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China 'should move to two-child policy' - Telegraph

China 'should move to two-child policy' - Telegraph | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Interesting look at rethinking the one-child policy in the world's most populous country. Would we expect dramatic changes in birth rates and total fertility?

"China should immediately end its one-child policy and instead adopt a two-child scheme, a foundation with close links to the highest levels of the Communist party has said."
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Bali: Water Crisis Caused by Tourism | .TR

Bali: Water Crisis Caused by Tourism | .TR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Bali’s tourism causes problems with the amount of water.
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Egypt's Prez Faces New Test: GARBAGE

Egypt's Prez Faces New Test: GARBAGE | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
CAIRO -- The pile of trash overwhelmed the median divider on Ahmed Zaki Street and spilled into oncoming traffic – egg shells, rotten eggplants, soiled diapers, bottles, broken furniture, junked TV sets.
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Singapore’s 'National Night' Encourages Citizens to Make Babies

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Singapore's unbelievably low birthrates have inspired National Night, a campaign to encourage Singaporean couples to let their patriotism explode on August 9.

 

Not all countries are concerned about overpopulation; Singapore's National Night was an innovative campaign to boost fertility rates (warning: the video is a touch provocative). 


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Not all countries are concerned about overpopulation; Singapore's National Night was an innovative campaign to boost fertility rates (warning: the video is a touch provocative).  Denmark is another country that is seeking to to encourage higher fertility rates with another salacious ad.


Tag: declining populations.

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Bill Gates Crowns Toilet Innovators At Sanitation Fair : NPR

Bill Gates Crowns Toilet Innovators At Sanitation Fair : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
During a festival this week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, scientists from around the world showcased the latest toilet technologies.
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What Americans Earn : NPR

What Americans Earn : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Half of all Americans made less than $50,000, and half made more. Here's one way American income breaks down, including state-by-state results.

What an interesting look at the distribution of our economic country. Remember that these numbers represent salary and benefits, not just salary alone.
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Uruguay’s government, new pot dealer on the block

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Amsterdam, eat your heart out. This South American country has big plans for marijuana fans.

 

The distribution of narcotics impacts virtually every country in the world; there are incredibly divergent strategies on how to mitigate these problems that are a result of sophisticated distribution networks.  What is the best way to stop the flow of dangerous drugs and the illegal activities that accompany the drug trade?  If you were in charge, what strategies would you recommend? 


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Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:44 PM

I like how they feel that the prohibition on marijuana just made the use of it worse.  I feel like that is a problem in many countries, people only want to do it because it's illegal and it makes them look like a rebel.  Also it's only marijuana I mean thats barely a drug anyway, it's not like they legalized cocaine or heroin something that can cause harmful damage to a person's body.

Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:22 PM

Uruguay is definitely taking steps in the right direction here.  Instead of leaving drugs in the hands of street dealers and cartels, they are putting them in regulated establishments.  One could argue this is only going to promote drug use, but it will do the exact opposite.  Marijuana is proven to be safer than alcohol, and is wildly popular.  Uruaguay will soon see a decline, in crime, hard drug use, and an increase in social capital and most likey appetite.  

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 17, 7:36 AM

This article is interesting in it is a different view of how a government should combat drug related violence.  The idea that to legalize lesser drugs will bring down the demand for harder illegal drugs is an interesting stance.  The hope is this will cut the feet out from under the dangerous and violent drug cartels and bring down the crime rate in Uruguay.  It will be interesting to see what comes of this move.

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Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America

Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Everything from the routes taken by Manhattan pizza delivery drivers on a Friday night to Domino's Pizza truck movement across the U.S. are replicated in breathtaking pictures.

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The weight of nations: obesity worldwide – interactive

The weight of nations: obesity worldwide – interactive | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
According to a report on adult human biomass published by the British Medical Council, increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demand as an extra half a billion people living on the Earth...

 

Check out how fat the U.S. in terms of total world excess human biomass.

 

via Allison Hunt on Twitter: @mrshuntsclass

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Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR

Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Thailand has a huge fishing industry that's chronically short of workers. Human traffickers recruit desperate men from Cambodia and Myanmar, who then find themselves at sea for extended periods in miserable conditions.
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Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label

Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.

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Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com

Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Interesting article that shows how different fertility rates are in regions with similar levels of development.
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Hard-Line Muslims Test Indonesia's Tolerance : NPR

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and has drawn praise for evolving into a vibrant, pluralistic democracy.

This article has it all: fragmented state issues, religion, language...
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allAfrica.com: Rwanda: WB Warns of Increasing Food Demand

allAfrica.com: Rwanda: WB Warns of Increasing Food Demand | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Rapid growth of Africa's cities is putting pressure on food producers to meet growing and projected demand for food.  This is a good example of the challenges of intraregional migration--especially rural-urban migration and ties in nicely with agricultural development.

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McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
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The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone - Businessweek

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A global demand with local consequences.

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Saudia Arabia To Build Women-Only City

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In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.

 

The idea is mind-blowing to say the least.  More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities. 

Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive?  What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia? 


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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:40 PM

We discussed this briefly in class and I stand by my statement that if done right, a women only city could be a magnificent idea. However, there are many other cultural variables to take into consideration in this particular situation. I believe that if Saudi Arabia built a women only city, it would be a much safer place for the women of the country, many of whom suffer at the hands of controlling men.  However, they would become even further isolated from the outside world because women in Saudi Arabian cities are not allowed to leave the home and therefore, these women would not be allowed to venture outside of their city.  

It would be a safe place for women to build lives and advance in education and the workforce, but they would be just as trapped, with a little more space to move. A women only city sounds like a terrific idea, but it would need to be executed correctly in the correct place and I do not believe Saudi Arabia is that place.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 2, 5:40 PM

This idea is mind-blowing. Women in Saudi Arabia have few rights and life appears to be difficult for them. Building a city such as this one appears to be sad reality, but it may have positives and negatives. Women could have more individual freedoms and more job opportunities. On the other hand they may be away from their family and only be allowed to live freely within this city. It is disheartening how some countries treat women today in the twenty first century. 

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Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane : NPR

As many cities add bus and bike lanes, raise parking rates and increase traffic enforcement with cameras, some motorists feel like they're under attack.
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Where Does the South Begin? - Atlantic Mobile

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This article asks about the vernacular region of the "South." Namely, it asks if Washington, D.C. was or is a southern city. As I am in Washington for the next week, I think this is an excellent question, even if the article is over a year old.
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Stagnating life expectancies in US: Poorer US citizens live five years less than the affluent

Stagnating life expectancies in US: Poorer US citizens live five years less than the affluent | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world's countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons.
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Palm oil for India 'destroying Indonesian forests'

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"Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said Tuesday."

 

Global interconnectedness--interesting to see how the semi-periphery interacts in their mutual development.


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Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All' : NPR

Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All' : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy.
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American Children Struggle to Adjust in Mexico

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The English-speaking children of Mexicans returning because of deportations, tougher state laws and unemployment struggle to adjust, often going to schools that are not equipped to integrate them.
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Global peace index 2012: the full list

Global peace index 2012: the full list | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

The world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009 according to the Global Peace Index 2012, whilst Syria has dropped over 30 places on the rankings. See how the data's changed over time


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'Love commandos' help Indian couples

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A group in India are helping protect young couples from their disapproving families.
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