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Yale Environment 360: Increased Nutrient Levels May Drive Collapse of Salt Marsh, Study Says

Increasing levels of nutrients seeping from septic systems and lawn fertilizers may be driving the steady decline of salt marshesthat has occurred along the U.S. East coast in recent decades, a new study hasDavid S. Johnson/MBL

found. While scientists had long believed that salt marshes have an unlimited capacity for removing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, a long-term experiment by researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Mass. found...


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New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Pressure from loggers, gold prospectors, and land speculators endangers many of the world's last remaining uncontacted indigenous communities.
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Arctic summit starts in London

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Air Pollution in Asia: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

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How the north ended up on top of the map | Al Jazeera America

How the north ended up on top of the map | Al Jazeera America | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
A cartographic history of what’s up

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Tony Burton's curator insight, February 19, 3:00 PM

Link is suitable for TOK discussion about maps

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Southeast Asia Wastes Up To 80% Of Rice Harvest

Southeast Asia Wastes Up To 80% Of Rice Harvest | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
The loss of about 180 million tons a year of rice also represents poor use of land, energy and water resources, a U.K.-based group warned.
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Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a 'power grab' by wealthy elites

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steve smith's curator insight, February 23, 7:01 PM

a staggering statistic !

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - A Sheep No More

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - A Sheep No More | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection...
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Canada to claim north pole as its own

Canada to claim north pole as its own | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
UN submission will seek to redefine Canada's continental shelf to capture more Arctic oil and gas resources

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China to loosen its one-child policy, end labor camps

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BEIJING -- The Chinese government announced Friday that it will loosen its three-decade-old one-child policy, allowing couples to have a second baby if either parent is an only child, one of a package of reforms enacted at a Communist Party enclave...

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:29 AM

Still some restrictions but they are making some major reforms.  Thanks Trevor!

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Mapping a New America

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On a venture to rival Lewis and Clark's, Robert Ballard embarks on a ten-year expedition to discover what lies beneath the waves of this country's latest frontier.
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Vacuum cleaner to clean up Beijing smog

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has been working with Delft University to create an vacuum that uses an electrostatic field to clean up smog.
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Class-Divided Cities: London Edition

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There are deep divisions in one of the world's most powerful global cities.

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This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa

This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This graph is worth as many as you can take out of it.

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Why Chinese don’t want more children - CNN GPS Fareed Zakaria

Why Chinese don’t want more children - CNN GPS Fareed Zakaria | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it

"Much has been made of how China recently eased restrictions on having children. Under the old rules, if a couple wanted to have a second child, both husband and wife needed to be the only offspring of their parents.  Under the new rules, a second child could be allowed if just one of its potential parents was an only-child. The change impacts about 20 million Chinese. You'd imagine after decades of restrictions, many of them would jump at the chance to have a second child, right?"


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Beijing Buys a Waste Management Company to Solve Its Pollution Problems

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But it won't work.


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China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’ | TIME.com

China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’ | TIME.com | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
The pollution is threatening lives and crops

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, February 26, 4:56 PM

"As the foul air intensified over the weekend, the nation’s senior climate-change official noted that “China’s pollution is at an unbearable stage.” Another scientist compared the smog blanket to living through a “nuclear winter” because the air is so impenetrable that crops are not getting enough light and becoming stunted, threatening disaster for many farmers."

 

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China's Mass Migration Home for Lunar New Year in Pictures

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The scores of Chinese who made the long trek back to their hometown for Spring Festival faced crowded train stations and long, arduous rides to ring in the new year with loved ones.

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2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid - Gates Foundation

2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid - Gates Foundation | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Learn how foreign aid reduces overpopulation, dependency on aid for impoverished countries, and makes a sustainable future for our planet.
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Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it

"The big story of global economic development over the past several decades has been the steady march of urbanization and the development of mega-cities around the world. As I noted earlier this week, the percentage of the world's population that lives in cities has grown from less than a third in the middle of the twentieth century to more than half today.  

 

Economists and urbanists have generally considered increasing urbanization to be a good thing. The long history of global cities — from ancient Rome to London and New York today — is a story of increasing progress and prosperity.


But those concerned with the "Global South" have rightly pointed to the persistent poverty in some large, dense cities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Consider the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kinshasa — a booming megalopolis of 8.4 million in a country that has a GDP per capita of only $410.  If urbanization really helps drive economic development, why do many global cities remain poor?"

 


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Kaili Tan's comment, January 29, 7:35 AM
I agree with your point of view. Urbanization provides lots of benefits for the people however it takes a lot of time to develop an under-developed area into a modern urban city. There are many things to build and it takes effort of many workers to evolve the place. Thus, many areas are still not developed and some of the urban cities are still poor because the government do not have enough money to support them. Thus, an urban city might be living in poverty too. To overcome poverty is not a matter that can be resolved overnight. It requires the combined efforts of many contributing individuals.
Keith Lee's comment, January 29, 8:15 AM
urbanization do provide lots of benefits for the people but it will be interminable. the workers have to be employed by someone who has the capability and knowledge, the company or government must be capable to sustain the construction. the company also needs to supply resources and pay the workers. i think that economic power can help urbanize a city, the state then the country.
Joey Tan's comment, January 29, 10:08 AM
I totally agree about the point pointed out. Urbanization is very common in many countires that are very big. It provides lots of advantages but because the country is too big, the government is unable to make changes very quickly. The city is usually the place that will be more advanced and well-developed as compared to other rural areas. Thus, it takes a longer time for a undeveloped area to be more organised and developed. Not only are the people in rural areas living in poverty, people living in city might also be facing the poverty because the country only focus on developing the country and not the other important factors such as education and health. To improve poverty, I feel that everyone in the country should do their part in contributing and making the country a better place to be in.
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Follow The Frog Week 2013

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I Follow the Frog. And I'm choosing a healthy planet. | Follow the Frog Week September 16-22
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DME WIDE • World Inequality Database on Education

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Alan B. Sielen | The Reverse Evolution of the World's Oceans | Foreign Affairs

Alan B. Sielen | The Reverse Evolution of the World's Oceans | Foreign Affairs | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Of all the threats looming over the planet today, one of the most alarming is the seemingly inexorable descent of the world’s oceans into ecological perdition.
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Geography game: how well do you know the world?

Geography game: how well do you know the world? | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:35 PM

For your enjoyment and practice during Geography Awareness Week!

Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:43 AM

This website has games that can easily be incorporated in a geography class. Teachers can use this when they are introducing countries and continents. Students can use this as a way to prepare for a map quiz. I recommend games like these because who doesnt like games? Games are a great way to get students involved in class. Games like these are fun and students dont realize that they are actually learning something. 

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China breaks saddest record ever: 8-year-old is youngest lung-cancer patient

China breaks saddest record ever: 8-year-old is youngest lung-cancer patient | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
An eight-year-old girl from Jiangsu province is China's youngest lung-cancer patient
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Gender Gap Index

Gender Gap Index | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:06 PM

Interesting data!

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:35 PM

No surprise here that the countries that are more well off generally have less of a gender gap. One thing that i like to point out about this article is that the united states came in 23rd which i think is pretty humerous since we pride outselfs on our rights and equality but were not even in the top 20 countries in the world when it comes down to equality between genders. The biggest surprise of this article though has to be nicaragua coming in 10th even though every country around it scored poorly. hopefully the nicaraguans can teach their fellow costa ricans and houndurans how to close the gap.

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gender gap chloropleth