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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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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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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable future
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This is an interesting set of maps. I'm sure Geography teachers will find it very useful. Enjoy:)

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Shanghai's Global Ascendance

Shanghai's Global Ascendance | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.


Via Seth Dixon, Cory Erlandson
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Wow. This is amazing. The cynical side of me wonders what the costs have been for the people of the area. Not to mention the environmental costs.

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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 2014 12:38 PM

It is amazing how quick a city can change in only 26 years. Since this picture was taken in 1987, the city's population has doubled, and is continuing to grow rapidly. Today, this city is one of the largest in the world and has magnificent skyscrapers, one of which is the second tallest in the world. It is obvious globalization hit this mega city very quickly, making it one of the most impressive cities in the world. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:37 PM

Buildings, skyscrapers and urbanization. Why not? This is how the world is and this is what attacks tourists. For Shanghai, they need to be up to par with all the other business and tech savvy countries and cities. This is how they are going to keep their technological business, by building what needs to be built. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:16 PM

unit 7

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Mapping McDonald’s

Mapping McDonald’s | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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Some interesting spatial analysis here. Not to mention an interesting commentary on the so-called "developed" world. Some questions:

1. Does the presence of McDonalds in Vietnam mean that it is now a "developed" nation?

2. What impact will this have on Vietnamese society?

3. Which chain restaurant will be next?

Thoughts?

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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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Human Development Index

"This video shows the basic concept of HDI (Human Development Index), by using four different examples (Japan, Mexico, India and Angola)."


Via Seth Dixon
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This is a really cool summary look at the Human Development Index.

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Maggie Naude's curator insight, March 1, 2013 4:32 PM

some emerging markets, Japan

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:38 PM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde

Tracey Sarvis's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:24 AM

HDI

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Megacities Reflect Growing Urbanization Trend

Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/b6sR86 The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands ...

Via Seth Dixon
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This very sobering. I know it will surprise (and maybe disturb?) many of the kids I teach. 

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

To be a megacity like this, you have to conform to urbanization. There is no possible way to have such a populated and crowed city with farmlands around. This is a place of business yet residential areas, it also is where the marketplaces are and where kids go to school. Megacities need to be a part of an urban society in order for them to stay afloat.

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:07 PM

This is a great introduction to the demographic explosion of the slums within megacities.  This is applicable to many themes within geography.   

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:20 AM

I can't image or even relate to the experience of living in a place like this. With rivers polluted right outside your house. And those rivers are what people bathe in and wash their clothes. I can't imagine not being able to access clean drinking water or lacking food. The people in Dhaka endure so much their whole lives, a good percentage of them will always live in poverty.

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The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia

The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This map points out the highly uneven spatial distribution of (geotagged) Wikipedia articles in 44 language versions of the encyclopaedia. Slightly more than half of the global total of 3,336,473 articles are about places, events and people inside the red circle on the map, occupying only about 2.5% of the world’s land area.

Via Seth Dixon
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A very interesting perspective on the distribution of crowdsourcing. 

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 17, 2015 9:36 AM
The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia
David lyon's curator insight, September 23, 2015 5:00 PM
A reflection of language diversity in Europe or a Eurocentric Wikipedia?
Chris Costa's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:56 PM

Talk about Eurocentrism. I'm a huge fan of Wikipedia for its value as an informal source of information; if I need to learn about a topic I am not familiar with, Wikipedia is a great place to get a preliminary idea of what I am learning about. It's disappointing to see the distribution of information on the site is so skewed, considering that there are so many other regions of the world with long, rich histories, than just those encompassed within the circle shown in the map. I feel like that is symptomatic of a number of issues currently plaguing western academic circles- we tend to not view the rest of the world as being important, which is not only untrue, it's both insulting and ignorant. I hope this disparity is addressed and corrected over the course of the next couple of years.

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Stop Trying to Save the World

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Big ideas are destroying international development.

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This is really interesting article. It would seem that international aid is similar to education in that it is trying to find the 'one big idea' that will solve everything. It's just not going to happen like that. People don't need to think outside the box so much as work with what is in the box already. The big dreams are important as an ultimate goal, but we need to understand that to reach that ultimate goal is going to take time. And that's ok as long as there work being done to get there.

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Tony Burton's curator insight, November 23, 2014 3:33 PM

Why "International Development" needs a rethink.

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A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods

A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This case study describes the factors that have enabled 200,000–300,000 hectares (ha) of degraded land in Burkina Faso to be brought into productive use through the application of improved traditional farming techniques. It draws out important lessons regarding the diffusion and adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies, effective social organisation and the role of finance in supporting and promoting progress in sustainable agriculture.
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American Consumerism by Keith Yarling

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A nice set of photographs that illuatrate the nature of consumerism in the USA. Although focused on the USA, I know that the same kind of thing exists in countries like Australia and New Zealand. These images could be used to start off discussions about development and inequalities that exist around the world. Via http://agonistica.com/

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For South-east Asia, climate change is just as dangerous

For South-east Asia, climate change is just as dangerous | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The big question facing Southeast Asia’s policymakers today is not making a choice between butter and guns, but how to face the growing threats from other various sources, including climate change.
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This raises a lot of questions regarding development in South East Asia. Will the governments of the ASEAN keep climate change in mind as they pursue development? I think this is especially pertinent in countries such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Another issue is the endemic corruption that exists in these countries. Will the good of the people prevail over the greed of those in power?

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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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Interactive Infographic of the World's Best Countries

Interactive Infographic of the World's Best Countries | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A Newsweek study of health, education, economy, and politics ranks the globe's true national champions
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Excellent resource for comparing/contrasting the development levels of different countries. A very good conversation generator.

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Economic Inequality

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Via Seth Dixon
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Really good series of infographics on unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Perfect for teaching IB Geography Disparities in Wealth topic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:48 PM

Make your own conclusions...

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Photography: An Intimate Look at Impoverished Homes Around the World

Photography: An Intimate Look at Impoverished Homes Around the World | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Renowned photographer Steve McCurry takes us on an insightful journey, sharing the varied definitions of home from around the world in his series titled Where We Live.


Via Andrea Zeitz
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Steve McCurry captured the famous image of the "Afghan Girl" that was the cover of an issue of National Geographic. These images are of homes from around the world. I think they are a little challenging, which is good. I envisage showing them when teaching Disparities in Wealth & Development.

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Andrea Zeitz's comment, February 16, 2013 10:39 AM
Thanks for the added information-I know his photo so well didn't make the connection. These photos will make for many an interesting conversation!