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Talk point: is water a commodity or a human right?

Talk point: is water a commodity or a human right? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
In this month's podcast we'll be discussing the pressure on water resources. We want to hear your thoughts
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High level debate surrounding the key question of how we treat water in a globalalised world.

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Extended reading from the Geography Department at Stretford High School, Manchester, UK. Aimed primarily at our students but also a space for wider geographical debate about our ever changing planet.
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Research Assistant, Volcanic Hazards, Elaine Smid @lavabombs: A Day in the GeoLife Series - Rock-Head Sciences

Research Assistant, Elaine Smid, describes her volcanic hazards work in New Zealand.
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Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island

Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A volcanic eruption in Tonga in January leads to the creation of a new island in the Pacific, some 500m across and 250m high.
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UK energy mix: Where does our power come from?

UK energy mix: Where does our power come from? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
We are using more and more sources of energy to provide power in the UK, but what are they and how have they changed over time?
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World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.
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Los Angeles Gets Serious About Preparing for the "Big One" - Eos

Los Angeles Gets Serious About Preparing for the "Big One" - Eos | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A large earthquake in southern California could devastate Los Angeles. To help reduce the city's risks, one scientist spent last year working in the LA mayor's office.
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Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it

"I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:

People and cultures are different all over the world.People and cultures are the same all over the world.

These points may seem like a contradiction, but when put into proper context they teach important truths about culture."


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Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 9:48 PM

Unit 3:

Shines insight on stereotypes that are commonly used throughout the world. Reading this article really made me think about stereotypes that are so commonly used they are considered acceptable. It's a ridiculous idea to think that all people under a culture act and behave the same way. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 12:06 PM

UNIT 3 CULTURE

This article is written to compare and contrast various ways to teach young school children about global cultures. On one hand, we can relate all cultures to each other, due to their common goals and views. For example, all families around the world aim to do what's best for each other, love and cherish one another, and try their hardest to succeed economically. On the other hand, cultures are extremely different around the world, with different music, clothing, and underlying views on life. We can continue to say that popular culture has diffused so greatly, with advanced technologies and means of transportation, so it has influenced and homogenized our landscape quite a bit. Folk culture is obviously still a powerful force, but popular culture does have some effects around the world. I believe that children need to understand the importance of maintaining diversity thy preserving folk culture but they also need to acknowledge the pros and cons of the global diffusion of popular culture and how it connects us at a global scale. 

Danielle Smith's curator insight, April 12, 12:21 AM

I think Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference is a helpful article for teachers to read. This article considers ideas I constantly come back to, whilst collecting resources and ideas for teaching students about cultural diversity and identity. How do I teach students, that ‘people and cultures are different all over the world’ (Dixon, 2015, April 2), but also the same?

Dixon suggests that we need to teach that people and cultures worldwide are the SAME and DIFFERENT simultaneously.  In this way, students can appreciate the rich diversity of cultures and societies, whilst at the same time learning values of humanity and empathy, which unite us all.

 

I believe by recognising and appreciating the rich cultures of students in the classroom, we can explore and learn about cultural diversity in an honest, rich and non-stereotypical way and allow students to feel valued at the same time. In addition, as students know each other, this helps them relate to ‘people from other places, who speak other languages’ and follow different religions to their own (Dixon, 2015, April 2). Furthermore, this should help increase intercultural understanding in the classroom by developing a ‘socially cohesive’ environment that ‘respects, and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity’ (MYCEETA, p. 7).

 

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Dixon, S. (2015, April 2). Teaching cultural empathy: Stereotypes, world views and cultural difference. National Geographic. Retrieved April 7, 2015, http: http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/04/teaching-cultural-empathy-stereotypes-world-views-and-cultural-difference/

 

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs. (2008, December). Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians. Melbourne: Author. 

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The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics - YouTube

The Earth is formed by accretion of spatial particulates and large masses and eventually forms an outer crust. Video follows with speculation of early plates...
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An insightful video into tectonic plates.

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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1% | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland
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Gates foundation annual letter: what do you think of their vision?

Gates foundation annual letter: what do you think of their vision? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Carla Kweifio-Okai: Do you think the goals outlined by Bill and Melinda Gates are achievable? Share your thoughts
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Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild': An all too rare story of a woman on a solo adventure

Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild': An all too rare story of a woman on a solo adventure | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
There is a scene in the film Wild in which Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) runs out of food in the middle of nowhere and is forced to hitch a ride into town with a farm worker, an overweight middle-aged guy in a pick-up truck. Is he creepy? Is something awful about to happen to her? We’re not sure, but he makes a few possibly untoward comments and, as Witherspoon edges into the passenger seat, she blusters nervously about her “husband”, who has gone ahead and is waiting for her, “ju
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UK prepares for solar eclipse impact on electricity grid

UK prepares for solar eclipse impact on electricity grid | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Event expected to trigger huge downturn in power demand as people go outside to watch, as well as sudden removal of solar power from electricity supply
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New nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C is approved

New nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C is approved | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Energy Secretary Ed Davey gives the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict – and it will trigger more war in future

Climate change key in Syrian conflict – and it will trigger more war in future | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Climate change was a key driver of the Syrian uprising, according to research which warns that global warming is likely to unleash more wars in the coming decades, with Eastern Mediterranean countries such as Jordan and Lebanon particularly at risk.
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Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist

Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Surge in wind power sees share of electricity from renewable sources double between 2010 and 2013, driving down carbon emissions
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Motorsport Valley – the home of Formula 1

Motorsport Valley – the home of Formula 1 | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
BBC Sport takes a look at what attracts many of the F1 teams to 'Motorsport Valley', as they prepare for their 'home' grand prix.
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Worldwide Country Comparison

Worldwide Country Comparison | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it

"MyLifeElsewhere allows you to compare your home country with different countries around the world. Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born somewhere else?"


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HG Académie de Rennes's curator insight, January 31, 1:56 AM

Un site d'une grande simplicité d'utilisation bien qu'en anglais. Le principe est de choisir deux pays dans un menu déroulant pour en comparer les principaux indicateurs de développement sous la forme de petites infographies très pédagogiques.
La comparaison est évidemment un processus de raisonnement à mettre en place pour situer et caractériser en géographie. On songera ainsi à l'utilisation d'un tel outil dans le cadre de l'étude des inégalités de développement en classe de 5e et de Seconde, mais aussi pour une mise en perspective sur les Territoires dans la mondialisation en classe de 4e afin de caractériser un PMA, un pays émergent, un pays développé (cf. exemple réalisé pour l'illustration).

Dernière information sur ce site, les statistiques utilisées proviennent des bases de données open source de la CIA américaine.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, February 7, 7:51 PM

After studying this comparison tool and using it to find the best of the best and worst of the worst, I picked out some highlights I'd like to share. Monaco is clearly the place to be born, earn, and live. When compared to the USA, the infant mortality rate is 71% less, the life expectancy is 10 years longer @ 84, and you'll earn 62% more money, no doubt because you have ten more years in which to do so. I believe the stats may be skewed a bit in this country comparison as the very rich live there and they have access to the best medical care, and probably don't have very many infants with them when they make the move from elsewhere, hence the low infant mortality rate. Austria is not a bad second choice as you are 33% less likely to be unemployed. On a sobering note, the life expectancy if you live in Namibia is only 52! Yikes, I'm already 53... It's far worse however in Swaziland. The life expectancy is sadly only 50.5 years and you are 44 times more likely to have AIDS than if you lived here. 26.5% of the population has AIDS! Be thankful for where you live and stop complaining, it's far worse on average in nearly all other countries.

Monika Fleischmann's curator insight, February 15, 4:59 AM
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Did you know that with 1/30th the territory of the United States, Norway still has over 25% more coastline?  I didn't either until I compared Norway to the United States using My Life Elsewhere.  This site is designed allow United States students to imagine how their lives might be different if they were born in a different part of the world.  Students would probably die 21 years earlier if they were born in Liberia and 11 times more likely to have died in infancy.   Students would be 43.8% less likely to grow up and be unemployed and have 36.3% less babies if they were born in Taiwan.  This side-by-side format is a great way to help students help make these statistics real and meaningful.  One major drawback: this site only allows users to compare a country to the United States.  If you prefer to have students compare, say Cuba to the United Arab Emirates, I would recommend that you try If It Where My Home. 


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Risk of supervolcano eruption big enough to 'affect the world' far greater than thought, scientists say

Risk of supervolcano eruption big enough to 'affect the world' far greater than thought, scientists say | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
The eruption of a “supervolcano” hundreds of times more powerful than conventional volcanoes – with the potential to wipe out civilisation as we know it – is more likely than previously thought, a study has found.
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'Conflict free' minerals from the DRC will only be possible if companies stay

'Conflict free' minerals from the DRC will only be possible if companies stay | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
New legislation for the disclosure of conflict minerals in companies' supply chains is prompting many to leave the troubled DRC, but change will only happen if they stay
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Sustainable development goals: changing the world in 17 steps – interactive

Sustainable development goals: changing the world in 17 steps – interactive | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
The MDGs expire this year and the SDGs begin. But what are the SDGs all about?
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Human Development Index (HDI)

Human Development Index (HDI) | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it

"This map shows Human Development Index (HDI) for 169 countries in the World. The HDI is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standard of living for countries worldwide. The HDI sets a minimum and a maximum for each dimension, called goalposts, and then shows where each country stands in relation to these goalposts, expressed as a value between 0 and 1, where greater is better. The Human Development Index (HDI) measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development: health, knowledge and standard of living."

 

Tags: development, statistics, worldwide.


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Bharat Employment's curator insight, January 22, 11:56 PM

www.bharatemployment.com

Jason Schneider's curator insight, January 27, 3:11 PM

The reason why most of Africa and southern Asia has a low Human Development Index is because Africa and southern Asia has a high homelessness rate in comparison to other places and also, their economy is not as strong as Russia's, United States' or Europe's. It is cliché that Africa is mostly known for it's natural environments. Also, the Urban population in Africa is not as much as the Urban population in North America, South America, Europe, Russia and Australia.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 30, 10:23 AM

A bit old, but still useful info...