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Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong

Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change. When I showed an early draft to colleagues, their response was that I had left out the arguments of skeptics about climate change, and I accordingly addressed this at length." 

 

This is an excellent summary of the scientific basis for anthropogenic climate change as a scientific reality.  It addresses the concerns of climate change skeptics, point by point and notes flaws in the logic, data or reasoning.   For an article about the possibility of global warming impacting coastal areas of the U.S., see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/science/earth/study-rising-sea-levels-a-risk-to-coastal-states.html


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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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Allison Henley's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:35 PM

Very addicting even though I'm not that great at it!! haha

Matleena Laakso's curator insight, October 5, 2014 4:55 AM

Tämä on hauska, muutaman kerran on tullut "pelattua".

Alex Smiga's curator insight, September 7, 2015 4:36 PM

Cool game that drops you down somewhere random in the world on street view, then asks you to guess where in the world you are

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APHG Promo Video

This is video is a great tool to drum up interest in an AP Human Geography course produced by David Burton.  See more promotional videos/start-of-the-year clips at http://wp.me/P2dv5Z-1ec


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 3:33 PM

This is just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them for when you need to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  Collectively, they show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting. 

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

Sally Egan's curator insight, February 15, 4:11 PM
Love this video introducing the study of Geography. Its dramatic and diverse in the issues it introduces.
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We thought New Zealand was an island nation. Scientists say it’s the tip of a ‘hidden continent.’

We thought New Zealand was an island nation. Scientists say it’s the tip of a ‘hidden continent.’ | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
They say Zealandia meets all the definitions of a continent: a huge, coherent mass that sits above and is distinct from the ocean crust.
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Ship to shore: tracking the maritime motorways

Ship to shore: tracking the maritime motorways | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"It is estimated that 97 per cent of all trade – the things we buy in shops – will have been transported in containers by ships at sea. The container vessel, stacked high with uniformly-sized metal boxes, has become a symbol of our globalized world. This is a world of imports and exports, a world where moving things across huge distances keeps the price of daily commodities low as items are manufactured in one place, then packaged in another, before arriving on the shores where they will eventually be sold. In recent geographical literature, attention has turned to the world at sea – a space traditionally overlooked. Geography means ‘Earth-writing’ and geographers have taken the origins of the term very seriously. They have written primarily about the Earth: the ground, the soil, the land. The sea is something ‘out there’ – seemingly disconnected from our everyday lives. However, an appreciation of the world as made from flows and connections has enabled geography to recognize that the sea is essential to our landed life." http://wp.me/p2Ij6x-5DS

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.


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Google Maps Smarty Pins

Google Maps Smarty Pins | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 6, 2:05 PM

As stated in a review of Smarty Pins on Mashable, "Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players' geography and trivia skills.  Called 'Smarty Pins' the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they're not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question." 

 

This game is wonderfully addictive...I haven't enjoyed a mapping trivia platform this much since I discovered GeoGuessr.  How far can you get before you run out of miles?  

 

Tagsgoogle, fun, mapping, place, trivia.

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Bill aims to ‘take politics’ out of drawing district lines

Bill aims to ‘take politics’ out of drawing district lines | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

A Democratic state senator in South Carolina wants to end the practice of lawmakers choosing who votes for them. The senator introduced a bill Wednesday that would create an independent commission to draw the state’s political districts. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature now control that process. South Carolina voters would approve or reject the boundaries of new political districts in a statewide referendum if the bill becomes law. The state redraws its political boundaries for South Carolina House, state Senate and U.S. House seats after each 10-year U.S. Census [the next Census is in 2020]."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 8, 8:42 PM

While it may be laudable to try eliminate partisan gerrymandering, this bill is going nowhere.  Still, it is an important issue to discuss. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What is the difference between the terms redistricting and gerrymandering?  Why won't this bill pass? 

What is the fairest way to divide districts?

 

Tags: gerrymandering, political, census, unit 4 political.

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Quiz: identify the cities from their running heatmaps

Quiz: identify the cities from their running heatmaps | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Smartphones and GPS watches now leave digital traces behind many urban runners, as they wind their way along the river or round the park. Can you identify the cities from the telltale tracks?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 25, 1:12 PM

Last year, my running program was greatly enhanced by using a mapping app(I know, who could have guessed that Map My Run and Strava would help keep me motivated and inspired?).  More runners are naturally going to be on more important roads, but they also love beautiful parks and runs along the water.  With that in mind, can you identify these ten cities from around the world based on the density of running routes?  You can explore your city's raw data on Strava

 

Tags: urbanmodelsfun, trivia.

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What can I do with a Geography Degree?

What can I do with a Geography Degree? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"While it is easy to understand getting excited about maps, different cultures and environments, and even being better citizens through geography, it is harder to see how geographic knowledge can lead to good jobs or meaningful careers. In recent years, people have discovered that large numbers of societal problems have geographic dimensions, and that education and training in geography provides essential skills and knowledge for real-world problem solving. As a result, geography has become a necessary ingredient in hundreds of different jobs. This assortment of careers helps demonstrate the wide array of employment opportunities that exist for graduates with education in the field of geography. Within this publication, careers are divided into a number of different employment categories, including:

​Geography EducationEnvironmental GeographyGeospatial TechnologiesLand Use Planning
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Great for introducing the vocational relevance of geography.
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Language: The cornerstone of national identity

Language: The cornerstone of national identity | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Of the national identity attributes included in the Pew Research Center survey, language far and away is seen as the most critical to national identity. Majorities in each of the 14 countries polled say it is very important to speak the native language to be considered a true member of the nation."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 3:22 PM

Most Europeans see language as a strong prerequisite to be a part of the "national identity."  Immigration has put a strain on cultural identities that are often very political. A majority of European agree on the link between language and national identity, but not surprisingly, the older Europeans and those on the political right feel more strongly about the importance of speaking the national language to truly 'belong.'

 

Tags: language, culturepolitical, Europe, migration, ethnicity.

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Japan not taking in refugees; says it must look after its citizens first

Japan not taking in refugees; says it must look after its citizens first | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that his nation needs to attend to its own demographic challenges posed by falling birth rates and an aging population before opening its doors to refugees.
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WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants

WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The ESRI storymap on climate refugees does a phenomenal job sampling locations in the world that experience migration effects as a result of climate change. Attached is a guided worksheet that accompanies the ESRI Climate Migrant Storymap."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 10:04 AM

This StoryMap shows some key regions where migrants are fleeing some of the negative impacts of climate change and one APHG teacher has created a fabulous worksheet to guide students through this great resource.   

 

TagsAPHG, climate changemigrationrefugees, environment, coastalmappingESRIStoryMap, political ecology.

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Top innovations in packaging

Top innovations in packaging | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"It’s not enough today for packaging to merely contain the product inside. Consumers are asking that packaging do so much more: It must excite, inform, create an experience and even save the planet. Enhancing the user experience ..." 


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At Pakistan's folk shrines, glimpses of how the subcontinent has indigenised Islam and Christianity

At Pakistan's folk shrines, glimpses of how the subcontinent has indigenised Islam and Christianity | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Many of these places of worship have developed a unique relationship with their geographical surroundings.

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Syrian refugees find a home in Canada

Nearly 7 out of 10 Canadians support their government's acceptance of Syrian refugees. One such Good Samaritan is Jim Estill, a prominent Canadia
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Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation

Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The crisis is “man-made,” with civil war destroying the nation’s agriculture, officials say.
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The Amazing Bantu Migration and the Fascinating Bantu People

The Amazing Bantu Migration and the Fascinating Bantu People | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
About the great Bantu migration in Africa ca 1000 - 800 BC, and the first Bantu people settling in South Africa.

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Read for discussion Tue/Wed 2/21-22

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What a Square Mile of a City's Grid Looks Like Around the World

What a Square Mile of a City's Grid Looks Like Around the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Compare the unique layouts of Atlanta, Rome, Tunis, and more.

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Why North Korea won't go away (or, introduction to geopolitics)

Why North Korea won't go away (or, introduction to geopolitics) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
introduction to key concepts of geopolitics using an example of north korea

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Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling – video

Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling – video | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Han Rosling demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions
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Hans Rosling is fantastic. RIP
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Take a Very Cheap Trip Around the World Using Over 3,300 Google Maps Screenshots

Take a Very Cheap Trip Around the World Using Over 3,300 Google Maps Screenshots | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Planning a trip is tiring, but planning a trip around the world is exhausting. Aren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing? Instead, save yourself a bunch of time, stress, and money by visiting some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations through this impressive hyperlapse video. It’s assembled from 3,305 Google Maps screenshots, so strap in and get ready to armchair cruise.

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RIP: Hans Rosling, a guru of population demography, has passed away

RIP: Hans Rosling, a guru of population demography, has passed away | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Hans Rosling, professor of international health, has passed away. He died early Tuesday morning, 7 February 2017, his family announces at the Gapminder foundation web site. Hans Rosling suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago.

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Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs

 

Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth; researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination. “The Middle East is drying up,” says Osnat Gillor, a professor at the Zuckerberg Institute who studies the use of recycled wastewater on crops. “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel.” That water stress has been a major factor in the turmoil tearing apart the Middle East, but Bar-Zeev believes that Israel’s solutions can help its parched neighbors, too — and in the process, bring together old enemies in common cause.

 

Tags: drought, water, environment, Israel, technology, Middle East.


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Minnesota becomes a gateway to Canada for rejected African migrants

More than 430 African migrants have arrived in Winnipeg since April, up from 70 three years ago. Most come by way of Minneapolis, sometimes after grueling treks across Latin America and stints in U.S. immigration detention.

 

A tangle of factors is fueling the surge: brisker traffic along an immigrant smuggling route out of East Africa, stepped-up deportations under the Obama administration and the lure of Canada’s gentler welcome. Advocates expect the Trump administration’s harder line on immigration will spur even more illegal crossings into Canada, where some nonprofits serving asylum seekers are already overwhelmed. Now Canadians worry smugglers are making fresh profits from asylum seekers and migrants take more risks to make the crossing.

 

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7 Influential African Empires - History Lists

7 Influential African Empires - History Lists | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From ancient Sudan to medieval Zimbabwe, get the facts on seven African kingdoms that made their mark on history.

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Seven treehouses YOU CAN sleep inside at Sweden's TREEhotel

Seven treehouses YOU CAN sleep inside at Sweden's TREEhotel | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Seven Scandinavian architects have now built treehouses for Sweden's Treehotel, including a bird's nest, a mirrored cube and the charred timber cabin added earlier this month by Snøhetta.

Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta in 2010, the Treehotel offers themed lodgings for tourists venturing north of the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights.

The seven suites are arranged through a stretch of woodland located in Harads, with designs by architects including Tham + Videgård Arkitekter and Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

"The idea behind Treehotel is to offer high-standard accommodation in a harmonious place where none of the ordinary stress of everyday life exists," said Kent Lindvall, at the launch of Snøhetta's The 7th Room.

The Lindvall's were inspired by Jonas Selberg Augustsen's film The Tree Lover, a tale of three urbanites that build a treehouse together in the forest.

At the time, the couple were running a 1930s guesthouse on the site where the movie was shot, but struggling to attract business. So they decided to rent out the treehouse instead.

"We ran the hotel for six years with really bad results – nearly no guests – and we had to fight to have our own salaries, so really needed to find a new idea to attract more people," explained Lindvall.

"But we were lucky – at the same time we had a friend who wanted to come up and make a film about building a treehouse he didn't use so much, so we asked him if we could rent it out."

"People came to stay in the Treehouse and we noticed when they came back for breakfast they had big smiles on their faces; they were really happy with the experience of staying high up in the tree and we thought – this is something we can do more with," added Lindvall.

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Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think.

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