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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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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:03 PM

It is a very interesting article, I can see why the lack of water can affect they way a country behave. Water is not a luxury is necessity. But some people might argue that the lack of water isn’t is a big factor on why Syria has all this problems. I do feel that any country with environmental problem, is a country that shows that they are not being taking care off properly. And when a population feels that they are not receiving such  essential resource like water, the country start feeling neglected and that’s when people start complaining and problems start to happened

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 9:32 AM

This article makes the connection between lower fresh water availability and war.  The argument that as water becomes scares, farmers leave their fields and head to the cities.  The cities are ill-equipped to handle the inflow of people and the greater demand on its water resources creating unrest and discontent.  This is an interesting way of looking at the conflicts in the area.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 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.

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Remittances: how much money do migrants send home? – interactive

Remittances: how much money do migrants send home? – interactive | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Remittances have soared to record levels. Explore the World Bank's latest estimates of how much money is sent, and where
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An interactive guide on the amounts of money mgrants send in remittances. Excellent for population in transitions and for the economic flows section of global interactions. 

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El Niño Could Grow Into a Monster, New Data Show

El Niño Could Grow Into a Monster, New Data Show | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
The odds are increasing that an El Niño is in the works for 2014—and recent forecasts show it might be a big one. As we learned from Chris Farley, El Niños can boost the odds of extreme weather (droughts, typhoons, heat waves) across much of the planet. But the most...
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Palm oil fuels Indonesia deforestation

Palm oil fuels Indonesia deforestation | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Indonesia is the world's top palm oil producer, but that has led to land grabs and violence against indigenous people.
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How Much Climate-Change Denial Can the Market Bear? | VICE News

How Much Climate-Change Denial Can the Market Bear? | VICE News | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Shane Smith responds to an unscientific “analysis” of the VICE on HBO segment, “Greenland is Melting.”
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Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
From colonial cartographers to digital depictions, the continent is being sold short, says Think Africa Press
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Latin America’s biggest solar energy plant helps power La Paz | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Latin America’s biggest solar energy plant helps power La Paz | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Latin America’s largest solar power plant is now supplying power to the city of La Paz in Baja California Sur. The Aura Solar I photovoltaic power plant has a
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So, after the IPCC report, which bit of the world are you prepared to lose?

So, after the IPCC report, which bit of the world are you prepared to lose? | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: When people say we should adjust to climate change, do they understand what that actually means?
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The incredible shrinking country

The incredible shrinking country | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
A QUIET but constant ticking can be heard from the demographic time bomb that sits beneath the world’s third-largest economy. This week it made a louder tick than...
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Italy rescues 5,000 migrants in five days

Italy rescues 5,000 migrants in five days | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Navy and coastguard rescue thousands of refugees who were sailing in small boats off the coast of Sicily.
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A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters

A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
A select few countries have been responsible for the majority of the world's CO2 emissions since the '70s.
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Interactive: The global education crisis

Interactive: The global education crisis | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
UN report warns that tens of millions of children lack basic skills and access to quality schooling.
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China Has Launched the Largest Water-Pipeline Project in History

China Has Launched the Largest Water-Pipeline Project in History | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
But is the South-to-North Water Diversion Project creating more problems than it solves?
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You don't have to live on a coast to get flooded out by climate change

You don't have to live on a coast to get flooded out by climate change | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Landlocked Zimbabwe has been experiencing worsening droughts and worsening floods. Right now the floods are the big problem.
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Challenges Facing World Population Take Centre Stage at UN Forum - Our World

Challenges Facing World Population Take Centre Stage at UN Forum - Our World | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
This year, the UN Commission on Population and Development will take stock of the progress and challenges since a landmark international conference in 1994.
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According to a news release on the Commission’s opening, older persons are the world’s fastest growing age group. The number of people over age 60 almost doubled between 1994 and 2014, and older persons today outnumber children under the age of five. Globally, the share of older persons is expected to reach 21 percent by 2050. Its an ageing planet!

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Hunger games with climate change

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How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution | McKinsey & Company

How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution | McKinsey & Company | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough to unlock a new phase of global economic growth. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Interactive Chart Shows Twenty Years of Global Migration

Interactive Chart Shows Twenty Years of Global Migration | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Vienna-based statistician Guy Abel and geographer Nikola Sander created the very cool interactive chart above (via Tom Murphy) that documents migration flows among regions of the world for four five-year periods between 1990 and 2010. Data from 196 countries was included, but only flows of over 50,000 people are shown. The...
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gates_aid

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Sun, sex and a baby: the unusual package holiday for Danes

Sun, sex and a baby: the unusual package holiday for Danes | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Michael Booth: A TV ad campaign by a Danish package-holiday specialist aims to persuade Danes to have sex on holiday in a bid to boost the country's low birthrate
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Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
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Air pollution kills 7 million people every year

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
One in eight deaths in 2012 was caused by air pollution. Thanks, fossil fuels.
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Can Happiness Save the Environment? - Our World

Can Happiness Save the Environment? - Our World | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
A video and interview with Japanese environmental thought leader Junko Edahiro discussing the links between society's happiness, economic growth, and environment.
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Drought takes toll on Australian farmers

Drought takes toll on Australian farmers | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
Farmers' depression due to drought-related stress concerns doctors more than farming accidents this year.
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China Pledges to Do More About Pollution by Moving It Elsewhere

China Pledges to Do More About Pollution by Moving It Elsewhere | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
At the opening of the meeting of China’s National People’s Congress on Wednesday, Prime Minister Li Keqiang pledged to do more to reduce pollution in the country.
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Where’s the best place to be a woman?

Where’s the best place to be a woman? | IB LANCASTER GEOGRAPHY CORE | Scoop.it
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