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Where Has All the Water Gone?

Where Has All the Water Gone? | Geography is my World | Scoop.it

"Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, Central Asia's shrinking Aral Sea has reached a new low, thanks to decades-old water diversions and a more recent drought." 


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Water Scarcity

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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 6:43 PM

Very interesting stuff here on how the lake is evaporating.  It never dawned on me about water evaporating and the salt remaining. Its funny how this article went from lake disappearances to don't buy Uzbek cotton! Way to sneak in the political plug.

Molly McComb's curator insight, March 21, 3:30 PM

This aerial photograph shows the difference in water levels in the Aral Sea. As this lake continues to dry out, countless numbers of fishing villages have been destroyed and left without a means to create income. 

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 4:03 PM

We talked about this in class and shocking is not a word I use often, but this has had a devastating impact on local farmers. Not only is the lake almost completely dried up, the salt left behind has been blown across to farms, already suffering from lack of irrigation, to further erode their ability to grow crops. Adding insult to injury, the other chemicals in the dried salt flats are hampering farmers efforts to grow their crops. Once the fourth largest lake in the world, it is only a matter of time before it dries up completely.

What can we do about it? Stop buying Uzbek cotton and demanding that retailers stop selling it, according to the article. This is a marker we as a civilization should pay close attention to as the supply of water on earth is not infinite and should be used efficiently. Water is clearly becoming a commodity more valuable than oil, we should give it the respect it deserves by implementing zero sum usage by corporations and farmers. We also need to hold governments accountable for their actions and apply sanctions if necessary.

 

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The globalisation of work - and people

The globalisation of work - and people | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Thanks to our connected world, now employees have become globalised, not just the companies they work for, writes Prof Lynda Gratton (BBC News - The globalisation of work - and people http://t.co/7YQSQ6Jvww)...
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Tony Hall's curator insight, September 25, 2014 12:25 AM

This raises lots of issues. Perfect for the HL Geography core units on Globalisation & Time-Space Convergence.

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People's Climate March call for global action ahead of United Nations meeting - amNY

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International Business Times People's Climate March call for global action ahead of United Nations meeting amNY Supporters of the People's Climate March said the huge turnout would be instrumental in getting UN dignitaries to meaningfully work on...
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All That Is Solid ...: Does Globalisation Breed Nationalism?

All That Is Solid ...: Does Globalisation Breed Nationalism? | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
A Very Public Sociologist - Does Globalisation Breed Nationalism? http://t.co/r9AxP6HIEG
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The world as it is: The influence of religion

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"Seldom has it been more important for Americans to form a realistic assessment of the world scene. But our current governing, college-­educated class suffers one glaring blind spot.

Modern American culture produces highly individualistic career and identity paths for upper- and middle-class males and females. Power couples abound, often sporting different last names. But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer culture, educated Americans are often widely traveled but not deeply rooted in obligation to a particular physical place, a faith or a kinship."


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Evan Margiotta's curator insight, March 18, 12:26 PM

With the rise and fall of human civilizations have come the rise and fall of religions as well. Americans have grown unaware of the  beliefs and teachings of other religions. They do not know the difference between ethnic and universalizing religions. They do not know that Islam is the fastest expanding religion in the world even though Christianity still has the most followers. Unit 3 Culture

Molly McComb's curator insight, March 21, 3:57 PM

This article shows how religion affects the world around us and its importance in governments. Especially in the middle east (Saudi Arabia), countries often import factors of their major religion into their government. 

Cade Bruce's curator insight, March 22, 6:48 PM

It is interesting how associated with religion some places are, and how it can influence the majority of the things they do. Here in America, I have no large religious obligations, and people can exist independent of them. However that is not the case for the rest of the world like Russia and the Middle East. Religions has influenced humanity in many ways in many places. This belongs under the category of Religion and sacred space, because it deals with religion.

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Scottish Independence: New flag for UK?

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Members of the Flag Institute have created designs for what the Union Flag could look like in the event of independence

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 13, 2014 4:58 PM

I've already posted various links this week on Scottish independence and what it might mean, but I think these two are also worth considering.  Flags are the great icons of state identity, and a UK without Scotland might reconsider it iconography.  This links to an article from the Telegraph and a photogallery with 12 'candidate flags' for a UK that does not include Scotland.  Why might some resist the idea of creating a new national symbol?


Tags: devolutionhistorical, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political, UK.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, February 12, 6:03 PM

The UK flag is known for representing a union between England and Scotland. It's known as the "Union Jack." The white on the UK flag represents peace peace and honesty and the blue represents loyalty and truth. It's a shame that those two colors have to change to Black and Yellow which I don't know what those colors would represent. If you put a Scottish flag with a UK flag, you won't find any yellow or black so I believe that Scotland is trying to exclude England and Scotland's alike colors such as blue and white and try to create a stronger equal union with England.

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How well do you know the world? Play Geoguessr to find out!

How well do you know the world? Play Geoguessr to find out! | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Think you're a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s Geoguessr – the game that proves how well you know the world!
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Challenge yourself!

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It’s Settled: No Country Does Water Management Better Than the Netherlands – Next City

It’s Settled: No Country Does Water Management Better Than the Netherlands – Next City | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Hollands massive “Room for the River” project will forever change how we think of mitigating floods.
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‘J&K floods grim reminder of climate change’

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Unprecedented rains, unplanned urbanisation are behind the J&K floods, the Delhi-based environment research and advocacy organisation said.
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Infographic: The Global Carbon Budget | World Resources Institute

Infographic: The Global Carbon Budget | World Resources Institute | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Learn more about the global carbon budget.
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Is climate change key to the spread of Ebola?

Is climate change key to the spread of Ebola? | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists warn, as the deadly disease ravages West Africa.
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The 26-Year-Old Woman Who Got Silicon Valley to Disclose Gender Data - Vocativ

The 26-Year-Old Woman Who Got Silicon Valley to Disclose Gender Data - Vocativ | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
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This week for the first time, Apple released data showing the gender and racial breakdown of its workforce—and it wasn't flattering.
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The Geography of Poverty and Migration

The Geography of Poverty and Migration | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
The poor, whom we expect to move in order to improve, tend to stay put. (1 would think it'd be the reverse.
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13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

Common misconceptions about climate change. Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe References below: For CO2, sea levels, Arctic sea ice, Antarctic and Greenland land ice: http://climate.nasa....
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Emma Watson latest celeb to use star power to help women

Emma Watson latest celeb to use star power to help women | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
With her U.N. speech, actress Emma Watson joins a cadre of celebrities who are using their star power to bring attention to gender issues.
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Some interesting issues raised in Gender Inequality here

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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I like the 'not that hard, though' tag.

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 8, 2014 9:53 PM

::sigh::

This is very upsetting to me. Not only as a Geography student but also as a future teacher. It is sad that in this 2014 technology driven,google everything age that simple mistakes like these can be made and then left unattended to. This Buzzfeed article shows one to many adults that need to retake a geography class or at least look at a map that has been proofread by someone with some credibility.

 

This main image speak volumes NO CNN Hong Kong is not in South America. My only hope is that someone in a control room at this station quickly clarified this silly "mix up". My other hope, if I may get two is that no children saw this and now believed that China somehow found it's way to where Brazil "was".

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 2014 2:28 PM

Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 11:33 AM

Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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Max Minard's curator insight, March 22, 9:04 PM

This map shows the average age for every country based on its own individual population. It even provides the oldest and youngest countries with Niger being the youngest country on average and Germany and Japan tied for the oldest country on average. certain patterns can be seen on the map such as the green areas (teens as median age) being mainly centered is almost all of Africa. The other areas are in the twenties. Based on this information, one can safely assume that the average global ages correlates with the relative development of each country and it s success in domestic health care. Having this allows for their population to have a larger life expectancy and therefore a higher average age based on its overall population. 

Kristen Trammell's curator insight, March 23, 12:05 PM

I. Using the data from CIA Facebook, global post created a map illustrating the median ages of countries around the world. The world’s fifteen youngest countries are all located in Africa. The high number of teenagers in developed countries leads to youth unemployment which leads to the countries being “hampered by weak economies.” 

 

II. The distribution of ages effects countries by “weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.” Although countries with a fixed population of a young age can be detrimental, a country with an aging population can lead to a declining birth rate. This leads to labor shortages in the future which additionally stifles the economy.  

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 7:08 PM

Demographics seemingly started with age as a metric many years ago and have evolved into marketing tools, political footballs, and ways to combat everything from obesity to social security. Africa is clearly the youngest and probably for a very morbid reason; AIDS and Ebola among other diseases have taken their toll on the sexually active and thus have reduced the average age of their population.

Germany seems to be the place to go for a job as the labor shortage will mean higher wages for the folks who are left. Japan has another issue; a healthy aging population that will strain the government's ability to financially take care of them.

I wonder if the unevenness of Europe is an indication of the two World wars that were fought mostly on the turf. Did some countries lose more than others? If more soldiers, presumably of baby making age, perished did this affect the countries ability to keep pace with the Germany's and Spain's of Europe?

Diet seems to play a large part as well as the Mediterranean is well represented in terms of age. Does their healthy diet of fish, nuts, legumes and olive oil make a difference?

I could spend all day postulating, but I'll leave some of the findings for you to discover...

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The world's happiest nations, in one map

The world's happiest nations, in one map | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
Gallup's well-being data takes a comprehensive look at 135 countries.
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Dealing with Drought: Making Tough (and Smart) Choices for Overcoming Water Scarcity

Dealing with Drought: Making Tough (and Smart) Choices for Overcoming Water Scarcity | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
As extreme or exceptional drought conditions become the new baseline in many areas, utilities and municipalities are being encouraged to embrace new technologies or reconsider old ones in order to combat the increasing water scarcity.
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Last decade's slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly

Last decade's slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly | Geography is my World | Scoop.it
A hiatus in global warming ongoing since 2001 is due to a combination of a natural cooling phase, known as multidecadal variability (MDV) and a downturn of the secular warming trend. The exact causes of the latter, unique in the entire observational record going back to 1850, are still to be identified, ...

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Comparing the five major world religions

"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam."


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Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 2014 9:13 AM

Great insight into our 5 major world religions.

Brett Laskowitz's curator insight, January 28, 12:06 PM

This is also a good introductory video for the Religion unit.  It will at least give students a general overview of the major world religions as a baseline of information to reference when diving deeper into the unit content.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 1, 10:10 AM

unit 3

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American Cities Can Now Be Divided Into 4 Different Categories, Depending On ... - Business Insider

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