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26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world
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It's the high life (expectancy) for public servants

It's the high life (expectancy) for public servants | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Public servants will live almost four years longer, on average, than other workers, according to new research.
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The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading - Directions Magazine

The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading - Directions Magazine | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Mike Foster offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities.
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How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom

How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
There hasn't been much of a place for Wikipedia in the classroom. But that could soon change after you check out these few learning tips!
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Research and Outreach Projects

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California Institute for Water Resources - Research and Outreach Projects
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Dry California cannot deliver water

Dry California cannot deliver water | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
California's water agency says it may for the first time be unable to supply water to many residents and big areas of farmland, as a drought worsens.
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Mass oyster deaths leave industry shell-shocked

Mass oyster deaths leave industry shell-shocked | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Port Stephens oyster farmers are struggling after the mystery death of millions of Pacific oysters.
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The Daily Diets of Different Nations, Squeezed Into One Awesome Chart

The Daily Diets of Different Nations, Squeezed Into One Awesome Chart | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
The United States and China eat the most meat, and poorer nations tend to subsist on cereals and starchy roots.
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The Most Astounding Aerial Photography Ever Seen

The Most Astounding Aerial Photography Ever Seen | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
From the mindblowing tent city of Mecca to the staggering tulip fields of the Netherlands, a fantastic look at the most astounding aerial photography ever!
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Stunning!

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Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments

Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
These bird's-eye images have been taken by the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation in a bid to document the plight of the city's most underprivileged people.
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What are the similarities between the living conditions here in Hong Kong and those in Dharavi, Mumbai?

 

Sobering stuff!

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Colorado floods: 3 dead, 1 missing, rescue efforts continue amid rain

Colorado floods: 3 dead, 1 missing, rescue efforts continue amid rain | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Flash flooding along Colorado's Front Range killed at least three people, washed out homes and roads and threatened dams Thursday.
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Boozy feral pig steals beer, gets drunk and starts fight with a cow

Boozy feral pig steals beer, gets drunk and starts fight with a cow | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
A booze-pilfering drunken feral pig has caused chaos by running amok at an Australian campsite and starting a fight with a cow.

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Question: Who can find the geography?

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A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 7:36 AM

The world is waiting to see how the drama in the Middle East unfolds. 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:56 AM

I understand the need to do something and I also understand why Americans do not want to do this.  However I believe something should be done as it seems we all are forgetting our history.  Does anyone remember 9/30/1938.  A speech given by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "...peace of our time."  He was talking about the Munich Agreement where Hitler promised that Czechoslovakia would be his last territorial grab.  Well we all know what that led to.  We cannot appease or let people get away with actions like this.  If he is allowed to use the gas on his own people whats to stop him from using it on Turkey, Israel or even in the US as part of a terrorist attack.  Just something else to think about .. an old quote which is a paraphrase, those who do not learn history will be doomed to repeat it.

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Infographic on Tsunami of 2011

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Have a look at this fantastic Tsunami Infographic!

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Take A Look At This Fantastic New Condom Funded By Bill Gates

Take A Look At This Fantastic New Condom Funded By Bill Gates | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Wollongong are working on a next-generation condom that feels like skin.
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Drought-threatening El Nino event increasingly likely, bureau says | theage.com.au

Drought-threatening El Nino event increasingly likely, bureau says | theage.com.au | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
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Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity

Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Well hit magma at unexpectedly shallow depths and used it to generate steam.
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World Population Prospects

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 10, 9:46 AM

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs produces easy-to-use population charts and graphs (including population pyramids).  This image (courtesy of Hans Rosling) shows the impending changes on Brazilian society based on changing fertility rates. How is this chart an example of population momentum and of the Demographic Transition Model? 


Tags: population, demographic transition model, declining populationmodels, Brazil.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 10:27 AM

This graph depicts the estimated population growth throughtout the years of 1950-2100. Age has a lot to do with the increasing rate by millions. The people that are 65+ represented in the green are "peaking old" at 2080. As for the 15-64 age braket they are represented in the red and are reaching the "Adult peak" at the year 2030. And lastly, the "Peak Child" is represented in the blue achieves that in 1990. All of these statistics stem from the Brazilian records and are relative to the daily life and climate of the specific group or individual.

Albert Jordan's curator insight, February 12, 2:56 PM

Looking at the statistics for South America’s growth rate since 1950, it has grown rapidly. This rapid growth can easily be attributed to modernization, increased stability within the governments(even if corruption is still rampant in some places and the U.S. isn’t fiddling its fingers in politics or funding government overthrows), and increased outside development thanks to increased global globalization. While total population of the region is expected to rise until it peaks in 2050, so is population density and age. This will create sanitation, infrastructure, and healthcare issues that many parts of the continent may not be ready to address or able to. Even though economic strength is typically on the rise, these are still poorer developing nations. The birthrate is already beginning to peak and taper off even if deaths continue to rise. However, there is still predicted to be more births than death. Improved healthcare globally since 1950 has found its way into South America and so has economic output, bringing with it – immigration. Numbers such as South America’s can be used to create a visual representation by using a population pyramid to figure out which phase of the demographic transition model the region, or with more specific numbers, a country was in, is going into, and will predicable be in.

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Ex-military spy drone to conduct NASA climate tests in Australian skies

Ex-military spy drone to conduct NASA climate tests in Australian skies | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
US space agency NASA prepares to launch drone missions in Australian skies during the next six weeks.
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Government to sell surplus environmental Murray-Darling Basin water to farmers

Government to sell surplus environmental Murray-Darling Basin water to farmers | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
For the first time water bought by the federal government to restore the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin will be sold to farmers, with up to 10 billion litres to be put to tender in the Gwydir Valley in northern NSW.
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New vision for city of 5 million people | theage.com.au

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You Know What's Going To Kill The Planet? Air Conditioning

You Know What's Going To Kill The Planet? Air Conditioning | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
It's so nice to stay cool in the summer. As countries in the developing world start getting in on that action things could get ugly.
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Ancient rivers cut migration routes through Sahara

Ancient rivers cut migration routes through Sahara | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Simulations suggest waters made 'green corridors' for early humans heading out of Africa.
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GeographyTeacher 2.0: City Timelapse

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Italy factory jobs 'disappearing overnight'

Italy factory jobs 'disappearing overnight' | Geography Bits | Scoop.it
Struggling Italian small businesses are lowering production costs by relocating abroad - under cover of darkness - leaving workers shocked and dismayed, writes the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby.
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These two maps are incredibly important to Obamacare

These two maps are incredibly important to Obamacare | Geography Bits | Scoop.it

If you want to understand where Obamacare stands to have the most significant impact, check out these new maps from the Census. They show uninsured levels for every county in the United States, broken down by income level. The top map shows the population that is likely to qualify for Medicaid coverage, if they live in a state that is expanding that program. The bottom map captures the Medicaid-eligible population and those who may qualify for subsidies to purchase health insurance in the new marketplaces.There are two things that these maps tell me. First, they underscore the significant impact that state policy will have on the Affordable Care Act. Texas and Florida have both decided not to participate in the Medicaid expansion, concerned about the financial implications of expanding an entitlement program. Those are states that tend to have a higher uninsured rate that will see them dip less than was initially expected under the health law.Second, these maps explain why you see a group like Enroll America focusing its work on 10 states, rather than sweeping out across the country. There are some areas of the United States, like the upper Midwest and the Northeast, that already have a relatively low uninsured rate. That likely explains why you see national groups focusing on a smaller area where they can likely have a larger impact, the places where uninsured rates for the poor hover as high as 40 percent."


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