Competing territorial claims have led to maritime disputes off the coast of Asia. See a map of the islands at issue.
This is an nice interactive map that allows the reader to explore current geopolitical conflicts that are about controlling islands. This is an good source to use when introducing Exclusive Economic Zones, which is often the key strategic importance of small, lightly populated islands.
These days Americans are moving to cities around the country when they retire. The most popular destinations now include Phoenix, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Dallas, fast-growing metros in the Sunbelt.
Shifting mobility patterns matter because retirees help magnet cities prosper. Americans who relocate when their careers end are generally wealthier and healthier than those who stay put.
Their home purchases and other spending invigorate the local housing market and broader economy. They pay local property and sales taxes but don’t use many government services, at least in the short-run before they need long-term care. Many retirees serve their communities by volunteering at local nonprofits.
It seems likely that the competition will heat up as the wave of retiring boomers intensifies. Texas is the top state for population increase from migration offering both jobs and sunshine.
"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."
Tags: gender, folk culture, China, podcast, culture, population.
This article focuses on the theme of globalization and how it is affecting us more than ever. In the image above there are two world maps both maps are showing where in the world the restaurants can be found and how many locations are in each country; the data is shown by using a proportional symbol map. Below the MacDonald’s map there is a graph that shows the relationship between the major fast-food companies and the money they make. As indicated MacDonald’s is making nearly four times as much more money as its closest competitor. The graph on the bottom right corner of the map shows the growth of Starbucks worldwide from 1987-2003; as you can see the locations grow astronomically starting around 1999. Although Starbucks has 6,600 locations around the world its annual income is only about $4.1 billion dollars whereas MacDonald’s is over 40 billion, just by doing simple math that shows MacDonald’s must around 40,000 locations worldwide. The purpose of this map is to show how massive corporations like fast food chains are linking the world’s population together one country at a time.
This map relates greatly to what I am doing in Human Geography in unit one. Firstly the type of map used is a thematic map, thematic maps are a type of map we focused on in class, specifically these maps are a proportional symbol maps. Proportional symbol maps use symbols of different sizes to represent data associated with different areas or locations within the map. In this case the maps of both Starbucks and MacDonald’s show the worldwide locations of these chains and the amount of stores located in each country. By analyzing the map if you look at the locations of these stores in relation to the map the bulk of stores are located in the more modernized world, with little to no stories located in Africa. This is caused by the extreme poverty in most African countries; fast food chains would be too expensive for most Africans to buy. Also if you look at the relationship between population and the amount of locations in relation to population you can see the two locations with the most stores (the United States and China) have to of the greatest populations in the world. Also this map indicated how the stores have spread through expansion diffusion specifically through hierarchal diffusion throughout the world first traveling to countries with bigger populations. The only downside to this map is in areas like Europe where the countries are so dense it is hard to make out which symbol relates to which country.
This map is a great indication of how the world is becoming more globalized every single day, with a new MacDonald’s and Starbucks opening every day soon if not now every single person in the world will be able to show you where to find either of the fast food chains anywhere in the world.
"International Networks Archive / Map of the Month." International Networks Archive / Map of the Month. Geography Education (Scoop It), 03 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Oct. 2012. <http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/starbucks.html>.
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The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN recently released population data indicating the midline estimate - more than 10.8 billion by 2100 - is 800 million higher than the 2010 prediction.
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Of course population isn’t the only factor contributing to humans’ planetary impact. Consumption may be equally important when looking at the drivers of environmental change across the Earth. Nevertheless, population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...
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Presenting the results of recent population research, “80% of Americans Live Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks” verifies that 80% of America’s population does indeed live 20 miles from a Frappuccino. James Davenport used Starbucks locational data for the United States in conjunction with a real estate computer mapping program, and then triangulated to create a map of Starbucks clusters around the country. Students at the University of Washington then created different-sized radii around the locations, and calculated the population percentage living within the radii to discover this interesting reality.
The fact that so many live in the vicinity of Starbucks locations is actually quite predictable considering the nature of hierarchical diffusion. Hierarchical diffusion involves the diffusion (spreading of something over space and time) of a phenomenon firstly to the biggest cities and then to progressively smaller and less populated areas, to those at the bottom of the social hiearchy. This is a type of expansion diffusion, but with specific properties (those described above), meaning that when Starbucks shops move across the country, they still remain in their original locations. The distance decay effect, where places farther away are less likely to be impacted, does not exist in the Starbucks case, as the company will install themselves wherever there are high numbers of customers with money. It is no wonder that so many reside near a Starbucks becase the corporation has purposely established their locations in the most densely populated areas to maximize revenue and profit.
The interpolated dot map above shows that the highest concentrations of Starbucks locations are found in large cities (near New York, San Francisco, etc.), which is a common characteristic of anything that has diffused hierarchically. Before our very eyes, the ubiquity of Starbucks is becoming a reality: and it makes for a perfect example of hiearchial diffusion in the modern world.
(Dai, Serena. The Atlantic Wire. October 4th, 2012. October 8th, 2012.)
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