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Mapping A History Of The World, And Our Place In It

Mapping A History Of The World, And Our Place In It | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
On the Map author Simon Garfield speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the history of maps, how they can be used as political tools, and how GPS and modern mapping applications are changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the world.

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This NPR podcast is a review of the book On the Map that explores how our minds perceive maps and how maps influence or perception of the world we live in.  Here is the NY Times review of the same book. 

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Dean Haakenson's curator insight, January 8, 2013 2:08 PM

This NPR podcast is a review of the book On the Map that explores how our minds perceive maps and how maps influence or perception of the world we live in.  Here is the NY Times review of the same book. 

Dean Haakenson's comment, January 8, 2013 2:12 PM
Love this. It shows how maps can shape our ideas of the world--Reagan usin the Mercator Projection to convey the idea that the USSR was a very large threat. Great for APHG students.
Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, January 8, 2013 10:09 PM

This NPR podcast is a review of the book On the Map that explores how our minds perceive maps and how maps influence or perception of the world we live in.  Here is the NY Times review of the same book. 

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Air pollution 'causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe' - BBC News

Air pollution 'causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe' - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Toxic air is causing almost half a million premature deaths in Europe every year, a new report says.
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Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
In the Pearl River Delta, breakneck development is colliding with the effects of climate change.
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Opinion | When in the Amazon, Please Do Not Punch the Dolphins

Opinion | When in the Amazon, Please Do Not Punch the Dolphins | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Brazil’s ecotourism is unregulated and out of control.
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Beijing: The city where you can't escape smog - BBC News

Beijing: The city where you can't escape smog - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
China's capital is notorious for its chronic pollution. Even indoors it's a struggle to find clean air, says John Sudworth.
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Air pollution 'causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe' - BBC News

Air pollution 'causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe' - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Toxic air is causing almost half a million premature deaths in Europe every year, a new report says.
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Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal - BBC News

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency says that the world's capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal.
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'Perfect storm' of El Niño and warming boosted Alberta fires - BBC News

'Perfect storm' of El Niño and warming boosted Alberta fires - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
The El Niño weather phenomenon and ongoing climate change have both contributed to the devastating Alberta wildfires, according to experts.
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Can you earthquake-proof a city? - BBC News

Can you earthquake-proof a city? - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
About a million people have died in earthquakes in the last two decades, but is such death and destruction inevitable?
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What is China doing to tackle its air pollution? - BBC News

What is China doing to tackle its air pollution? - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Beijing recently issued its first pollution 'red alert', but can it find a more permanent solution to the smog which blights much of China?
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How is El Nino affecting countries around the world? - BBC News

How is El Nino affecting countries around the world? - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
BBC Weather's Nick Miller looks at how the effects of El Nino are being felt around the world.
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Paris climate deal: the world's greatest diplomatic success | Environment | The Guardian

Paris climate deal: the world's greatest diplomatic success | Environment | The Guardian | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
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Hope for Hanoi? New bus system could cut pollution … if enough people use it

Hope for Hanoi? New bus system could cut pollution … if enough people use it | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
A new $53m BRT (bus rapid transit) system has the power to reduce Hanoi’s dreadful air pollution. Persuading residents of Vietnam’s rapidly expanding capital to ditch their motorbikes and private cars, however, will be another story
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After Decline in Paris Tourism, Hotels Offer Discounts

After Decline in Paris Tourism, Hotels Offer Discounts | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Attacks in the city and in Europe have led luxury properties to lower prices — and to add perks.
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China Cancels 103 Coal Plants, Mindful of Smog and Wasted Capacity

China Cancels 103 Coal Plants, Mindful of Smog and Wasted Capacity | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
The dropped projects include dozens already under construction, even though existing plants can already generate far more power than the country needs.
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Will snow rescue Swiss Alps after dry start to winter? - BBC News

Will snow rescue Swiss Alps after dry start to winter? - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
After a difficult Christmas period and one of the driest Decembers, Swiss resorts are praying for snow.
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Smog Chokes Delhi, Leaving Residents ‘Cowering by Our Air Purifiers’

Smog Chokes Delhi, Leaving Residents ‘Cowering by Our Air Purifiers’ | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Levels of the most dangerous particles soared over the weekend in some places to more than 16 times the limit India’s government considers safe.
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UN says refugee numbers at record level - BBC News

UN says refugee numbers at record level - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
The number of people displaced by conflict has reached 65.3 million, the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says.
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Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Unusually high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs – with plenty to spare for Germany, Norway and Sweden too
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Where is the world's most polluted city?

Where is the world's most polluted city? | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Outdoor air pollution kills 3.3 million people, mostly in cities, every year. That’s more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined – yet the sparse coverage of official data means many cities are not even monitored
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Climate change: 2015 'shattered' global temperature record by wide margin - BBC News

Climate change: 2015 'shattered' global temperature record by wide margin - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Global temperatures in 2015 were the warmest since records began, according to data published by meteorologists in the UK and the US.
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El Nino weather: Worries grow over humanitarian impact - BBC News

El Nino weather: Worries grow over humanitarian impact - BBC News | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Ten of millions of people will face hunger, water shortages and disease in 2016 as the impacts of a powerful El Nino linger into 2016.
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Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Air Pollution for the First Time

Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Air Pollution for the First Time | Geography at BM | Scoop.it
Across Beijing, residents braced for another “airpocalypse” — the term that some English speakers in the city use for the most toxic bouts of air pollution.
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