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America’s Sinking Middle Class

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"The standard of living of most Americans has fallen in the last 25 years; last year, the typical household made $51,017, roughly the same as in 1988.  I have written several times before about how measures of social and economic well-being in the United States have slipped compared to other advanced countries. But it is even more poignant to recognize that, in many ways, America has been standing still for a full generation."


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and before we go blaming one ideology over another....  it is since 1988.  Yes it is something systemic.

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Food Security and Globalization

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Cross-disciplinary studies covering economics, globalization, international policy.  Great unit for teaching PBL Three Sector Synergy.

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The Four Major Sports Leagues Have Very Different Ideas On Geography

The Four Major Sports Leagues Have Very Different Ideas On Geography | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
The NBA has the cleanest map of all the sports leagues.
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The Seven Economic Powerhouses of the Future

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The Seven Economic Powerhouses of the Future (The Seven Economic Powerhouses of the Future

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Fiscal Cliff - Classroom Deliberations

Fiscal Cliff - Classroom Deliberations | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
This site is created for students to engage in informed deliberation about the top policy issue before Congress each month.
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Gendered Differences in Development

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Being a woman can be much more difficult, based on where you live. 

 


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Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History

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I am wearing your clothes, I speak your language, I watch your films and today is whatever date it is because you say so.

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Top 10 Reasons Alabama’s New Immigration Law Is a Disaster for Agriculture

Top 10 Reasons Alabama’s New Immigration Law Is a Disaster for Agriculture | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it

"Alabama’s new immigration law, H.B. 56, is already devastating the state’s agricultural sector."

 

Does teaching agriculture have to be boring?  This particular issue is an excellent current topic that combines politics, culture and demographics within agriculture.   

 


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Mac steel's comment, March 8, 2013 10:09 AM
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Valorie Morgan's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:13 AM

The new immigration laws have caused farmers to cut back on crops due to low empolyment rate. The immgrants that were currently working for farmers, ran off in fear of being captured. I'm against this law, I see exactly where the farmers are coming from. I believe these laws are pointless, it's just people trying to make an honest buck in the hot sun. Alabama is losing a great deal of agriculture due to this new law. Even though, they say its againast the law. I don't see the point. Why be so hard on these farmer??

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:08 AM

This article shows how important it is to follow the natural way of agriculture. With the new laws in Alabama being passed it now allows people to grow crops in an unnatural way which is devastating predicament to the agricultural world. 

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Empowering Women a 'triple win' for Sustainable Development

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To successfully create a sustainable society, you need development in three areas: social, economic and environmental sustainability.  Gender empowerment, many argue is the key to creating a society that not only is more just, but is more sustainable.  For more read: http://www.rtcc.org/living/eu-summit-empowering-women-a-triple-win-for-sustainable-development/


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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S. | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it

"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (that's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Chandrima Roy's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:36 AM

wow

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This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

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One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal - New York Times

One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal - New York Times | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
Food riots are breaking out abroad but Americans toss a lot of their food in the garbage.

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Climate Economics @ Tufts

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TEAMS:Resources for collaboration between environmental science, public policy, economic studies, and non-profits.

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15 foods you can regrow from scraps

15 foods you can regrow from scraps | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
The interest in urban gardening and organic foods has grown as a reaction against a mechanized, commercialization agricultural industry with genetically-modified produce.  Modern consumers are seek...

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Mary Burke's comment, April 14, 2013 5:56 PM
I love this idea. And I every one of these foods. When I'm done with school in two years I'm going to have a garden and get my grandchildren involved. They need to know where food comes from. My dream would be to grow my own food.
Meg Conheeny's comment, April 26, 2013 7:37 PM
This is really cool. In this day and age so many consumers are trying to find ways to stay away from the “genetically-modified produce." Many people want to grow gardens and eat more organic and natural products. This article shows ways to grow products from scraps of food such as growing carrots from carrot tops or tomatoes from seeds. This concept is really interesting I had no idea this could be done. I think this idea will catch on and could ultimately make people healthier.
Dave Cottrell's comment, April 27, 2013 4:01 PM
This works very well. I don't just throw out tomatoes that spoil in the house or even on the vine late in the season. If you throw them into a heap in the fall with other garden scraps, they will produce very hardy plants that you can transplant in the spring. When you buy a (non GMO) pumpkin in the fall, save the seeds. Clean them well by washing them, dry them on an old towel, and plant them in cardboard egg cartons in some compost in the spring. These are just a few of the things you can grow from so-called waste!
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The lottery of life

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Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born...
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Showcase: Spotlight on geography - The Hindu

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The HinduShowcase: Spotlight on geographyThe HinduIn the introduction to his new book, economist and urban theorist Sanjeev Sanyal writes about the 'extraordinary transformation' India is undergoing: of mobile phones and satellite televisions, of...
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Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

In the coming decades the anticipated rise of the planets population to 9 billion people have caused a global outcry in demand for more food production in order to advert an impending disaster. However, what if there was a simpler solution to resolving the issue of starvation by effectively allocating the resources we already have?  Yet, in order for this solution to work we must first abandon our cultural acceptance of wastefulness.

 

Questions to consider: Are there unanticipated consequences associated with growing food for profit rather than consumption?

Can we conclude that societies who fail to use agricultural resources wisely can be a reflective characteristic of wasteful societies in general?  


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The Economic and Political Impact of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians State by State | Immigration Policy Center

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Literacy in the World | Visual.ly

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Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all and essential for poverty eradication, gender equality, maternal health, child mortality reduction...

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How to feed a planet

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Why the world needs an agricultural revolution in AfricaTHIS chart is the nearest thing to a snapshot of everything you need to know about feeding the world.


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India's Census: Lots Of Cellphones, Too Few Toilets

The results of India's once-in-a-decade census reveal a country of 1.2 billion people where millions have access to the latest technology, but millions more lack sanitation and drinking water.

 

More Indians are entering the middle class as personal wealth is transforming South Asia's economy in the private sector.  Yet the government's ability to provide public services to match that growth still lags behind.  Why would it be that it is easier to get a cell phone than a toilet in India?  What will that mean for development?  


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India's economy is transforming, but only for individuals, who are quickly becoming rich or, more commonly, part of the growing middle class.  This change, mixed with a corrupt, non-incentivized  government is creating a picture of uneven development in India.  The government is not supplying basic needs to the growing population, which mainly effects the poor.  Half of the population are lacking basic sanitation and access to clean water.  These needs can only be met with a strong infrastructure, which the government has neither the money nor the motivation to rebuild.  However, Indians do have the access to things like cellphones and televisions.  This is due to the fact that these goods are privatized and easy to obtain (as opposed to ripping apart a city to put infrastructure in place).  So, uneven development is seen not only in the general economy, but also in access to resources and material goods. 

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Consequences of urbanisation

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More Indians are entering the middle class as personal wealth is transforming South Asia's economy in the private sector.  Yet the government's ability to provide public services to match that growth still lags behind.  Why would it be that it is easier to get a cell phone than a toilet in India?  What will that mean for development in India?  These comedians are seeking to use humor to bring this issue to light.

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July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S.

July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S. | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
By Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic...

 

The drought footprint cover 63% of the contiguous states during the hottest month in American history.  It's the hottest 12 month stretch (August 2011-July 2012) on record for the lower 48, making it the fourth consecutive month to set a new record (i.e. old record was July 2011-June 2012).The biggest difference from other hot months is the nighttime temperature have been exceptionally high.  The most current drought monitor map can be found at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu


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A Woman's Place: Best and Worst Places To Be A Woman [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Woman's Place: Best and Worst Places To Be A Woman [INFOGRAPHIC] | Economic Perspective | Scoop.it
An informative infographic called A Woman’s Place by Richard Johnson at the National Post.  Very interesting analysis of some different ways to measure the best and worst places in the world to be a woman.

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