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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year
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Student Movements: A Subject of Human Geography

Student Movements: A Subject of Human Geography | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By Sim Tack As student protests in Hong Kong continue, memories of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations naturally spring to mind. Less iconic but no less notable were the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which began as a student movement; the 2007 Venezuelan protests, which started with a group of students demanding [...]
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Google Earth Engine

Google Earth Engine | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas.
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Featured sites include: Growth of Las Vegas, Wyoming Coal Mining, Saudi Arabia irrigation, Amazon deforestation, Dubai coastal expansion, Drying of the Aral Sea and Lake Urmia.

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How A 'Small But Mighty' Team Of Googlers Is Using Maps To Save People And The Planet

How A 'Small But Mighty' Team Of Googlers Is Using Maps To Save People And The Planet | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s 2008 and five Google employees are in the Brazilian rainforest.
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Great example of organisations working with indigenous peoples.

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1,000 cars and no garage – why car-sharing works

1,000 cars and no garage – why car-sharing works | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Owning a car can be a hassle, especially if you live somewhere where driving is an occasional, rather than daily, necessity. This might help to explain why car-sharing schemes are going from strength to…
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National Geographic Future of Food Series

National Geographic Future of Food Series | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In our rapidly changing, globalized world, we all need to understand how food has made us who we are today and how it shapes our future. Starting with the May issue of National Geographic magazine and continuing through 2014, National Geographic explores our complex relationship with what we eat and where our food comes from.
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To have sustainable development, we need to consider culture

To have sustainable development, we need to consider culture | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
At the end of July draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were released by the United Nations-appointed Open Working Group. Those of us hoping to see culture identified as part of those goals were…
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Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland

Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
As Sydney house prices skyrocket and traffic congestion worsens, some enterprising workers are moving north to seek the lifestyle they want in Queensland while continuing their careers in NSW.
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gina lockton's curator insight, October 16, 8:44 PM

THis is good article looking at home affordability for SHELTER

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Wanderlust and the environment: can we afford to keep traveling?

Wanderlust and the environment: can we afford to keep traveling? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tourism comes with a high environmental cost. But it’s hard to give up the experience of seeing the world. What might travel look like in the future?
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Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing

Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Almost 40% of the world’s waste ends up in huge rubbish tips, mostly found near urban populations in poor countries, posing a serious threat to human health and the environment. John Vidal reports
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 9, 4:18 PM

Consequences of urbanisation in developing countries 

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World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.


For almost half a century, the two dams were widely applauded for powering the growth of the peninsula and its primary industry. But the dams blocked salmon migration up the Elwha, devastating its fish and shellfish—and the livelihood of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. As the tribe slowly gained political power—it won federal recognition in 1968—it and other tribes began to protest the loss of the fishing rights promised to them by federal treaty in the mid-1800s. In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Washington tribes, including the Elwha Klallam, were entitled to half the salmon catch in the state.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 1:16 PM

See also this video to see the rapid changes on the nearby White Salmon River when they removed the dam. 


Tags: biogeography, environment, land use, sustainability, environment adapt.

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13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world

13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The transition from childhood to adulthood -- the 'coming of age' of boys who become young men and girls who become young women -- is a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. But the age at which this happens, and how a child celebrates their rite of passage into adolescence, depends entirely on where they live and what culture they grow up in.  Looking back, we'll never forget the majesty that was prom, or the excitement of hitting the dance floor at our friends' co-ed Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, and why should we? Embarassing or amazing, they were pivotal moments in our lives that deserve remembering. On that note, here are thirteen of it the world’s most diverse coming of age traditions."

 

Tags: gender, folk culture, culture, indigenous, worldwide.


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, September 29, 5:04 PM

Love seeing the many different traditions that people do when coming of age and also traditions in general. Growing up living in the United States my family still followed the many traditions they had where they came from. Both my parents are from Colombia and they brought down many of there family traditions and also world wide Spanish traditions also. For example, my sweet 15 was a very memorable tradition that many young Spanish girls have once they turn 15. Its a big celebration and festivities that are all very much traditional for us. Its interesting learning the traditions others have and learning about new places.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 1, 11:20 PM

Unit 3

Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, October 3, 3:07 AM
Its interesting to see the different cultural traditions that are set at different stages in a persons life as the beginning into adulthood for most. I don't think I would want to be a male in the Brazilian Amazon, or the island of Vanuatu where you literally put your life on the line to prove your ready for adulthood. It shows the differences and what is considered important or the role the person plays in society. I think the mention of the sweet 16 for American girls was a pretty weak presentation. America is a melting pot and represents so much more than that.

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Sydney's waters could be tropical in decades, here's the bad news...

Sydney's waters could be tropical in decades, here's the bad news... | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Welcome to tropical Sydney, where colourful surgeonfishes and parrotfishes are plentiful, corals have replaced kelp forests, and underwater life seems brighter, more colourful and all-round better. Or…
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Back to Everest in 2015?

Back to Everest in 2015? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Six months after killer avalanche, mountaineering community assesses next year's climbing season
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Focuses on the effects of the 2014 avalanche on the Sherpa community.

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What is the greatest threat to the world? Depends on where you live

What is the greatest threat to the world? Depends on where you live | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Prior to the most recent Ebola outbreak in the western parts of the continent, a median of 32% across the seven African nations polled feared infectious disease as the top danger. In the Middle East, the top danger is ethnic and religious hatred.
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via Latty Ferlazzo http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

Australia wasn't one of the 44 countries surveyed. 

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Your life on earth

Your life on earth | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How you and the world have changed since you were born
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"Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space.

Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted.

Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime; from how much fuel and food we've used to the species we've discovered and endangered".

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Feeding the Whole World

"Louise Fresco argues that a smart approach to large-scale, industrial farming and food production will feed our planet's incoming population of nine billion. Only foods like (the scorned) supermarket white bread, she says, will nourish on a global scale."


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Fresco argues that we tend to see "home-made" agriculture as a thing of beauty, whereas the reality is that many small scale farmers struggle and live a subsistence lifestyle. The adoration of small-scale farming, notes Fresco, is a luxury to those who can afford it. Large-scale production has increased the availability and affordability of food. Food production should be given as high a priority as climate change and sustainability, and we should seriously consider ways in which land can be used as a multi-purpose space that includes agriculture.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 10, 8:58 PM

Many advocates of local foods favor a small-scale approach to farming and are opposed to large-scale agribusiness. It might be easy for those disconnected from the food production system (like me) to romanticize and mythologize the farmers of yesteryear and yearn to return to this past.  This talk highlights how essential large-scale farming is absolutely critical to feeding the global population; this other TED talk discusses many of the hunger problems especially the uneven access to food.  Here are some other pro-agribusiness resources.   


Tags: agriculture, food production, food distribution, agribusiness, TED

AckerbauHalle's curator insight, October 19, 7:18 AM

Sehr interessanter Beitrag von Louise Fresco zur Problematik des Welthungers. 

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, October 19, 12:07 PM

Feed The World ...

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World Food Day: 10 myths about hunger

World Food Day: 10 myths about hunger | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How much do you know about global hunger? Carla Kweifio-Okai take a look at some of the biggest food production and nutrition myths
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Play the interactive food game.

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World Food Day

World Food Day | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
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Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market

Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Oil palm plantations are a major threat to orangutans, but new initiatives for deforestation-free palm oil may help save them.
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Custom Google Maps: A Great Digital Engagement Tool

Custom Google Maps: A Great Digital Engagement Tool | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Custom Google Maps can be used in a variety of ways to produce numerous benefits for organizations, their members, and other key stakeholders. This article provides examples, enumerates some of the key features, and provides resources and basic development tips. Additional suggestions, as well as questions, are welcome.

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While this article is aimed at the business end, it has potential for the classroom.

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Soldiers, servants and farmhands: 10% of world’s children forced to work

Soldiers, servants and farmhands: 10% of world’s children forced to work | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Children fighting in armies or working as servants, but US labour department report says progress is being made
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Do-It-Yourself Urban Design – New Research | Greater Places

Do-It-Yourself Urban Design – New Research | Greater Places | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Some great examples to consider in a discussion of the role of people power in urban development.

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Incredible photos show mountains of plastic bottles washed in Maldives

Incredible photos show mountains of plastic bottles washed in Maldives | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Award-winning filmmaker Alison Teal, 27, from Hawaii, visited Thilafushi – or Trash Island - an artificial island created as a municipal landfill situated to the west of Malé. 

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Oh wow. Such a disjuncture between what we imagine and the reality. I'm in a school where many of the students are beach-goers and surfers. These images should make them angry and get them thinking (and hopefully, acting).

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Uniterre Conférences's curator insight, October 1, 8:51 PM

Photos prises aux maldives

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 2, 6:17 PM

Option topic:  Marine Environments and management 

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog
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Interesting way to consider how environment affects lifestyle.

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