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Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year

Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The number of murders and attempted murders recorded by police in 2013 declined 8.8 percent from the previous year to a postwar low of 939, the National Police Agency said. ...

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A few weeks ago, I had read a news article about how Japan had decided to used blue tinted lighting instead of the traditional yellow street light to reduce crime.  The idea was that blue light, and the color blue in general, according to studies, caused the human brain to calm down and act more rationally.  Glasgow, Scotland also changed its street lights to blue to see if the drop in crime rate was simply a localized incident.  However, crime rates also dropped there.  I think that the possibilities of influencing mood with lighting is definitely something to look into.

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Hannah Hitchcock's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:25 PM

The fall in crime rate could well be linked to the increase in the education levels in japan. With people educated they can get better jobs to support their family.  If everyone is cared for, there is no need to steal anything, 

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This Map Shows The Most Popular TV Show Set In Every State

This Map Shows The Most Popular TV Show Set In Every State | Human Geography | Scoop.it
From "Breaking Bad" to "Happy Days" here are the most famous shows in every state.
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TV shows are often one of the main foci of pop culture.  I found that the favorite shows of each state coincide with the setting of the place itself.  The Walking Dead takes place in Georgia, Breaking Bad takes place in New Mexico, and Eureka takes place in Oregon and are the favorite shows for those states.  It's cool that the people in those states have identified themselves with a sense of place associated with those shows.

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Tribal Peoples' Contributions to Humanity

Tribal Peoples' Contributions to Humanity | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Today we're thankful for tribal peoples' contributions to the world. Please retweet if you agree! http://t.co/QzONIT42W5

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So how does .1% of the population of the world manage to be the origin for 16% of the worlds languages?  I believe the absence of communications between other peoples is the cause of this.  And without the trade relationships associated with the lack of communications, people become much more likely to sustain themselves by native plants, instead of the above mentioned mass produced 12 plants that the world relies on.  It is a pity though, that with the modern methods of production, that natural forested lands that were the birthplaces of the discoveries of aspirin and rubber, are now being replaced by roads and cornfields.

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The Curse of Petroleum, Chemical-Based Industrial Farm Fertilizers

The Curse of Petroleum, Chemical-Based Industrial Farm Fertilizers | Human Geography | Scoop.it

MAY 2013 National Geographic

▶  OUR FERTILIZED WORLD

If we don’t watch out, agriculture could destroy our planet. Here’s how to grow all the food we need with fewer chemicals.

N. Nitrogen. Atomic number seven. Unnoticed, untasted, it nevertheless fills our stomachs. It is the engine of agriculture, the key to plenty in our crowded, hungry world.

Enter modern chemistry. Giant factories capture inert nitrogen gas from the vast stores in our atmosphere and force it into a chemical union with the hydrogen in natural gas, creating the reactive compounds that plants crave. That nitrogen fertilizer—more than a hundred million tons applied worldwide every year—fuels bountiful harvests.

Yet this modern miracle exacts a price. Runaway nitrogen is suffocating wildlife in lakes and estuaries, contaminating groundwater, and even warming the globe’s climate. As a hungry world looks ahead to billions more mouths needing nitrogen-rich protein, how much clean water and air will survive our demand for fertile fields?... http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/fertilized-world/charles-text

 

 

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         Emmy Award Winning 1 hr Film - University of Minnesota

         ▶  "TROUBLED WATERS:  A MISSISSIPPI RIVER STORY" ▶ 
This excellent one hour documentary examines the "unintended consequences" of farming practices on water quality, soil loss and the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Knitting together federal energy, farm and environmental policies, the film makes a compelling case for the revamping of US agricultural policy.  Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film puts deliberate emphasis on solutions and provides a hopeful blueprint for progress and positive change... http://www.rememberthispoint.com/?p=212

 

 

 

▶  SCIENTIFIC PAPER ARGUES AGAINST FACTORY FARM "FEEDING THE WORLD" - MASSIVE POLLUTION OF OUR WATERWAYS http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3995263792/scientific-paper-argues-against-factory-farms-feeding-the-world

 

August 1, 2013 Huffington Post Green
▶  THE KILLING FIELDS: INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE, DEAD ZONE AND GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-kucinich/the-killing-fields-indust_b_3678515.html

 

▶  CONTEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/99tRI1

 

▶  MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE http://sco.lt/5Gpafx

 

 Treehugger, October 9, 2013
▶  ARE BIOFUELS CONTRIBUTING TO DEAD ZONES? http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/are-biofuels-still-contributing-dead-zone.html

 

▶  FOOD OR FUEL? RESEARCH SUGGESTS BIOFUEL WILL COST THE EARTH http://sco.lt/8ezJ2X

 

February 18, 2013 Common Dream

▶  INDUSTRIAL CORPORATE AG TRIGGERS DEVASTATING 'WEB' OF POLLUTION - NEW UNDP REPORT https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/18-2

 

StarNews Online, October 8, 2013

▶  MASSIVE FISH KILL CONTINUES ON NEUSE RIVER, CAROLINA http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20131008/ARTICLES/131009718?p=2&tc=pg

 

▶  WHY ARE MILLIONS OF FISH SUDDENLY DYING IN MASS DEATH?  http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/08/12/why-are-millions-of-fish-suddenly-dying-in-mass-death-events-all-over-the-planet/

 



August 8, 2013 QUESTScience
▶  FARMERS FIGHT BACK AGAINST TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS FROM FERTILIZER RUNOFF http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/farmers-fight-back-against-toxic-algal-blooms/

 

July 5,2013 NPR
▶  WHAT IS FARM RUNOFF DOING TO THE WATER? http://www.kccu.org/post/what-farm-runoff-doing-water-scientists-wade

 

June 24, 2013 National Geographic

▶  BIGGEST DEAD ZONE EVER FORECAST IN GULF OF MEXICO http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130621-dead-zone-biggest-gulf-of-mexico-science-environment/

 

April 2, 2013 Science Daily
▶  INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL-BASED FERTILIZER USE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASE IN NITROUS OXIDE IN ATMOSPHERE http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402144930.htm

 

Terra Daily, October 28, 2013
▶  INCREASING TOXICITY OF ALGAL BLOOMS TIED TO NUTRIENT ENRICHMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Increasing_toxicity_of_algal_blooms_tied_to_nutrient_enrichment_and_climate_change_999.html

 

The Guardian Science, November 2, 2013
▶  FROM FERTILIZER TO ZYKLONB: 100 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY THAT BROUGHT LIFE AND DEATH http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/03/fritz-haber-fertiliser-ammonia-centenary

 

Terra Daily, October 16, 2013
▶  UNREGULATED, AGRICULTURAL AMMONIA THREATENS 38 U.S. NATIONAL PARKS' ECOLOGY http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Unregulated_agricultural_ammonia_threatens_national_parks_ecology_999.html

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT: GazetteNet, November 5, 2013

-▶  BIO-ETHANOL FUEL: THE SECRET DIRTY COST OF OBAMA'S GREEN POWER PUSH.  Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch. Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil. Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive. ... 15 million more acres of corn were planted last year than before the ethanol boom http://www.gazettenet.com/home/9190243-95/the-secret-dirty-cost-of-obamas-green-power-push

 

Environmental Working Group, November 4, 2013
▶  BIPARTISAN COALITION WOULD LINK LAND CONSERVATION TO 2013 FARM SUBSIDIES http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/11/bipartisan-support-compliance

 

The Nation, October 31, 2013
▶  POT-GROWING PESTICIDES PLAYING HAVOC WITH ENVIRONMENT
Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.
http://www.thenation.com/article/176955/pot-growing-bad-environment#

 

NJToday.Net, November 24, 2013
▶  NEW JERSEY, USA: NO-FERTILIZER LAW GOES 'GREENER' FOR WINTER LAWNS http://njtoday.net/2013/11/24/the-state-were-in-new-fertilizer-law-goes-greener/

 

 

 

▶  HUMAN ACTIVITY IS LINKED TO MASS DOLPHIN DEATHS. "The immune systems of many marine mammals, especially coastal species like bottlenose dolphins, can be negatively affected by factors such as agricultural runoff, persistent organic pollutants (e.g., PCBs, DDT) and other contaminants," http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/359799


August 21, 2013 Environment News Service
▶  FLORIDA WATERS ALIVE WITH TOXIC ALGAE, TOXIC POLITICS
Sickening people and killing dolphins, manatees, birds and fish http://ens-newswire.com/2013/08/21/florida-waters-alive-with-toxic-algae-toxic-politics/

 

▶  U.S. OHIO SENATE BILL SEEKS TO CURB SYNTHETIC FERTILIZER RUN OFF http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/

 

▶  PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAIN  http://sco.lt/5oplFx

 

 
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 July 4, 2013 Guardian Environment
▶  *** CHINA'S LARGEST ALGE BLOOM TURNS THE YELLOW SEA GREEN http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/04/china-algal-bloom-yellow-sea-green

 

June 29, 2013 Shanghai Daily
▶  THE DAY THAT THE RIVER TURNED BLACK http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/National/2013/06/29/The%2Bday%2Bthat%2Bthe%2Briver%2Bturned%2Bblack/

 

 

▶  THE NEXT GREEN REVOLUTION - THIS TIME WITHOUT FOSSIL FUELS AND LASHINGS OF PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/7yl1s1

 

June 23, 2013 Climate & Capitalism

▶  UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/06/24/biggest-dead-zone-ever-coming-to-the-gulf-of-mexico/

 

July 16, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
▶  THE SCIENTIST AND STARTUPS CONVERTING WASTE WATER INTO CLEAN ENERGY http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/waste-water-convert-clean-energy

 

▶  DUTCH GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NITROGEN-REDUCTION BILL FOR NATURE AREAS  http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Dutch_government_introduces_nitrogen-reduction_bill_for_nature_areas_999.html

 

 

▶  UN: THE ERA OF EVER-LASTING PRODUCTION BASED ON MAXIMIZING PROFITS HAS REACHED ITS LIMITS http://sco.lt/6C3RoH

 

▶  FROM 'FERTILIZER TO FORK': INDUSTRIAL FOOD ACCOUNTS FOR A QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS http://sco.lt/5kCdfd

 

 ▶  +++THE HUNGER GAMES: HOW UK AND USA GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT FOR BIG AGRIBUSINESS IS FUELING POVERTY http://sco.lt/6UGd17

 

▶  +++ HOW NOT TO "FEED THE WORLD" http://sco.lt/6fKNnN

 

 

 

Feb 6, 2012 = YES Magazine

▶  GOING BEYOND ORGANIC, A NEW GENERATION OF FARMERS IS NURTURING NATURE AS WELL AS CROPS http://sco.lt/7uZHJR

 

 


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The econimic contrast between Africa, the United States, and China is staggering.  From using by far excessive amounts of fertilizer in China, measured in hundreds of pounds per acre, to Africa, where the amount used is measured in handfuls.  Overuse of fertilizer is an issue that definitely needs to be addressed.  Algal blooms flowing down rivers have the potential to cripple the economies of sea-driven towns.

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Geography at Play: Muggle Quidditch

Geography at Play: Muggle Quidditch | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Quidditch: a fictional sport created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter Novels, played by young witches and wizards across the magical world. The mix-gender game is played in the air, on broomstic...
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The recent 2013 British Quidditch Cup is the connection made by Rowlings Books.  In the Books, Quidditch is the most popular sport in the wizarding world, and a way to play has been sought after by fans since the idea first came to be.  The creation of the British Cup has exemplified the concept of diffusion, in that so many people now know of Quidditch that it is now played in clubs by people all over the planet.

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Toys R Us's Stockholm superstore goes gender neutral

Toys R Us's Stockholm superstore goes gender neutral | Human Geography | Scoop.it
'Children are not coded to blue for boys and pink for girls – they should be free to choose what they want to play with' (Toys R Us's Stockholm superstore goes gender neutral http://t.co/bjHe9nJwX2)...

Via Mr. David Burton
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It's great to see this happening, a few weeks ago in class, we had read an article about how certain types of toys that had been marketed towards boys are now being changed to appeal to girls.  I think that it is fantastic to see this going even further and simply marketing to both genders.

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The climate of Tolkien’s Middle Earth

The climate of Tolkien’s Middle Earth | Human Geography | Scoop.it

Ever wondered what the weather and climate was like in Middle Earth, the land of hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? Climate scientists from the University of Bristol, UK have used a climate model, similar to those used in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, to simulate and investigate the climate of Middle Earth.


Via Mathijs Booden
Benny Haoxiang Liang's insight:

I just like this article as it relates to the Lord of the Rings and shows the power of modern science.  To be able to determine the climate of Middle Earth not only humors people interested in the topic, but also shows the capabilities of the models we can now create.  These models can be used to simulate the climates of any planet, real, or imaginary.  This can be especially useful in understanding our prehistoric culture, and predicting future climates.

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Mathijs Booden's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:04 AM

The follow-up study should focus on the climate effects of Saruman's industrial efforts.