that yeah we could call it “natural disaster” to the act but all those millions of dollar spended to fix all the damages cost by a hurricane, earthquake. They should be invested in preventing the damages. I do understand that those disaster cannot be prevented but the damages caused by definitely can be.
To me seem that it was more than just planting trees. Is was a way for this woman to have some type of control. Their story show how nothing is impossible, that sometimes we think that whatever little thing we do, it would not make a different. Those woman illustrate that no matter how powerless you feel. If you believe in something no stop until you get it accomplished.
It is a very interesting article, I can see why the lack of water can affect they way a country behave. Water is not a luxury is necessity. But some people might argue that the lack of water isn’t is a big factor on why Syria has all this problems. I do feel that any country with environmental problem, is a country that shows that they are not being taking care off properly. And when a population feels that they are not receiving such essential resource like water, the country start feeling neglected and that’s when people start complaining and problems start to happened
Foods from around the world...This is a playful video clip that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places. The spirit of exploration and experimentation is at the heart of this global traveler's montage of delightful dishes. Watching this encourages viewers to open their minds to new ideas, cultures and places.
Watching this video made me hungry hahaha. This video is a good example of why we should try different food. Living in the united state has giving me the opportunity to learn about different culture. I feel that if we try different food we are not only becoming less judgmental but we are also contributing economically. We don’t have to go to Italy to enjoy a great pizza. We can go stay here and spend our money here. At the long run it will help our economy to grow more efficiently. Made In America!!!
A rice enriched with beta-carotene promises to boost the health of poor children around the world. But critics say golden rice is also a clever PR move for a biotech industry driven by profits, not humanitarianism.
This a very difficult debate because whoever is against using any type of enhancement to food or any other product, no matter if is for their benefit they wont want to here about it. But I do feel that if is for the best and if is going to help for a better nutrition, I think is a good idea. I think that people are going to consume rice no matter what, if the price of the rice doesn’t goes up, the consumption will be the same but if they raise the prices because it has “more vitamins” them the consumption will be less. The world every day is getting poorer and people are having aDifficult time feeding their love ones.
Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows through.
I don’t think that there is a specific reason on why Vermont is the first state to make some headway in producing this type of legislation, Vermont used to pride themselves on being one of the states with a large numbers of organic farms. And with a company like Monsanto whom use GMO on their product, it doesn’t go well with Vermont image. I do think that other states will follow suit because using Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO) and Genetically Engineered (GE) affect our help and Vermont cannot fight this big corporation by themselves. I feel that even though requiring labels on products that contain GMO is a good thing for us the consumers to know Exactly what we are giving to ur family. I do think that is going to be a bad impact. because this big corporations like Monsanto is a good source of employment for the states. If they feel that the can make their product, they are going to take their business else where.
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
The geographic themes evident in this video are location for example; because we know that that the video was film in Cambodia. Another theme that I see is the human environmental interaction, because we see how the former gang member adapt to his new life and shape his life for good, we also see how he interact with the kids and is becoming a good example for the kids, and a good example for the Cambodian society. A society that he didn’t even know before.
I think that language chances as culture changes, as time passed things get more modern. For example the past summer I went back to Dominican Republic, I haven’t been there for almost eight years. Even though I kept in contact with my family over there, I was very shock to find how much the Spanish that I knew in Dominican Republic have change so much. I don’t think is possible to keep a language pure, society is not the same as 100 years ago, I bet that certain words that were correct in the English dictionary don’t even exist anymore.
This a very sad situation, I can only imagine, the torture and abuse this girls endure. This video should be play as super ball commercial, every year to bring awareness of what is going on behind closed doors. I bet they won’t play it, because we don’t like to hear about unhappy stories. Every year we get so caught up on the excitement and in our everyday life that we forget how bad other people are having it.
This video is very interesting because normally we thinks the, racism only happens in America. People based this opinion because United States is form by different races, and culture also because of its history. While I was watching this video. I thought when I was living in Dominican Republic, how we Dominican behave towards Haitian people living in the island. We discriminate them because of their skin color and their believes. People are more aware of racism in the United States because America gets more attention from the outside media then other countries
According to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, three-quarters of U.S.
Smartphones have built-in location features with a host of apps that can be added. However, 1 in 4 smartphone users do not use these features at all. Age, ethnicity, education and gender (or more simply, demographic factors) play a major role. Which groups would you imagine use geo-location features more or less? Why?
I would imagine that the group that would use less geo-location features could be the older crowd, probably because they might not know to use it; for example my mother’ we recently bought her a new iPhone. she only know the basic call, text and taking picture , I been trying to get her to use her phone as a GPS but she won’t budge in. when I asked her how do she feel about letting other people know where she is (check in Facebook) she thinks is crazy because she like her privacy.
Is not always the best idea to only rely on you GPS when traveling, best thing to do is to get and updated maps. Is always good to get information on where you are going, how long are you going to be there? So you can get enough supplies like food, water, clothes etc. Also are you making other stops along the road? Let someone know where you going therefore; if something happened to you they know where to look for you, once again don’t always trust on electronic. Prepared AHEAD!!
TED Talks Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste?
Companies derive economic value from the environment without paying the true environmental costs of their enterprises. Sukhdev call this the 'Economic Invisibilty of Nature.' Many countries are mortgaging their environment's future for economic growth today. This also disproportionately impacts the developing world and rural people more adversely. Key to his argument is that we need to identify negative externalities on the environment that produce private profits and acknowledge them as public losses.
This a very interesting topic. Most of the time we take our earth for granted imagine if we need to pay for every time we use our earth I don’t think we would to afford it. Is very important for us to take care of it. It so sad that we have to force to protect it; for example here in providence we get punish with a fine if we don’t recycle. Taking care of our world should be a feeling from within people shouldn’t be made to do it.
Here are two shirts are from the Avengers. Both are designed for their children apparel production line, but I don't have to tell you which one is marketed for boys and which one is marketed for girls.
Questions to ponder: How (and why) do companies use cultural ideas and values to market their products? How do companies shape cultural ideas and values? What impact do messages like this have on a society's culture? Do seemingly subtle differences is pop cultural products like this matter?
Tags: perspective, culture, gender, popular culture.
Companies before they put any product in the market they do research first for example; what people are buying, they take in consideration gender and culture. And why is that? Because they are not going to create a product that no one is going to buy. The impact that this type of messages like this have on a society’s culture. No matter how many laws are make in favor woman equality are created we are being perceived as the weak sex, that we need the help of a man to do anything. Sadly but true this type of campaign it was sales
I don’t find nothing right about tourist visiting the slum, I feel that the tourist are violating there privacy. They are human being not some historical landmark. If the tourist are not helping this people why are they going? If you are going to visit this places do it because you want to help them, not because you think is interesting their way of living.
Papua New Guinea, once home to cannibals, still has an exotic aura. The local tourist economy caters to those notions, and visitors may see a hybrid of the traditional and the modern.
This story is an intriguing blend--we see traditional cultures engaging in the global economy. They have created two villages: a traditional one designed for tourism filled with emblems of their folk cultures, and another one where people work, live eat and play with various markers of outside cultural and technological influence.
"Tourists are taking pictures. They don't want to take pictures of those who are in Western clothes. People who are in Western clothes are not allowed to get close to people who are dressed up in the local dressings."
Questions to Ponder: Which village do you see as the more "authentic" one? How can culture also be a commodity?
Tags: folk culture, tourism, indigenous, culture, economic, rural, historical, unit 3 culture, Oceania.
The more authentic village is the one with the folk culture the rural one, because they haven’t lost their traditions and their identity. Culture can be a also a commodity for example you have Papua New Guinea. People are intrigue on their way of living so they will pay to go see them. Places like Papua New Guinea attract a lot of tourist. A country with tourist is a country that is receiving money.
The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
Oh!! Ramen noodles, I don’t think I can find a person who says that the hasn’t try them. Well Ramen noodles are inexpensive and simple to make. Which is the best product for a poor country like Nigeria to consume. It might not be the healthier food in the world, high on salt and oily but like I said before is very affordable and accessible also is nonperishable so it can be send anywhere in the world. When someone is hungry they don’t care if the food is healthy or not all they want is to eat.
This video is a good example of folk culture, because in folk culture, we see a culture of tradition, which beliefs and behavior as pasted on from generation to generation. For example; we see the girls cleaning, cooking, doing the house work, and the boys are working in the field etc. also we see in the video a very small community. They relative live isolation from other groups; in one part of the video the narrator said something like. “they don’t bother us and we don’t bother them” a good example of how folk culture work.
"Water is an essential theme in social studies, science, and geography. Whether teaching about natural or human systems, water is part of the story. This course, framed around California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), focuses on ocean and freshwater topics and strategies for teaching environmental topics in Grades 4-8. Resources and support are provided for how to use EEI to implement Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy."
I find this video very informative because I didn’t know, that they have this type of course. I feel this course should be teach in every classroom around the United States, because is not only the adult that needs to learn how to protect the environment. We also need to educate our children because they are the future of America. I think that by taking this class people will learn which places have the more environmental problem, and by becoming more aware of the issue , we all together will find the solution.
"For millions of refugees across Africa life is a daily struggle. Many dream of one day returning to their homeland while others have spent decades building a new life. On World Refugee Day, BBC Focus on Africa's Anne Soy visits a Somali family in Nairobi, Kenya, who cannot imagine returning to their roots."
I do not feel that Is the duty of refuge to return to their home if they don’t want to, even if is safe. If I were a refuge I would learn about the present situation of my home, if is safe or not or I would take in consideration, where would my family and I have a better future; like school, work and if I can practice my beliefs without any fear of being arrested or worst kill.
The 'rules' about clothing, place and social context are culturally and politically institutionalized. Where can you wear what clothes, and when does that change? Should it change? The clothes literally made this particular speech, since it was about the criminalization of cultural clothing norms within racial and economic groups. Should he have been thrown off the floor? What would you have done?
“Life is more than a piece of clothing” Bubby Rush.
I do understand why congressman did what he did, but I don’t agree with him because he as a congressman, need to set an example to our youth. The house as other institution have rules that should be respect it, there are different way for you to protest if you don’t agree with certain issue. Imagine if show up to my job naked, I would be fired right way. Like my mother has always say “there is a place and time”
Probably they think that martin Luther king is more important to African American, then the rest of the United States population, but I personally feel that martin Luther king, represent a changing America also he is a very important figure in American history, he should be place in a better location so people that come to visit united states could venerate him as a man who fought for not only for African American but also for every minorities living in the United States.
I think that some in Mexico oppose this project so fiercely, because by building a Walmart on their historical land, is affecting their culture and those pyramids is what represent the people from Teotihuacán. I personally feel that Walmart was acting like the big powerful institution that they are and didn’t care about a historical landmark. Walmart only agenda was to make money. I bet if it was in the United States Walmart wouldn’t even dare to build on a historical landmark. United States have laws against situation like this one.
Educating people is important if the environment is to be protected. But that can only happen when everyone involved understands what’s at stake. That’s why the Dominican Republic is investing in climate education.
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