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When it comes to anti-immigrant sentiment, the U.S. has nothing on Europe - The Washington Post

When it comes to anti-immigrant sentiment, the U.S. has nothing on Europe - The Washington Post | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
And we can say that plainly, despite the ascendancy of Donald Trump.
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Cuba expects to have world's 9th-oldest population in 2050

Cuba expects to have world's 9th-oldest population in 2050 | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Cuba by 2050 will have the ninth-oldest population in the world, according to official projections released over the weekend, which also give the first hint that this trend toward aging will go hand in hand with a decline in the island's labor force.

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Looking back at the Millennium Development Goals

"In which John examines the progress of the UN's Millennium Development Goals over the last 15 years and looks ahead to the Global Goals. Can we live in a world where extreme poverty and undernourishment are rare? Are we closer to gender equality? How have infant mortality rates and maternal mortality rates changed in the last 25 years? And how will we ensure that the astonishing progress since 1990 continues?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 24, 2015 1:11 PM

The world isn't perfect, but it is getting better.  The UN Millennium Goals were ambitious and overall have been a huge success (click here to see more from the Bill Gates videos the were referenced in the video above).  Today, world leaders are setting a new batch of developmental goals to work on for the next 15 years.  These Global Goals are even more ambitious and can give the global community direction and purpose.   


Tags: development, worldwide.

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Infographic: The Syrian conflict

Infographic: The Syrian conflict | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Syria's civil war has inflicted a humanitarian crisis, expansive exodus of the population and a severe death toll. New Internationalist presents the facts in this zoomable infograph.


Tags: infographic, Syria, migration, political, refugees.


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Fran Martin's curator insight, September 18, 2015 6:29 AM

This might help if any questions come up, particularly if working with upper KS2 or beyond.

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FluView Interactive | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC

FluView Interactive | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Flu - FluView Interactive, influenza surveillance data the way you want it.

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Why 8 Million Homes Lie Empty in Japan - Bloomberg Business

In Japan, population decline is such a serious problem that in some cases, entire neighborhoods are left abandoned. 8-million homes have been left unclaimed and unwanted across the country, and that's predicted to rise to more than 20-million by 20-33. That's one third of the country's total housing stock. As Bloomberg's Shery Ahn reports, one town is trying to fight the decline, one house at a time. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Can you pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyll? This weatherman did

Can you pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyll? This weatherman did | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch was having a particularly warm day on Monday.
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Even When You Go Off the Grid, You Might Still Be On It

Even When You Go Off the Grid, You Might Still Be On It | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"The images here, taken from the Instagram account @the.jefferson.grid show just a few of the landscapes that can be squeezed into the one-mile squares. The idea behind this sprawling checkerboard emerged after the Revolutionary War. As the United States expanded westward, the country needed a systematic way to divide its newly acquired lands. The original colonies were surveyed using the British system of 'metes and bounds,' with parcels delineated using local geography.  


That approach doesn’t scale very well, and Jefferson proposed to slice the young United States into gridded plots of land.  Jefferson's idea became a reality in 1785 when it was enacted as the Public Land Survey System. Today his grid covers much of the country, and it is still used to survey federal lands — an idea that shaped the physical landscape of half a continent."


Tags: images, land use, landscape, social media, planning, spatial, scale, historical.


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Dyna-e International's curator insight, September 1, 2015 12:32 PM

No such thing as being off the grid really. 

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Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries

Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500s

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 11, 2015 8:17 PM

Popular culture and those most closely tied to it are innovators. 


Tags: language, culturediffusion, popular culture.

Woodstock School's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:22 AM

Do we speak their language?

Chris Costa's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:37 PM

I find the social aspect of this absolutely fascinating; gender may be entirely a cultural construct, but we can see its influences in every aspect of human life. Women are responsible for 90 percent of linguistic changes that occur over the course of our lifetimes- because men resist such changes due to their (mostly) feminine origins. A good, witty read for those interested.

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Fries Around The World - YouTube

Gotta get down on fry-day. Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Reflex Action Licensed via Warner Chappell Pro...
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unit 3, 5-- does it matter when it comes to "French" (what was that again about geography being EVERYwhere) fries???

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The true size of ...

The true size of ... | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
This site is used to highlight the distortion issues caused by the Mercator map projection. It can be used to show the true size of countries

How it Works

1. Enter a country or state name

2. Hover over selection for size information

3. Click on selection to drag

4. Right-click on selection to delete


Tags: mapping, visualization, map projections, cartography, perspective.


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Europe needs many more babies to avert a population disaster

Europe needs many more babies to avert a population disaster | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Across Europe birth rates are tumbling. The net effect is a ‘perfect demographic storm’ that will imperil economic growth across the continent

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Map Projection Transitions

Map Projection Transitions | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"In some ways, all 2D maps of Earth are interrupted at some point, even if it’s just along the antimeridian at 180°. Interruptions are often in areas of less interest e.g. oceans for a land-focused map."


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Lilydale High School's curator insight, September 3, 2015 6:01 AM

New ways to see the world.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 3, 2015 10:33 AM

map projections

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No screenshot could do justice to this animation.  It transforms a map of the world from one map projection to another, and in the 5 second interval it 'spins the globe' to give you a sense of the the spatial distortions inherent in all projections.  This is but one of the many visualizations fromJason Davies mapping project.   

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Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map)

Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map) | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"What is on the other side of the Earth?  Find out here."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 2, 2015 2:33 PM

The antipode of any place is the spot of opposite side of Earth; this is like a geographic version of Bizarro Superman (it is also the name of journal for radical geography).  Two points are considered antipodal if they are are on opposite sides of a Great Circle from each other (Check out Great Circle mapper).  I knew I never would be able to dig a hole to China from the United States...I guess I'll have to go to Argentina with my shovel to dig my tunnel.    


Tags: mapping.

Ignacio Garrido's curator insight, October 20, 2015 8:17 AM

Exercise to do :

 

a) Explain what is the "antipodes" concept

b) Find out the "antipodes" of one city in each continent

c)If in one city is summer...what is the climate of their antipode city?

d) Write 10 lines explaining what is the most like you about this map

pascal simoens's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:59 PM
Ludique!
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Israel's soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

Israel's soaring population: Promised Land running out of room? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Today's population of 8.4 million is forecast to reach 15.6 million by 2059 and 20.6 million in a high case scenario.

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17 Geography Puns That Are So Bad They're Kind Of Wonderful

17 Geography Puns That Are So Bad They're Kind Of Wonderful | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
You're Ghana love this!

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because I heart geography :)

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 15, 2015 8:22 PM

Yes, the are bad...consider yourself warned. 

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Wall for nothing: the misjudged but growing taste for border fences

Wall for nothing: the misjudged but growing taste for border fences | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the world, even if experts doubt their long-term effectiveness. When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 18, 2015 12:11 PM

This is an intriguing opinion piece that would be good fodder for a class discussion on political geography or the current events/refugee crisis. 


Tags: borders, political.

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https://www.reddit.com/3ljqnq/

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Japan's creepy mannequin head scarecrows - CNN.com

Japan's creepy mannequin head scarecrows - CNN.com | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Not all of Japan is in the thrall of "cute," as these freaky scarecrows from Kobe chillingly illustrate.
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Why Pixar Remade Certain Scenes for Foreign Viewers in Inside Out

Why Pixar Remade Certain Scenes for Foreign Viewers in Inside Out | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing that Inside Out’s main character Riley hates, it’s broccoli. Or is it? Last week Pixar tech artist David Lally pointed out on Twitter that Japanese children watching Inside Out will see Riley balk at a different green veggie: peppers. But that’s not the only change made to help the film translate better....

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Gregory Stewart's curator insight, August 29, 2015 9:51 AM

You will get an interesting perspective on the making and the marketing of this movie.

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Lakes On A Glacier

"How deep is that icy blue water on Greenland's ice sheet? Dr. Allen Pope, of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, is using data from the NASA/USGS Landsat 8 satellite to find out. In this video, Dr. Pope shares what he sees when he looks at a Landsat image of the Greenland ice sheet just south of the Jakobshavn Glacier.

Because the lakes are darker than the ice around them, they absorb more energy from the sun. A little bit of melt concentrates in one place, and then melts more, establishing a feedback mechanism accelerating the growth of the lake. When the lakes get big enough they can force open fractures that then drill all the way down to the bed of the glacier, transporting this water to the base where it can temporarily speed up the flow of the ice."


Tags: physical, geomorphology, landforms, erosion, climate change, Greenland, remote sensing, geospatial.


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New Zealand panel unveils four alternate flag options, to a largely negative reaction.

New Zealand panel unveils four alternate flag options, to a largely negative reaction. | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Kiwis aren't showing their enthusiasm toward the final four alternate flags they'll be allowed to choose between. We analyze the results.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 2, 2015 9:33 AM

What is in a flag?  A flag is intended to represent a people and government while portraying a common heritage and a sense on timelessness.  This may seem like a small decision, but symbols can be incredibly potent political and cultural forces; New Zealand better get this right.


Tags: Flags, New Zealand.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, December 10, 2015 6:43 PM

a flag is a strong national symbol. How strong? enough to have a change of heart on the black silver fern. This is where globally a crisis in one country can have an impact on what other countries do. New Zealand decided the colors were Isis colors and didn't want to send the wrong message. This reminds me of gang colors. It affects anything from colors of bandanas to professional sport wear. innocent sport fans have been targeted by gang members for the colors of their jersey.

Nicholas A. Whitmore's curator insight, December 19, 2015 4:03 AM

To be honest I feel as though the changing of the new Zealand flag has more to do with outside opinion than their own. Two of the main reasons they wished to change their flag was to first be differentiated from Australia and two please the native population. Unfortunately when you have a long time it is very difficult to change because people identify with it. I personally think they should keep the old flag for they make their identity and culture not the flag. Also if they must choose it should be the second from the left since it looks the closest to the old flag keeping traditionalists happy while adding new elements. Plus the swirl one to be honest looks pretty bad.

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Travel speeds in the U.S. in the 1800s

Travel speeds in the U.S. in the 1800s | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Maps from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States put travel in the 1800s into perspective.

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Dyna-e International's curator insight, September 8, 2015 11:38 AM

Wow. Amazing to think about really. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 14, 2015 4:05 PM

This series of maps shows the great leaps and bounds that were made during the 19th century in transportation technology in the United States.  This impacted population settlement, economic interactions and functionally made the great distances seem smaller.  This is what many call the time-space compression; the friction of distance is diminished as communication and transportation technologies improve.  


Questions to Ponder: When someone says they live "10 minutes away," what does that say about how we think about distance, transportation infrastructure and time?  How is geography still relevant in a world where distance appears to becoming less of a factor?  

 

Tags: transportation, modelsdiffusion, globalization, diffusion, time-space.

Erik Glitman's curator insight, September 18, 2015 11:39 AM

Comparing how long it took to travel even 150 years ago opens up a question on trust. At that time, checking accounts were rare, credit cards non-existent, and every one had to travel with cash. Yet, incidents of robbery were uncommon and trust in the stranger was high. Now travel takes a small fraction of the time it did 150 years ago and strangers are seen as a threat. Trust has eroded, but is it a fear based or fact based erosion?  Is travel less safe now than it was in the 1860's?

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Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?

Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Longhand note-takng results in a better conceptual understanding of the material and is easier to recall later.
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Quiz: Can you find these 15 U.S. foreign-policy hot spots?

Quiz: Can you find these 15 U.S. foreign-policy hot spots? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
We hear the names of these places in the news constantly, but can you actually locate them on a map?

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locational geography test your knowledge and challenge yourself!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 23, 2015 10:41 PM

I do enjoy a good current events map quiz.  Yes, geography is about more than just locating things on the map, but that is still a pretty foundational spatial-thinking skill to build upon. You can zoom it to place the points, but this is a very hard quiz that is not for novices (if you can get more than 130 points, you'll earn the title geo-champ).  If you want some more quizzes with perhaps more direct applicability in the classroom, click here for online regional quizzes.         


Tags: political, geopolitics, fun, trivia.

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, August 25, 2015 1:47 PM

Hard to do especially on Mobil phone map

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First Saudi women register to vote

First Saudi women register to vote | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
This will be the first election since women were legally given the right to vote in Saudi Arabia

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