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The 8 Best TED Talks On Food Policy

The 8 Best TED Talks On Food Policy | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

This list, provided by Huffington Post, is good, but there are many more excellent Ted Talks on food.  Search yourself, or continue to check for more here.

 

On Saturday, TEDx Manhattan, an unofficial offshoot of the non-profit TED, will be hosting a series of lectures on the theme "Changing The Way We Eat." The talks are going to be live-streamed at viewing parties across the country.

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Understanding Earth

For our ancestors, geographic knowledge was crucial for survival. For our own survival today, geographic knowledge plays an equally important role.
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Women Funding Women Opens the Door to Responsible Investing - Business - GOOD

Women Funding Women Opens the Door to Responsible Investing - Business - GOOD | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
A new impact investment fund targets women and lowers the financial burden of making responsible investments—a WIN-WIN.
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The 'Myth' of Urbanization as a Driver of Economic Growth in China

The 'Myth' of Urbanization as a Driver of Economic Growth in China | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks to Bloomberg News about how China's labor reform efforts could boost domestic consumption by making migrant workers more permanent.
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The Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

This website's goal is to create a working vocabulary or lexicon for sustainability.  It does so through the use of some interesting photography. Definition and descriptions are scripted over top of these photos.  

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Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Sounds like something we should be doing!

 

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing service for geocaches around the world.

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Africa’s Population Surge

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At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.

 

Africa is the world's fastest growing region and consequently it is an incredibly young (demographically speaking) region.  This video show key reasons (primarily cultural and economic) for the population growth within Africa.  How does the  demographic transition model apply to Africa?


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Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:46 PM

With declining rates of infant mortality, stable and growing maternity rates, the population of Africa is being projected to account for 33% of the world’s population. This may hold true unless we see what is happening in Europe, where increased maternal education and help with child rearing for society is leading to smaller families. So much so, that they have whole towns dying from lack of population replacement. China is seeing this as well with their “one child” program.  Unless sub-Saharan Africa starts a program heavy on education, the area will far exceed it’s ability to house and feed it’s populace.

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Reunification Renovations: A Massive Facelift for Eastern Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Reunification Renovations: A Massive Facelift for Eastern Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
During a trip to East Germany in 1990, photographer Stefan Koppelkamm discovered buildings that had survived both the war and the construction mania of the East German authorities. Ten years later, he returned to photograph the buildings again.
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Curiosity "Feats of Agricultural Biotechnology"

Curiosity "Feats of Agricultural Biotechnology" | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures show technology at work. Check out our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures to see for yourself.
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Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction

Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

There's more than one way to skin a city, I mean cat.  Read this article and let's dissect a couple of different ways to approach urban development.

 

"Cities as technologically precise as a Formula One race car are being built now. Do we really want to live in them?"

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Kings of the carnivores

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Who eats most meat? Vegetarians should look away. The world has a burgeoning appetite for meat. Fifty years ago global consumption was 70m tonnes.

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Is China's Breathtaking New City The Future Of Urban Living?

Is China's Breathtaking New City The Future Of Urban Living? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
From Inhabitat: Green building is becoming so prevalent these days that it may not be enough to erect individual eco buildings anymore - the newest trend is entire eco-cities.
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How Gandhi made tea taboo

How Gandhi made tea taboo | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Tea is one of India's most popular beverages and may soon become the national drink. But for many years, it was considered a poison.
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How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills

How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Music is one of the many points of access into any culture.  Our ability to listen and appreciate music will dictate how easily we pass through that door and join the party.

 

'Respond esthetically to all sounds, from the hum of the refrigerator motor or the paddling of oars on a lake, to the tones of a cello or mu...

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Downtowns: How Did We Get Here?

Kennedy Smith is considered one of the nation's leading experts on downtowns, downtown economics, independent business development and the economic impact of urban sprawl, with a long career in downtown revitalization.

 

This video discusses the decline of the American Central Business District, the rise of shopping malls, the importance of the automobile and spatial organization of particular economic sectors.

 

Parts Two  http://vimeo.com/37041011 ; and Three  http://vimeo.com/37050944 ; continue the discussion with an emphasis on practical urban planning policies for small cities to revitalize the downtown region with some domestic and foreign examples. 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:38 AM

I have wondered about that where these downtowns came from. I have thought of it because I am very curious to learn about downtown providence and how it became a downtown. Where did the word downtown come from? It is amazing how things are being called in this world.

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Girls born in 2009 will live shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of US counties | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Girls born in 2009 will live shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of US counties | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

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Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

People around the world sharing pictures and stories about how climate change is affecting their life.

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10 Unique Train Trips

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Cutting a swath through some breathtaking landscapes, these railways offer a unique window on the world. From the National Geographic book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime 1.
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Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says

Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Raising taxes on the rich is often touted as an effective way to narrow growing income gap, this article poses some other options for solving the problem.

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6 hours in Jakarta

Sure it's a camera commercial,but it provides a stunning look into life in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. 


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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:52 PM

This commercial is a beautiful and authentic look at Jakarta. I love the detail you gather from the piece-- from the bicycles to the fish market to the man selling watches. It gives you a sense of the people who inhabit the city as well as the culture, economy and infrastructure of Jakarta.

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ORBIS

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Thanks to Seth Dixon and http://geographyeducation.org/ for this find and many others.

 

Site of focus: http://orbis.stanford.edu

 

 

This is a tremendous resources understanding the historical geography of the Ancient Roman Empire and the transportation network.  Using ORBIS you can simulate travel logistics in the pre-modern e...

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Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez?

Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
We are at the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, and some recent accounts paint a pretty bleak picture of the state of the Gulf of Mexico. The immediate...
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The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All

The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States as a tradition of Mexican origin.
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