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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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Alvin Ang's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:50 PM

This resource is a good introduction into the issue of migration in a humanities topic in History or even Geography. It is a good initial segway into a topic that is current within the discourse of Australia's migration.

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:25 PM

Migration is extremely important in every country, because it does help build the economy, and for all the other positive reasons mentioned in the video. But one can also see why they put up fences and boaarders to block the entrance to the country. Growing up as a kid in RI, I would always hear whether at home or at school, about immigrants coming over and taking all of "our" jobs, and etc. Everyone was always bashing immigrants, but it's not the immigrants fault that employers want to higher them instead because of the lower salary. But still, people would say, that if they stayed in their country, then employers would have no choice but to higher the people who are from here and pay them the amount they desired. But they fail to realized, that we technically are all immigrants because even though we were born here, our grand parents or great grandparents migrated here as well. Unless you're native America, then you're not a native no matter what nationality you are. People are so asbent minded and ignorant to see that. But nonetheless, migration can be good or bad, it all depends on the reason/intentions of migrating and the results.

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:57 PM

This video is an insight to what exactly migration is. It shows us that migration is what civilizations did in order to both survive and explore new territories. It also shows the prejudices that come along with migration. This occurs when one group of people migrate into an are where they are already people who have migrated there before them. it also shows the reason why it is necessary for migration to occur.

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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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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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