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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
The old labels no longer apply. Rich countries need to learn from poor ones.

 

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary.

Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.

It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.” Forget, too, the more recent jargon about the “global south” and “global north.” It makes little sense to counterpose poor countries with “the West” when many of the biggest economic success stories in the past few decades have come from the East.

All of these antiquated terms imply that any given country is “developing” toward something, and that there is only one way to get there.

It’s time that we start describing the world as “fat” or “lean.”


Via Seth Dixon
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Fat or Lean - what sort of world do we live in

An interesting discussion on the way we perceive and label the world.

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Steven McGreevy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:49 AM

Fat and Lean nations...  let's see if it sticks...

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:15 AM

Hoy en día poca claridad de dónde exactamente queda y quiénes son? 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:46 AM

UPDATE: this article (from the Atlantic) on the exact same concept would supplement the NY Times article nicely.  

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International Year of Pulses  - Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

Activities and resources to help your students learn about sustainable agriculture, food and fibre production.
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Striking Aerial Photos Show how Apartheid Still Shapes South African Cities

Striking Aerial Photos Show how Apartheid Still Shapes South African Cities | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
An American used drones to capture the color lines still stark in South African cities.
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Fascinating aerial distinction between two adjacent places.
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Using 'Geography Education'

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"This story map was created with ArcGIS Online to guide users on how to get the most out of the Geography Education websites on Wordpress and Scoop.it."


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Bridgitte's curator insight, March 2, 9:24 AM

This story map will introduce you to ways to get the most out of my Geography Education websites.  Updates are available on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. 


I’ve organized some of more ‘evergreen’ posts by the AP Human Geography curriculum unit headings as well as ‘shortlist’ for each unit.       

Geography: It’s Nature and Perspectives (shortlist)Population and Migration (shortlist)Cultural Patterns and Processes (shortlist)The Political Organization of Space (shortlist)Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Land Use (shortlist)Industrialization and Economic Development (shortlist)Cities and Urban Land Use (shortlist)


Digitalent's curator insight, March 16, 3:29 AM

This story map will introduce you to ways to get the most out of my Geography Education websites.  Updates are available on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. 


I’ve organized some of more ‘evergreen’ posts by the AP Human Geography curriculum unit headings as well as ‘shortlist’ for each unit.       

Geography: It’s Nature and Perspectives (shortlist)Population and Migration (shortlist)Cultural Patterns and Processes (shortlist)The Political Organization of Space (shortlist)Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Land Use (shortlist)Industrialization and Economic Development (shortlist)Cities and Urban Land Use (shortlist)


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The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Australia’s natural wonder is in mortal danger. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the rest. Using exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated – and what can be done to save it
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This report is from a UK paper. Interesting to read how other countries view and understand this precious part of Australia we take for granted. 
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Paul Batten's curator insight, June 10, 7:24 PM
Ecosystems, more on GBR
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The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian

The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
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A fascinating collection of stories about urban places. From the future of megacities to how cities have been planned. This news series is an excellent resource for the Year 11 Sustainable Places topic
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Paul Batten's curator insight, June 9, 6:25 AM
Urban places, including mega cities especially.
Geography Teachers Association of SA's curator insight, June 9, 10:29 AM
This collection of stories provides an interesting insight into the fabric of many cities, and in particular, where they have come from. Eg. Singapore - only half a century ago it was a derelict city with slums. Now, one of the cleanest cities in the world, it is also considered one of the must sustainable. But how has this been achieved - a story worth reading.
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When mum, dad, kids and the dogs go vegan

When mum, dad, kids and the dogs go vegan | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Meet the Sydney family where even the family dog is vegan (most of the time).
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Interesting trend developing here with more families in developed countries moving towards a vegan diet. Has implications on food chains.
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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
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'Signs of life' detected inside Lord of the Rings volcano

'Signs of life' detected inside Lord of the Rings volcano | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
New Zealand warns hikers and climbers to steer clear of a volcano in a national park whose jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes featured in The Lord of The Rings movies.
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Amartya Sen: Women’s Progress Outdid China’s One-Child Policy

Amartya Sen: Women’s Progress Outdid China’s One-Child Policy | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
What really brought down China’s birthrate was its education and empowerment of women, not the one-child policy.
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Time and again we are reminded that to move a country out of poverty, governments need to invest in the health and education of their citizens, especially women (who have been the forgotten gender), and allow women of all ages to be empowered with choice.
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, April 2, 2:13 PM
Time and again we are reminded that to move a country out of poverty, governments need to invest in the health and education of their citizens, especially women (who have been the forgotten gender), and allow women of all ages to be empowered with choice.
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Are these the seven most sustainable cities? - in pictures

Are these the seven most sustainable cities? - in pictures | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Landmarks around the world went dark for Earth Hour this weekend but many cities are making longer term moves towards sustainability. From Hamburg’s coffee pod ban to São Paulo’s ad-free streets – seven cities taking radical steps
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Mekong River diverted into Thailand's waterways, worrying drought-stricken neighbours like Vietnam - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mekong River diverted into Thailand's waterways, worrying drought-stricken neighbours like Vietnam - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
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BHP Billiton reaches $1.55bn settlement with Brazil over dam collapse

BHP Billiton reaches $1.55bn settlement with Brazil over dam collapse | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Anglo-Australian mining giant and Brazilian company Vale reach agreement to fund compensation over Samarco dam disaster that killed 17 people
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Skifields battling climate change

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Skiing will become a relic of the past in New Zealand if skifields can't adapt to life in a warmer world.
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Norway pledges to become climate neutral by 2030

Norway pledges to become climate neutral by 2030 | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Parliament approves radical proposal of accelerated emissions cuts and carbon offsetting to achieve climate goal 20 years earlier than planned
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Thanks to one of my students for sharing this. The student shared this article after we watched the TED Talk: Bhutan a carbon neutral country (https://youtu.be/7Lc_dlVrg5M).
Let's hope that more countries take a leaf out of Bhutan and Norway's books by making such bold and necessary claims.
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Where our food came from

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"Explore the geographic origins of our food crops – where they were initially domesticated and evolved over time – and discover how important these 'primary regions of diversity' are to our current diets and agricultural production areas."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 14, 2:57 PM

This is an incredibly rich website with great interactive maps, dynamic charts, and text with rich citations.  This is one of those resources that an entire class could use as a starting point to create 30+ distinct project.  This is definitely one of the most important and best resources that I've shared recently, one that I'm going to use in my class.  Where did a particular crop originally come from?  Where is it produced today?   How do these historic and current agricultural geographies change local diets and economies around the world?  All these issues can be explored with this interactive that includes, but goes beyond the Columbian Exchange

 

Tags: foodeconomicfood production, agribusiness, agriculture, APHG, unit 5 agriculture, globalizationbiogeography, ecology, diffusion.

Sally Egan's curator insight, June 16, 6:43 PM

Great interactive map to illustrate the source regions of the world and foods that originated there. Hover over each region and the foods of that area popup.


Rory McPherson's curator insight, July 3, 5:39 PM

Very informative! It's great to learn where our food comes from. The author is able to communicate this information through simple but effective maps and visualizations.

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100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
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A new concept for sustainable places - resilient cities.
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Geography Teachers Association of SA's curator insight, June 9, 10:20 AM
Resilient cities - great concept. Builds on to the concept of sustainable cities. Some great geographical case studies here.
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Drone gives bird's eye view of damage to Sydney beachside homes

Drone gives bird's eye view of damage to Sydney beachside homes | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Drone footage reveals the extent of damage to waterfront properties at Collaroy, where the beach has been washed away and buildings are teetering on the edge of collapse.
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So interesting to see how the storm activity has undercut Collaroy beach. Raises lots of questions about coastal management and mitigation related to sea level rise.
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Global Connectivity Ranking - Rome2rio

Global Connectivity Ranking - Rome2rio | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world's transport information.
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This is a great resource for interconnections and globalization. Apart from the rankings, there are some useful maps which show the different connections of a city.
Interestingly, Australian cities do not have a very high connectivity ranking (my hometown of Adelaide has only 7 connections.)
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Paul Batten's curator insight, June 9, 5:18 AM
World cities network, don't like euro bias, but maps sound good 
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The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb

The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
As high-income people return to cities and urban neighborhoods, they bring much of their suburban lifestyle with them.
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'Devastating' Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

'Devastating' Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Aerial surveys show 95 per cent of the northern Great Barrier Reef is suffering from severe coral bleaching, with scientists expecting half of it to die in the next month.
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Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52m

Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52m | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels – but as remaining residents consider relocation, what happens next is a test case to address resettlement needs
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Mining waste reaches Brazilian coast two weeks after BHP dam collapse

Mining waste reaches Brazilian coast two weeks after BHP dam collapse | CCs Geography News | Scoop.it
Tide is expected to spread along a 5.5-mile stretch of coastline, threatening a nature reserve after killing plants and animals along 400 miles of the Rio Doce
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