Jie Lin, who is a colleague of mine both at the CtSDC and the Department of Geography Ph.D. program, recently examined the impacts of the planned High Speed Rail Network in the People's Republic of China. Specifically, Jie's focus has been on the increase in accessibility that would be a result of implementing the planned high speed network. Before we dive into Jie's results, however, a little background.
NL-Aid is a 'blog and news agency' about foreign aid, development cooperation, international politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America...
It is very clear that we live in a planet where river basins (land drained by rivers and its tributaries, often vast tract of area) and aquifers (deep under-ground layers of water that extend over large areas) that cross over from one country to other and in some cases several countries. Such river basins and aquifers are known as transboundary waters. By 2000 the continent wise transboundary rivers stood at 261 (the number keeps on changing as new states come up with redefining of geo-political boundaries):
"80% of all web communication is in ten languages, yet 95% of humanity speaks roughly 300 languages. Could Apple Siri and Google Voice help save the world's languages?"
This graph stunningly displays the result of dwindling linguistic diversity in this era of globalization and technological innovation. Why have so many languages been dwindling? Why are an important few growing? What is the future of the majority of the world's languages that have so few native speakers?
This map does a really good job of simply conveying worldwide population density.
And for good reason; it might be the most intuitive look at global pop. density ever cobbled together. The brainchild of Fathom Information Design, 'Dencity' uses small pixels to connote density, big ones to convey wide-open, unpopulated spaces.
This is a wonderful series of graphics for HL P3 Global interactions.
The anthroposphere is the human layer that grows inside the biosphere.
By locating the structures and hotspots of human activity, by acknowledging the extent of our footprints and our facilities, perhaps we will glimpse the limits of our world and the importance of redefining what it means to live in and on it.
The items on these maps — cities, paved and unpaved roads, railways, power lines, pipelines, cable Internet, airlines, shipping lanes — are obviously not to scale.
Links to posters and information about the Arctic and Antartic.
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Time: 7 hours Level: IntroductoryThis unit is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.
Drylands, the arid regions of the World between temperate regions and deserts, are subjects to long seasons with very little precipitation and drought spells sometimes lasting over several years.
Population density in drylands of the World. Drylands, the arid regions of the World between temperate regions and deserts, are subjects to long seasons with very little precipitation and drought spells sometimes lasting over several years. The most densely populated dryland regions are in developing countries, and the economies in this zone are vulnerable to issues like drought.
Along with the oft-pronounced, desperately wished for death of the suburbs, no demographic narrative thrills the mainstream news media more than the decline of the Sun Belt, the country’s southern rim extending from the Carolinas to California. Since the housing bubble collapse in 2007, commentators have heralded “the end of the Sun Belt boom.”
Yet this assertion is largely exaggerated, particularly since the big brass buckle in the middle of the Sun Belt, Texas, has thrived throughout the recession. California, of course, has done far worse, but its slow population growth and harsh regulatory environment align it more with the Northeast than with its sunny neighbors.
Which countries are home to the most valuable names in business?
"Google tops the list of the world’s most valuable brands, besting Microsoft, Walmart and BMW among others. But which countries have the greatest concentrations of the global brands?
Together, my MPI colleagues Charlotta Mellander, Zara Matheson and I coded the list of Global 500 brands by location and charted them by country. The chart below shows the total brand value (in millions of dollars) of the top 25 nations."
Thanks to oil sands Canada now has the world's third largest reserves of oil, but exporting it is not proving easy.
Over the past two decades, changes in technology and the rising cost of oil have left it with so much recoverable oil in the sands, rocks and clay of the province of Alberta that it is now believed to hold the third largest reserves on earth - after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
2011 is already tied for the 10th warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1850, according to the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization. Yesterday was also the warmest day ever in NYC, with the mercury hitting 70 degrees in Central Park, breaking the previous high of 69 degrees, which happened in 1990. (Before that, the high of 69, dude, had only been reached in 1896.) The 13 hottest years in modern civilization's history have all have occurred in the last 15 years, or at least that's what secular "scientists" would have you believe, with their precious "facts."
The economic crisis that broke out in 2008 will result in a net outflow of people from Spain seeking work, the first time since figures have been kept...
In 2011, forecasts are for 450,000 people to come to Spain - with 351,588 of that predicted number having already arrived by September - compared with 580,850 who will leave the country (407,214 by September) seeking better economic opportunities, thus creating a net emigration of 130,850 people.
In a new comprehensive study, scientists have determined that the chance of having one or more magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquakes in the California area over the next 30 years is greater than 99%.
Such quakes can be deadly, as shown by the 1989 magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta and the 1994 magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquakes. The likelihood of at least one even more powerful quake of magnitude 7.5 or greater in the next 30 years is 46%—such a quake is most likely to occur in the southern half of the State.
Building codes, earthquake insurance, and emergency planning will be affected by these new results, which highlight the urgency to prepare now for the powerful quakes that are inevitable in California’s future.
by Bill Rankin, 2009- Interactive map of how the world's cultivated area has expanded since 1700.
"The spread of agriculture over the last 300 years has been a dance of intensification and expansion. Nearly every area of the world has seen agriculture become more locally dense: agricultural land has become more and more agricultural, even in areas where it has been long established and where population density has..."
Radical Cartography, brought to you by Bill Rankin...
Interesting article that links to the geography and globalization of food:
"Provenance is a tricky issue. Over the past few years, the names of agricultural regions, villages, and even specific farms have proliferated on urban menus and shelf labels, providing the aspirational consumer with a shorthand guarantee of authenticity, taste, and, often, local origin..." (cont)
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