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How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf

How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia is the world’s biggest destroyer of forests and four multinational corporations — APP, APRIL, Wilmar and Golden Agri Resources — have been responsible for much of it. Until recently these mega-corporations…
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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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Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, September 26, 9:48 AM

This article is interesting in the sense that while marking your transition from childhood to adulthood is an important part into being initiated to society, it is one that also signifies the lack knowledge a child faces before being initiated. While some communities prepare the child for adulthood after their initiation ceremony, others leave the newly initiated to fend for themselves. A child spends several years preparing for their coming of age ceremony. In some communities, little teaching is given to what life is like after the ceremony's over. That's the problem with the Sweet Sixteen coming of age. Adolescents prepare for their sweet sixteen bash and are completely oblivious to the real challenges life has for them long term.

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

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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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16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World…

16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World… | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
What did your childhood bedroom look like? Chances are if you grew up in a westernized world, it had a solid bed, scattered toys, and wall decorations that creatively expressed the type of child you were, and hinted at the person you were to become. What you may have taken for granted, however, a large percent of others will never experience. There’s no right or wrong pertaining to living situations, but many unique lessons to be gained from acknowledging that the type of childhood one is given has an impressionable effect on their future.
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What a great way to connect with students and discuss issues such as lifestyle, living standards, health etc.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 18, 5:34 AM

Personal geographies - perspectives and worldviews

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Kashmir’s epic floods link India and Pakistan in disaster

Kashmir’s epic floods link India and Pakistan in disaster | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Himalayan region's worst floods in more than half a century have prompted a crisis that has fueled a brief thaw in ties between the foes.
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Singapore offers a Global Lesson in Green

Singapore offers a Global Lesson in Green | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

A complete lack of natural resources is prompting the urban island city-state of Singapore to generate its own green infrastructure. Its rapidly growing population, which is one-and-a-half times that of the city of Los Angeles but spread across an area half the size, is another driver. And while the green push is most visible in the walls and bays of vegetation that garnish its stock of high-rise apartments and offices, its impact is far deeper. That’s thanks in part to a government-led sustainable-building certification program that aims to green 80 percent of the city-state’s existing building stock by 2030...


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Singapore is a green city role model. Can you imagine if all cities and governments around the world put the same kind of effort as Singapore to make the majority of their buildings green?

 

By the way, Singapore is also leading the way this year so far in Asian outbound foreign investment.

http://www.cbre.com.hk/EN/aboutus/mediacentre/asianews/Pages/Newsflash---Asian-Outbound-Investment-1H-2014.aspx

Clarence Wong's curator insight, September 5, 12:25 PM

Singapore is a green city role model. Can you imagine if all cities and governments around the world put the same kind of effort as Singapore to make the majority of their buildings green?

 

By the way, Singapore is also leading the way this year so far in Asian outbound foreign investment.

http://www.cbre.com.hk/EN/aboutus/mediacentre/asianews/Pages/Newsflash---Asian-Outbound-Investment-1H-2014.aspx

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Bacchus to the future

Bacchus to the future | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
IT IS five o’clock in the morning at the height of California’s harvest season, and the full moon hanging low over the Carneros hills bathes the chardonnay...
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Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea - YouTube

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara. For licensing/usage please contact: licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom
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Interesting to see the length of time it took the sound waves to reach the boat.

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'Beware Ebola': Ignorance of Africa's geography hurting tourism

'Beware Ebola': Ignorance of Africa's geography hurting tourism | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Many travellers see Africa as one big country," Paz Casal, a Spain-based travel and tourism research analyst at Euromonitor, said. "Ebola can damage Africa's economic revival of recent years, resurfacing the continent's negative stereotypes as a place of disease, famine and poverty."


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Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, September 5, 8:46 AM

Ebola is staying limited to a handful of countries. Yes they are in Africa. News flash! Africa is huge.

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Consortium scraps plans to dump waste in Great Barrier Reef

Consortium scraps plans to dump waste in Great Barrier Reef | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Plans to dump 3 million cubic metres of material dredged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef area will be abandoned under changes to already approved plans to expand the Abbot Point coal terminal in Queensland.
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China's Answer To Its Poverty Of Space: Moving Mountains

China's Answer To Its Poverty Of Space: Moving Mountains | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Near the city of Lanzhou, in the mountains of central China, as far as eyesight can carry, the tortured hills are barren. Dozens of excavators claw through the dirt and giant heavy-duty trucks on makeshift roads groan under the strain as they move earth and stone past dormitories of corrugated [...]
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Interesting article about Chinese efforts to move mountains in order to create flat land for residential areas.

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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science

48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) compiled this list of what I deem to be the most useful iPad apps for teaching Geogr...
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Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps - Sydney Morning Herald

Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps - Sydney Morning Herald | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps
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There are many different forces at play in the region, with agendas that sometimes clash and sometimes coincide.
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Interesting and useful article that provides a comprehensive background via maps to the current crisis in the Middle East.

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Geography in the News: Swirling Ocean Garbage Dumps

Geography in the News: Swirling Ocean Garbage Dumps | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Great Swirling Pacific Garbage Patch Ocean pollution is growing at an astonishing rate. On June 1, 2008, two scientists and...
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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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Explainer: what makes the spring equinox?

Explainer: what makes the spring equinox? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s the time of the equinox or more specifically the spring equinox for us in the southern hemisphere. The equinox is a midpoint. It’s around now that day and night become equal in length (but more about…
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The oceans are full of our plastic – here's what we can do about it

The oceans are full of our plastic – here's what we can do about it | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By 2050, 95% of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest sample of marine debris data ever collected anywhere in the…
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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

 

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

 

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


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Christian Allié's comment, August 8, 2013 6:20 AM
"« Le 21ème siècle sera spirituel ou ne sera pas »
"The 21st century will be spiritual or will not"
http://lespoir.jimdo.com/2012/08/31/le-21%C3%A8me-si%C3%A8cle-sera-spirituel-ou-ne-sera-pas/
About cities too........may be !
Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:27 AM

cities of the future....future new human political organizations?

Grd Lyon-millenaire3's comment, August 19, 2013 6:06 AM
It supposes an organization at the world level but which and with whom? Doubtless adds us in a transitional period. The best is yet to come.
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How technology is changing the future of wine-making

How technology is changing the future of wine-making | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"In California the huge E&J Gallo and Mondavi wineries use Nasa technology. From satellites and small planes, pictures are taken using various spectra, such as infrared, which reveal exact conditions on the ground."

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Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf Oil Spill | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Gulf oil spill is recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Stories, photos, and videos from around the world about the spill and its impact on marine life, the Gulf coast, and human communities.
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This Is What Gentrification Really Is

This Is What Gentrification Really Is | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In many cities, it's become popular to hate "gentrifiers," rich people who move in and drive up housing prices -- pushing everyone else out. But what's going on in these rapidly-changing urban spaces is a lot more complicated than that.
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Via Seth Dixon. Interesting discussion with examples from around the world of the factors that might drive and shape gentrification.

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Climbing Mt. Fuji, a World Heritage-Safety and Etiquette Guide

This video shows you the safe climbing and the preservation of environment of Mt. Fuji. The contents are divided into planning, rule and etiquette, equipment...
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A useful resource to stimulate thinking and discussion about the effects of human activity on World heritage areas and mountain environments.

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Concrete solutions to the world’s sanitation problems

Concrete solutions to the world’s sanitation problems | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Two-and-a-half billion people lack access to improved sanitation, but there’s more to sanitation than just toilets (Global lack of toilets afflicting 2.5bn people – UN, 29 August)."

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Asia Society Has Opened Window on China's Environment

Asia Society Has Opened Window on China's Environment | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Since 2007, the China Green project at the Asia Society, based in New York City but with a sizable presence in Hong Kong, has been tracking the mainland's worsening environmental plight." 

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Mining threatens to eat up northern Europe’s last wilderness

Mining threatens to eat up northern Europe’s last wilderness | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Vast network of rivers, lakes and mountains in Finland, Sweden and Norway at risk from being exploited for rare earth and other minerals
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As well as affecting the physical environment, mining will affect the lifestyle of indigenous communities such as the Sami, and will also impact on the tourist industry.

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Wine war in Tuscany as growers warned that vines damage environment - Telegraph.co.uk

Wine war in Tuscany as growers warned that vines damage environment - Telegraph.co.uk | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Wine war in Tuscany as growers warned that vines damage environment Telegraph.co.uk "We're not trying to impose an outright ban on new vineyards, we're just saying that the impact of vineyards on the environment needs to be taken...
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