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Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.

Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Non-Hispanic white births are no longer a majority in the United States, a tipping point that has implications for politics, the economy and a nation’s identity.
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On the Run From Oppression in Burma

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Long persecuted in their native land, the stateless Rohingya have sought sanctuary across the globe.
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St. Louis Fed | Lessons from Bangladesh: How Microfinance Can Work in America

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Lessons from Bangladesh: How Microfinance Can Work in America | Daniel Davis, former community development specialist with the St.
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Meet The Interrupters – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE

Meet The Interrupters – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Meet Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, three of CeaseFire’s violence interrupters working to stop shootings and killings in Chicago.
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Electricity from solar: small but growing - A story map presented by Esri

Electricity from solar: small but growing - A story map presented by Esri | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

As technology improves, so do the opportunities to use solar power as a source of energy.  

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Dinosaurs' Gaseous Emissions Warmed Earth?

Dinosaurs' Gaseous Emissions Warmed Earth? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Sounds like something out of the satircal paper, The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/).  It appears we're not the only animals to have impacted the environment in history.

 

Giant plant-eaters known as sauropods may have heated the planet by releasing huge amounts of methane, a new study says.

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Peru Has No Answers on Dead Dolphins and Seabirds

Peru Has No Answers on Dead Dolphins and Seabirds | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Peruvian officials have not shared the results of tests to determine why dolphins and seabirds are dying, causing some to fear there is more to the story.
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Horse origins mystery 'solved'

Horse origins mystery 'solved' | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

 

"The horse was first domesticated 6,000 years ago on the grasslands of the Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, genetic evidence suggests."

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HDR 2011 Challenge Winner

HDR 2011 Challenge Winner | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Carlo Zapponi and Vasundhara Parakh for their winning entry in our Human Development Report 2011 challenge.
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NASA Earth Observatory - Vegetation Index

The NDVI (Normalized Digital Vegetation Index) is on of the primary methods for detecting healthy vegetation using satellite imagery.  This also serves as a useful way to distinguish between distinct ecological and agricultural regions and the temporal patterns of planting seasons.  

 

This video was found on a site titled "Explorations in agricultural research" with many great links http://zerogravitygardening.blogspot.com/


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Using a mapmaking checklist for map design | ArcGIS Resource Center

Using a mapmaking checklist for map design | ArcGIS Resource Center | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Here, we look at some static and web maps to see what makes them great, and then share with you a checklist that gives you the tools to evaluate maps.
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Hastings Talk Refutes Genetic Determinism of War - The Hastings Center

Hastings Talk Refutes Genetic Determinism of War - The Hastings Center | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Is war hardwired into us as humans?  Science journalist, John Horgan, tries to answer the question about why we fight and how we can stop.

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Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009.

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New Zealand: The Maori

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One model for reviving dying languages focuses on immersing children and their parents within the Maori culture.
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Dam Project Would Displace Villages in Jungle Valley of Peru

Dam Project Would Displace Villages in Jungle Valley of Peru | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
A hydroelectric dam supported by the country’s president would send thousands of people to live elsewhere.
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Cape Town Without The Freeways | Sustainable Cities Collective

Cape Town Without The Freeways | Sustainable Cities Collective | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Cape Town’s Foreshore freeway strangles the city and cuts it (and its people) off from the Port and water’s edge.
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Pursuit of Light: The Earth & Beyond Seen with NASA’s Amazing Data Visualizations

Pursuit of Light: The Earth & Beyond Seen with NASA’s Amazing Data Visualizations | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Last week NASA released Pursuit of Light, a short HD film that uses amazing data visualizations (mixed with live action footage) to tell stories about the Earth, The Moon, The Sun, The Planets, and the Deep Sky.
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Urban Sustainability's Missing Ingredient? Education

Urban Sustainability's Missing Ingredient? Education | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
The best way to make cities greener might be teaching residents what that actually means.
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Why Cattle Are Bigger & Bulkier: Drugs

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I scooped this article from a tweet by Mark Bitman, food writer for the New York Times.

 

More about Mark Bitman: http://content.markbittman.com/about-me

 

A number of animal scientists at public universities help, and are paid by, pharmaceutical companies to advise -- persuade -- farmers and ranches to use Zilmax, antibiotics, hormones and other drugs.

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China and the two Sudans

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Can there be profit without politics for the biggest investor in the two uncomfortably interdependent countries?
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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere

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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School...

 

"This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant." 


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Gary Robertson's comment, May 7, 2012 9:36 PM
Water is also tied up in hydrated minerals in the rocks of the earth's crust. While not "free" it is still significant and is occasionally freed through subduction and volcanic activity. Furthermore, the earth's mantle may contain even more water than the rest combined! So, maybe the Single Sphere should be larger by more than the cube root of 2, or about 1,083 miles in diameter. See mantle water data at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html
Seth Dixon's comment, May 7, 2012 11:08 PM
Thanks Green Uncle Mary! I mean Mean Uncle Gary!
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Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures | Video on TED.com

TED Talks With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
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