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A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next

A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Prof. Arnon Sofer sets out the link between drought, Assad’s civil war, and the wider strains in the Middle East; Jordan and Gaza are also in deep trouble, he warns

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A neo-malthusian explanation for the current situation in the Middle East

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:25 AM

The article explains how population growth, climate change, drought, and water shortages could have contributed to the rise of war in Syria. This is an interesting interpretation, one which certainly could have been a contributing factor, but not all the Arab Spring can be attributed to water shortages so it is not a direct cause. The water shortages in Syria and a lack of government response certainly could have fanned flames which already existed due to an oppressive regime and regional conflicts. Climate change gets a lot of attention for the potential damage it could do to the environment, but I had not given much thought to the conflicts it could cause between nations and peoples.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:22 PM

Egypt may be the next country to be in deep trouble. With so many militant attacks coming out of Egypt to being with there is no surprise that the Middle East thinks it will be next on the list.

Pamela Hills's curator insight, July 18, 2014 8:37 AM

 A world at war and hot spots are growing with people caught in middle <3

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High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children – report

High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children – report | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Research predicts African children will account for 43% of global poverty by 2030, although absolute number of poor will fall
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Fertility Rates-Differences Within Countries

"An important aspect about country level data of fertility to keep in mind is that there can be considerable heterogeneity within countries, which are hidden in the mean fertility which were discussed in this entry. The mean Total Fertility Rate for India in 2010 was 2.8 (UN Data): But this average hides the fact that the fertility in many Southern Indian regions was below 1.5 (which is similar to the mean fertility in many European countries), while the fertility in Northern India was still higher than 5 children per woman (which is as high as the mean of the African countries with the highest fertility)."


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This is a stunning example of uneven development and regional differences within countries.  Too often we discuss countries as if the situation inside the borders of one country is the same throughout it, even if the geographic contexts can be wildly different. 

 

Questions to Ponder: Why are the fertility rates in so different in northern and southern India?  How does this regional imbalance impact the country?  What are other examples of major differences within a country? 

 

Tags: regions, population, demographic transition model, declining populationmodelsunit 2 population, India, South Asia. 

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Humans have already used up this year’s supply of natural resources

Humans have already used up this year’s supply of natural resources | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Humans have used up a full year’s worth of Earth’s ecological resources in just over seven months, its fastest rate ever, according to an annual environmental report. “Earth overshoot day”, marks the date at which humanity’s demand on the planet exceeds that which it can regenerate in a year. This year it will fall on Monday 8 August, its earliest date yet.
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Africa and the tech revolution: what's holding back the mobile continent? – podcast transcript

Africa and the tech revolution: what's holding back the mobile continent? – podcast transcript | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Clár Ní Chonghaile reports from the Africa technology business forum on the country’s obstacles to getting the most out of the tech revolution
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China's coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

China's coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Study by economists say achievement by world’s biggest polluter may be a significant milestone, rather than a blip
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Afghanistan Is Working To Bring Down Child Mortality Rates

Afghanistan Is Working To Bring Down Child Mortality Rates | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
The country's ministry of public health is helping women become midwives.
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Coal India accused of bulldozing human rights amid production boom

Coal India accused of bulldozing human rights amid production boom | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
People evicted without compensation as India expands mining operations, says Amnesty International report
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People evicted without compensation as India expands mining operations, says Amnesty International report
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Global fish production approaching sustainable limit, UN warns

Global fish production approaching sustainable limit, UN warns | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Around 90% of the world’s stocks are now fully or overfished and production is set to increase further by 2025, according to report from UN’s food body
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We must act fast on the global goals, or risk leaving the poorest behind | Elizabeth Stuart

We must act fast on the global goals, or risk leaving the poorest behind | Elizabeth Stuart | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Early action on the sustainable development goals is desperately needed – without it, they may become impossible to achieve
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Europe's primeval forest may be at risk - BBC News

Europe's primeval forest may be at risk - BBC News | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
The Białowieża Forest is Europe's last significant stretch of primeval forest but it may be under threat, as Hugh Sykes reports.
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Poor nutrition now affects a third of the human race, says report

Poor nutrition now affects a third of the human race, says report | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Being malnourished is the new normal, expert warns, as global nutrition report reveals heavy toll of poor diet, from stunting to diabetes
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Everything you need to know about UK aid and the 0.7% spending pledge

Everything you need to know about UK aid and the 0.7% spending pledge | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
As parliament debates a petition to drop the foreign aid spending commitment, we explain the target and look at how the UK compares to other donors
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Shocking New Maps Show Mankind's Changing Global Footprint

Shocking New Maps Show Mankind's Changing Global Footprint | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
There's a tiny glimmer of hope in a world of bad news.
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Millennium development goals: the final countdown | The Guardian

Millennium development goals: the final countdown | The Guardian | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Latest Millennium development goals: the final countdown news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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Africa risks fresh debt crisis as levels of borrowing rise sharply, warns UN

Africa risks fresh debt crisis as levels of borrowing rise sharply, warns UN | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Heavy lending triggered by bold efforts to combat inequality and poverty could spell return to difficult era of late 80s and early 90s, says UN trade body
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How Malawi reduced its HIV/Aids infection rate

How Malawi reduced its HIV/Aids infection rate | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Malawi's Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume, on the approach to HIV in a country where 10 percent are infected.
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Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures

Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
US agencies Nasa and Noaa say last month was 0.9C hotter than the 20th century average and the hottest June since records began in 1880
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UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts, government advisers warn

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts, government advisers warn | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
A 2,000 page report by Committee on Climate Change predicts global warming will hit UK with deadly heatwaves, more flooding and water shortages
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Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study

Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Overseas Development Institute identifies reduced trade, fall in value of aid money and declining growth among factors that could hit poor countries
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Overseas Development Institute identifies reduced trade, fall in value of aid money and declining growth among factors that could hit poor countries
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Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth

Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
The world population looks set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, but what’s behind the big numbers? We look at the complex demographic shifts in play
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Women's rights country by country - interactive

Women's rights country by country - interactive | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Which countries have laws preventing violence? Which legislate for gender equality? And which countries allow abortion? Using World Bank and UN data we offer a snapshot of women's rights across the globe
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Brazil's giant dams risk destroying heart of the Amazon, says Greenpeace

Brazil's giant dams risk destroying heart of the Amazon, says Greenpeace | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Construction of 40 dams in the Tapajós river basin would severely affect indigenous people and is not justifiable economically, says new report
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China binned its one-child policy - now it must fix the gulf in education between city and country

China binned its one-child policy - now it must fix the gulf in education between city and country | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Li Bo’s job used to involve reporting unlawful pregnancies to family planning officials. Today, in the remote Wangyuan village in China’s mountainous Shaanxi province, he’s sat on a playmat helping a toddler build a fort with multi-coloured blocks.
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