This articles studies how the globalization of the world has led to expanding cities due to inflows of capital into developing nation and developed nations alike. The cities of Latin America, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe are being transformed by this phenomenon over the last few decades. With increased globalized the cities of the world are being forced to institute new regulations to control growth of urban areas.
For writers, administrators, users, and challengers of Florida land development regulations.
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This website is a database for the court cases and legislative decisions that have influenced the land use and regulation of land development in Florida. These articles would be helpful in tracking how land use has changed in the US over the years and how and why the regulations have changed.
"When the agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect in 1994, it removed nearly all trade barriers between the countries. Among the industries affected was agriculture, forcing small Mexican farmers into direct competition with big American agribusiness. Cheap American corn – heavily subsidized, mechanized and genetically modified – soon flooded the Mexican market to the detriment of local farmers. As U.S. farmers exported their subsidized corn to Mexico, local producer prices plummeted and small farmers could no longer earn enough to live on."
The American agricultural industry has been highly subsidized by the government to create interest in farming and food production. This causes problems for America's neighboring countries' resident farmers. The Mexican corn farmers are struggling mightily with the influx of cheap American corn into Mexico due to the open trade policies created by NAFTA. Some tariffs or new economic regulations must be created to protect Mexican corn farmers and regulate the amount of cheap American corn that is flooding Mexican markets.
The Crimea region has been hotly debated and fought over for quite a while now. The collapse of the USSR created a power vacuum in Eastern Europe which led to the contest for power in many of the former Soviet Satellite countries, including Ukraine. The Crimean peninsula, while mostly occupied by Russians, is legally a part of Ukraine, but maybe not for long. The Russian government is seemingly working to annex the peninsula while the Ukrainian government is working to keep it. The region will continue to be under lots of tugging and pulling for a while until a single government wins in to their nation.
The stark differences in housing arrangements in Mexico is an example of the division of urban land use in developing cities. We can see that the poor are still living in squalid conditions while the rich are living in modern-style apartments and condos. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that the poor people in urban areas are slighted in all facets of the word whether it be resources, housing, or overall sanitation.
The concept of a political boundary has been developed over many many years into an unbreakable line between two different sets of people with different ideologies, religions, and government styles. The boundary extends into the ground, into the air, and includes any resources within the boundary. These pictures show the different shapes and various lines between countries, and displays the intricacies of boundaries in the world.
The concept of a primate city has both benefits and drawbacks for the country in which it is located. The large population of the primate city draws new technology and foreign investment into the country. Unfortunately, the large population of the primate city also leads to population and brain drain from the surrounding regions which can damage the overall economic and intellectual status of the country.
The large-scale agricultural practices of modern America tend to lend to the bad image of commercial farming. However, the practices are actually helping feed more people in the US, but they also use genetically modified crops and other highly debated techniques.
Watch "Weekend Update: Billie Jean King" from the hit NBC Comedy, Saturday Night Live.
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This satirical interview with "Billy Jean King" helps illustrate the views of Americans and much of the rest of the world on the Anti-Gay propaganda and laws in Russia. SNL often broaches these difficult topics through humor and sarcasm in order to present a version of world news.
The drying up of major water sources all over the world is a major problem faced by multiple governments. The Aral Sea is the water source for a variety of countries in the region, which leads the world populatioin to the idea that a solution must be devised to moderate the water usage. The timelapse helps illustrate the ebb and flow of the water level is a tool that can be used to help learn about the crisis that is the loss of water in the Aral Sea.
The spacial distribution of the population of people on Earth arranged by longitude and latitude. Very interesting data when you take into account the population clusters spread around the world as depicted by the spikes of purple along the vertical and horizontal axes.
Create a color-coded Visited States Map, showing off your road travel in the United States.
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This just a really cool, simple way to categorize the United States based on prior experiences. Its interesting to see where one has been, and how much that place has influenced them due to the amount of time spent there. It's cool to see where you have been on a national scale.
The incredible conflict within the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is depressing. The massive number of people displaced by the violence is growing quite quickly, and no real end to the migration is in sight. Thankfully, the UN's department that tracks any type of migration is working to come up with sustainable solutions that are within the bounds of international aid charities. All we can hope for is the end of the conflicts within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a solution to the problem that is effective and achievable.
The economic development in Japan has been rapid and extremely influential in its changing into a world economic power. Japan has very few natural resources inside its political boundaries, so it must rely on those of its neighboring countries for manufacturing supplies. The industrialization of Japan has been extremely abnormal due to it lack of resources and seemingly difficult situation in terms of location and rapid population growth. They have overcome these difficulties and become an economic force in the global market.
As demands on rural land increase and we are all having to deal with the effects of climate change, we may need to take a fresh look at our priorities, according to leading academics meeting in the UK. Research from the Relu Program will be important for the complex policy decisions about land use that need to be taken at national and regional level. Is it time for a debate on a land use planning system for the countryside?
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The demands for increased agricultural production have put more emphasis on the management of rural land use. Some questions have been raised on whether or not the management of said rural land should be done by the farmers themselves. The development of a rural land use regulation committee could help make the use of farmland more focused, but the farmers have their own systems for managing their own land that have worked for many years. This debate is one that needs to be resolved in order to properly use our farm land.
"Jason Davies has divided the world into roughly 3,000 regions for all the medium and large airports in the world. Naturally, the wealthiest regions with high population densities have the greatest number of airports, but the Voronoi diagram shows just how much of the planet is sparsely served by air travel. If we have flyover states in the US, then there are clearly massive swaths of flyover land in the rest of the world. The most remote airport in the world, you ask? Mataveri International Airport on Easter Island, which is 1,617 miles (2,602km) from the next nearest airport." --The Verge
This map shows the ranges of each respective air port of the world. Through this map we can see the relationship between wealth and airport range, and isolation of country and airport range. The most wealthy areas have the longest range airports, and the poorest areas have the shortest range airport. We can tell that the isolated airports have the largest range out of necessity, while those of small nations have smaller ranges due to their proximity to other airports.
The resurgence of old-style architecture in developed places is shown in this article. The New-Andean style of architecture showcases bright colors and traditional patterns of the natives in South America is gaining popularity once again. Old styles of living and architecture had been fading for many years, but are now coming back into popularity after many Native groups have revived their traditional cultures and ways of life.
This article shows how parts of the world plays host to some of the more dangerous industries in existence because they are desperate for jobs and will take any work that comes their way. The ship-breakers are mostly men that work to recycle retired cargo ships. This job is extraordinary dangerous due to the fact that the ships are built not to be taken apart. We can see the lack of development in some parts of the world through this industry's presence in southwest Asia.
"Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts."
A central theme of geography is place and the spacial organization of it. The USA is an extremely large area and its citizens often don't recognize this fact. Manifest destiny was a concept that stated that it was an American's duty to expand into the frontier to further the dominion of the American government. This imperialistic tendency ended when the US reached the Atlantic Ocean, but the land conquered was vast. Many countries in the world can fit many times over into the continental United States, but the citizens of the states take this fact for granted. This article serves as a needed reminder of this fact, and helps people put America's spacial consumption into perspective.
"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)."
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.
The GMO debate is raging throughout the world. Many believe that these crops have many harmful effects on the human body due their their altered genetic state. Thankfully, many countries are adopting a non-GMO attitude, as illustrated in the above map, so as to prevent the many poor side-effects they have.
This article is a well written account of the course the conflict in the DR Congo has taken over the years. It explains the sides of the wars including which countries backed which leaders through a particular coup or invasion. The leaders who either took power or were elected at some point often changed their views or enraged their people which caused most of these conflicts.
The conflict in the DROC is an extremely complex, inter-cultural war that has been continued since the Belgians left in 1960. The rushed and violent rule imposed by the Belgian's King Leopold II caused problems from the start, and it didn't help when they left the burden of government to the unorganized people of the region. Millions of people have been killed throughout the conflict, many of whom were children. This video is very educational about the conflict and its causes over the years.
Toledo Blade Typhoon Haiyan Blamed On Both Human And Natural Causes Huffington Post University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy figures that 75 to 80 percent of the devastation can be blamed on the human factor.
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This is amazing to think that such an immense natural disaster might actually have its roots in human actions. The typhoon is the epitome of the results of human environment interactions, and their impact on the environment. It also shows us that we must be careful how we build our cities, what we do with our resources, and that our actions have resounding effects on the natural world whether we know it or not.
Migration data from around the world - at your fingertips. Generate tables, create graphs, follow trends. Find out who is going where and how migration is shaping social, political, demographic, and economic futures country by country.
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This website is extremely insightful. It contains a massive amount of information that is helpful in the pursuit of education on the very tense, and complicated issues of migration and immigration. It came in handy throughout my search for valid information on said issues. The migrations of the world are constantly changing and are dynamic movements of people through space according the the current events in their specific area at the time. Africa is consistently one of the most moving places in the world due to multiple conflicts that seem to be happening at all times.
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