This Oregon-based infographic succinctly summarizes the local food movement and taps into the cultural ethos that permeates the growing number of consumers that are demanding more home-grown products.
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
|Suggested by Don Brown Jr|
"Citing higher cheese prices, Colbert states it plainly:..."
Although in America today only about 2% of the workforce is involved in agriculture, crop cultivation is still tightly integrated within our economy affecting a much wider range of people and industries. According to the US Department of Agriculture we our currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in our nation’s history rivaling the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. On a national scale, prices in gas, meat, dairy and other products that depend on crops will likely increase. However, since the U.S is a major producer of crops such as wheat and corn, the global economic consequences of this will be felt around the world. How will an increase in food prices effect people in countries were a quarter or more of their income goes towards groceries? How will a decreasing agricultural yield effect economic and political stability around the world? This is a humorous look at a very serious problem.
Music video by Counting Crows performing Big Yellow Taxi. (C) 2002 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.
This music video is a vivid portrayal of the cultural power of place and the deep emotional connection many people have to their neighborhoods. What types of urban geographies are being critiqued by the original lyrics (orginally performed and written my Joni Mitchell) of this song? What do the images portrayed in the video say to further this critique? What type of urbanism are these performers advocating? Given the context of this video, what priorities do you think city planners should consider when building and reshaping cities?
Discover the number of countries participating in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Find out which countries are not participating in the Olympic Games and learn which non-countries are participating as well.
204 countries are participating in the Olympics? There aren't even 204 countries in the world! This article looks at the political geography of international recognition. One interesting case not discussed in the article is that of Taiwan. Taiwan is participating, but marched under a non-Taiwanese flag under the name Chinese Taipei because the IOC wanted the mainland Chinese to return to the games. Also, South Sudan, Kosovo and the Vatican are not participating (although pondering them competing, especially the Vatican, is something that deeply amuses me). Another intriguing thought: how many of the participants were former British colonies? There are more classroom resources based on the Olympics from the GA.
All over the world Muslims have begun their holiest month of the year by fasting from dawn until dusk each day, broken each evening by large, communal meals.
This photoessay is a visual and cultural delight. Pictured above is a Pakistani boy who prays next to plates of fruits donated to worshippers to break their fast (Karachi, July 21, 2012). On the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, we see the communal ethos of Ramadan.
London and the City of London are the same political and territorial entity right? Of course not. Why have something simple when we can have a rich archaic legacy with a fascinating (albeit convoluted) history. Here’s a great political geography lesson just in time for the Olympic Ceremonies.
Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.
Cities love the advantages of having the Olympics in town; the cultural prestige, the international publicity and the recognition as a globally significant city. The tourism and economic impact is the rationale for so many expensive infrastructure projects, yet research indicates that economic boost during the Olympics is not always the boon that it is made out to be.
I’ve always loved this 1784 map of the United States produced by Abel Buell. One of the most striking differences from the modern maps of this region is the massive about of disjointed territ...
This table with a gorgeous vintage map makes me so happy primarily because it's in my living room! My incredibly talented and resourceful spouse was the mastermind.
How do the individual economies of U.S. cities stack up against the world? Here’s a few quiz questions that can be answered with our chart of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas.
This article shows the economic strength of numerous greater metropolitan regions in the United States. Even more important than the article is the "Interactive Graphics" which presents the tabular data of the top countries by GDP interlaced with U.S. metro area's GDPs. Amazingly, 11 metropolitan areas (if they were independent countries) would rank in the top 50 countries of the world based on total GDP.
HDC guide to interpreting graveyards and cemeteries...
How can cemeteries be a fertile ground for geography projects for students? This website provides an intellectual background on how to interpret cemeteries and gravestones as a cultural landscape and a portal to local historical geographies.
NASA researchers are expressing concern about something they've never seen before: the melting of ice across nearly the entire surface of Greenland earlier this month.
Climate changes are afoot in the Arctic and the Greenland ice sheet. For more on the Arctic. In related news, Texas and Louisiana have introduced education standards that require educators to teach climate change denial as a valid scientific position. South Dakota and Utah passed resolutions denying climate change. Tennessee and Oklahoma also have introduced legislation to give climate change skeptics a place in the classroom.
As mentioned by the cartographers of this London map, maps have a way of highlighting the social inequalities especially at the neighborhood scale in the urban environment. Each ward (census tract is colored according to child poverty rates, and the numbers represent life expectany rates in the neighborhood near each underground stop.
"I want to contrast this 'on demand' learning from typical classroom learning...below are three examples of how an educator might include 'on demand' learning within a geography or GIS course."
In this article (from a excellent geography/GIS education blog), the three main ways to use on-demand learning are: 1) Project-based work, 2) Flipped Classroom and 3) Creating a Learning Resource. All three are designed to use technology within the classroom (with geographic content especially).
Amazing animated infographic look at various world statistics in Oceania vs. Europe vs. America vs. Africa vs. Asia, from population to homicides to number of billionaires – a fine example of how to...
The video doesn't have captions to denote which continent is which, otherwise this is an excellent data visualization of global and regional differences, using the theme of the Olympics as it's symbolic motif.
URBAN EARTH is a project to (re)present our habitat by walking across some of the largest urban areas on Earth. This video was shot by SUSO* and introduces t...
This is the introductory video to the Urban Earth youtube channel. The goal of this "guerrilla geography" is to see and understand the city beyond the tourism guidebook. Daniel Raven-Ellison, the creator of the project is one of National Geographic's "Emerging Explorers" and in this video, demonstrates the methods behind his urban explorations. You can see his influence in helping found http://www.missionexplore.net as a portal for alternative geographies to engage students. For more about his projects, see http://ravenellison.com for more details.
If geospatial technology helped us understand the costs, would we make different decisions about the value of electric reliability?
This is an excellent article that shows this as an important moment for geography. Geospatial technologies have been official listed as a growth sector in the economy: where will the workforce gain these skills? This is the perfect time to put geographic analysis together more firmly into the curriculum with the STEM disciplines so that spatial thinking throughout the curriculum. Geospatial technologies such as GIS are a are a common space where geography and STEM discipline can meet.
Where you find a border, you usually find somebody pissed off about it.
Disclaimer: This article is more glib and crude in its language than I typically post. However there is some great insight in this article about the curiosities that can occur on the borders that merits inclusion here. Enclaves, walls, roads, glaciers, and tables all play prominent roles in these 5 quirky borders.
Many experts see water scarcity as a potential looming crisis. Water scarcity, pollution and mismanagement are going to become increasingly important as the global population continues to rise farther above 7 billion. AlertNet has put together a dynamic special feature on water with videos, infographics and interactive maps in addition to the following articles:
--Water scarcity – Conflicts of interests
--How much “virtual water” do you use every day?
--Water maps spark concern about "liquid gold rush"
--Myanmar in the dark over hydropower for Asia
--Thirsty South Asia's river rifts threaten "water wars"
--EXPERT VIEWS: New water policies are key to tackling scarcity
This is a must-see resource with multiple regional (South Asia, Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, etc.) applications and thematic (political, environmental, resource management, development, etc.) strands as well.
In the race to the White House, no ethnic group is more prized than Hispanics. President Obama ended deportations for some young undocumented immigrants, and the Romney campaign is vetting Sen.
This interactive map feature combines to interesting variables (at the county level): the percentage of the total population that is Hispanic, and the 2008 presidential election. Analyze your local area and a few counties as well. What connection exists between the two variables? How come? What are some exceptions to these general patterns?
"In 2011, beginning on New Year’s Day, as president of the National Council for Geographic Education, I wrote one tweet everyday beginning with “What is Geography? 1 of 365” and posted them to my Twitter page. OK, I confess that I actually posted multiple posts every day, sometimes up to 10. There is just so much on this topic to write about! And I continue these efforts in 2012.
My goals in the series were several. First, I sought to point out as organization president how the NCGE serves the geography education community, and has been doing so since 1915. Through its webinars, book and journal publications, annual conference, curriculum, research, partnerships, and networking opportunities, the NCGE supports excellence in teaching and learning geography. Second, I wanted to provide evidence of the diversity of geography. Those outside the geographic community might have an incomplete or even erroneous view of geography as a discipline. I wanted to nudge people beyond thinking of geography only as the location of things, to provide an idea what geographers study and what they care about. I explored themes of scale, patterns, and relationships, topics such as watersheds, energy, ecoregions, climate, and population density, and discussed different regions while on work travel to Salzburg Austria, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. Geography is diversity in people, landscapes, issues, skills, and themes....."
Americans eat more meat than almost anyone else in the world, but habits are starting to change. This may be in part because of health and environmental concerns. We explore some of the meat trends and changes in graphs and charts.
Often we hear about the dietary impact of meat consumption at the personal scale, but what are the environmental impacts of heavy meat consumption on a global scale? Even more telling than the podcast are the charts and infographics that are connected to this article. Not all meats have the same environmental impact (beef is much less environmentally efficient than chicken, pork or turkey). As globalization has spread, American cultural preferences have changed worldwide taste preferences. As the global population rises, the impact of meat consumption is now a major environmental concern.
Nearly $1bn was spent last year buying wheat, sorghum and other products for the controversial US 'in-kind' food aid programmes. Over 40 companies sold food aid last year
But big agribusinesses are not the only ones winning US food aid contracts. Over 40 companies sold nearly 1.8m tonnes, or $1bn worth, of food aid last year.
Some have developed entirely new product lines, specifically to sell as overseas food aid. Others have fought to get their products on the list of eligible commodities, which includes items such as canned pink salmon and dehydrated potato flakes.
Didion, a private, family-owned company headquartered in Wisconsin, has developed a special line of corn-based food aid products. Last year it was the government’s top supplier of corn-soy blend, a fortified food of choice for the UN’s World Food Programme. What Crops are being donated? To which countries? From which companies? The answers lie in this interactive feature.
Analysis of poverty in the USA: poor children rarely hungry; poor often have cable TV, air conditioning, a computer, and larger homes than non-poor Europeans.
This is an interesting series of bar graphs, pie charts and other data sets, all showing helping us to contextualize the life of the poor. How is 'being poor' in the United States distinct from poverty in other regions of the world? Is it fair to distinguish between the two? How do you define poverty? Is it a universal standard that is the same everywhere or is it a relation measure compared to others within the community?