“ The kind of food crises that helped spark the Arab Spring will occur every 30 years instead of every century thanks to climate change and population increases, according to a new report.”
Via Cathryn Wellner
“Why is the US the only industrialized nation with a rising rate of maternal mortality? Supermodel-turned-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns talks about her latest mission to raise awareness about maternal deaths.”
99% of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth occur in the developing world. The good news is that in most countries the rate of maternal mortality has been going down. The bad news is that in eight countries the rate is going up. The shocking news is that the United States is among them. It is the only industrialized country to have that dubious distinction. The rate has in fact been doubling in recent years.
"Burning Man takes place at the end of August every year in the barren and remote Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The weeklong festival is described by its organization as “an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.” Earth-bound photographers have chronicled the legacy of art, technology, design, and fashion at the event over the years, but we at Skybox wanted to know if we could capture the transformation of the city from space, with our constellation of SkySats. This is the result:A full-fledged city of population 70,000, “Black Rock City” is built up in a matter of days, experienced for a single week, and disassembled just as quickly, leaving no trace."
Via Seth Dixon
“ Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.”
Via Mr Ortloff
“ Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.”
Via Seth Dixon, CT Blake
“ Ecuador is set to become the latest Latin American nation to crack down on junk food after President Rafael Correa promised a new tax to slim the South American nation’s bulging waistlines.”
Via Ashley Hillier
This was a rather impressive map and statistics from CME group showing the rapid growth of mobile device use accessing markets. I might add that though I haven’t kept track of numbers, it seems that rather suddenly many of this site’s readers are also now accessing through mobile phones. (The current percent for this site is 40 percent mobile devices but I’ve seen some days higher than that.)Here’s what CME had to say…Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
"While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash. The border between the two countries is defined by land-use policies. In China, land use is intense. Only 11.62 percent of China’s land is arable. Pressed by a need to produce food for 1.3 billion people, China farms just about any land that can be sustained for agriculture. Fields are dark green in contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, a sign that the agriculture is irrigated. As of 2006, about 65 percent of China’s fresh water was used for agriculture, irrigating 629,000 square kilometers (243,000 square miles) of farmland, an area slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The story is quite different in Kazakhstan. Here, large industrial-sized farms dominate, an artifact of Soviet-era agriculture. While agriculture is an important sector in the Kazakh economy, eastern Kazakhstan is a minor growing area. Only 0.03 percent of Kazakhstan’s land is devoted to permanent agriculture, with 20,660 square kilometers being irrigated. The land along the Chinese border is minimally used, though rectangular shapes show that farming does occur in the region. Much of the agriculture in this region is rain-fed, so the fields are tan much like the surrounding natural landscape." Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, food, agriculture, agricultural land change.
Via Seth Dixon, Dustin Fowler
"Although we seldom think about them this way, most American communities as they exist today were built for the spry and mobile. We've constructed millions of multi-story, single-family homes where the master bedroom is on the second floor, where the lawn outside requires weekly upkeep, where the mailbox is a stroll away. We've designed neighborhoods where everyday errands require a driver's license. We've planned whole cities where, if you don't have a car, it's not particularly easy to walk anywhere — especially not if you move gingerly.This reality has been a fine one for a younger country. Those multi-story, single-family homes with broad lawns were great for Baby Boomers when they had young families. And car-dependent suburbs have been fine for residents with the means and mobility to drive everywhere. But as the Baby Boomers whose preferences drove a lot of these trends continue to age, it's becoming increasingly clear that the housing and communities we've built won't work very well for the old."
Via Seth Dixon
More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world, and more than half of the dust deposited in the ocean lifts off from these arid North African lands. Saharan dust influences the fertility of Atlantic waters and soils in the Americas. It blocks or reflects sunlight and affects the formation of clouds. By way of the dry Saharan air layer, dust either promotes or suppresses the development of Atlantic hurricanes, an enigma that scientists are trying to sort out.
Via Mathijs Booden
"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."
Via Seth Dixon, CT Blake
“ Tehran-based architectural studio Next Office are the brains behind the Sharifi-ha House, which features motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees to face entirely in or out at the push of a button, depending on the occupants' mood or the weather.”
Via association concert urbain, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
AT&T Inc is ‘intrigued’ by the expansion opportunities presented by Latin America, and Mexico in particular, chief strategy officer John Stankey has admitted. According to Reuters, Stankey declined to comment on media reports linking AT&T to certain America Movil (AM) assets in Mexico, but conceded: ‘I think we would be asleep at the wheel [if we were not interested] and we are not historically known to do that … So yes, we are intrigued by it … and I think when you are in the M&A game, you learn that you can’t always force your timing. Sometimes timing has to come to you. And exactly how that is going to work out – who knows?’As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, AM owner Carlos Slim is ready to sell off parts of his Mexican telecoms business in an effort to cut his company’s market share across the sector below the 50% mark, thus avoiding regulations that apply only to dominant players, and cease being a ‘preponderant economic agent’.Yesterday it was reported that AM had contacted four potential suitors – AT&T Inc, Softbank Corp of Japan, Bell Canada and China Mobile – with a view to selling Telmex and Telcel assets in a strip of states from north to south, along Mexico’s eastern coast. The package has been valued at USD20 billion.
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
"With 500 days until the deadline for the millennium development goals (MDGs), goal number five – to reduce by three-quarters the number of maternal deaths, and achieve universal access to family planning – is the furthest from being reached. A study published in the Lancet in May (pdf) concluded that only 16 countries are on track to reach the target by the end of 2015."
Via dilaycock, Lorraine Chaffer
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