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Stop Calling Them 'Developed Countries'

Stop Calling Them 'Developed Countries' | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

This particular graph shows Total Fertility (x axis) and Life Expectancy (y axis) which collectively can explain some of what can be called human development.  This is an interactive graphic that shows both temporal and regional patterns in changes in development. 


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Seth Dixon's comment, April 24, 2012 5:26 PM
Absolutely...the changes in life expectancy show that for the lower classes especially, life in a 'less' developed country today is better than life in many of the developed countries hundreds of years ago.
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This particular graph shows Total Fertility (x axis) and Life Expectancy (y axis) which collectively can explain some of what can be called human development.  This is an interactive graphic that shows both temporal and regional patterns in changes in development.

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A Chapter 2 video to view!

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First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations - The Earth Institute - Columbia University | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

The first ever World Happiness Report (download PDF), commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness (mandated by the UN General Assembly).

The report, published by the Earth Institute and co-edited by the institute’s director, Jeffrey Sachs, reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.

It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.The report shows that, where happiness is measured by how happy people are with their lives:

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Why Africa's international image is unfair

Why Africa's international image is unfair | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and a past winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, argues that the world has got its image of Africa very badly wrong.

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Geographic Travels: The RMS Titanic and the Geography Grab-Bag

Geographic Travels: The RMS Titanic and the Geography Grab-Bag | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

April 15, 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. If one's Titanic addiction was not satisfied with the reshowing of the 1997 movie and all the television specials then there are some geography and geography-related tidbits out there to help quench the need for all things Titanic.

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Dried Out: Confronting The Texas Drought, A Drought of Historic Proportions

Dried Out: Confronting The Texas Drought, A Drought of Historic Proportions | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
In 2011, Texas endured the worst single-year drought in its history. Learn more about its impact on the state and explore options for dealing with Texas’ water challenges in the future — and share your stories.

This case-study of a drought in Texas would form a sound basis for the hazards topic of P2. It is accompanied by excellent graphics.

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European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery

European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

This website houses the past research, images and future missions of the European Space Agency. The greatest scientific knowledge we have gained through the space program is actually about our home planet. Space-age technologies literally give geographers a chance to step back and put the Earth in better perspective. Images from this site are fantastic resource use to teach the thematic content, but also it is a great resource to show the relevance of geospatial technologies.  I love this particular image of Venice.  For more see: www.esa.int  


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Containerization Shaped Globalization

Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove...

 

The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, faciliated the era within which we live today. 


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Ben Fullman's comment, September 14, 5:06 PM
Contain or remain.
global or insane
effect what we do in the world we live "todayne."
what will it be like in 50 years, only your children will "sayne."
I would containerize, but i definitely wouldn't
John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, September 14, 7:26 PM

It is astonishing how such a simple idea can improve productivity.  Containerization established an efficient system that revolutionized the transportation of products. The product was secure, the containers were easy to organize and could be stacked on top of each other thus increasing the volume of product being shipped. Even though containerization has helped with the concept of globalization, it still has its defects. Jobs decreased due to the loss of “break bulk shipping.” Containerization also makes it easier for criminals to smuggle contraband. Immigration, drugs, weapons and even animals can be smuggled.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 7:52 AM

The concept of containerization saves time and is essentially the reason why we have globalization. Just as McLean's concept made shipping faster, cheaper and more efficient, it also eliminated the jobs of the workers who loaded the ships. Sometimes, globalization has negative aspects such as taking away jobs in order to make something available to a consumer faster and cheaper.

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The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360

The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Large-scale industrial agriculture depends on engineering the land to ensure the absence of natural diversity. But as the recent emergence of herbicide-tolerant weeds on U.S. farms has shown, nature ultimately finds a way to subvert uniformity and assert itself.

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Texas Storm Was Over Eight Miles High

Texas Storm Was Over Eight Miles High | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The astonishing power of Mother Nature....

 

3D NASA images show the magnitude of last week's storm in Texas was immense, vertically towering 8 miles above the Texas landscape.  The storm "spawning 14 tornadoes and golf ball sized hail was immense...[NASA's] Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite watched the storm develop and measured its cloud height at above eight miles high." 


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Where are the Men? A third problem with Gender and Development.

Even if the goal were strictly to improve the situation of women, it’s clear that at some level men will have to be involved, and an approach that ignores men (or worse insults them) is unlikely to win allies.

This is the third in a three part series looking at some of the "problems" associated with "Gender and Development".

The links in the comments about this post offer examples of how men/boys are now being given more prominence in aid organizations' work.

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IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events

IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

"In recent years, extreme weather and climate events have taken many lives and caused billions of dollars in economic losses. Is climate change leading to increases in the number and severity of extreme events? How do social and environmental factors interact with weather and climate events to create disasters? And what can be done to make societies more resilient to extremes?"

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Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map

Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is the world on a site - but how can you show the millions of articles written in each language?

This is a fascinating interactive map, an ideal starting point for discussions in P3 higher level extension.

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Yale Environment 360: Brazil Policies Helped Drive Decline in Deforestation, Report Says

Yale Environment 360: Brazil Policies Helped Drive Decline in Deforestation, Report Says | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Brazilian conservation policies were responsible for about half of the 70 percent decline in deforestation within the Amazon rainforest from 2005 to 2009, according to a new study. In an analysis conducted by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), researchers found that a series of government policies — including stricter monitoring and enforcement of land use laws, the expansion of protected areas, and stronger incentives for local governments to meet environmental standards —

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Pew Hispanic Center: Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero - Hispanically Speaking News

Pew Hispanic Center: Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero - Hispanically Speaking News | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill.

After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants——more than half of whom came illegally——the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped——and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.

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Satellite Images of Urban Sprawl

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The past century has been defined by an epic migration of people from rural areas to the city. In 2008, for the first time in history, more of the Earth's population was living in cities than in the countryside.

 

This image gallery is designed "to present images from space [that] track the relentless spread of humanity."  The 'slide bar' in the middle allows the viewer to scroll between before and after images of major metropolitan areas that have experienced dramatic growth in the last 10-30 years.  The attached images is on Dubai, UAE.  Notice the man-made islands, especially the 'archipelago' in the shape of the world that is 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai.


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Living through Crises

What did the global food, fuel, and financial crises of 2008-11 mean to people living in the developing world? How did people cope with the crisis and how effective were they at averting major impacts? [World Bank publication]

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Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water.

A United Nations report has recommended a massive recovery initiative, but so far the Nigerian government has shown few signs it will agree to the cleanup project.

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Simple and Beautiful Population Density

Interactive display of world population density. 


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Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it'

Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it' | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it'...

"The plants and animals around us repeatedly serve up surprises," Saran Twombly, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research, said.

"These results show that we miss these surprises because we don't study natural communities over the right time scales. For plant communities in Arizona, it took researchers 10 years to find that responses of native plant communities to warmer temperatures were the opposite of those predicted," Twombly said.


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Pay Gap Between Women and Men (USA)

Pay Gap Between Women and Men (USA) | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

On average, women are still paid less than men for working comparable jobs (in the USA). Is it getting better? Interactive graphic shows how salaries between the genders have changed over the past nine years.

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State of the World 2012 Symposium | Worldwatch Institute

State of the World 2012 Symposium | Worldwatch Institute | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity is the latest publication in the Worldwatch Institute’s flagship State of the World series, which remains the most recognized and authoritative resource for research and policy solutions on critical global issues. State of the World 2012 builds on three decades of experience to offer a clear, pragmatic look at the current state of global ecological systems and the economic forces that are reshaping them—and how we can craft more-sustainable and equitable economies in the future.

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Healthcare Problems in Developing Countries

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Abstract: Developmental and reproductive health indicators in developing countries are still deplorable, and adverse health consequences have been linked to poor socio - economic growth and development.
Healthcare problems in developing countries are multifaceted and result from a combination of factors, socio - cultural, economic, political as well as poor planning and/or poor implementation of health policies and programmes. Also, there is the problem of availability, accessibility, affordability, sustainability of services and weak referral systems.

These problems are reviewed and practical suggestions made on the way forward.


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Perpetual Ocean, shows ocean surface currents around the world.

This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007.


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Yale Environment 360: Natural Wastewater Treatment Gains Favor in Nepal, With Nearly 30 Plants

Wastewater managers in Nepal are increasingly turning to natural, decentralized wastewater treatment to prevent the mass discharge of raw sewage into urban water bodies and rivers. Almost 30 systems have been constructed in the last 15 years, and recent efforts to institutionalize decentralized treatment may see these numbers rise.

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Is this the structure of New York City?

Is this the structure of New York City? | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Broadway as the spine is not difficult to believe. Data from the Twitter streaming API (10000 points, 30000 vectors).

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