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Easter Island Mystery Solved? New Theory Says Giant Statues Rocked

Easter Island Mystery Solved? New Theory Says Giant Statues Rocked | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
How did ancient Polynesians move the stone giants? The answer may lie in the moai's pleasantly plump midsections.
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Rio+20 Conference Ends, With Some Progress on the Sidelines

Rio+20 Conference Ends, With Some Progress on the Sidelines | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The meeting produced no enforceable environmental commitments, but showed the growing capacity of organizations and corporations to mold effective action without the blessing of governments.
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Rio green summit dismissed as 'hoax that achieved nothing'

Rio green summit dismissed as 'hoax that achieved nothing' | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

2o years on and from the initial conception of sustainable development Rio Plus 20 has failed to deliver. Is there a place for global environmental policies/meetings if they only raise awareness but achieve nothing practical or binding...?

 

The UN's Rio Plus 20 summit on sustainable development ended yesterday amid a torrent of criticism from environment and development campaigners, who said the colossal, three-day international meeting had achieved nothing.

 

 

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City investors are getting cold feet about Arctic oil prospecting

City investors are getting cold feet about Arctic oil prospecting | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
As well as the environmental and ethical argument against oil drilling in the Arctic, some investors say it is too risky to back...
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Sustainable Cities “Can Improve Lives and Build a Healthier Planet” - National Geographic

Sustainable Cities “Can Improve Lives and Build a Healthier Planet” - National Geographic | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Sustainable Cities “Can Improve Lives and Build a Healthier Planet”National GeographicIt may seem counterintuitive in a world where giant urban concentrations of billions of people are snagged in traffic congestion and endless sprawl, but cities ...
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Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills? | Geography Education

Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills? | Geography Education | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Relying on GPS devices can erode our ability to develop mental maps.
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OIL OR LIFE? Deformed Fish Found Downstream of Tar Sands Mines

OIL OR LIFE? Deformed Fish Found Downstream of Tar Sands Mines | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

-Earth Island Journal

...The deformed fish included a northern pike that had lesions along its back and belly and a sucker that was missing many of its scales. Chief Adam says the strange fish are so worrisome because the majority of Ft. Chipewyan residents still rely on traditional foods, including fish from the lake, to eat.

 


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Picture essay: The terrible legacy of biofuels

Picture essay: The terrible legacy of biofuels | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

- The Independent

As the Rio+20 earth summit gets underway, the world is looking for a magic solution to our environmental problems and to meanwhile reduce poverty – but it won’t (and can't) be biofuels....

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/picture-essay-the-terrible-legacy-of-biofuels-7865984.html


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Container City - globalisation of transport

Channel 5 - Behind closed Doors Series on Container City at Trinity Buoy Wharf...

 

On my daily commute, I drive by a colorful container building in Providence, RI.  In terms of it's spatial configuration and aesthetic statement within the urban landscape, I found it fascinating.  After doing some more research, I began to appreciate this as a form of sustainable housing that 1) costs less than traditional structures, 2) can be built MUCH quicker that standard buildings and 3) has the potential to be an effective recycling method.  For more on 'Container Cities,' see: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/40875/shipping-container-cities-bring-creative-funky-approach-green-construction


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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K.

Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.

 

All people are a combination of their genes as well as the environment (a mix of 'nature' and 'nurture').  A recent study of over 5,000 twins throughout the UK saw regional concentrations where it appears that environmental factors had a greater than normal influence (centered around London).  I'm still scratching my head wondering what to make of this data, but this is a compelling project.     


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WWF: Two Earths Needed By 2030

WWF: Two Earths Needed By 2030 | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.

 

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Where to put nuclear waste?

Where to put nuclear waste? | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2012 -
Researchers in Finland have found that acceptance of the site of a spent nuclear fuel repository can depend on gender and economic background.

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International Development - Sustainable development: What you need to know

International Development - Sustainable development: What you need to know | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Sustainable development is all the buzz these days. What is it, really, and where does foreign aid fit in?
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Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
To tackle congestion, clogged urban centers are testing the lure of prizes to persuade motorists to change their driving habits.
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Stars line up to support new Greenpeace initiative to safeguard future of North Pole

Environmental group Greenpeace has launched a major campaign to turn the North Pole and the vast frozen area around it into a global sanctuary where all development would be banned.
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America and the West’s dirty little secret

America and the West’s dirty little secret | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
By importing goods from polluting factories in Asia, Americans and others in developed countries underwrite carbon emissions...

 

This is a compelling question: are reductions in greenhouse gases best measured by production or consumption?  The question that this article is posing is essentially trying to find blame for greenhouse gas emmision, but thinking geographically, ponders where along the commodity chain should the bulk of the blame be placed.  What do you think?  


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Life inside Rio's slum city

Life inside Rio's slum city | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Along the highway linking the luxury hotels of Copacabana and the conference halls of the Rio+20 summit, the darkened windows of the VIP limousines will not have offered a clear view of the crowded hillside known as Rocinha.
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Audio slideshow: India's water crisis

Audio slideshow: India's water crisis | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Faced with growing water scarcity India is planning new policies to deal with the challenge.
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Study: The U.S. could be powered by 80% green...

Study: The U.S. could be powered by 80% green... | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Study: The U.S. could be powered by 80% green energy in 2050 According to a study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), up to 80% of the power needed by the whole country could...
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WWF Living Planet Report 2012 and Rio+20

WWF Living Planet Report 2012 and Rio+20 | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

Humanity is an Unsustainable Danger to Earth’s Eco-System

The Living Planet Report is the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our only planet and the impact of human activity...FREE DOWNLOAD http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/


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The Future We Want: Sustainable development: What does it mean?

This fun clip will explain it:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  "The Future We Want" ...


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The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst

The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Hint: India is last among the G20 and the United States didn't crack the top five in the latest survey to reflect poorly on the situation of American women.

 

A poll of 370 gender experts yielded some interesting results that reflect the local cultural, economic, political and developmental geographies.  Beyond using the lists of best and worst countries (since the rankings are still based on rather subjective criteria), students can come up with their most important factors in evaluating gender equity and evaluate the countries based on their own evaluations. 


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Geography of Billionaires: Mapping Nationalities and Residency | GIS Lounge

Geography of Billionaires: Mapping Nationalities and Residency | GIS Lounge | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Forbes recently released an updated list of the world’s billionaires.  The listing contains the ranking for 1,226 individuals and families who’s net worth as of March of 2012 was 1 billion USD or more.  Since the listings contained both a country...

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Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China

Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

Beijing (AFP) June 21, 2012 - Two young Tibetans in a remote area of northwest China set themselves alight, state media and a rights group said Thursday, in the latest such protest against Chinese rule.

 

Another example of cultural conflict.

 

 


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Toward a more economical process for making biodiesel fuel from algae

Toward a more economical process for making biodiesel fuel from algae | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 22, 2012 - Scientists have described an advance toward a long-sought economical process that could turn algae, like the stuff of pond scum, into a revolutionary new and sustainable source of biodiesel and othe...

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