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Why is Australian foreign aid so important?

Why is Australian foreign aid so important? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
For politicians subject to democratic accountability in today’s media-soaked world, two issues are particularly difficult to deal with. One is the future and the other is global development. More often…
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Enabling Globalization: The Container

Enabling Globalization: The Container | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The ships, railroads, and trucks that transport containers worldwide form the backbone of the global economy. The pace of globalization over the last sixty years has accelerated due to containers; just like canals and railroads defined earlier phases in the development of a global economy. While distance used to be the largest obstacle to regional integration, these successive waves of transportation improvements have functionally made the world a smaller place. Geographers refer to this as the Space-Time Convergence."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 14, 5:32 PM

I've posted here several resources about the global economy and the crucial role that containers play in enabling globalization.  In this article for National Geographic Education, I draw on many of these to to put it all in one nice container.  


Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds

Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Coral reefs are the poster child for the damage people are doing to the world’s oceans. Overfishing, pollution and declining water quality have all taken their toll on reefs around the world. Perhaps the…
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Is this the viral travel video of the year?

FORGET Funniest Home Videos style clips of tourists being bit by exotic animals ... our vote for viral travel video of 2014 goes to three Irish lads who jigged their way around the world.
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Whilst it's not an original idea–that honour goes to Dancing Matt–this is still very entertaining and could be used as a stimulus for "Where in the world is...?" or "What information are you given about the various countries visited?"

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Weather forecasting

Weather forecasting | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do meteorologists predict the weather? Discover what types of weather data is gathered, the equipment used, and how...
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Can you name these countries using only satellite photos?

Can you name these countries using only satellite photos? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The view from above.
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Fun and interesting way to start a conversation about what is geography.

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Rising seas pose a cultural threat to Australia's 'forgotten people'

Rising seas pose a cultural threat to Australia's 'forgotten people' | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
While you may have heard about the increasing threat that climate change and rising seas pose to Pacific islands — already forcing some communities to move — Australia has its own group of islands that…
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Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home

Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. This number is now over 50% and rising. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population are…
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Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time

Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster — by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites — no bigger than 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters — that, when launched in a cluster, provide high-res images of the entire planet, updated daily.
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:39 PM

YOU are being watched!

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Will Gold Coast 'oasis' resort and cruise hub get green light?

Will Gold Coast 'oasis' resort and cruise hub get green light? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The largest piece of integrated tourism infrastructure in Queensland's history could be just weeks away from getting the green light.
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Providing the toilets people want will help Clean India's campaign

Providing the toilets people want will help Clean India's campaign | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has wowed audiences in Australia during his recent visit and used the occasion to remind people of his plan to provide a toilet at home for all Indians by 2019. The…
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Imagine life without a proper toilet: that's the reality for 1 in 3 people

Imagine life without a proper toilet: that's the reality for 1 in 3 people | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s 2014. So why do we still need World Toilet Day? Because 2.5 billion people still need one. World Toilet Day remains a critical means to raise awareness globally about one of the many important things…
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Global Fishing Watch

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Global Fishing Watch is the product of a technology partnership between SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. This interactive web tool – currently in prototype stage – is being built to enable anyone to visualize the global fishing fleet in space and time. Global Fishing Watch will reveal the intensity of fishing effort around the world, one of the stressors contributing to the precipitous decline of our fisheries.
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Retraction: why we removed an article about stationery and deforestation

Retraction: why we removed an article about stationery and deforestation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Today we removed an article called “Over-logging in the Sumatran forest? Blame your diary” after becoming aware of a significant…
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Here's the reason the said article has been removed.

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National Anthem of STRAYA (to the tune of Hey Ya) - YouTube

Outkast's 'Hey Ya' reworked into the unofficial national anthem of 'Straya' (a.k.a Australia). LYRICS: My country don't share no borders 'Cos of all the wate...
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Engaging way to start a discussion of what it means to be Australian. I would be using something like Cleanr to show it as some of the comments are inappropriate.

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Choose Your Own Statistics

Choose Your Own Statistics | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
This unique interactive learning resource has been designed to enable students from Years 5 to 8 to gain a better understanding of important human rights issues as they explore the latest statistics from respected Australian institutions.

Thought-provoking Infographics encourage students to critically evaluate their beliefs and deepen their understanding of the role that data representation plays in building knowledge and influencing decisions about social issues. Innovative technology enables students to explore the demographics of Australian society on a national and state level and see how the constitution of our country has changed over time.
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Women & Agriculture

"In this Feed the Future video, narrator Matt Damon discusses the importance of increasing food production around the world and notes the importance of equipping women with the right tools, training, and  technology to see as much as a 30 percent increase in food production. To feed our growing population we need to increase food production by 70 percent before 2050. Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in many areas of the world."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 17, 2014 1:03 PM

A colleague mine thought that the ideas in this video were so obvious and non-controversial, he said, "Why does this even need to be stated? Why would we exclude women from agriculture?"  The simple answer is that it wouldn't need to be stated if women around the world did have equal access to resources.  For many of the world's poor, this is where the rubber meets the road. 


Tags: developmentgender, agriculture, food production, labor.

AckerbauHalle's curator insight, December 23, 2014 12:37 AM

Für die zukünftige Ernährung der Welt gibt es einen oft übersehenen Faktor: Gleichberechtigung von Frauen. Frauen sind in vielen Ländern für die Arbeit auf den Feldern verantwortlich. Gleichzeitig haben sie keine Rechte am Land und sind schlecht ausgebildet und - wenn überhaupt - schlecht bezahlt. 

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Game Detail | GlassLab Games

Game Detail | GlassLab Games | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
GlassLab Games delivers a delightful user experience covering the most critical learning standards. Our games are as engaging as the games students and educators choose to play in their free time.
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From the creators of SimCity, this free download "not only teaches students about the factors affecting the environment in a modern city, but the game also provides formative assessment information about students’ ability to problem solve and explain the relationships in complex systems." (website)

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Fewer trees leave the outer suburbs out in the heat

Fewer trees leave the outer suburbs out in the heat | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
When you look out of your window in the morning, how many trees do you see? Your answer might depend on what suburb you live in. As you go further from the city centre, the amount of tree cover in a suburb…
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Go with the grain: technology to help farmers protect crops

Go with the grain: technology to help farmers protect crops | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
New technology to tackle biosecurity challenges down the track is one of the five megatrends identified in today’s CSIRO report Australia’s Biosecurity Future: preparing for future biological challenges…
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The changing shape of world demographics

Animating the changing shape of the world population pyramid. For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: http://econ.st/1xqEZhX.


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, November 26, 2014 7:14 AM

Até a pirâmide demográfica está em crise!

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:08 PM

Spectacular changes in global demographics, a bit scaring to be honest

Bex Swaney's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:27 PM

Growth of the ageing population, population change as a whole

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Black Saturday | Australian Broadcasting Corporation - /stories/mosaic

Black Saturday | Australian Broadcasting Corporation - /stories/mosaic | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
On February 7, 2009 Victoria had the worst bushfires in the nation's recorded history. Black Saturday, claimed 173 human lives and destroyed 2029 homes. This website offers a collection of the most compelling and significant stories of the fires and the aftermath, placing them alongside contextual information about key events. This is an interactive story of Black Saturday.
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Watch Reinventing Beijing Online | smh.tv

A spike in international attention around the 2008 Olympics saw the Chinese capital become an experimental laboratory for architects from around the world. But with the visionary new buildings came a rising disquiet from residents who saw the city’s rich history all but destroyed.
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Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report

Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence has just released the State of green economy report 2015, a UN-backed publication which analyzes achievements and challenges for the green economy in the current market.
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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 19, 2014 12:30 PM

Not only is Dubai one of the richest cities in the world but now they are the capital of the green economy. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy are the two main reasons for this.  The Dubai supreme council of energy aims to support Dubai’s economic growth through secure energy supply & efficient energy use while meeting environmental & sustainability objectives.  They want to rationalize use of energy and ensure environmental sustainability. The UAE says that developed countries have a sort of debt to pay for the environment so they want to take the lead on the low carbon approach using the UAE vision 2021, which primarily focuses on reducing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels while increasing the use and development of renewable energy. They plan to reduce total energy consumption in the nation by 30% in 2030 by making solar power at least 5% of its energy use. This city knows how to plan ahead.

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Marine parks for fish and people: here's how to do it

Marine parks for fish and people: here's how to do it | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
As thousands gather for the World Parks Congress in Sydney, there are growing calls for a new marine park in Sydney Harbour. New South Wales’s Labor opposition has promised, if elected, to establish the…
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