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The US Fracking Boom Is Changing Geopolitics And Rearranging Global Alliances

The US Fracking Boom Is Changing Geopolitics And Rearranging Global Alliances | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The US is less dependent on Mideast allies than it ever has been before
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An intersting story about the complexities of oil and geopolitics around the world. At the heart of this story is American fracking and the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.  A good read that will help you understand the role oil plays in foreign policy. 

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Across China, Skyscrapers Brush the Heavens

Across China, Skyscrapers Brush the Heavens | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
China is home to 60 of the world’s 100 tallest buildings now under construction, but the scale and speed of the projects have caused concern.
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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:28 AM
Rossana Fuentes- Is pretty impressive how China is creating this huge buildings, hopefully this projects would bring employment and help to China's economy, for example, tourism. One concern is that, it would be better to do it in a place where the environment is not highly affected, even though many trees might have already been cut.
CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:34 AM
Sky City is Broad Group's new project, located in Changsha, China, which is becoming more than a local interest, has proven to be built extremely fast in comparation to other of the tallest buildings of the world. Even though the project began on July 20 of this year, it's expected to be completed by April of 2014, even though, building experts in Beijing have yet to analyze the constructions process before keeping on with the development of this building. While the Empire State Building took almost two decades to be built, this project would only take around 9 months, and delayed, an estimated year to be completed.<br>-Luis C.
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Video: Gentrify? No! Gentefy? Sí!

Video: Gentrify? No! Gentefy? Sí! | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights young Latinos are trying to stave off gentrification with what they call gentefication by opening their own hip businesses.
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Combatting gentrification with creativity and purpose.  Will it work? 

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Despite West’s Efforts, Afghan Youths Cling to Traditional Ways

Despite West’s Efforts, Afghan Youths Cling to Traditional Ways | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
While young Afghans have cultivated Western trappings like cellphones and jeans, they have resisted the West’s efforts to instill values like expanded rights for women.
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A great article highlighting the limits of cultural diffusion.  Question: Why do you think cultural aspects such as clothing and style have caught on more easily in non-Western regions than political and social ideals and values? 

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:36 AM
Danielle Farray - It is impressive how the war and imposing of western culture has not taken the susceptible youth of Afghanistan away from their ancient and strict traditions. They have stayed very true to their culture and traditional practices, despite their involvement in social media. They have not been changed by the different influences the west has been forcing on the world and the harsh effects of globalization. It amazes me that even the women's mindset isn't being changed. the article says, "One poster read, “I am a Self-Aware Woman, I Will Not Be Deceived by the Empty Slogans of the West.”" This is a great example of Cultural Diffusion not being successful. by reading this article I learned that if people are very clung to their traditions, it is very hard for them to change.
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Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast

Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Two new studies out of Europe have confirmed what researchers had long suspected: rates would fall and mental acuity improve as populations grew healthier and better educated.
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While mostly a focus on psychology and health, this article is a good example of how the field of human geography is the result of many different fields.  Here, the discussion revolves around populations in MDC's and how their ability to provide healthier food and education will increase the ability of people aged 65 and over to contribute more to the economies of those countries, since less of them will have mental health issues.  Question: How chalenges would LDC's face in catching up to MDC's in regard to improving education about health and psychological disorders? 

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:37 AM
Rossana Fuentes- They would have many because today everything is based mostly in technology which has been one of the most useful tools in education and health. The education of MDC's creates a prevention or knowledge about psychological disorders. Also, prices affects the health due to medication and having a high technical industry (standards).
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Portugal’s birthrate plummeting, a sign of more economic trouble ahead

Portugal’s birthrate plummeting, a sign of more economic trouble ahead | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Falling birthrates in Portugal and several other nations signal more economic problems ahead.
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This article highlights a very important truth about capitalism: population growth is needed for economic growth.  When it comes to this dilemma, which the world will eventually face, I can't help but think this may actually be a good thing for our world. After all, if the world's population growth continues on a never-ending course, how would the environment be able to handle it? We know that at some point our natural resources are limited, and that too much growth will only bring us closer to the day we can no longer support ourselves.  Do you agree? 

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The state of U.S. immigration - The Washington Post

The state of U.S. immigration - The Washington Post | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Founded by colonists, settlers and pioneers, the United States has always defined itself as a land of immigrants. But immigration has varied dramatically across decades.
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This is a fantastic interactive map that will allow you to see how immigration in the U.S. has changed over the past 110 years.  

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Global cities revisited

Global cities revisited | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
IN 1991, Saskia Sassen, a sociologist, wrote her most famous work, “The Global City”. It argued that large, technologically advanced urban areas defined the...
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Great article on how globalization is changing the economic landscape across the world, and is giving developing countries more clout on the global stage. 

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:29 AM
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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:31 AM
In this article it talks about economy in the world. It also informs you that in like 10 years more big cities and countries are going to be better in the economy. Today only three cities play a big role on the world's economy and this cities are: Tokyo, New York, and London. This really surprised me because i thought there were more cities that were strong in economy.
CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:32 AM
Tony M. Wrote the article that is above
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Finland's Language War: Nationalists Seek End to Mandatory Swedish Lessons - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Finland's Language War: Nationalists Seek End to Mandatory Swedish Lessons - SPIEGEL ONLINE | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Members of the True Finns party and of Finland's ruling conservatives want to abolish compulsory Swedish tuition in schools. It is part of a growing right-wing campaign to assert a Finnish national identity at the expense of the Swedish minority.

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:36 AM
Having a young country is hard specially when it is a brake off another. The people in Finland are having trouble letting go of their traditions and their old family culture. Finland currently is an bilingual country. Their Common language is Finnish yet many of them speak another language . I think that the people should be allowed to have more than one language in their countries and they should not want to leave the culture completely . -
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Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State

Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In South Korea, the government is playing a bigger role in matchmaking amid plunging birthrates and changing expectations over matrimony.
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We are beginning to see governments take a more proactive role in trying to avert demographic crises that will be arising over the next few decades as a result of people marrying less and having less children.  

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:33 AM
Jesenia - I think it's very weird and funny to see how in South Korea the government has reached the limit of organizing parties for people to find couples. This is mostly because between the people they feel like it's hard to find a person they like, if someone introduces them to a new person then they will be able to socialize better and with more confidence.
CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 11:28 AM
Chelsie Rinaldi - I was expecting that South Korea is the country with its government taking the role of matchmaking. It is a great mission to do for the country, so something that is happening in Japan (criminals increasing and population decreasing) won't happen as much. This is one of the examples of globalization where people marrying less and prefer to have smaller family because woman got better educations while we have better technology.
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Detroit goes bankrupt, largest municipal filing in U.S. history

Detroit goes bankrupt, largest municipal filing in U.S. history | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A number of factors — notably steep population and tax base falls — have been blamed for city’s fall.
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A great example of the effect an aging population and out-migration can have on a place. We see this type of thing happening in many places through the developed world.  The bankruptcy of Detriot is so interesting because at one point there were over a million people living in this city and it was one of the most important in the U.S.  

 

Another area of human geography in which this is important is in disucssions about the flight of manufacturing in the U.S. to LDC's such as Mexico and China. The sudden disappearence of these factories (cars in the case of Detroit) leaves the people of an area jobless. 

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Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t.

Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t. | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Why many great crops never go mainstream in America.
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Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field

Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field | CIPLC AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The discovery of the altered crop led Japan to suspend its wheat imports from the United States.
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We talk a lot about genetically modified crops in this class and this article reinforces the idea that GMO's are here to stay, especially in the United States.  What's interesting though is that we continue to see pushback from many countries around the world regarding this method of agriculture, highlighting the diversity in the beliefs regarding how food should be grown.  

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CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:37 AM
GMO's are a short-term solution to world hunger and since world population is increasing at such a rapid rate scientist are searching for a food resource that we can sustain the entire population. GMO's have been tested to find if they are healthy for human consume, and scientist have found they have consequences to human health and there are still others that are trying to be proven. The use of GMO's also brings a negative impact to the environment. If scientist aren't sure of all the problems with GMO's, why risk the health of humans and the environment?
CIPLC Human Geo Collaboration's comment, November 8, 2013 10:38 AM
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