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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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Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live forever? | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
OVER the past 100 years, mankind has made great leaps in healthcare and medicine: eliminating diseases and learning how to keep people alive. The life expectancy of...
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The Guardian view on geography: it’s the must-have A-level | Editorial

The Guardian view on geography: it’s the must-have A-level | Editorial | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Editorial: It used to be a Cinderella subject. Now, in a world that increasingly values people who can work across the physical and social sciences, geography’s all the rage
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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants

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christian's curator insight, May 27, 9:35 AM

Unit 5: land use

This article mainly tells you how France is trying to be "greener" by passing a law that says "all new buildings in commercial zones must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels" 

This article ties into unit 5 by showing how the french lawmakers are making their commercial zones more efficient and healthier by having the greenery and or solar panels on the top of buildings. 

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 11:36 AM

Global use of fossil fuels has decreased due to the increase of alternative energy sources. With this, France passed a new law that in commercial or urban zones rooftops must be partially covered in plants or solar panes. These roofs help reduce the amount of money needed to heat building in the winter and cool it in the summer. If the global population continued to increase the use of these green roofs, the amount of fossil fuels will continue to reduce. 

Hanaka Koyama's curator insight, September 1, 9:38 PM

A new law mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels, to create green roofs. → eventually make it not “partially”


environmental effects:

reduce energy needed to cool or heat the building, emitting less carbon dioxide.

retain rainfall and reduce risk of runoff (delay the time at which runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems during peak periods)

The plants act as filter of the atmosphere (less gas, CO2, other pollutants)

habitat for birds in urban area

recreational space for people in urban city


economic effects:

Adding natural beauty and major aesthetic improvement to buildings, which in turn increases the investment opportunity
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Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It?

Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It? | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Dams are rising all along the Mekong. The people of Southeast Asia need the clean electricity--but also the fish and rice that an undammed river provides.
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Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty

Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Digital financial tools can greatly improve lives in poor countries, but it is especially crucial to put them into the hands of women, whose role in economic growth is often ignored.
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Biodegradable Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away

Biodegradable Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
A creative company in California called Reduce. Reuse. Grow has designed a coffee cup that is not only biodegradable, but even has seeds in its walls so that it can be planted and grown! The cups, which are currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, will have seeds embedded in their walls based on their locations.
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Bright lights, big cities

Bright lights, big cities | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
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A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED

A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
The structure is designed to wring water out of thin air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, January 10, 9:48 PM

La torre WarkaWater es una estructura poco probable encontrar que sobresale del paisaje etíope. A los 30 metros de altura y 13 metros de ancho, no es un medio tan grande como su árbol del mismo nombre (que puede vislumbrarse 75 pies de altura), pero es llamativo, no obstante. La torre larguirucho, de bambú celosía forrada con malla de poliéster de color naranja, no es arte, aunque sí especie de lo parece. Más bien, la estructura está diseñada para escurrir el agua fuera del aire, proporcionando una fuente sostenible de H2O para los países en desarrollo.

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Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World History 215 - YouTube

In which John Green teaches you about population. So, how many people can reasonably live on the Earth? Thomas Malthus got it totally wrong in the 19th centu...

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Poverty and Uncertainty for Widows of Syrian 'Freedom Fighters'

Poverty and Uncertainty for Widows of Syrian 'Freedom Fighters' | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Their husbands died fighting the Syrian government. Today, their widows who had been given safe haven in Jordan lead impoverished, vulnerable lives.
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Japan's Population Decline: Incedible Facts About Japan's Aging Population

Japan's Population Decline: Does Japan have an ageing population problem? Did you know by 2060 4 out of 10 people in Japan will be over age 65? Will Japan as...

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Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2013

Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2013 | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it

Explore origin and destination totals of migrants from 233 countries between 1990 and 2013.


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Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 10:39 AM

Talks about the viewing and birthplace of international migrant, or a person who has been living for one year or longer in a country other than the one in which he or she was born. 

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What is El Niño?

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“EL NIÑO is Spanish for...The Niño!” joked Chris Farley on a 1997 episode of Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy programme. The skit was memorable for...
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The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself - BBC News

The beauty contest winner making Japan look at itself - BBC News | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Miss Universe Japan 2015 is half-American, and not everyone is happy about her triumph, writes Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.
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How Bangkok’s glitzy malls are eating up Laos’s most valuable resources | Asian Correspondent

How Bangkok’s glitzy malls are eating up Laos’s most valuable resources | Asian Correspondent | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Laotians may have bristled at hearing about Bangkok's massive new EmQuartier high-end shopping centre. But those gripes don't stem from envy of the number of outlets selling high end brands in the Thai capital. Instead, the point of contention is how much electricity soaked up by Bangkok's ever growing number of retail plazas, power that relies on hydro dams that are wreaking ecological havoc in the neighbouring Southeast Asian nation.
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Hanaka Koyama's curator insight, August 17, 10:21 AM

Dam in Laos --> electricity in Thailand

However since Thailand has been consuming electricity a lot, following the rapid economic development, the demand of electricity and hydro dams in Laos have been increased. Those dams are responsible for decrease in  biodiversity, preventing fish from migrating or reaching where local people do fishing.

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Getting the Whole World Online

Getting the Whole World Online | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Most of the world’s 7.2 billion people still do not have Internet access, but there is a lot that governments can do to make sure their citizens are not left in the dark.
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When They Brought These Wolves Into The Park, They Had No Idea This Would Happen

When They Brought These Wolves Into The Park, They Had No Idea This Would Happen | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
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I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like

I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a
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The rise of megacities – interactive

The rise of megacities – interactive | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities. We explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of these 'cities on steroids'
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Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography ISB | Scoop.it
Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood.

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