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Our ageing population not necessarily bad news

Our ageing population not necessarily bad news | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Politicians and economists have been banging on about the ageing of the population for ages, but how much do we actually know about the likely economic consequences? Not much - until now.
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This is an interesting angle on what is traditionally seen as a negative phenomenon. 

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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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A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows why.
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This is really intersting. I think it fits well with IGCSE & IB Geography. It's also a really good way to develp cross-curricula connections with your Maths department. Fascinating!

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Brain drain: a headache for India and China

Brain drain: a headache for India and China | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A rush to the exit by elites in the two Asian giants is part of a crisis that will affect everyone with a stake in the region's future.
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I found this article very interesting. I think if fits nicely into the migration part of Population in Transition. It also gives a different perspective on migration.

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NZ women face 1 in 3300 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth - report - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

NZ women face 1 in 3300 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth - report - Life & Style - NZ Herald News | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
New Zealand women face a one in 3300 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth, the fourth worst odds among 34 industrialised countries included in Save the Children's annual
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An iteresting contrast to the BBC article on the same report. Complete with requisite dig at Australia:)

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International Migration

Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...

Via Natalie K Jensen, Nancy Watson, Seth Dixon
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Really nice video that discusses international migration with really good visuals to illustrate the concepts and data.

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Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, September 10, 2014 10:02 AM

This video is primarily talking on the widely known topic of migration. 3 percent of the worlds population is living away from there place of birth. The push of migration from places include poverty, war, and environmental disasters. The migration pull in some places are because of  economic opportunity, and political freedom. Migration is increasing, and is thought of as a bad thing.(s.s.)

Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 7, 2014 8:59 PM

This video is great for going over the many different aspects that go along with migration. It talks about what migration is and the reasons why people migrate known as push and pull factors. It talks about the different types of migration such as asylum seakers and illegal immigration. It mentions the disadvantages and advantages of migration.

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:27 PM

A great YouTube video- discussing the controversy of international migration among other things that fall into place of the disapproval of international migration. -UNIT 2 

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Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments

Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
These bird's-eye images have been taken by the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation in a bid to document the plight of the city's most underprivileged people.
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This is quite amazing. An excellent resource for teaching population.

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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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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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Asia's Diaper Demographics: When A Nation Sells More Nappies For Adults Than For Babies

Asia's Diaper Demographics: When A Nation Sells More Nappies For Adults Than For Babies | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Japan crossed a threshold this year. Sales of adult diapers are now greater than those destined for babies. Other statistics to do with the aging population are equally surprising.
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I was recently in Japan after a gap of 9 years. On the face of it, the people looked older. It seemed very strage. Also lots of emergency defibrilators on train station platforms, supermarkets & shopping malls. Great case study for population geography in IGCSE & IB.

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State_of_World_Mothers_2013.pdf

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And here is the complete report for those interested. 

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DR Congo 'worst place for mothers'

DR Congo 'worst place for mothers' | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the "toughest" place in the world to be mother and Finland is the best, according to Save the Children charity.
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A review of the latest Save the Children maternal health report from the BBC. Good for population studies as well as disparities in development.

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Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The issue of wealth inequality in the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that inequality in dramatic and graphic fashion.
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This is quite a good description of the distribution of wealth in the United States. It's possibly shocking for some people and I hope it's thought provoking for everyone.

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