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Is School Enough? | PBS

Is School Enough? | PBS | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
s School Enough? continues the national conversation filmmaker Stephen Brown began with Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, a documentary that explored how exceptional educators are helping students use digital media to connect, create...
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Rim fire now the fourth-largest blaze in California history

Rim fire now the fourth-largest blaze in California history | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park became the fourth-largest blaze in California history as it grew to 348 square miles Sunday, officials said.
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Yosemite Fire's Destruction Mapped in Beautiful, Frightening Color - Wired Science

Yosemite Fire's Destruction Mapped in Beautiful, Frightening Color - Wired Science | Geography is my World | Scoop.it

The progression of the Rim fire into Yosemite National Park has been strong, steady, and scary, fueled by extra-arid conditions after an exceptionally dry winter in California. This map shows the growth particularly well, with each color representing the area burned each day.


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Warming slowdown linked to Pacific

Warming slowdown linked to Pacific | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Researchers say that the hiatus in global temperatures over the past 15 years can be explained by colder waters in the tropical Pacific.
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Net migration to UK 'shows increase'

Net migration to UK 'shows increase' | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Net migration to the UK - the difference between people coming to and leaving the country - slightly increased last year, official statistics suggest.
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Globalisation linked to rash of food scares

Globalisation linked to rash of food scares | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Recent recalls from firms in US and New Zealand highlight food industry's reliance on imports.

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Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D

Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
A new kind of skyline.

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Falling Birth Rates? Demographics, ageing population. Impact ...

Falling Birth Rates? Demographics, ageing population. Impact ... | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
www.globalchange.com Impact on demographics of falling birth rate in EU, America, Canada, Japan, India, China, Asia, Africa. Affects.

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Japan's demographic trap | Financial Info & Financial News

Japan's demographic trap | Financial Info & Financial News | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Tags: An aging population, flush, Lower interest rates, national debt, nuclear energy, the Federal Reserve ... For such a serious export-dependent countries, this is a dangerous situation changes. ...

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Demographic change and housing wealth | News | Royal Institution ...

Demographic change and housing wealth | News | Royal Institution ... | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors News - Demographic change and housing wealth - The European Housing Forum (EHF), co-chaired by RICS, has organised its second lecture in the EHF Lecture Series 2012.

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China's one-child policy creates massive gender imbalance

The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...

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Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:28 PM

This video gives a summary of the extreme consequences the "one-child policy" China has set in place. There are so many more men than women now, many are left to be bachelors for life. Many Chinese women are moving into the city looking for a rich and powerful man, and they succeed because there men are eager to marry. The Chinese have always had a preference for male children over female children. Now that the difference in population in so high, the government has made it illegal for doctors to tell parents the sex of their child before birth. This is a great example of the different kinds of culture that exist on the other side of the world. 

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The one child policy, a part of the family planning policy, was a population planning policy of China. It was introduced in 1979 and began to be formally phased out in 2015. According to the Chinese government, 400 million births were prevented. This policy has created a massive gender imbalance because the Chinese prefer boys over girls and with only 1 child allowed, many girls abortion have occurred. The number of boys over girls are at a shocking ratio of 177 boys to 100 girls. This caused a re-evaluation of the policy in November 2013, and in 2015, it was reported that the existing law would be changed to a two-child policy.
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The one child policy, a part of the family planning policy, was a population planning policy of China. It was introduced in 1979 and began to be formally phased out in 2015. According to the Chinese government, 400 million births were prevented. This policy has created a massive gender imbalance because the Chinese prefer boys over girls and with only 1 child allowed, many girls abortion have occurred. The number of boys over girls are at a shocking ratio of 177 boys to 100 girls. This caused a re-evaluation of the policy in November 2013, and in 2015, it was reported that the existing law would be changed to a two-child policy.
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Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations

Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:10 AM

It is interesting to find out that in this specific article there is controversy over the looting of tombs over 5,000 years ago as soon as the deceased were buried there were many more looting acts taken place. The Arab spring is an important landmark to think of when relating this to the reading.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:51 AM

This describes human characteristics that defined this region because it shows how ancient artifacts are being unearthed through new-age technology.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:49 AM

Space archaeology only makes sense.  If we have the capability for satellites to take pictures of earth from above why shouldn't it be used for archaeological analysis?  I am sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what we will see in the future from this specific field. This article/video just lends more credibility to the fact that Archaeology should function as an interdisciplinary field.

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Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal

Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal | Geography is my World | Scoop.it

The Rim Fire is one of more than 30 blazes currently churning across the West. And a combination of higher temperatures, untamed underbrush, less rain, and more developments in the region means that the number and intensity of wildfires is likely to increase in the coming years, says Don Wuebbles, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.

 

“This probably is the new normal,” he says.


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After the Fire: The Uncertain Future of Yosemite's Forests | Wired Science

After the Fire: The Uncertain Future of Yosemite's Forests | Wired Science | Geography is my World | Scoop.it

For nearly two weeks, the nation has been transfixed by wildfire spreading through Yosemite National Park, threatening to pollute San Francisco’s water supply and destroy some of America’s most cherished landscapes. As terrible as the Rim Fire seems, though, the question of its long-term effects, and whether in some ways it could actually be ecologically beneficial, is a complicated one.

 

Some parts of Yosemite may be radically altered, entering entire new ecological states. Yet others may be restored to historical conditions that prevailed for for thousands of years from the last Ice Age’s end until the 19th century, when short-sighted fire management disrupted natural fire cycles and transformed the landscape.

 

In certain areas, “you could absolutely consider it a rebooting, getting the system back to the way it used to be,” said fire ecologist Andrea Thode of Northern Arizona University. “But where there’s a high-severity fire in a system that wasn’t used to having high-severity fires, you’re creating a new system.”

 

The Rim Fire now covers 300 square miles, making it the largest fire in Yosemite’s recent history and the sixth-largest in California’s. It’s also the latest in a series of exceptionally large fires that over the last several years have burned across the western and southwestern United States.

 

Fire is a natural, inevitable phenomenon, and one to which western North American ecologies are well-adapted, and even require to sustain themselves. The new fires, though, fueled by drought, a warming climate and forest mismanagement — in particular the buildup of small trees and shrubs caused by decades of fire suppression — may reach sizes and intensities too severe for existing ecosystems to withstand.

 

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Keeping Pakistan’s high fertility in check - DAWN.COM

Keeping Pakistan’s high fertility in check - DAWN.COM | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
While contraceptives do help with family planning, what really helps is preventing women from marrying very young. (Fertility rates in #Pakistan -- I wonder how much urbanisation also has to do with decline in fertility rates?
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Gender and Prosperity in Cities

An examination of the gender dimensions of the defining characteristics of a prosperous city i.e. its productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equity and social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
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Climate-friendly urban regeneration: Lessons from Japan - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Climate-friendly urban regeneration: Lessons from Japan - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Two UNU-IAS academics look to Japan as they examine the potential role of urban regeneration in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Six dead in Indonesian eruption

Six dead in Indonesian eruption | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
A volcano erupts on an Indonesian island, spewing hot ash on to a nearby beach and killing four adults and two children.

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World's Hurricane Tracks

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"170 Years of the World’s Hurricane Tracks on One Dark and Stormy Map."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 2013 10:00 AM

What physical forces create hurricanes?  What spatial patterns are evident? How does this map impact settlement patterns or hazard mitigation efforts? 


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:18 PM

Hurricanes are most frequent in the late summer early fall season. This is because the air and water are mixing cold and hot temperatures and this is what forms the hurricanes to happen. This map does show that the most often hurricanes are near India and China etc. 

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3 U.S. Cities Are Among the World's Most Vulnerable to Flood Disasters

3 U.S. Cities Are Among the World's Most Vulnerable to Flood Disasters | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
The geography of where rising sea levels will likely cost us the most.

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Scott Langston's curator insight, August 27, 2013 8:57 AM

Global warming, sea level rises and flooding....

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Demographic futures: addressing inequality and diversity among older

Demographic futures: addressing inequality and diversity among older | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
New Paradigms in Public Policy ... The dominant paradigm about Britain's demographic future focuses on the rapid ageing of the population combined with shrinking numbers of younger people of working age due to falling fertility in the recent past.

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Australian census: women are living longer, and on less

Australian census: women are living longer, and on less | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Rafal Chomik works for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research which receives funding from the ARC. The Conversation provides independent analysis and commentary from academics and ...

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Britain 'woefully' under-prepared for rising number of elderly people

Britain 'woefully' under-prepared for rising number of elderly people | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Lords highlight policy failures over aging population and advise pensions review in raft of adaptations to older 'customers' Britain is "woefully under-prepared" to cope with an expected explosion of older people and ministers need to respond by...

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