Today, a country’s marine economic area is defined by its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a 200-nautical mile-wide (370 km) strip of sea along the country’s national coast line (hi-res image). This regulation, which was installed by the ‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ in 1982, grants a state special rights to exploit natural (such as oil) and marine (for instance fish) resources, including scientific research and energy production (wind-parks, for example).
Questions to ponder: how does this series of buffer zones around the Earth's land masses impact politics, the environment and local economies? Where might the EEZs be more important to the success of a country/territory than other regions?
The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese). The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.
"In the Air is a visualization project which aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid´s air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc), to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city."
This takes spatial thinking into the atmosphere...worth exploring especially since the key trends being charted are anthropogenic in nature.
Americans ate 475 million pounds of tilapia last year, making this once obscure African native the most popular farmed fish in the United States.
Industrial farming, human-introduced species, GMOs, outsourcing and environmental impacts are but some of the relevant themes from this video. How are global taste buds reshaping the geographic landscape?
The guest, Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, is the author of the new book Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. What are the benefits and challenges of living at high densities? How do cities spur economic innovation and collaboration? This 17 minute audio clip (or transcript) is a good primer for the advantages of cities for humanity.
In September, China stopped shipping rare earths, minerals crucial to military, cell phone and green technologies, to countries around the world. A report from the Bureau for International Reporting.
This 2010 video shows how a primary sector economic activity is reshaping global industry. Green technologies are dependent on these mining resources and China is the world's rare earth 'superpower.' Many factories have relocated in China in part because of cheap labor, but also to gain access to these rare earths.
This photoessay puts together a diverse set of issues that are interconnected. Industrial agriculture and metropolitan pollution; rising energy prices to sustain consumptive lifestyles with environmental degradation linked to oil spills; regions susceptible to climate change and regions producing that change...thought-provoking.
Bringing a whole new meaning to the terms "your own private island" and the "creation of place." An intriguing hook for discussing human and environmental interactions and what resources are needed to sustain life.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on...
Climate change and political geography should merge, but unfortunately not in this way.
........"Linking the Chinese pollution data to mortality statistics from 1991 to 2000, the researchers found a sharp difference in mortality rates on either side of the border formed by the Huai River. They also found the variation to be attributable to cardiorespiratory illness, and not to other causes of death."
High levels of air pollution in northern China – much of it caused by an over-reliance on burning coal for heat – will cause 500 million people to lose an aggregate 2.5 billion years from their lives, the authors predict in the study, published in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
States in the Deep South traditionally vote Republican in every presidential election. However, a string of "blue" counties curve through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Question to ponder: How does the physical geography of a region impact the human geography of a place? Using this example, does the environment completely determine the cultural outcomes of the region? To what extent does one impact the other?
Tags: physical, political, environment, unit 4 political.
Not only will you learn about hurricanes but you can also watch videos about lighting, tornadoes, volcanoes, and overall everything about the weather. These are great videos to use in class when teaching units about natural disasters. These videos are full of great engaging facts.
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.
Why cities are the best cure for our planet's growing pains...
Debate the merits of this quote from Edward Glaeser: "There's no such thing as a poor urbanized country; there's no such thing as a rich rural country." Is this true? Are there exceptions? What explains these geographic patterns? Is there a causal link between urbanization and economic development?
Residents and planners around the country are dreaming up innovative ways to create eco-friendly, self-reliant communities. But turning ideas into reality is a tall order.
Urban revitalization projects gentrification have been an important part of the American scene since the 1990s. As we reconsider the city, and some of the associated issues with dense living, many are also thinking about the environmental impact of urban life and rethinking how to make neighborhoods more sustainable. This article uses the Denver Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood as its case study for analyzing sustainability with the city.
In Guatemala City, a place called "The Mine" can deliver both a means of survival and a grisly death. Every day, dozens of residents salvage a living by scouring the massive dump for scrap metal.
This thanksgiving I'd like to discuss one of my goals in teaching a geography course in the developed world. I hope to cultivate a sense of thanksgiving and gratitude for the many good things that are easy to take for granted. Balanced with that, I try to teach that economic disparities are NOT a function of moral, mental or physical superiority. Therefore I try to instill a sense of thankfulness that does not become boastfulness or entitlement--hopefully that ethos will infuse this day's festivities. Happy Thanksgiving!
We are told that we should change the world to be what we think it should be...this urban development has taken that to the extreme, showing human/environmental interactions, development and urban issues in Dubai, UAE. For more information about this place, see: http://www.theworld.ae/ ;
"Green is an unusual film. It is both a hard hitting portrayal of the causes and consequences of deforestation in Indonesia, and a film which captures the tranquillity and calm of wild nature. It contains no narrative or dialogue and yet helps us understand complex commodity chains. Green needs to be taken seriously. In these pages we present a series of short essays in response to the film."
'Green' is a female orangutan in Indonesia, beset with deforestation and resource exploitation of her habitat. This is a non-profit film follows her; watch at the film’s website or view the trailer: http://www.greenthefilm.com/
WASHINGTON — A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
Objective science is quite unifed...global temperatures are rising. Arguing that point is simply unscientific and factually inaccurate.