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Tracking The Junk Food The World Eats After Dark : NPR

Tracking The Junk Food The World Eats After Dark : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Data from a mobile phone app shows that people all over the world eat less healthy foods later in the day and at night. Is it a lack of healthy options? A lack of willpower? Whatever the answer, it's not good for our health.
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For Chinese Dissidents, Exile Can Mean Irrelevancy : NPR

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Chinese activists have often fallen off the radar after leaving their homeland.
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One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal

One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Food riots are breaking out abroad but Americans toss a lot of their food in the garbage.

 

What do you consider "garbage" when it comes to food? Take a look at what the average American family wastes each month, and think about where that food could have gone.


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Could there be 'Water Wars' in the Future?

Could there be 'Water Wars' in the Future? | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

The debate on aquifers continues as new technologies designed by oil companies are able to tap historic water reserves deep in the Earth's crust.  The geopolitical significance of water rises as population growth within dry climates continue to rise.   As more countries (and people) compete for limited resources, outbreaks of armed conflict becomes more likely.   The more pertinent question might not be 'if' but 'when.'


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My colleagues at the National Council for Geographic Education LOVE this link...many people have seen your work and it's impacted teachers all over the country.
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Is Negative Population Growth Upon Us? Deaths Exceed Births in One Third of U.S. Counties | Newgeography.com

Is Negative Population Growth Upon Us? Deaths Exceed Births in One Third of U.S. Counties | Newgeography.com | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

This article shows negative growth  in 1/3 of U.S. counties.  What do the counties with negative growth have in common?  How about the ones with the most growth?

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The City Solution - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

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Why cities are the best cure for our planet's growing pains...

 

This lengthy article from National Geographic suggests that cities, even with their problems, are the best solutions for population growth. Is this true? Can slums really lift the numbers of people out of poverty needed to develop successful countries?

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Japan shuts down last nuclear reactor - CNN.com

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As Japan began its workweek Monday morning, the trains ran exactly on time, the elevators in thousands of Tokyo high rises efficiently moved between floors, and the lights turned on across cities with nary a glitch.
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Downtowns: How Did We Get Here?

Right on topic for our urban geography unit.

"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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'Dozens missing' in Nepal floods

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Physical geography matters.

Dozens of people are missing and feared to have died after flash floods in a mountain river in western Nepal, near Mount Annapurna.

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Indonesian radio bans Bieber's songs over 'insult' - AsiaOne

Indonesian radio bans Bieber's songs over 'insult' - AsiaOne | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most important news story ever.

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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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World Urban Areas Population and Density: A 2012 Update ...

World Urban Areas Population and Density: A 2012 Update ... | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
The latest edition of Demographia World Urban Areas has just been released. The publication includes population estimates, urban land area estimates and urban densities for all nearly 850 identified urban areas in the world ...
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AP Human Geography Models and Theories

This is a great public Prezi that covers many (all?) of the models and theories that are a part of the AP Human Geography course.  I love it when teachers digitally share their resources, so others can benefit from their class work.   


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How the Chicken Conquered the World

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The epic begins 10,000 years ago in an Asian jungle and ends today in kitchens all over the world...

 

This is a pretty long article, but it definitely colors the historical geography of poultry. 

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Some farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

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ONEONTA | Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

 

This article provides an interesting look at the (perhaps unforeseen) geographic impact of politics on land use and migration patterns.

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China Takes Off - The Atlantic

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Exploring the modernization of a massive economy...

 

This is a good collection of articles that looks at the benefits and challenges within China and internationally with China's massive economic growth. 

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Waterloo loses 220 jobs with BPI plant shutdown

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Beef Products Inc. permanently closed its plants at Waterloo and two other locations on Monday, saying it could not overcome the damage from a controversy over beef trimmings. The closings will affect 650 workers, including 220 in Waterloo.

 

This has been an interesting issue to follow here in Iowa.  Our governor and former governor (the current Secretary of Agriculture) have been putting on a full-court press of positive PR for "pink slime."  How does this decision impact the our local agriculture industries?  What other impacts will this plant closure have beyond agriculture?

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Niger 'worst place to be mother'

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The West African state of Niger is now the worst place in the world to be a mother, a Save the Children annual report says.

 

Gender, demographics and development are the main geographic themes that run through this report.  As many countries prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, the Non-Governmental Organization Save the Children considers the geography of motherhood and the difficulties in raising a healthy, educated, well-fed child with economic opportunities for the future.  The variables used in the index included factors such as health, education, economic status and nutrition as key indicators that would be pertinent to motherhood. 

 

The most difficult place to raise a child according to the report are: 1) Niger, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Yemen, 4) Guinea-Bissau and 5)Mali.  The best places to raise healthy, education children are: 1) Norway, 2) Iceland, 3) Sweden, 4) New Zealand and 5)Denmark.  For more information about Save the Children, see: http://www.savethechildren.net/


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Double Agent In Underwear Bomb Plot Produced Intelligence Coups : NPR

Double Agent In Underwear Bomb Plot Produced Intelligence Coups : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
He turned over what authorities say is an intact device. And, he reportedly supplied key information that led to a drone strike that killed one of the key figures in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

 

How does this story show cooperation between states?  How might this story impact the way the U.S. attempts to stop terrorism?

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Living in the New Metropolis

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Documenting the megacities of our time....

 

Another timely piece of journalism that documents the multiple facets of the burgeoning megacities of our age.

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Playing music to escape Mexico murders

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Esteban Ruiseco has joined a youth orchestra in Ciudad Juarez to escape the threat of violence in the city where 8,000 people have been murdered since Mexico launched its war on drugs.

 

Overall, more than 50,000 people have died in Mexico in drug-related violence since President Calderon began his attempt to stop the power of teh drug cartels.

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Gender: The Shocking Truth

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Speaking of gender empowerment and development...

 

"In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

 

---One billion people live in extreme poverty—70% are women and girls.67 million children worldwide don’t go to school, over half are girls.

---One extra year of primary school can mean 10-20% higher wages for a girl.

---When a girl in the developing world stays in school for seven or more years, she’ll marry later and have fewer, healthier children."


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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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Population by Latitude/Longitude

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This is an excellent spatial graph that helps to explain the distribution of the human population.  Why do we live where we live?   The longitude map is still fascinating, but has less explanatory power.  What would be brilliant is a graph that charted population by latitude (as this does) AND charts the amount of land at each given latitude.   To see the originals on the Radical Cartography website, see: http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html?histpop


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Robin Manning's comment, May 1, 2012 9:00 PM
They do some great stuff at Radical Cartography.
Kyle M Norton's comment, May 2, 2012 10:50 AM
interesting graph
Seth Dixon's comment, May 2, 2012 10:55 AM
This is quite an innovative method to visualize the data.
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'Garbage chicken' a grim staple for Manila's poor - CNN.com

'Garbage chicken' a grim staple for Manila's poor - CNN.com | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Felipa Fabon waits outside a local fried chicken restaurant in Manila. Crouching near to feral cats and rubbish bins, she isn't there to meet friends for dinner but to search through the diner's trash bags.
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