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Globalization in a Nutshell

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Yeah, it's a commercial, but it's really cool. 


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The hunger wars in our future: Heat, drought, rising food costs, and global unrest

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The physical effects of climate change will prove catastrophic. But the social effects -- food riots, state collapse, mass migrations, and conflicts of every sort -- could prove even more disruptiv...
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Americans Toss Out As Much As 40% of Their Food, Study Says : The Permaculture Project LLC

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Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation

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A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean's subsurface provides clues as to why the Earth's climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns.
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Antarctic started melting before global warming hysteria, study says — RT

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Whilst the theory of global warming has gained many supporters, an international team of scientists has revealed that the Antarctic had been troubled by warm temperatures centuries before the post-industrial age.
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DOE - Fossil Energy: Quick Facts about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

A fact sheet and answers to frequent questions about the Nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
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How Climate Change Got Caught in the Culture Wars - Forbes

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Global annual fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions through year 2007, in million metric tons of carbon. Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge the nation and the world face right now.
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Gentrification spelled out

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As upscale, high-rise condos and hipster bars opened nearby, longtime customers joked: Is this really still “the ’hood”? Not anymore.

 

In a gentrifying neighborhood in Washington D.C. that was historically African-American, Fish in the ’Hood was an iconic restaurant that captured the feel of the area.  Just this May, the storefront restaurant was renamed Fish in the Neighborhood.

Questions to Ponder: Why?  Does it matter?  What does it mean?


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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:36 PM

I read this article after Moss's op-ed piece, and the tactic that White used in order to keep his business is the practical kind of survival tactic that I found missing in Moss's piece. White says, “We’re adjusting, because it’s the only way to survive. I try to look and see what’s around me.” Instead of refusing to adapt his business to the changing environment, White did what a successful businessman should do: satisy the demands of his clientele. His clientele changed, so his business did. Stories about businesses like White's make me less sympathetic to the people who "cry gentrification."

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, March 6, 9:16 AM

This article was a very interesting read. It shines a light that, with a moderate and humble pace, gentrification might not completely dismantle a community's cultural identity. Although this shop-keep is making an attempt at keeping up with the change he see's in the neighborhood, it might not be entirely necessary. 

Bottom line, people who are new to a community should be entering and supporting local businesses that have ties to the neighborhood and not just the kitchy hipster bars that pop up like dandelions in an untended meadow.  

Thea Harvey-Brown's curator insight, April 24, 8:17 AM

This is a great article that focuses on the effects of gentrification on a single restaurant. This personal narrative reveals the lack of control that these originally lower income neighborhoods now face. 

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Global Warming

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles

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Conducting a weather fact scavenger hunt to explore how a warm winter has had effects on plant bloom times and other natural processes.
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National Geographic Magazine Article: El Nino/La Nina--Part 1

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National Geographic explores two of nature's most powerful weather phenomena: El Nino & La Nina. Resources, satellite photos, maps, links, and more.
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National Geographic Magazine

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National Geographic Magazine Online, resource for research, updates, photography, global issues, geography, maps and multimedia.
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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

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Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
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Gentrification spelled out: Fish in the ’Hood renamed Fish in the Neighborhood

Gentrification spelled out: Fish in the ’Hood renamed Fish in the Neighborhood | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
As upscale, high-rise condos and hipster bars opened nearby, longtime customers joked: Is this really still “the ’hood”? Not anymore.
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Cities on Border With Mexico Burdened by Calls for Medical Help

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From San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., requests for assistance have become a drain on the resources of fire departments in cities on the United States border with Mexico.

 

This is a poignant example of how site and situation impact the local geographic factors. 


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 23, 2013 6:36 AM

These border towns should be getting some help from the federal government.  They handle ther calls of all the border medical emergencies from immigrants, both legal and illegal, and from people who left the US to live better in Mexico, but return to the US for medical care and suffer an "event" at the border to get to the hospital faster.  It also hurts the towns own citizens as sometimes these small towns only have one emergency vechile to do all the calls.  Maybe they should be given a grant to expand their emergency services since alot of the calls they take are from a federal source, ie border control.

Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 9:05 AM

This is one factor I never thought about before reading the article. Borders are one of the defining concepts of what constitutes a nation, and yet in emergencies these boundaries can become much more fluid. Of course borders in the first place are a human creation, but I imagine that along any border in the world, someone in dire need would want to get to the closest hospital, even if they're crossing a border to do so. At this point the idea of the authority implicated alongside borders might begin to seem less important. Though this makes me wonder if there are some locations which have international treaties so that local foreign departments may cross the border to help.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 24, 1:43 PM

Medical expenses are a burden on millions of people each and every year. With conditions like this on the border there is no wonder why the Calimex fire department and responders needed funds. They also need to do something about the conditions on the California/Mexican border.

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Africa’s water crisis - Water Is Not a Commodity, It is a Human Right

Africa’s water crisis - Water Is Not a Commodity, It is a Human Right | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

August 23, 2012: CNN - This is the first in a new series of articles for GPS by members of the Africa Progress Panel, a foundation chaired by Kofi Annan.

Recent discoveries of water reserves under some of Africa’s mightiest deserts raise hopes for quenching African thirst. But the reality is much more grim. From parched desert to tropical forest, roughly 40 percent of Africans, mostly the rural poor, will not get access to clean water any time soon, a fact that exacerbates poverty, hunger, and disease. Indeed, every year, dirty water kills an estimated 750,000 African children under the age of five.

And while rich countries worry about obesity, recent droughts in the Sahel and Horn of Africa have forced millions of Africans to flee their ancestral lands in search of food.

)... http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/23/how-to-beat-africas-water-crisis/


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Governance Focus: Nasa scientist's study quantifies climate change link to extreme weather

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RT @TheMichaelMoran: Physical proof of global warming: http://t.co/VX8hm5i3...
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What's Causing Extreme Weather?

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Wondering what's causing all the extreme weather we've seen lately? The short answer, scientists say, is rotten luck and a warmer planet.
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Flexible Urban Planning

mixed used train-tracks/market place...

 

I've used similar videos in my classes and students are usually quite shocked to see how a city like Bangkok, Thailand operates.  I've used this as a 'hook' for lessons of population growth, urbanization, economic development, sustainability, megacities and city planning. 


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 11:38 AM

I found this video disturbing.  Maybe because we have train safety taught to us were they stress that you need to stay away from the tracks, here the people are sitting next to a train track and even have goods for sale that the train drives over.  I think it is interesting how they reclaim the space but the mom in me worries about kids getting run over by the train.

David Week's curator insight, August 12, 3:04 PM

I love this video. Never think that the "third world" is not more dynamic and innovative than the first!

Jeffrey Ing's curator insight, August 13, 2:12 AM

people are not giving up with inflated price of urban land. They adapt and live with it :)

 

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Top 12 Cities for Culture

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Where are the most culturally rich cities in the world? The World Cities Culture Report has named its Top 12 choices. Do you agree with the picks?

 

How do we rank "culture" in lists such as these?  What criteria is preferred and what elements of culture are ignored in this perspective on culture? 


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Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles

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Latitude and Longitude Activity - Middle-High School | Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

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November 2008 Table of Contents - National Geographic Magazine

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Explore the November 2008 issue....
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