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Japan's population to fall by third in 50 years

Japan's population to fall by third in 50 years | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Japan's government yesterday released stark new evidence that the nation is on the brink of a demographic crisis, forecasting that its population will shrink by 30 per cent in the next half-century, while soaring life expectancy will further burden...
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London, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong Lead List of Top 30 Real Estate Investment Cities of the World

London, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong Lead List of Top 30 Real Estate Investment Cities of the World | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
As world leaders gather at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to address global economic challenges, a new report by Jones Lang LaSalle reveals that more than half of all global real estate investment resides in 30 cities.
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Egypt football clash kills scores

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At least 74 people are killed and many injured in clashes between rival football fans in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
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Which is the world's biggest city?

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Which is the biggest city in the world? And why is such a simple question so difficult to answer? (Which is the world's biggest city and hire do you measure?
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Syria rebels gain foothold in Damascus

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The BBC's Jeremy Bowen visits Damascus suburbs that are now in the hands of rebel soldiers, and asks how long President Assad's regime can hold on.
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The new geography of trade: Globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery

The new geography of trade: Globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it

Many hold it as an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges.

At first, the increase in freight costs will be bad news for developed and developing nations alike but, as adjustments in the patterns of trade occur, the result is likely to be decreased outsourcing with more manufacturing and food production jobs in North America and the European Union. The pattern of trade will change as increasing transportation costs outweigh traditional sources of comparative advantage, such as lower wages.


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Unrest at Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica

Unrest at Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Emissions of gas and ash indicate an increase in activity at Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano in January 2010.

 

A new vent opened this month on Turriabla, the easternmost of Costa Rica's active volacanoes.  This false-color, near-infrared satellite image would be an effective teaching tool to discuss the importantce of geospatial technologies to monitor the Earth's surface. 


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:51 AM

This article reminds us of how fragile the earth’s crust can be.  The rock can be ‘rotten’ when it is cooled prematurely due to rain, causing it to fracture more easily.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:56 PM

Using different teaching methods and technologies is a part of every day life. Figuring out new ways to teach students about observing and identifying whats happening in a photo is highly important. This geospatial photograph can be used in many ways. It can be used to note color differences, and realize that this volcano has emissions that can be seen in the picture erupting from it.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:50 PM

(Central America topic 9)

Having a volcano that looms behind your city suddenly come back to life is about as much of a wakeup call as anybody would want. Though in this case it was determined that a major eruption was not immanent, it raises the question as to weighing the risks of living in such areas.  However, to me it seems that living at the base of Turriabla is not much more risky than living in other regions. Costa Ricans may have to deal with volcanoes, but so do those living around Mt. St. Helens, islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and even around Yellowstone. Aside from volcanoes, other environmental risks (floods, droughts, extreme temperatures, hurricanes, blizzards, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.) are other things just as worthy of being revered. So if you're safe from volcanoes, it's still likely you're more at risk from another form of nature's wrath.

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Where in the world is AP Human Geography?

What good is an original without a student-produced parody?


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NationStates | create your own country

NationStates | create your own country | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it

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NationStates is a nation simulation game. Create a nation according to your political ideals and care for its people. Or deliberately oppress them. It's up to you ....


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Filthy Cities - Medieval London -©BBC

Historian Dan Snow investigates what 14th century medieval London and its street were like 700 years ago and recreates what it was like to live and work in t...

 

Lots of potential here for engagement in History/ Geography -story of  pollution and industry, living conditions in medieval London, government, PBL activities. The series covers London , Paris, New York. 


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Team probes rhino's foot mystery

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Scientists attempt to find out how rhinos are able to support their massive weight on their stumpy little feet.
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Mapping Earth's surface in 3D

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The German satellite radar twins - TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X - are a year through their quest to make the most precise, seamless map of varying height on Earth.
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Gates donates $750 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria - CNN.com

Gates donates $750 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria - CNN.com | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
The Gates Foundation will inject $750 million into the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday.
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Russian holds firm against military intervention in Syria

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As diplomats attempted to craft a compromise, Russia remained firm Wednesday in its pledge to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that could open the door for international military intervention in Syria .
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Mobile Phones: Making The World Smaller | New Topics

Mobile Phones: Making The World Smaller | New Topics | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Before the invention of the telephone, it was unimaginable that one could ever actually talk to somebody even twenty miles away. In the world of today, we can't even bring ourselves to picture what life would be like if we could ...
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Respect Thai Culture by not Sunbathing Nude

Respect Thai Culture by not Sunbathing Nude | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
This sign that I spotted on a popular beach really sums it up well: "We kindly request that you respect Thai culture by not sunbathing nude". Thai people are taught from an early age to be modest.

 

Cultural norms differ from place to place, and Thailand has a reputation as a destination for sexual tourism.  While there are numerous cultural norms that many in the West might see as 'relaxed,' that does not mean that they are not more conservative in other ways.  The Thai tourism board is trying to encourage people to come, but to bring some cultural sensitivity for the local norms and customs.--not an easy balance to maintain. 


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Obama Tries to Bypass Congress with Deadly Global Internet Treaty ACTA

Obama Tries to Bypass Congress with Deadly Global Internet Treaty ACTA | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is more dangerous than SOPA or PIPA; Obama wants bypass Congress and enact it as an executive agreement.
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Iran to take Action Against the West by Banning Oil Exports to the EU?

Iran to take Action Against the West by Banning Oil Exports to the EU? | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
The Iranian government will debate a law to halt all oil exports to the EU, following the strong trade sanctions imposed on them. (MT @oilandenergy: Iran to take Action Against the West by Banning Oil Exports to the EU?
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Solar power cheaper than fossil fuels for 1.3 billion people

Solar power cheaper than fossil fuels for 1.3 billion people | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it

"Here in the U.S., we're used to thinking about solar power as one of those happy eco-friendly things that we'd all totally be using except for the fact that it's so much more expensive than fossil fuels. In the developing world, though, it's exactly the opposite: solar power is gaining ground with 1.3 billion people simply because it's the cheapest way to go." 

 

Geographic thinking begins with erasing some old assumptions.  Just because something is true in a given time and place, does not make it true in all times and in all places. 


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Jen Smith's comment, January 30, 2012 2:25 PM
With huge successes with solar power like this in Africa, the poorest continent in the world, it makes me really honestly wonder what is taking the United States so long to at least -try- to implement some sort of energy solution such as this. Relying on fossil fuel forever is just not feasible.
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The Sargasso Sea

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Located entirely within the Atlantic Ocean, is the only sea without a land boundary (nice little trivia tidbit--Its shifting borders are defined by ocean currents).  So if these waters are a part of the Atlantic Ocean, then why do these waters deserve their own name?  What is distinct about the Saragasso Sea? 


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The Millennials: Infographic

The Millennials: Infographic | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it

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Megan Paux's comment, January 30, 2012 2:17 PM
I feel like I should be offended by being so categorized as a generaton, but strangely I'm not. I think this graphic accurately represents people my age.
Kyle M Norton's comment, January 30, 2012 2:44 PM
Gen X is going to have a lot of problems to fix that was left for them by their ancestors
LMullen's comment, February 2, 2012 5:14 PM
Interesting to see that the millennials were the least green, its pushed so heavily now.
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Know the Romans! An Excellent website for everything Roman!

Know the Romans! An Excellent website for everything Roman! | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
An Exceptional website for Videos, Games, Quizzes and Facts on the Romans!

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Could hypersonic flight become a reality?

Could hypersonic flight become a reality? | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Work has begun on a passenger aircraft that could fly from Europe to Australia in four hours. Will it ever become a reality?
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Bright light, big pity

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Few people in the UK now have a clear view of the night sky because of light pollution. The fight is on to reclaim the night, but what are the solutions?
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Tensions flare over Falkland Islands - CNN.com

Tensions flare over Falkland Islands - CNN.com | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Politicians from Argentina and the United Kingdom are ratcheting up their rhetoric over the Falkland Islands.
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