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Want more retirement security? Move to Slovenia

Want more retirement security? Move to Slovenia | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The United States ranks 19th worldwide when it comes to retirement security, according to a new analysis of worldwide economic and other data.
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Or move to Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Israel, or the Czech Republic...but not to Zimbabwe...

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Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned in April, 2014."

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 14, 8:35 PM

Unit 3 Cultural Patterns and Processes

      The article discusses Pastafarianism and how it is becoming an actual religion in many parts of the world even though it basically is a satire of Christianity and mocks other religions. Pastafarians worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster and have interesting views and beliefs.

       Religion is a key part of culture and many people's day to day activities. There are many ancient religions which have millions of followers and there are also some religions that have been dying away. However, it has been rare to see new religions emerge in our day and age, but Pastafarianim is a very young religion which is questioned by many and considered a joke to many people.

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Population Growth Will Exacerbate Problems in Some Developing Countries

Population Growth Will Exacerbate Problems in Some Developing Countries | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
For developing nations, more people can exacerbate current problems.
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Young, Seeking Change Over Ideology, Power Right Wing in Poland - NYTimes.com

Young, Seeking Change Over Ideology, Power Right Wing in Poland - NYTimes.com | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
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Kurdish Party Wins Record Number Of Seats In Turkish Parliament

Kurdish Party Wins Record Number Of Seats In Turkish Parliament | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, about the rise of the Kurds in Turkey and the recent elections.
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Great piece about the Kurds gaining strength and recognition in Turkey.

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FIFA officials on defense against bribery allegations - CNN.com

FIFA officials on defense against bribery allegations - CNN.com | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Trinidad's justice minister calls on former top FIFA official to go to New York to face trial in the soccer corruption scandal
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"Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events if evidence is presented that bribes bought the votes to award their bids."

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Slavery's last stand - CNN.com

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Mauritania's endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret: An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery. But as one woman's journey shows, the first step toward freedom is realizing you're enslaved.
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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants
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Orsolya Serfőző's curator insight, May 27, 8:20 AM

Great idea!

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Unit 5: land use

This article mainly tells you how France is trying to be "greener" by passing a law that says "all new buildings in commercial zones must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels" 

This article ties into unit 5 by showing how the french lawmakers are making their commercial zones more efficient and healthier by having the greenery and or solar panels on the top of buildings. 

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 11:36 AM

Global use of fossil fuels has decreased due to the increase of alternative energy sources. With this, France passed a new law that in commercial or urban zones rooftops must be partially covered in plants or solar panes. These roofs help reduce the amount of money needed to heat building in the winter and cool it in the summer. If the global population continued to increase the use of these green roofs, the amount of fossil fuels will continue to reduce. 

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Europe's boat people

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THE SMUGGLING of people across the Mediterranean is not new; nor are the losses at sea that come with it. But the trade has vastly expanded over the past few years...
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The aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake exposes Asia’s geopolitical fault lines

The aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake exposes Asia’s geopolitical fault lines | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
After earthquake, Nepal rejects Taiwan's help and tells India to not interfere in Chinese airspace.
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You Won't Believe How Much Sprawl Costs America

You Won't Believe How Much Sprawl Costs America | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.
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The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

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In the 1990s, Israelis and Palestinians made temporary arrangements in the West Bank as they worked toward a peace deal. The talks are now in the deep freeze, but the arrangements are entrenched.
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The changing nature of regional poverty

The changing nature of regional poverty | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
We’re witnessing a dramatic change in the social geography of greater Richmond. It’s becoming more like that of the global south, where wealth is centered in the cities and poverty rings the outskirts of the city.
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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report
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Erdogan’s colossal dinner table inspires a stream of Turkish memes

Erdogan’s colossal dinner table inspires a stream of Turkish memes | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
It is pretty big, to be fair.
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Can't read most captions but you'll get the idea.

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More car manufacturing jobs move south -- to Mexico

More car manufacturing jobs move south -- to Mexico | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The auto industry is looking south for new factories, and the farther south, the better. Canada is struggling when it comes to retaining auto jobs, the U.S. is a house divided with most of the new automotive
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Officials Estimate Nearly Half A Million Migrants Await The Journey To Europe

Officials Estimate Nearly Half A Million Migrants Await The Journey To Europe | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued after attempting to make it to Europe from North Africa. A British naval officer says there are indications that as many as 500,000 migrants could be waiting in Libya for the means to make the crossing.
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The Biggest U.S. Population Gains Are In Drought-Stricken Counties

The Biggest U.S. Population Gains Are In Drought-Stricken Counties | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Smart planning will be crucial to sustainable growth.
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Why London—Yes, London—Should Become a National Park

Why London—Yes, London—Should Become a National Park | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Don’t scoff—London’s landscape of scruffy beauty deserves celebration and protection.
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, June 5, 9:00 AM

ohhh....do I smell a final project?!

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Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels

Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Mecca is the destination for Muslim pilgrims. To house the millions of worshippers, massive hotels are rising at a furious pace, upsetting those seeking to protect the city's traditional architecture.
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Bitter harvest

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OVER the past five years, as farm wages soared, sugar-cane growers in southern China looked across the border to Vietnam for help. They hired Vietnamese...
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Avery Liardon's curator insight, May 20, 10:29 AM

Unit 5:

With the rise of commercial agriculture, people all around the world suffer from famine and crop production issues both directly and indirectly. Because China is such a large component in the production of sugarcane, they export on a global scale. With a decrease in production causes a decrease in sales, and eliminates other countries from gaining an export, which can hurt many different economies. 

Raychel Johnson's curator insight, May 26, 6:38 PM

Summary: This article discussed China's current crop production situation, and it's goal of self-sufficiency. Currently, and surprisingly, China is mostly self-sufficient, and has been for a while, even through disastrous famines. But in recent time, China was been struggling with its self-sufficiency goal, because of how much the government has to pay local farmers to keep them afloat, and especially compared to the lower import prices. Farms in China were able to pay illegal Vietnamese workers more cheaply, but with recent tension between the two countries, the immigrants have been shut out. There also isn't enough water, and with the use of chemicals to try and produce crops more quickly, the  water that's left is polluted. So, although self-sufficiency in China seems pretty manageable, it's actually a lot farther away than it seems.

 

Insight: This relates to interdependence and production and consumption values, because it shows what kind of an outlier China is. Most countries rely on imports and the global market to get all of the available food products, and this creates a lot of global interdependence. China, however, is trying to move away from the global scheme, into that of nationally grown crops and products, which hasn't really worked out numerically, as the population of China is consuming more than it is producing. 

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 11:14 AM

Showing how different countries in Asia have been affected by the growning need for sugar cane. Chinese farmers were hiring vietnamese workers to till their fields. Around 50,000 vietnamese workers travel to Chinese cities especially during the winter harvest. But due to political issues, China has begun to turn the migrants away and fend for themselves. 

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The aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake exposes Asia’s geopolitical fault lines

The aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake exposes Asia’s geopolitical fault lines | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
After earthquake, Nepal rejects Taiwan's help and tells India to not interfere in Chinese airspace.
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Map: Where the East and the West meet

Map: Where the East and the West meet | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The length of the list says less about the places in question and more about the flimsiness of East and West as cultural constructs.
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Great for a cultural or political discussion

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Avery Liardon's curator insight, May 20, 10:46 AM

Blends concepts from both human geography and world history, providing explanations for both sides of the argument. Interesting outlook, and would serve as a good topic to debate or host a model UN discussion about it.

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Japan Eyes Matchmaking, Paternity Leave to Lift Birth Rate

Japan Eyes Matchmaking, Paternity Leave to Lift Birth Rate | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Policy proposals come amid an aging population
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Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, March 18, 12:24 PM
This article links to Unit Two through "promoting population growth". Japan has always faced low birth rates, and the elderly take up 25% of Japan's population! For the fourth year in a row, Japan's birthrates have been at an all time low, and the Japanese government has started to take action. Several methods have been started including matchmaking, and local governments have started to promote speed dating. Free nursing care has been expanded along with building more fertility centers, and increasing paternity leave. I think all the Japanese efforts will soon show results, and the the birth rate will slowly increase.
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. Territories (HBO) - YouTube

A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right?

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Brilliant!

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Raychel Johnson's curator insight, May 25, 6:09 PM

Summary: In this video clip, John Oliver talked about the role that territories of the United States play, and what rights they do or don't have as part of the United States. None of the territories have any voting rights, so their votes for president, if held, don't get counted in whatsoever. Also, they have nearly no medical facilities available to them, even though most of the residents are veterans of some war or another. They also have no representation in the Senate or House, and even if they have a delegate, that delegate has no voting rights. 

 

Insight: This video shows how the contemporary political pattern has shifted, especially away from developing regions. Even though these territories are claimed by the United States, and are inhabited by United States citizens, they still don't have the same rights as a United States citizen inhabiting a state. The political pattern is to encompass an area to gain sovereignty over it, even if they don't have the same political rights as a normal state. 

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Italy's birth rate drops to lowest in 150 years

Italy's birth rate drops to lowest in 150 years | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new figures have revealed.
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Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, March 18, 2:23 PM

This article links to Unit Two through "decreased birth rate consequences". Italy is now facing an all time low in birth rates, and immigration has decreased too, not helping the problem. Some people believe that society's thought process today is that having children is a burden or even a risk. They also think that people are becoming more selfish because they're choosing not to have children. Economy is slow due to declined birth rates, there are less people to occupy jobs, and people move away to start businesses. The Pope even said he thinks people need to remember the beauty in large families.  

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23 maps and charts on language

23 maps and charts on language | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish? Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another."

 

Tags: language, culture, English, infographic.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:40 PM

Mapping of languages...

Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, March 19, 11:15 AM

This article links with Unit Three through "language and communication". These 23 maps range from the history of languages, which languages connect with which, common languages in certain places, different phrases used in the same country for the same thing, and more. Looking at maps to spatially see language helps when trying to understand how the world communicates. One of the maps that I found interesting was the "New York tweets by language". It shows how diverse that city is, and how people are still preserving their native language in a English prominent country.  

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 9:00 PM

Unit 2:

Shows how many languages are actually closely related. Whether or not they sound the same or are located in similar regions, many share the same origins. For example: many words in Spanish and English are the same due to their similar roots.