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Hong Kong's Urban Jungle by Andy Yeung - Agonistica

Hong Kong's Urban Jungle by Andy Yeung - Agonistica | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Photographer Andy Yeung used a drone to capture the urban density of Hong Kong - where more than 100,000 people live in 40 square meter apartment - for his project Urban Jungle.
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These images are amazing. A fantastic discussion starter for IB Geography Urban Environments.
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Urban Observatory

Urban Observatory | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

"The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes."


Via Seth Dixon
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This is really very cool. The ability to compare urban areas allover the world is brilliant. I can see lots of discussions generated by this.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 6, 10:48 AM

At the 2013 ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled (I shared this earlier, but the URL has since changed, I'm sharing it again).  The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments.  The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan.  This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps.  These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems.  This is a must see.  Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.

 

Tags: transportation, urban, GIS, geospatial, ESRI.

Brian Weekley's comment, April 14, 8:20 AM
This is fabulous, Seth! Thanks for sharing.
Brian Weekley's curator insight, April 14, 8:21 AM
This is just spectacular.
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How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic)

How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Huge stresses beneath the surface moved plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of feet horizontally and dozens of feet vertically.
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This looks to be a really useful resource for tectonic processes.

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Inequality and Sustainability

Presentation at the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament, British Academy, London, 15 Oct 2014
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This is a perspective I had never considered. What a brilliant idea! Very thought provoking.

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Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from...
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This is very interesting. And it confirms suspicions I have had for the last 6 months or so. I teach quite a lot of Chinese & South Korean kids. Many of them (maybe 50%?) have visited Japan in the last 12 months. Very timely as my first year IB Geographers move into our optional theme on Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

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How McDonald's conquered India

How McDonald's conquered India | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.
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This is a very interesting article. I know it's about McDonalds and lots of people don't care for McDonalds. However, it is a good explanation of how TNCs go about adapting their products to fit in to a new market with a very different culture. This is a really good example to use to explain the differences between globalisation and glocalisation. 

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When did globalisation start?

When did globalisation start? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by...
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Good article for IB HL Geography Global Interactions.

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Epidemics Are Not Natural

Epidemics Are Not Natural | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why.
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This is very interesting. Most work on (over)population comes from a Malthusian (i.e. economic) point of view. The use of an ecological point of view here is refreshing. I especially like the population & carrying capacity diagram.

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The globalisation of work - and people

The globalisation of work - and people | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Thanks to our connected world, now employees have become globalised, not just the companies they work for, writes Prof Lynda Gratton (BBC News - The globalisation of work - and people http://t.co/7YQSQ6Jvww)...

Via Scott Langston
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This raises lots of issues. Perfect for the HL Geography core units on Globalisation & Time-Space Convergence.

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Why Asia is probably poorer than we think

Why Asia is probably poorer than we think | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Jayati Ghosh: Asia’s ‘success’ in reducing poverty uses a flawed system for measuring income and ignores food insecurity
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Urban population boom poses massive challenges for Africa and Asia

Urban population boom poses massive challenges for Africa and Asia | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
UN report predicts that two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050
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Good discussion starter for population studies.

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Some are more equal than others

Some are more equal than others | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
FOR many migrants who do not live in factory dormitories, life in the big city looks like the neighbourhood of Shangsha East Village: a maze of alleys framed by...
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This is very interesting article. I think it fits nicely into IB Geography in more than one way. The obvious links are to Populations in Transition and Disparities in Development & Wealth. I'm sure it be used in the optional themes of Urban Environments and Hazards. The article raises a lot of questions. For example,

 

How do cities cope with high levels of rural migrants?

Whose responsibility is to take are of these people?

 

Enjoy:)

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What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study)

What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Firstly, I want to be clear about one thing. I have long been very vocal in my belief that the International Baccalaureate is the best system of education that exists on the planet we call Earth. I...
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Interesting.

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The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian

The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is a great series of articles about some of the world best & least known cities. Definite links to IB Geography Urban Environments. I must confess I have only read one article but I generally find The Guardian's stuff to be pretty good. 
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The world’s population mapped by who is online

The world’s population mapped by who is online | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
What does the world map look like if it is sized to online populations?
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This is a really interesting visualisation of internet use from 2013. It relates really well to the IB Geography HL unit on Global Interactions.

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Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The Vietnamese government is facing pressure to lessen the impact of economic development on the once-pristine Ha Long Bay, where visitors are warned not to enter the excrement-laden water.
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This is so very sad. I was in Ha Long Bay in 2010. It was an amazing place. Not pristine by any stretch, but amazing nonetheless. The article, I think, illustrates the tension between development and exploiting the environment. There need to be a balance between exploitation & conservation. Limits to visitor numbers? Strongly enforced regulation? Who knows?!

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World Population Growth — Our World in Data

World Population Growth — Our World in Data | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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Wow! There is so much data in this. It's kind of overwhelming in a sense. Love that there is so much stuff on the changes that have occurred over time. Brilliant.

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

Via Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)
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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, April 5, 2015 8:32 PM

GTAV AC:G Y8 - Changing nations

CD - The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region

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Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again

Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

About 30 years a program to transform the dead heart of Melbourne began that was to become so successful that the city is now hailed as the world's most liveable.

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I thought this was very interesting. Trawling through data collected in their surveys would make for interesting reading. This fits the IB Geography topic Urban Environments nicely.

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The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

The hidden force in global economics: sending money home | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
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Shared with me by a colleague (thanks @edtechbailey) this morning. My Year 12 Geographers have started looking at Migration. Absolutely brilliant timing:) 

 

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The world's 20 oldest cities - Telegraph

The world's 20 oldest cities - Telegraph | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

This These are the world's oldest continously inhabited places - although not all of them are currently welcoming visitors

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This series of photographs is quite interesting. I'm sure there would a lot of debate about the cities in the list. However, I think this could be great discussion starter about several topics - location, characteristics that lead to longevity amongst many others. I think I am going to get my Year 13 Geographers to plot them on a map to see what patterns are created. Should be interesting!

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Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience

Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Singapore has roughly 5.4 million people crammed into 716 square kilometers (276 square miles), making it the most densely populated country in the world. This country—whose area is less than a quarter of that of Rhode Island—does not have enough room for agriculture and thus imports over 90% of its food from other countries all over the world.
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This is perfect for the IB Geo theme Urban Environments! SO glad I found this today as I want to focus on sustainability this coming week! 

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Scientists may have solved the giant Siberian crater mystery - and the news isn't good

Scientists may have solved the giant Siberian crater mystery - and the news isn't good | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Researchers have long contended the epicentre of global warming is also farthest from the reach of humanity.
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This is quite interesting. Obvious links to Geography, ESS etc.. Could also use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.

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What countries around the world give their citizens for having children

What countries around the world give their citizens for having children | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Almost half of the world faces the same demographic problem: not enough babies are being born to keep up with an aging population. As a result, countries have been trying all kinds of measures to get their citizens in the mood for procreating. Japan is spending about ¥3 billion ($29.3 million) on matchmaking events and robot babies that might inspire couples to want...
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Useful for IGCSE & IB population studies. 

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Mount St. Helens before 1980

Mount St. Helens before 1980 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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I think I've shared stuff from these guys before. This is really cool. Great for IB Geography Hazards. 

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