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Australia's engagement with Asia: Water - a case study on Flores
For a the full lesson on how access to clean drinking water and human well-being are connected on the Indonesian island of Flores, visit World Vision Australia. On a related note, this article from the Guardian discusses the trouble of securing clean drinking water in Bangladesh.
Tags: Indonesia, water, development.
Water--the coming disaster...
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The end to extreme poverty might very well be within reach. But is the bar too low?
The World Bank aims to raise just about everyone on Earth above the $1.25-a-day income threshold. In Zambia, an average person living in such dire poverty might be able to afford, on a given day, two or three plates of cornmeal porridge, a tomato, a mango, a spoonful each of oil and sugar, a bit of chicken or fish, maybe a handful of nuts. But he would have just pocket change to spend on transportation, housing, education and everything else.
This is a really interesting article. It is so crazy to think about living in a world without poverty, because it has been there for as long as we can all remember, and its not something you can just slip out of. When you think about it, it is sort of an exponential growth, just like the economy.
I've posted on this previously, but this imgur gallery puts the images in a stunning new format for sharing. This gallery portrays 20 families from around world together with their weeks food. The differences in agricultural, development and cultural patterns are plainly manifest. For more context on this photographic project (as well as the details of the families and their food), it is chronicled in the book Hungry Planet or in this abbreviated online version.
Tags: food, agriculture, worldwide, consumption, culture, development.
! This is so informative.
An interesting look and different cultures
Q1) How does this slideshow depict the differing socioeconomic situations of countries around the world? (Use the example of at least 2 countries)
Q2) Do you think that the image of an Australian weekly diet is accurate to your own family and why?
There could be enough food for everyone #IF... Use this activity to help your pupils complete the sentence bit.ly/YngX9o #ukedchat— Oxfam Education (@OxfamEducation) April 10, 2013
There could be enough food for everyone #IF... Use this activity to help your pupils complete the sentence bit.ly/YngX9o #ukedchat
How could this prompt (with accompanying activities and lesson plans) fit in with what you teach or study?
Tags: consumption, food, development, resources, sustainability.
Useful for teh Fodd Security section which will be in the National Curriculum. The video provides an animated presentation of reasons for inequity in food availability over the globe. The activities on Oxfam site are useable resources.
Stratfor examines Japan's primary geographic challenge of sustaining its large population with little arable land and few natural resources. For more analysi...
Part of knowing Japan's expansionist history has to do with understanding the geographic setting of the islands.
Tags: Japan, population, historical.
You are looking at, more or less, a portrait of the internet over an average 24 hours in 2012—higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues—created by an anonymous researcher for the "Internet Census 2012" project.
This is a stunning animated graphic the represents internet usage. The temporal dynamics of map make it especially mesmerizing.
"The tiny black-eyed pea is about to wage battle in Malawi. The small country in southeast Africa is the site of a project to help with food security, nutrition and income. Western University researchers are among those who will work with 30,000 farmers to help diversify crops into protein-rich legumes, such as the black-eyed pea, a popular type of cow pea in Malawi."
Tags: food, agriculture, Africa, Malawi, unit 5 agriculture.
Review for you!
Want to know where the poor live? Look at where the light isn’t.
"Satellite photos of Earth’s artificial lights at night form a luminescent landscape. But researcher Chris Elvidge of NOAA and colleagues from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver realized that they could also illuminate something much darker: the magnitude of human poverty. By comparing the amount of light in a particular area and its known population, they realized that they could infer the percentage of people who are able to afford electricity and the level of government spending on infrastructure development. This allowed them to extrapolate levels of human development—a measure of well-being that includes such factors as income, life expectancy and literacy."
"This video shows the basic concept of HDI (Human Development Index), by using four different examples (Japan, Mexico, India and Angola)."
This video is a primer for those that have never seen HDI data. This interactive map with HDI data is for those already acquainted with the HDI, showing the HDI number as well as the ranking.
Tags: development, statistics, worldwide.
Watch this HUGGERS for a great review!
some emerging markets, Japan
Des cartes pour comprendre le monde
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/b6sR86 The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands ...
This is a great introduction to the demographic explosion of the slums within megacities. This is applicable to many themes within geography.
Tags: Bangladesh, water, pollution, poverty, squatter, planning, density, South Asia, development, economic, megacities.
Another look at a growing megacity and its shantytowns.
What's on family dinner tables around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet"
This gallery of 16 families from around world together with their week food is quite a treat that shows agricultural, development and cultural patterns. Pictured above is the Ayme family from Ecuador, just one of the many family's highlighted in the book Hungry Planet. The Ayme family that typically spends $31.55 on food and commonly eat potato soup with cabbage.
Tags: food, agriculture, worldwide, consumption, unit 5 agriculture, book reviews, culture, development, unit 3 culture.
A handful of AIDS cases were first recognized in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1980s. By 1990, there was a pandemic. In 1997, more than 3 million people became newly infected with HIV.
The spread of AIDS/HIV since the 1980s has varied greatly over time and space. The red lines represent Sub-Saharan countries and the dark blue line on this interactive is the regional average of Sub-Saharan African countries. The regional trend was on the rise at the end of the 20th century, but is now on a slight decline (but still an major impact on the continent). Countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe have made some significant strides in limiting the spread of AIDS (Zimbabwe is the country that 'peaked' in 1997 and has had the steepest decline).
Tags: Africa, medical, development, infographic, diffusion.
CFR experts examine the science and foreign policy surrounding climate change, energy, and nuclear security.
Most everyone knows about the importance of Middle Eastern oil to the global economy and how that impacts geopolitics. What isn't well-known is that the Middle East's own demand for oil has been increasing as their wealth and standard of living has been rising. This chart does not show the amount of oil consumption, but the "energy intensity." This is the amount of energy (often oil) used to produce a unit of GDP for a country's economy.
Questions to Ponder: How will this change oil-producing countries economic development in the future? How does this make us re-assess these economies? Does this impact how we think about climate change issues?
Tags: energy, resources, Middle East, development.
"Most everyone knows about the importance of Middle Eastern oil to the global economy and how that impacts geopolitics. What isn't well-known is that the Middle East's own demand for oil has been increasing as their wealth and standard of living has been rising. This chart does not show the amount of oil consumption, but the "energy intensity." This is the amount of energy (often oil) used to produce a unit of GDP for a country's economy.
Questions to Ponder: How will this change oil-producing countries economic development in the future? How does this make us re-assess these economies? Does this impact how we think about climate change issues?"
Previously I shared a gallery portraying 20 families from around world together with a full week of groceries (from the book Hungry Planet or in this abbreviated online version). Today it's the breakfast table which shows differences in agricultural, development and cultural patterns around the world.
Tags: food, agriculture, worldwide, culture, development.
And what do you like for breakfast?
Nach den Wochespeiseplänen hier ein Vergleichn von Frühstücksvarianten im Ländervergleich - lecker, lecker
Researchers are heading to Dharavi, Mumbai, to study the impact of slum tours on the residents.
The article leaves me with more questions than answers. What do the residents think about the tons of tourists wondering through their winding streets? The very idea of tourism to see poverty in situ in an authentic slum is riddled with power and cultural imbalances. Why would wealthy tourists from the developed world want to more fully explore the slums in the developing world? What do you see as the 'wrong' and the 'right' within this situation? Is slum tourism ethical?
Visiter des bidonvilles, nouveau trend pour touristes en mal de nouveauté? Je me souviens avoir personnellement visité SOWETO en 2000, avec un groupe de journalistes belges. Nous avons logé chez une dame qui cédait une partie de sa maison pour se faire un peu d'argent, pour contribuer aux frais de ses deux fils étudiants à l'Unif. Ce fut une expérience inoubliable. Nous n'avons pas entendu le son de sa voix, elle nous servait à manger en silence et même si nous ne savions pas très bien comment réagir, nous avions l'impression que nous lui venions en aide, d'une manière ou d'une autre. En tous cas, la visite de ce bidonville fut pour moi éclairante.
Facebook intern Paul Butler has created a detailed map of the world by mapping connections between people using the social network living in different cities.
The disconnected portions of the this map tell us as much about the world we live in as the highly illuminated ones. Might this be a version of the "Black Marble" image that would reasonate more with today's teenagers? For the methods behind the creation of this map as well as a high resolution version of the map, see this post.
Tags: social media, map, visualization.
Great for connectiveness graphics.
This is very cool...just like the internet map you posted. I have a seperate facebook page just to communicate back and forth to my friend nd his family in New Zealand in real time for free.
This is a picture of our world and the real way that we are connected in real time from Facebook. It's amazing! Share this everywhere!
"The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge. Click here if you are a new to the project."
Amazing and thought-provoking.
Topic link: Population and Change: Gender
"As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was 'the best on the planet.' It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope."
Not all migration is voluntary and this woman's personal struggle to flee North Korea alternates between heartwarming and heartbreaking. Her accent is thick, but it is worth it to her her story from her own mouth.
Tags: North Korea, migration, political, East Asia, development, states, poverty.
We've been studying North Korea and the conflict between North and South in our World Geography classes. This is an interesting perspective and story - one that definitely helps to understand the plight of many North Koreans as they struggle to leave and subsequently create new lives elsewhere.
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.
How are the lives of these children different from those in your neighborhood? How are their lives the same?
La imagen de portada engaña, no es éste un mensaje sobre la pobreza en el mundo, sino sobre los hábitos de apegos de los niños de todo el mundo, en función de su raza, estrato social, continente de residencia.
Es realmente muy tierno, vale la pena verlo. Además es muy visual, lo que lo hace todavía mas impactante y enternecedor.
geography and history were two of Dewey's most important tools in pedagogy in strengthening the imagination of the child
A rice enriched with beta-carotene promises to boost the health of poor children around the world. But critics say golden rice is also a clever PR move for a biotech industry driven by profits, not humanitarianism.
This is a great podcast that emphasizes various geographic themes including agriculture, development and economics. This new genetically-modified rice was designed to provide vitamin A (something no natural rice provides) to impoverished diets. Skeptics point out that the history of the industry shows that the goal is to enrich a select number of corporations while some are hailing this as a major advancement that will benefit the poor. Where people side on this is often ideological, so those that are firmly against genetically modified foods find the flaw in the plan and vice versa. What do you think? How might this change food production and consumption worldwide and at a local scale?
Tags: GMOs, development, NGOs, Food, agriculture, agribusiness, unit 5 agriculture.
Juste pour être sûr : GMO n'est pas Giesbert-Marie Oglalat et NGO pas Nicolas-Gabriel Orkozy, hein ?
This conveys some important realities about the demographic necessities of agriculture, the economic impact and the cultural differences in agricultural production. As with all long infographics on this site, you can "scroll down" on the image by putting the cursor in the top right-hand corner of the image and sliding on the translucent bar.
Tags: agriculture, infographic, unit 5 agriculture.
Rescooped by Allison Anthony from AP Human Geography Herm
Make your own conclusions...
Really good series of infographics on unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Perfect for teaching IB Geography Disparities in Wealth topic.
Oil-rich, velvet-rope-poor Azerbaijan, a country about the size of South Carolina on the Caspian Sea, would very much like to be the world’s next party capital.
Azerbaijan has limited cultural prestige and international recognition, but it has great quantities of oil, and they are parlaying that wealth into an important geopolitical position in Central Asia. It appears that Baku has ambitions to become the next Dubai.
Tags: Azerbaijan, political, development, Central Asia, unit 4 political.
Long impoverished and isolated, tiny Bhutan is finally booming. This onetime absolute monarchy has also made important democratic reforms and major improvements in quality of life.
Located on the southern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan's rugged topography is key to it's economic strategy to modernize this lightly populated, less developed mountain kingdom. Bhutan is harnessing hydroelectric energy and selling it to India, which accounts for 20% of the GDP. Today Bhutan is one the five fastest growing economies in the world. However, the economic developed is highly uneven; 40% of the population is still engaged in subsistence farming on the limited arable land showing that there are still substantial development issues ahead.
Tags: South Asia, development, economic, rural, Bhutan.
The stunning drop in global child mortality is proof that poor countries are not doomed to eternal misery. Here's how it happened.
Global health has substantially improved in the last two decades. This article explores the improvements in global health that have been made this year, and the attached interactive feature allows users to explore the changes in global health risks. Click here for the Guardian's version of this same data and interactive.
Tags: medical, historical, spatial, technology, development.
Child mortality info