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10 Unique Train Trips

10 Unique Train Trips | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
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. 


Via syarifah dalimunthe, Seth Dixon
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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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Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism.

Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Osama Bin Laden killed people. He taught others to kill. He built a global network of mass murder. He gave his life to death. But that wasn’t his goal.
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D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Washington D.C. sets out an ambitous plan for sustainability

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The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News

The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Morocco knows that development and modernization of its country depends on increasing women's rights, yet challenges in realizing this still remain.


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Bangkok heatwave sparks urban planning criticism

Bangkok heatwave sparks urban planning criticism | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

This article relates well to our recent urban planning project.  

 

Thailand's capital is facing a near record heat wave, stoking debate over urban planning.

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London to test 'smart city' OS

London to test 'smart city' OS | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
An operating system developed to connect services in the cities of the future will be put through its paces in London.
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Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture?

Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Are current agricultural methods sustainable?  Is organic farming a realistic substitute for current practices?  This article looks into both sides of the argument.

 

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6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute...

6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute... | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

LA is known for some of the worst traffic in the U.S.

and its subsequent air quality problems.  Here's a fun video about how six people are searching out their own alternative through cycling.

 

6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute to work via bike in LA.

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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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The battle for Brazil's rainforest

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Will proposed changes to Brazil's forest code set the Amazon on a path to speedier deforestation, as feared by many?
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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

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What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:44 AM

The parliament in London is shifting more power to Scotland and other areas in what is called devolution.  This reflects a push for more independence of countries in the UK that are not England. In order to keep the UK together concessions must be made, this devolution is the British Parliament's efforts to keep the UK intact.

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:30 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This picture explains how devolution works and provides a specific example with the breaking down of power of the imperialist England and it's control into an equally represented United Kingdom. This is an example of devolution at it's best.

This picture relates to unit 4 because it shows how devolution, which is a major part of unit 4, works. It explains it's parts and gives specific geographic examples as in the U.K. this overall relates to unit 4.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:04 PM

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central government to more regional power, in this case, the UK. The UK devolved its powers to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These countries have had independent parliaments since 1997. Some "reserved powers" have not been devolved from the UK such as foreign affairs, military defense, international and  economic policies. This change of power has stirred questions on public spending and tax policies, and is still a debate and event to keep your eye on.

 

I feel that devolution has many benefits that outweigh the negative consequences such as money spending. Countries can function in a more independent manner and govern themselves within their defined boundaries in a more efficient way. This topic and article gives greater insight to our political unit and provides great insight for each country's respective parliament.

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475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

An extensive list of some great movies, and it's free!

 

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Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change

Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
A new study finds that species loss is changing Earth's ecosystems in all the bad ways and just as fast as global warming, ozone holes, acid rain, and nutrient pollution.
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The ideas and vision behind Occupy activism

The ideas and vision behind Occupy activism | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Over the last year, we seen a series of revolutions and populist movements.  Many of the ideas have galvanized an otherwise wide array of individuals and interests under the Occupy movement.  Yet is this movement sustainable, and will it be able to achieve its goals?  

 

A new startup may have a promising future as a supplement to the disorganized Occupy movement.

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Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy | Video on TED.com

Simply fascinating TED Talk.  Hopefully we can formalize and adhere to such a plan.

 

TED Talks In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out).

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