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Half of Canada’s population

Half of Canada’s population | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it

"Half of Canada’s 33.5 million people live in the red part, the other in the yellow. More population divided maps (Source: reddit.com)"


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A great illustration of population concentration and high density in Urban centers. 4.6 million of the remaining 17 million (approx.) live in British Columbia.

 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 2, 2015 3:58 PM

Land-wise, Canada one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, most of it is quite barren.  What geographic factors explain the population concentration and distribution in Canada?  


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Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 17, 2015 11:41 AM

First economically for trade routes you have the St. Lawrence river which was originally the most influential route for French explorers. You have Toronto the Canada's financial center which forms the core of the "Golden Horseshoe" region, which wraps around the western end of Lake Ontario, population wise a quarter of Canada's population lives here.  Politically it makes sense that government would be set up in that area because of the population in that area.  Which population leads to the social aspect because all activities of night life, restaurants, businesses, entertainment, malls, etc. are located in this area.  And lastly, it makes easy access for United States and Canada to exchange tourism and jobs and goods.

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Manga artist Akiko Higashimura pulls her latest series after criticism by some men

Manga artist Akiko Higashimura pulls her latest series after criticism by some men | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Japanese cartoonist Akiko Higashimura recently withdrew her comic after she was criticized online about the way she was portraying men.
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Interesting look at how traditional expectations have long-held gender roles in Japanese culture.

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FASCINATING Maps Show Most Googled Products In Every Country - BuzzPo

FASCINATING Maps Show Most Googled Products In Every Country - BuzzPo | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
What products do you think your fellow citizens search for most frequently on Google? Guns in America? Beer in Germany? Ice in Australia? Well, Fixr.com was tired of guessing and just did the research. They used the formula “how much does X cost in Y country”, replaced Y with each country – and...
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The Americas: Passports, Patents, Tummy Tucks, Beer and Prostitutes? 

Interesting take on google searches by country/regions

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Comparing Urban Footprints Around the World

Comparing Urban Footprints Around the World | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it

"In the above poster the cities are arranged (roughly, in order to maximize space) by population. Clearly, size and population are not directly correlated. Some cities take up a lot more space for a smaller population. The relationship between the two, of course, is known as density (population density, urban density)."


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This shows how much sprawl there is in US cities compared to India's cities for example. New Dehli at 21.7 million is much smaller compared to Chicago at 9.7 million.

 

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Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:21 PM

Urban sprawl is a rising problem in the world due to the lack of control and its massive impact on the surrounding environment. These footprints show how unique each city's sprawl is. The surrounding environment is playing a huge role in where and how far each city extends. Chicago, for example, is limited on its eastern side due to Lake Erie's close proximity, and Cleveland is in a similar situation but on its north side where Lake Erie is. 

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:35 PM

The cities are organized (approximately) to population and shows the size of cities accordingly. The different sizes of cities and their correlating populations is thus revealed from urban places around the world. 

Urban regions stay rather functional and could be seem similar across the board, focusing on major economic activity and transportation.

Mrs. Karnowski's curator insight, August 27, 2014 7:17 AM

1G Theme 2: 6 Billion people and me

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3 Myths That Block Progress For The Poor by Bill and Melinda Gates:

3 Myths That Block Progress For The Poor by Bill and Melinda Gates: | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Now reading: 3 Myths That Block Progress For The Poor:
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The World Religions Tree - Infographics • Наши разработки • Портфолио • Компания «Фанк і Консалтинг»

The World Religions Tree - Infographics • Наши разработки • Портфолио • Компания «Фанк і Консалтинг» | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Инфографика "ДЕРЕВО МИРОВЫХ РЕЛИГИЙ" The World Religions Tree Infographics
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The tree is not in Russian. Amazing to see how branches split and lead to hundreds of "breakoff" denominations.

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Includes eye-opening maps about exploration, colonization, tweets...

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globalFEST

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Enjoy a wide range of international talent captured live from Webster Hall in New York City.
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Discover world music as performed in the US in January, 2014!

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Geeking Out: Uganda’s Women are Creating the Next Generation of Girl Geeks

Geeking Out: Uganda’s Women are Creating the Next Generation of Girl Geeks | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Young women are learning to program computers far from Silicon Valley, developing apps that will help their neighbors—and themselves.
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"Young women are learning to program computers far from Silicon Valley, developing apps that will help their neighbors—and themselves."
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10 things South Korea does better than anywhere else

10 things South Korea does better than anywhere else | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Tech culture, female golfers, mixing work and booze -- here's how a relatively small country leads the world in so many categories.
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Credit card spending, education, plastic surgery, and more!

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Scoring Africa

Scoring Africa | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
An interactive look at development in African nations.
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Compare nations in Africa on a scale from 1-100 in many different areas.

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David Thomas Smith's Mind-Boggling Images Show Human Development From a Bird's Eye View

David Thomas Smith's Mind-Boggling Images Show Human Development From a Bird's Eye View | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Anthropocene is a new series by David Thomas Smith that weaves together satellite images into digital "persian rugs" that draw attention to the effect of man on the planet.
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Artistic renditions of the cultural landscape

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This is why getting aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan is so slow and difficult

This is why getting aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan is so slow and difficult | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Getting relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as Filipinos call it, has been painfully slow.
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Diwali: Festival of Lights

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In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. It's a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps.

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Beautiful  "illuminating" glimpses of this tradition

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Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 11:46 AM

this is an amazing example of another culture reflecting a constant theme. every culture has some form of this celebration, but this is a truly wondrous display that everyone should at least know about, if not be inspired by.

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:40 AM

In India, one of the most significant festivals in the region is in Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights. The festival symbolizes the forces of lights over the force of darkness. In other words, it symbolizes the good of the country over the evil. This is a festival around the Christmas time which allows families and friends to join together in order to represent the good. The day is followed by rituals, going to the temple, food, etc. and of course the lights. It is truly fascinating how thousands of people reunite in order to make this festival happen over and over each year. It is a day for sure that describes peace against the problems occurring in the country and it is a ray of hope for others. Some critics, are concerned about the thousands of fireworks that are lit up because they say it causes too much pollution but it is  day to rejoice and forget the bad to others.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 3:35 PM

this is a great example of cultural diffusion. you can see events like this all over the U.S including here in providence with the waterfires, very cool.

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China to end one-child policy

China to end one-child policy | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it

"All couples will now be allowed to have two children, the state-run news agency said, citing a statement from the Communist Party. The controversial policy was introduced nationally in 1979, to reduce the country's birth rate and slow the population growth rate. However, concerns at China's aging population led to pressure for change."


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...and this happened! It's official. Even though China had relaxed it's policy in 2013, this is the true end to the policy for all.

Some sources are now speculating that if they had never instituted it, the course of development would have led to a lower NIR either way.

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Gene Gagne's curator insight, December 1, 2015 7:37 PM

Lets not forget the expansion of china also with its economic strength and its military strength which is a threat to other countries in the area because china can take control and with Chinese moving into Africa and United states as residents china is going to need to populate its own country.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 8:55 PM

First implemented in 1979 and diminished in 2013 It is good to hear something like this has finally come to an end. Although it deemed successful by stopping the birth of an estimated 400 million babies, there were some places that allowed two children in rural areas if the first was a girl. It is assumed though that even though this is no longer a required policy, many couples may only have one child since it is accepted as a social norm. 

Patty B's curator insight, April 29, 12:31 PM
This was, of course, massive news coming out of China. It is something that needed to be done, at least from the Chinese's standpoint. But this is also an important issue to the entire world. First and foremost, this article ties into the fact that the world's population reached 7 billion within the past couple of years and is continuing to rise. It ties into the fact that the human population is quickly approaching its maximum capacity. While China's new policy may or may not speed up the world population by any amount that will truly matter, any news related to global population at this point in time is a hot topic. But this policy was implemented to reverse some serious issues that have arisen in China as a result of its one-child policy. It's population is made up with a majority of retirement aged folk. China needs to ensure it has enough qualified working-aged people in the future and believe a two-child limit will aid in this happening. So of course China had many economic reasons for ending its one-child policy, but there are also certain social reasons for doing so I think. In a world where many human rights and civil rights issues have found their ways to the forefront of political and social discussions, China must have felt obligated to do something about the one-child policy to keep up with the wave of political correctness sweeping the globe. A one-child policy seemed extremely restrictive in a world that is becoming increasingly more apt to let people make decisions for themselves. 
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Economic Decline and Sense of Place

"McDowell County, situated in the coalfields of West Virginia, has experienced a great boom-and-bust since 1950. But despite the economic decline and population loss, many still call it home and feel a great sense of purpose among the mountains. Residents speak about their connection to this place and the meaning of 'home.' Hear more stories at hollowdocumentary.com "


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dilaycock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 6:51 PM

Excellent example of urban decline. Would pair nicely with a reading from 'Rocket Boys' by Homer Hickam Jnr, or with the movie version 'October Sky.' The book and movie are the true story of a boy in Coalwood, West Virginia in the 1950s who is determined to  "escape" working in the coal mines to become a rocket scientist.

John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, September 16, 2014 11:02 PM

 McDowell, a once thriving county in the 1950’s ceased to keep up with the ever-chaning world. There was little need for coal after the 1980’s so work became scarce and the “Brain Drain” began. Those looking for a successful future left for there was more choice elsewhere and economically it would make no sense to stay in McDowell. Nevertheless, cultural upbringings paved way to this "Boom and Bust” town, which gave people a sense of place and identity. Though McDowell is economically on the decline the communal relations and sense of place the community holds is still strong. 

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:41 AM

Develop your sense of place regarding the coalfields of West Virginia.

What geographic context (location) might create a place like McDowell County, West Virginia?

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Births rates plummet around world in wake of 2008 financial crisis, creating new economic concerns

Births rates plummet around world in wake of 2008 financial crisis, creating new economic concerns | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it

opulationNancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. However, the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

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Why does it matter if our populations are dropping in developed countries around the world? 

"For an overcrowded planet, this is good news. For the economy, not so good.

We tend to think economic growth comes from working harder and smarter. However, economists attribute up to a third of it to more people joining the workforce each year than leaving it. The result is more producing, earning and spending."

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Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas

Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Thirteen years after the Bamian Buddhas were blasted into rubble, opinion is split on whether to leave them as is, rebuild them, or make copies of them.
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Rebuilding history? How essential is it to the integrity of a place?

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Schedules, Medals, Results

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Schedules, Medals, Results | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
The Winter Olympics in Sochi have begun. Check back throughout the games for the latest schedules and medal counts for each competing country and athlete.
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This is a great proportional symbol view of the Olympics. The data is presented in an interactive format, with options to view the medal count, # of athletes, carbon dioxide emissions, even the opinions of countries towards the U.S. and more!

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Languages: All united against dominance of English

Languages: All united against dominance of English | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
In response to growing enthusiasm among Europeans for English as a lingua franca, a Romanian intellectual sounds the alarm and calls for a mobilisation to safeguard national languages.

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Preserving local languages.

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Endangered Languages Project

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The Endangered Languages Project is a collaborative online platform for sharing knowledge and resources for endangered languages. Join this global effort to conserve linguistic diversity.

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Interactive map showing over 3000 languages and their level of endangerement

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Where does Christmas come from? Translations and... - Maps on the Web

Where does Christmas come from? Translations and... - Maps on the Web | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
Where does Christmas come from? Translations and etymologies of holidays in Europe
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“ Here’s a map showing the various ways to say Christmas, Yule, or Nativity - holidays celebrated...
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Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.
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Follow the production of a simple tshirt around the world. This is the international assembly line in a globalized economy.
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Mapping America's Restless Interstate Migration Without a Map - Wired Science

Mapping America's Restless Interstate Migration Without a Map - Wired Science | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
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It looks like the West and South have more net in- migration than most of the North and Midwest.

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XFINITY - China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps

XFINITY - China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps | Human Geography and World Cultures | Scoop.it
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Why ease up on the one-child policy now?

Could it be that now there are 1 million women "missing?"

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