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Global Forest Change | Google Crisis Map

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Results from time-series analysis of 654,178 Landsat images in characterizing forest extent and change, 2000–2012.

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Why Ethiopian women are having fewer children than their mothers - BBC News

Why Ethiopian women are having fewer children than their mothers - BBC News | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Ethiopia has seen a massive cut in its fertility rate, from an average of seven children per woman in the 1990s to 4.6 currently. The BBC's Anne Soy looks at how it has managed this.
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Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

"The reason why some countries are rich and others poor depends on the quality of their institutions, the culture they have, the natural resources they find and what latitude they're on."

 

Tags: development, statistics, economic, globalization, poverty.


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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, July 30, 2015 5:24 AM
I'm not sure if I believe everything this video stated, however I think it is a good topic to analyze. I think it would be interesting to see how the rich countries became rich. They can't just have started on top. I also believe the rich countries abuse the poor countries because we can get goods/minerals/just about anything for a small price and then sell it in the rich country for much more.
Rob Duke's comment, July 30, 2015 3:34 PM
...certainly privilege from times past when there were no international watchdogs comes into play, but even when we control for colonialism, certain countries do much better than others. I'm inclined to think like Jared Diamond (The World Until Yesterday) and David Landes (The Wealth and Poverty of Nations. 1998) that institutions matter. If we protect property, provide vertical institutional support while also making room in the shadow of the law for ad hoc cooperation (see Elinor Ostrom's work), and protect intellectual property rights, we tend to have more wealth developed.
Adrian Bahan (MNPS)'s curator insight, March 14, 7:49 PM

I can't say I agree with all the arguments put forward in this video, it can still be a nice starting point to get students to critically analyze the ideas put forth and assess the merits of the claims being made.

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Here’s what people wrote instead of ‘Jedi Knight’ on the 1915 census

Here’s what people wrote instead of ‘Jedi Knight’ on the 1915 census | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA was a very different place 100 years ago. In 1915, you could buy a block of land for 200 pounds and milk was three pence per litre. No one wrote ‘Jedi Knight’ on their census, but they still found ways to be smartarses.
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Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway

Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
London to New York City by car? It could happen if the head of Russian Railways has his way.

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Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 29, 2015 7:07 PM

okay one of the pros is if you are retired and love RV driving then fine there is some sightseeing to do instead of just states you can see countries. Also tolls could help pay for the roads, but who decides when to fix their side of the road when something needs fixing do you have an association fee and meetings to force another country to fix there part of the road. With terrorists acts going on this would be a great thing for road blocks. which oil companies get to set up their gas stations Exxon Mobil like up and down 95. or other big corporations. imagine McDonald and Burger King all along the roads and convenience stores all along. Rest stops all along. Oh wait a minute Americans do not like to even drive to another state because its to far who in their right mind is going to drive 12000 miles, what about road fatalities. Bad weather conditions, snow plows, etc... forget it I,m tired this article Drove me crazy.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 4:51 PM

this would be a fantastic idea. i cannot wait for the day when it is possible for someone to drive from one continent to the other. it would be fantastic if this was possible, and I'm sure it would do wonders for trade, tourism, and travel of all sorts.

Nicholas A. Whitmore's curator insight, December 18, 2015 3:27 AM

A fascinating article reminding me of the trans Siberian railroad. While certainly it would have great economic benefits it would come with great costs. the trans Siberian railroad was only possible because of near slave labor conditions. The economic benefits of this may outweigh the risk but since this goes through several countries and could adversely affect the economies of other the project will likely remain dream for now. In addition roads and cars unless automated are becoming inefficient and slow. The best alternative to such a vast project going through multiple climates would be a bullet train that could go at high speeds from one spot to another. Furthermore with such a large area environmental impacts would have to be addressed as well as potential pollution concerns.

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BBC Natural World - The Elephant Emperor and Butterfly Tree - Full Documentary - YouTube

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Bottoms up: how whale poop helps feed the ocean

Bottoms up: how whale poop helps feed the ocean | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Centuries of over-exploitation of whales for their meat and blubber has seen populations of most species plummet. But with no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that…
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The tiny terrors at the bottom of the harbour

The tiny terrors at the bottom of the harbour | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, potentially poisoning fish and other sea life.
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Journeys of hope inspire true stories at refugee week

Journeys of hope inspire true stories at refugee week | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
After arriving in Australia from Guinea, Yarrie Bangura never thought she would, in a few years, be the star of the Baulkham Hills African Ladies dance troupe and an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Putting it down to her zeal for life and her love of peace, she launched Australia's International Refugee Week, giving the keynote speech titled Restoring Hope.
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Reef condition is 'poor', and probably worse than healthcheck suggests

Reef condition is 'poor', and probably worse than healthcheck suggests | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
The latest healthcheck of the Great Barrier Reef shows the overall outlook is “poor”, and getting worse. According to the Outlook Report produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, climate…
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Australia approves $15.5bn coal mine

Australia approves $15.5bn coal mine | Masada Geography | Scoop.it

Australia has approved a $15.5bn (£9bn) coal project, despite concern over its potential environmental impact.

The Carmichael project in Queensland would include one of the world's biggest coal mines and a new railway.

It would be overseen by the Indian mining company Adani, which has already won approval to build a new coal port terminal at Abbott Point in Queensland.

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Dharavi - National Geographic Magazine

Dharavi - National Geographic Magazine | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Dharavi: Mumbai's Shadow City - As Mumbai booms, the poor of its notorious Dharavi slum find themselves living in some of India's hottest real estate.
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The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map

The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work.

There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to the International Labor Organization. A new map by British consulting firm Maplecroft offers depres...
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Bottoms up: how whale poop helps feed the ocean

Bottoms up: how whale poop helps feed the ocean | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Centuries of over-exploitation of whales for their meat and blubber has seen populations of most species plummet. But with no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that…
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Third-largest global coral bleaching event is underway, scientists say

Third-largest global coral bleaching event is underway, scientists say | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world's reefs by year's end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
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Humans’ staggering effect on Earth

Humans’ staggering effect on Earth | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Images of consumption are the theme of the book, “Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot.” It addresses environmental deterioration through subjects including materialism, consumption, pollution, fossil fuels and carbon footprints.
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India and China are in the middle of one of the greatest gender imbalances in history

India and China are in the middle of one of the greatest gender imbalances in history | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
What happens when you kill off infant girls.
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The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Thanks to the worst drought in eight decades, millions of people in São Paulo are facing water outages.


Tags: Brazil, urban, water, urban ecology, climate change, environment depend, sustainability, agriculture, food production.


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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:49 PM

Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, which provides one third of the countries GPD, is now running low or water due to one of the worst droughts in 8 years. There are more than 21 million people in this city and 13 million of them are facing water outages. If it doesn't rain soon, the city could face a collapse. The city has blamed the drought of lack of water in the vapor clouds that the amazon usually provides to the city. They also blame it on deforestation and global warming. President Dilma Rousseff has questioned the cities misusage of their water supply, claiming that the city mismanaged their water supply.  

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:16 AM

This shows just how important water is the human race. It also shows how humans have no sense of urgency in conserving water until it's too late. The saying "you never know a good thing until it's gone" applies in this case. The Brazilian government did not take any sufficient measures to conserve water until it realized how depleted the reservoir is. This event demonstrates the environmental impact of  water depletion on humans, and how humans have such a huge impact on the geographical landscape on Earth. As seen in the picture above, many greens turned yellow as a result of the lowering water levels. The river beds are soon going to be overgrown by shrubbery as water no longer exists there. These are all results of a combination of natural (lack of rain) and human causes of resource depletion.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 30, 2015 7:19 AM

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Offshore detention centres: annual costs hit $1 billion

Offshore detention centres: annual costs hit $1 billion | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
The federal government has spent more than $1 billion this financial year to house about 2100 asylum seekers in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, Senate estimates has heard.
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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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Kristen Trammell's curator insight, March 23, 2015 12:05 PM

I. Using the data from CIA Facebook, global post created a map illustrating the median ages of countries around the world. The world’s fifteen youngest countries are all located in Africa. The high number of teenagers in developed countries leads to youth unemployment which leads to the countries being “hampered by weak economies.” 

 

II. The distribution of ages effects countries by “weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.” Although countries with a fixed population of a young age can be detrimental, a country with an aging population can lead to a declining birth rate. This leads to labor shortages in the future which additionally stifles the economy.  

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:08 PM

Demographics seemingly started with age as a metric many years ago and have evolved into marketing tools, political footballs, and ways to combat everything from obesity to social security. Africa is clearly the youngest and probably for a very morbid reason; AIDS and Ebola among other diseases have taken their toll on the sexually active and thus have reduced the average age of their population.

Germany seems to be the place to go for a job as the labor shortage will mean higher wages for the folks who are left. Japan has another issue; a healthy aging population that will strain the government's ability to financially take care of them.

I wonder if the unevenness of Europe is an indication of the two World wars that were fought mostly on the turf. Did some countries lose more than others? If more soldiers, presumably of baby making age, perished did this affect the countries ability to keep pace with the Germany's and Spain's of Europe?

Diet seems to play a large part as well as the Mediterranean is well represented in terms of age. Does their healthy diet of fish, nuts, legumes and olive oil make a difference?

I could spend all day postulating, but I'll leave some of the findings for you to discover...

Deanna Metz's curator insight, March 1, 8:05 PM

The median age of a population call be a quite telling statistic--almost a surrogate for a population pyramid.  I post this with a special attention to Sub-Saharan Africa; the youngest 15 countries in the world are all in Africa, one of the major demographic realities confronting African economies and politics.  Here is a map with the median age of U.S. counties.


Tag: population, demographic transition model, population pyramids.

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Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?

Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife? | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event
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Environment minister Greg Hunt admits Great Barrier Reef is in trouble

Environment minister Greg Hunt admits Great Barrier Reef is in trouble | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Australia’s environment minister says the reef’s health has ‘some real negatives’ following the release of a new report
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The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond

The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Two landmark reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef have outlined the pressure it is being put under by climate…
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Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor'

Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor' | Masada Geography | Scoop.it

The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

The bleak forecast came in a five-yearly report released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Climate change remained the biggest threat to the site, the report said.

But poor water quality from land-based run-off, coastal development and fishing also posed challenges, it said.

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Sydney's fastest growing suburbs

Sydney's fastest growing suburbs | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
Parramatta or Paddington? New data from the Domain Group charts the city's best and worst performers.
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Where Australia's immigrants were born | SBS World News

Where Australia's immigrants were born | SBS World News | Masada Geography | Scoop.it
SBS World News Australia - bringing you the global & national news that matters. Watch SBS ONE 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri, listen at 6am & 6pm Mon-Fri.
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