AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School
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AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School
This is an aid for students in AP Micro and Macroeconomics.
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Minimum-Wage Increases: Another Big Winner on Election Night

Minimum-Wage Increases: Another Big Winner on Election Night | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
At least 2 million Americans will get raises after ballot measures passed in a handful of states.
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The Environmental Cost of Consumption

The Environmental Cost of Consumption | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet

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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 30, 6:28 PM
Photographic essay illustrates the impacts of human use of resources. The beautiful images illustrate the extreme impact on the environment.
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Photographic essay illustrates the impact of human activity on environments.
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 16, 5:37 PM

Production and consumption - interconnections and consequences 

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The Real Reason for Maryland's Delayed School Year: Tourism

The Real Reason for Maryland's Delayed School Year: Tourism | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated a later start date for students in an effort to rake in more money from the tourism industry.
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Why Africa’s migrant crisis makes no sense to outsiders

Why Africa’s migrant crisis makes no sense to outsiders | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it

"Violence and insecurity are so bad that other war-torn countries have become sites of refuge."

 

In 2015, nearly 100,000 Ethiopians and Somalis traveled by boat to Yemen, one of the world's most dangerous countries. Last year, nearly 5,000 citizens of Congo, which is fighting powerful rebel groups, were seeking refuge in the Central African Republic, itself torn apart by civil war. And yet 10,000 Burundians have fled their country's own growing civil unrest for Congo. Thousands of Nigerians escaping the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram have gone to Chad, where different strains of that same insurgency conduct frequent deadly attacks. 

 

Developing countries have long taken in a disproportionate number of the world's refugees — roughly 80 percent, according to the United Nations. But even for migration experts and relief workers, the willingness of refugees to leave one war for another is shocking. It's also proving an enormous challenge for humanitarian agencies, which are already overstretched and often not equipped to welcome refugees in countries that are still racked by conflict.

 

Tags: refugees, Africa, migration, conflict, political, war. 


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The Chernobyl Disaster: How It Happened

On April 26, 1986, a routine safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine spiraled out of control. Follow the dramatic events that led to the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 26, 2:10 PM

Today marks 30 years since the worst nuclear accident in history.  The disaster reshaped Ukraine and Belarus as radioactive material spread throughout Europe; liquidators went in to clean up, putting themselves at great personal risk while the Soviet media reports tried to act as if things were under control.  Learn more by reading these articles from the BBC, Global News, and the Washington Post; you can also view videos of an extended academic talk and documentary about the Chernobyl disaster.  Today the wildlife in the regions is surging forward as people are staying out of the region.   

 

Tagsdisasters, environmentUkraineRussia.  

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 26, 11:14 PM

Hoy se cumplen 30 años de la tragedia de Chernobil. Este video explica de manera muy sencilla y bastante resumida la causa principal del desastre: un terrible error humano. Paradójicamente lo que debió ser una prueba para mejorar la seguridad del reactor #4 terminó convirtiéndose en una explosión radioactiva equivalente a 400 bombas de Hiroshima. Que no se vuelva a repetir.

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If The World Were 100 People

If the population of the world was only 100 people, what would society look like? How many people would have shelter? Clean water? Education?

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Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

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Ella Price's curator insight, March 28, 9:19 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

MsPerry's curator insight, March 31, 12:57 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

Denise Klaves Stewardson's curator insight, April 1, 4:06 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

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What Women—and Men—Say About the Gender Wage Gap

What Women—and Men—Say About the Gender Wage Gap | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
If women suspect they may be paid less than their male counterparts, they’re not alone. A recent survey shows a significant minority of men agree with them.
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These are the world’s best countries. (Sorry, America — you’re No. 4.)

These are the world’s best countries. (Sorry, America — you’re No. 4.) | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
A new project from U.S. News & World Report has an ambitious goal: Ranking the world.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 22, 11:14 PM

I'm not endorsing the ratings or the methodology behind the ratings, but they are certainly fodder for discussion. 

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Can Taxes Encourage Better Corporate Behavior?

Can Taxes Encourage Better Corporate Behavior? | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it

Researchers say that regulations aren’t the only option the government has for discouraging companies from taking on too much risk.

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What Bernie Sanders Thinks Is Wrong With the Fed

What Bernie Sanders Thinks Is Wrong With the Fed | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it

If elected president, he said he’d board up the “revolving door” between regulators and the bankers they’re supposed to regulate.

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The Fastest Growing Economies

The Fastest Growing Economies | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
See how the world's largest and fastest growing economies change over time.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 3, 2015 9:01 AM

This interactive is simple but conveys some very powerful data.  Above is a still shot of 2014's fastest growing economies (you can also view the largest overall economies).  Another telling statistical ranking is the UN's Human Development Index; explore more global data on Google's Public Data


Tags: economic, visualizationstatisticsdevelopment, google.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, November 4, 2015 6:01 AM

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Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 3:49 PM

the most surprising thing about this is how india has one of the worlds largest economies but is far behind both the united states and china as well as many european countries in economic growth. also how china can have the worlds number one economy but the united states is so far ahead in economic growth numbers, i suppose that china will not be on top for very long.

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The Top Five Causes China Blames for Its Stock-Market Crash

The Top Five Causes China Blames for Its Stock-Market Crash | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
From journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. Federal Reserve
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Should Andrew Jackson Be Replaced On the $20 Bill?

Recently introduced legislation would remove the controversial president from American currency.
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Germany reunified 26 years ago, but some divisions are still strong

Germany reunified 26 years ago, but some divisions are still strong | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it

"While 75 percent of Germans who live in the east said that they considered their country's reunification a success, only half of western Germans agreed. With eastern and western Germans blaming each other for past mistakes over the past two years, that frustration has likely increased. Younger citizens, especially — who do not usually identify themselves with their area of origin as strongly anymore — have grown worried about the persistent skepticism on both sides. But where do those divisions come from? And how different are eastern and western Germany today?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 4, 5:04 PM

This series of 10 maps (and 1 satellite image) highlights many of the cultural and economic divisions between East and West, despite efforts to in the last 26 years to smooth out these discrepancies. The social geographies imposed by the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall are still being felt from this relic border and will for years to come. 

 

Tags: Germany, industry, laboreconomichistorical, politicalborders.

Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, November 1, 11:25 AM
Seth Dixon's insight: This series of 10 maps (and 1 satellite image) highlights many of the cultural and economic divisions between East and West, despite efforts to in the last 26 years to smooth out these discrepancies. The social geographies imposed by the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall are still being felt from this relic border and will for years to come.
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The Vexing Economics of Obamacare

The Vexing Economics of Obamacare | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
Recent setbacks in states’ exchanges show just how hard it is to make treatment both affordable and widely accessible.
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Winds Across America: Reviving the Heartland

Winds Across America: Reviving the Heartland | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
The advance of U.S. wind power is doing more than cutting greenhouse gas emissions: It’s also bringing good jobs and rising prosperity to the American Midwest.
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For First Time In 130 Years, More Young Adults Live With Parents Than With Partners

For First Time In 130 Years, More Young Adults Live With Parents Than With Partners | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it

"For the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.  Less educated young adults are also more likely to live with their parents than are their college-educated counterparts — no surprise, Pew notes, given the financial prospects in today's economy.  Black and Hispanic young people, compared with white people, are in the same situation.  But the overall trend is the same for every demographic group — living with parents is increasingly common.  Still, young Americans are still less likely to live with their parents than their European counterparts, Pew says.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 25, 8:37 AM

I find that the best statistics have great explanatory power, make sense when placed in the right context, and STILL manage to leave you amazed.  These stats fit that bill for me and as the school year is ending, it's a milestone that doesn't mean what it did for generations past.  32.1% of young adults in the U.S live with parents, and 48.1% of young adults in the European Union Union live with parents.   

 

Questions to Ponder: What are some contributing factors to this trend in the United States and Europe?  What does this say about housing costs, economic, and cultural conditions? 

 

Tags: socioeconomic, housingstatisticspopulation, cultural norms, culture.

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This map should change the way you think about foreign aid

This map should change the way you think about foreign aid | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
As you can see, the biggest recipient by a long way is Israel (this is fiscal year 2014 data, but nothing's changing), and two other big ones are Egypt and Jordan, which both have aid packages that are tied up with their peace treaties with Israel. None of these are poor countries (indeed, Israel is downright rich), and the point of the money is to advance an American foreign policy agenda — not to help the poor. Pakistan and Afghanistan, which round out the top five, actually are pretty poor, but, again, the main American interest in them is clearly foreign policy rather than poverty.

 

Tags: political, geopolitics, development, economic.


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lpatteson's curator insight, March 23, 1:01 PM
I wonder what this would look like if it were a map of the US's federal aid to the 50 states.
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Visualizing the Global Economy

Visualizing the Global Economy | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
The graphic above (Voronoi diagram) represents the relative size of each country’s economy in terms of nominal GDP: the larger the area, the larger the size of the economy. The areas are further divided into three sectors: services, industrial, and agricultural. The US economy is mostly composed of companies engaged in providing services (79.7% compared to the global average of 63.6%), while agriculture and industry make up smaller-than-average of portions of the economy (1.12% and 19.1% compared to averages of 5.9% and 30.5%).

 

Tags: globalization, industry, economic, visualization.


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VISUALIZANDO LA ECONOMÍA GLOBAL
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Geographic Thinking Concepts: Patterns & Trends; Interrelationships
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Quem e como está dentro?! 
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What Makes People So Frustrated By Their Paychecks?

What Makes People So Frustrated By Their Paychecks? | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
For many white-collar workers, getting a raise isn’t about the extra money but about feeling confident that they aren’t getting cheated.
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Why Unions are Worried About an Upcoming Supreme Court Case

Why Unions are Worried About an Upcoming Supreme Court Case | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
Justices are about to hear oral arguments for a case that could seriously impede labor's fundraising abilities.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Explained

"Stratfor Vice President of East Asia Analysis Rodger Baker talks about the economic and political aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement." http://arcg.is/1IeK3dT ;


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Marc Meynardi's comment, November 3, 2015 12:37 PM
Thank you for your comments, which insist on the mean that the TPP is not just a way to free business. The treaty negotiated with EU, just arrive when EU politician are very critisized. Population is on a way back to conservatism and populism. Such treaty does'nt appear to be a good solution and for sure, does'nt come at the right time.
Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, November 4, 2015 5:35 AM

TPP

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This is a very politically contentious partnership and would reshape economic geographies and even regions of the world.  From the 1500's to the 1980's, the Atlantic trade had the greatest volume of world trade, but the Pacific has surged past, and is showing no signs of being supplanted any time soon.  This Stratfor video is a quick introduction to the economics and politics of the TPP. 


Tags: industry, development, economic.

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Every Job in America, Mapped

Every Job in America, Mapped | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
Are you one of the millions of Americans opting into "job sprawl" over a short commute?

 

Before you dig in to “Where are the Jobs?: Employment in America 2010,” it may help to note that each dot represents a single job—and you can tell what kind of job it is because of its color. Manufacturing and trade jobs are red; professional services jobs are blue; healthcare, education, and government jobs are green; and retail, hospitality, and other service jobs are yellow. You won’t find any dots for federal jobs (no available data), and Massachusetts is missing entirely—the only state to opt out of reporting its employment trends. The end result is a highly detailed map that gives viewers a quick summary of how many and what types of jobs are a part of the economy.

 

Tags: economic, labor, USA, transportation, industry.


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De Beers Said to Cut Diamond Prices as Much as 9%

De Beers Said to Cut Diamond Prices as Much as 9% | AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Mankato West High School | Scoop.it
De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, lowered prices after production cuts failed to support demand for the precious stones, according to three people familiar with the situation.
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great example of supply and demand.

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