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Megacities' explosive growth poses epic challenges

Megacities' explosive growth poses epic challenges | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
A historic migration is under way as the world's booming population moves to cities in search of opportunity. The trend should change society by 2039.
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Idiomatic expressions reflect our geography, ‘Dontcha know’

Idiomatic expressions reflect our geography, ‘Dontcha know’ | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
My husband has a favorite saying for when he hasn’t accomplished much during the day: “I feel like a pea picker with a hole in his sack.”
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See if you've heard any of these expressions before!

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42 Amazing Maps - YouTube

The map, as an innovation, is extremely important. Simply constructing a useful representation of our world onto a piece of paper (or clay or vellum or whate...
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'We'll Eradicate Twitter,' Turkey's Prime Minister Vows

'We'll Eradicate Twitter,' Turkey's Prime Minister Vows | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in a bitter election battle and launched a verbal assault on social media after recordings surfaced that allegedly tie him to corruption.
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Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
After bouncing all over the Internet, the iconic photo is coming to big screens in Times Square. It shows a sea of desperate people waiting for food in the devastated refugee camp of Yarmouk.
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If the U.S. Were Graded Using the UN's Index For African Development, Here's What We'd See

If the U.S. Were Graded Using the UN's Index For African Development, Here's What We'd See | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Five variables are taken into account: life expectancy, income per capita, school enrollment, percentage of high school graduates, and percentage of college graduates.
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This map of the US is very revealing in terms of regional development levels.

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Why Ukraine's Situation Makes Russia's Other Neighbors Nervous

Why Ukraine's Situation Makes Russia's Other Neighbors Nervous | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
From the Baltic states to Central Asia, plenty of former Soviet satellites have large populations of ethnic Russians — and more than a few of them are yearning to be free.
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North Dakota wants you: New campaign seeks to fill 20,000 jobs

North Dakota wants you: New campaign seeks to fill 20,000 jobs | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
In a new recruiting campaign announced this week, the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation is aiming to fill more than 20,000 jobs that are currently open
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North Dakota has a lot to offer right now: six-figure salaries, job opportunities, the highest rents in the US, housing shortages,and crime and homelessness.  The oil boom has changed ND profoundly.

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'Baby hatch' overwhelmed in Southern Chinese city

'Baby hatch' overwhelmed in Southern Chinese city | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
One of China's controversial "baby hatches" has been forced to shut down, at least temporarily. The facility in the southern city of Guangzhou opened in January but has been overwhelmed with abandoned infants, forcing a suspension of services.
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Another sad story about unwanted, disposable infants in China.

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Russia recognises Crimea as nation

Russia recognises Crimea as nation | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state, paving the way for it to be absorbed into Russia. The decree said it had taken into account Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which officials said 97% of voters backed breaking away from Ukraine."

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Actually, it should say Russia recognizes Crimea as a STATE...

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Tatars in Crimea: caught between the west and a hard place - video

A correspondent for ATR Crimean Tatar TV reports from a tense confrontation at a Ukrainian military base as pro-Russian forces attempt to take over a fuel depot in Simferopal
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Why are we building new walls to divide us?

Why are we building new walls to divide us? | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
We chart the routes of, and reasons for, the barriers which are once again dividing populations
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How we stopped speaking Yiddish

How we stopped speaking Yiddish | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Also, the rise of Tagalog.
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 17, 4:51 AM

An example of how languages die.

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Map: Every Country in the World Involved in a Territorial Dispute

Map: Every Country in the World Involved in a Territorial Dispute | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Hint: Unless you live in Mongolia, your country's probably on this list.
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Check out this map and article that shows how most of the world's countries have an issue with a neighbor over its boundaries. S/O to Mongolia and some other landlocked countries...I guess nobody wants you...

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, March 21, 3:17 AM

Check out this map and article that indicates that most countries are having some type of border dispute with a neighbor.

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Geography quiz: test your knowledge - Telegraph

Geography quiz: test your knowledge - Telegraph | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Test your geographic knowledge with our quiz on the world's countries
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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

The World's Most Densely Populated Cities | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 25, 3:42 PM

Pointed out in the latest report on Construction Industry 

Trends by Accenture, the rise of the Megacities will empower construction whilst raising many environmental and health problems.

Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 1:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

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Guerrilla Cartographers Put Global Food Stats On The Map

Guerrilla Cartographers Put Global Food Stats On The Map | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.
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Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring. This ancient Persian festival has a lot to do with fresh, green foods.
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Is This A Mosque, Or A Kaleidoscope?

Is This A Mosque, Or A Kaleidoscope? | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it

From the outside, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, seems like a fairly traditional house of worship -- but it's hiding a gorgeously colorful secret.

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Will Economic Sanctions Impact Russia?

Will Economic Sanctions Impact Russia? | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
It's not easy for the U.S. to put effective sanctions on Russia. But even Russians need to use U.S. financial institutions, and you pressure a country by limiting access to dollars and world markets.
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Economic sanctions on Russia explained.

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Trans-Dniester pleads to join Russia

Trans-Dniester pleads to join Russia | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it

Pro-Russian politicians and activists in Moldova's breakaway Trans-Dniester region have asked the Russian parliament to draft a law that would allow their territory to join Russia.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 18, 10:34 AM

Transnistria (or the Trans-Dniester region) is one of my favorite examples to use in the classroom when discussing territories that function as a state, but is not internationally recognized.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, ethnic Russians in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, wanted to remain politically tied to Russia rather than part of an independent Moldova.  Now that Crimea (also an area with many ethnic Russians that were politically separated from Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union) appears to be reuniting with Russia, many in Transnistria are hopeful that this could be a political opportunity for them to likewise rejoin with Russia.  The Crimean situation has upset the status quo in the region.       


Tags: political, sovereignty, territoriality, states, unit 4 political.

Albert Jordan's curator insight, March 18, 1:15 PM

What is amusing here is that the U.S. and its European allies will be quick to support nations that benefit them when those peoples wish to rise up "on their own," but when a nation that wants Russian support during their own "choice" it is "illegal" and against international law. What makes a country follow international law anyways? There are not many powers that could militarily force another nation to other than the U.S., the EU, Russia and China. Economically it is generally the same people who have the military might.

Coach Frye's curator insight, March 20, 7:46 AM

The Trans-Dniester region functions as a working state, but is not internationally recognized as such.  Members of this region are hoping Russia will annex them for political and economic stability.

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After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence?

After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence? | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
Exactly six months from now, Scots will go to the polls to vote on the future of their country, in a referendum on independence.
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The Chart That Explains Why Ukraine Can't Fight Russia

The Chart That Explains Why Ukraine Can't Fight Russia | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
The right statistic is often worth a thousand words—and sometimes much more than that. These five weekly data points, put together by Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the risk consultancy Eurasia Group, provide a glimpse into global trends, political dangers and international power dynamics. Some are counterintuitive facts. Others are small...
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Pro-Russian separatists: Crimea is just the beginning - video

On the day of the Crimean referendum, Guardian correspondent Shaun Walker and filmmaker Antony Butts travelled to Sevastopol, bastion of pro-Russian separatism
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Centrifugal force example: Hear Crimeans speak about why they belong with Russia and not with Ukraine.

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Why is Yemen Becoming a Federal State? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Why is Yemen Becoming a Federal State? (INFOGRAPHIC) | AP Human Geography Herm | Scoop.it
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