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Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer planters hope

Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer planters hope | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Many crops will wither no matter what. Still, seed companies are testing a slew of products engineered to weather dry spells. As the harvest approaches, they’re anxious to see the results.
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Feeling crowded? World's population expected to hit 11 billion by the end of the century

Feeling crowded? World's population expected to hit 11 billion by the end of the century | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Growth in the world’s population of humans is showing no signs of slowing down in the coming decades, and is expect to balloon to 11 billion by the year 2100. According to a sobering new study published this week in the journal Science, a team of researchers from the University of Washington and the United Nations used new statistical methods that actually reverses many earlier predictions pointing to a possible decline by middle of this century.  To the contrary, this study expects the global p
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One of the concepts my students often struggle to understand is population momentum.  This article very nicely captures the results of a new study published in "Science" that provides concrete examples of this idea.

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 8, 9:53 PM

::sigh::

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 11:33 AM

Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

Scott Langston's curator insight, September 18, 8:05 PM

I like the 'not that hard, though' tag.

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The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis

The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America's Breadbasket –the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that hel...

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Thanks to my good friend, Seth Dixon for the original scoop.  There had been quite a bit of news reporting on the drought in central California this year, but this midwestern region has been experiencing water stress for years with little national attention.  I plan to use this article in both an upcoming presentation as well as an example when I teach "Tragedy of the Commons" in my Environmental Dilemma class.

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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, July 24, 9:44 AM

I used to teach students about the surprising water crises in central and SE Wisconsin, one of the most water-rich states in the US. They were always blown away. Now, teaching in CO, everyone seems to have an awareness (anxiety?) about local water scarcity. This story, though, has more of a national, even global scope. 

Linda Denty's curator insight, July 24, 6:46 PM

Could this happen in Australia also?

Kate Buckland's curator insight, July 26, 10:32 PM

Good to compare to how we use water resources in Australia

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Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’

Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’ | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
PostTV examined people's accents and state-specific answers to an online list of common questions.
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This is a fun take on an old favorite....In this brief  video, people from different states are asked to say certain words to illustrate regional dialects.  Great example for introducing the geographic variation of dialects.

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Organic food: it's not just for yuppies anymore

Organic food: it's not just for yuppies anymore | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Tracie McMillan: Walmart's new organic products line can debunk the myth that the poor choose Nikes over fancy grapes. Because they don't
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Very interesting piece in today's Guardian about who actually chooses to buy organic foods.  This subject has received a lot of recent attention due to Walmart's latest business decision to add an organic line.  

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The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue

The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
A high-tech toilet is an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it's nothing to pooh-pooh.
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Interesting solution for a serious health issue.
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How A Fight Over Natural Resources Is Quietly Driving The World’s Response To Ukraine

How A Fight Over Natural Resources Is Quietly Driving The World’s Response To Ukraine | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Control of resources and dependence on other countries is a central theme connecting the longstanding tension between Russia and Ukraine and potential actions taken by the rest of the world as the crisis escalates.
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This is an interesting post that places the conflict over Crimea into the context of resource geography.  

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California Seeing Brown Where Green Used to Be

California Seeing Brown Where Green Used to Be | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Losses from farms idled by drought are hitting hard among farmers and those who relied on paychecks from working for them.
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While the eastern US has had a lot of precipitation this winter, the West is suffering greatly from drought, especially in the agricultural fields in California. This will have a tremendous impact on all of our tables eventually.
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Places in their Proper Perspectives

Places in their Proper Perspectives | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

"A fisherman's cottage is described by real estate agents as a 'property not to be missed' but it is also just yards away from two nuclear power stations."


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I recently talked about tools of analysis in my Environmental Dilemma course...this is a fantastic reminder that many of the maps and images that we use to communicate information represent "selected phenomena" and must be interpreted carefully.

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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, January 31, 6:19 PM

Versões...

Fern Torres's curator insight, February 3, 4:11 PM

Perception is everything!

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 1:35 PM

This house is 100% misleading. The paper advertised the first picture, which from the looks of it isn't so bad. Then when you get the reverse picture and see the nuclear power plants behind it, its a whole new scene! Whoever is trying to sell this house- good luck to you. Who wants to live next to something that could literally kill god knows what? Not me. 

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A Bitter ‘Fertilizer War’ Gripping Belarus and Russia Is Helping U.S. Farmers

A Bitter ‘Fertilizer War’ Gripping Belarus and Russia Is Helping U.S. Farmers | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Russia has withdrawn from a cartel with Belarus to sell potash, one of three main ingredients in fertilizer, which has led to lower potash costs for American farmers.
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You would not necessarily expect that two countries would fight over fertilizer....however, this illustrates the intriguing twists and turns of the global food system....

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A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places

A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Forecasts over the years have predicted food shortages. And yet, more people are considered obese or overweight.
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Argentina Falls From Its Throne as King of Beef

Argentina Falls From Its Throne as King of Beef | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Consumption in the country has decreased so much over the decades that the nation recently fell from its perch as the world’s top per capita consumer of beef.
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Changing patterns of beef consumption in Argentina --- influences of desires for a more varied diet and health-consciousness?

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Bolivia: A Country With No McDonald’s

Bolivia: A Country With No McDonald’s | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, February 20, 6:27 PM

McDonalds is a social and economical chain restaurant that has not made its way to Bolivia. Sure, they like hamburgers but they prefer to get them from the women hawking them on the streets. Who can blame them? When is the last time you bought something that was made in America? Probably a couple weeks or months even. Cultural traditions are fading out fast and moves like this are what will keep Bolivians culturally enabled.

Paige Therien's curator insight, March 1, 4:21 PM

There is much valuable information to learn from other countries and cultures, especially when it comes to food because subsistence greatly shapes a culture.  Of course, the United States is very different than Bolivia in terms of culture and geography, but there is a lot to take away from the structural rejection of McDonalds in Bolivia.  Bolivia has taken advantage of the altitudinal zonation that is characteristic of their mountainous country; they have formed a system of reciprocity which fosters strong community and leaves no room for giant food corporations such as McDonald.  If people in the United States want a change in their food systems, the first step is rejecting the systems that should not play a role, but currently do.  Institutions like McDonalds have allowed people to be so far removed from their food sources, and ultimately, an important characteristic unique to humanity (food producers).

Amy Marques's curator insight, April 24, 9:41 AM

       It's interesting that globalization is one of the reasons for the growth of fast food chains like McDonald’s around the world. It’s hard for countries to turn down a food company who really does configure their menu to the consumers their serving. I find it interesting that Bolivia found a way to resist this. Its topography is what made the last store close in 2002. McDonald’s couldn’t survive in the mountainous country with the Andes and the Amazon. They were able to resist because the nation always prioritized local control of its food system and eating healthy. Its people value food, food producers, and their ecosystems

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Geography Education News

Geography Education News, by NCGE: News and updates from the National Council for Geographic Education
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NCGE strikes again! Another wonderful resource from this almost century old professional organization. This is a great resource for teaching ideas in Geography.
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The travels of Western civilization’s best and brightest: 2,000 years in two amazing videos

The travels of Western civilization’s best and brightest: 2,000 years in two amazing videos | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
"You don’t become a film actor in a place where people don’t make film," a researcher who documented the migration of notable people said.
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Many folks have seen the roughly six minute video that looks at world population growth over human history.  The two short videos in this article accomplish a similar visual goal.  New research that will be published in an upcoming issue of Science looks at the migration of notable people over time using crowdsourced information.  In these two examples (from North America and Europe) we can see the temporal development of urban centers.

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A reason millions of bees are dying

A reason millions of bees are dying | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Did scientists just crack the mystery of what's been killing the bees?
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An example of bioaccumulation.....

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Madagascar Could Be on the Brink of Invasion by Asian Toad

Madagascar Could Be on the Brink of Invasion by Asian Toad | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers worry that the Asian toad could bring death and disease to the island's native animals.
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This is a great article if you are discussing the characteristics of invasive species.  Students should be able to pick these characteristics out relatively quickly.  It could be used to discuss island biogeography as well.  Madagascar is a very interesting case as it appears to be very early in the diffusion process and conservation groups might actually be able to greatly reduce or eradicate the invasive species before it becomes too entrenched on the island.

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Laser Maps Reveal Washington Slide Risk with Startling Clarity

Laser Maps Reveal Washington Slide Risk with Startling Clarity | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Lidar’s ability to peer beneath the region’s thick vegetation and lay bare the landscape has made it the go-to source on a wide range of geologic perils.
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This article was reprinted in an emergency management online newsletter from the Seattle Times.  It highlights the superior capabilities of LiDar in "uncovering" landscape change in ways that traditional aerial surveys lack..

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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
“In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.”
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How Aborigines solved the bushfire problem

How Aborigines solved the bushfire problem | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Ancient Aboriginal "gardening" techniques may hold the key to preventing bushfires in Australia, Jim Carey reports.
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This article not only addresses the significance of fire ecology, but also is a good "thought provoking" piece when considering human management of environments.
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Chris Bladergroen's curator insight, March 24, 5:25 PM

I have also heard of studies conducted into how, in the areas of Aus still run by the Aborigine gardeners, there are certain marsupials endemic to Aus that are only found in the areas still gardened by the "gardeners"

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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
“ Yes, the first question is "What is Ukraine?"”
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I originally posted this on my Global Connections topic, but this article also is very useful as an example of the role ethnic and political conflict plays in resource redistribution and markets.
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Canada just enlisted Santa Claus in its effort to control the Arctic

Canada just enlisted Santa Claus in its effort to control the Arctic | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
“If it were up to the Canadian government, children all over the world would have imagined Santa Clause soaring over their rooftops Wednesday while carrying the dark-blue passport of a Canadian citizen.”
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This corresponds with some reading my students will do in "The World in 2050." It also illustrates the connections between political geography and climate change.
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A video tour of the ‘Tower of David,’ Venezuela’s infamous skyscraper-turned-slum

A video tour of the ‘Tower of David,’ Venezuela’s infamous skyscraper-turned-slum | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
The half-built, 45-story financial center was supposed to be a testament to Venezuela's economic boom. Now it's the world's tallest slum.
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This is a powerful, yet short, video on the competing views of the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela.  Dangerous slum or home?

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Economic Inequality is Real, Personal, Expensive, and it was Created. We'll show you how.

Economic Inequality is Real, Personal, Expensive, and it was Created.  We'll show you how. | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
The fact that the United States has become increasingly unequal in terms of income, wages, wealth and opportunity has hit the mainstream and public demands for economic fairness have gone viral.
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This is a really neat set of visualizations on income inequality.  It allows the user to personalize a subject that always seems to involve "other people."  It also includes potential action steps that individuals can take to help address the problems.

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Putting global food on the map

Putting global food on the map | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers hailing from Mongolia, India, Turkey, western Europe, New Hampshire, Maryland and Northern Arizona University have just started mapping the world's crops in the finest detail ever.
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Fine-grained geographic visualization of food production and water resources from this team of researchers.

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