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Biggest transnational companies

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THE giant American conglomerate General Electric (GE) holds more assets abroad than any other non-financial firm in the world—over $500 billion worth. Its foreign assets make up over 70% of its total.

 

While we may think of Volkswagen as a "German" company, 78% of their assets are in other countries. What advantages is there for companies to have operations in multiple countries? How do transnational corporations change the geographies of production, consumption and economics?


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Human Development Report 2013

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New UNHD report on the advances in the South. Very interesting.

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Message to My Freshman Students

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First, I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference.
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Heads up for your college career.

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The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community

The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes
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Great practice for using maps

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Seaweed Farms in South Korea : Image of the Day

Seaweed Farms in South Korea : Image of the Day | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Along the southern coast of the Korean peninsula farming doesn’t always happen on land.
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Ag unit. Human environmental interaction

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Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost and in Limbo

Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost and in Limbo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Over a million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the war in Ukraine. Many of these internally displaced people have struggled to find a new life.
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migration, political units. Ukrainian conflict and its personal consequences. 

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5 ways Europe is trying to convince its citizens to make more babies

5 ways Europe is trying to convince its citizens to make more babies | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In Denmark, teachers encourage their students to someday make babies as well as practice safe sex.
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A Chart Showing You How Much Water It Takes To Grow All The Food You Eat

A Chart Showing You How Much Water It Takes To Grow All The Food You Eat | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
How much more water does it take to produce an ounce of bread, than a ounce of juice? The answer is not quite what you might expect.
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How taxing is your food on the environment?

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Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down

Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Could the future of modern agriculture be found completely indoors?

That’s the question on the mind of Caleb Harper, the research scientist behind the CityFARM project of MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative.

On any given day on ...
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Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
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Background on the Planet Money Tshirt story

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HDI Map

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Mapping the Measure of America. Maps of US showing the Human Development Index by state

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Can You Name the 10 Smallest Countries in the World?

Can You Name the 10 Smallest Countries in the World? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A photo gallery of the world's ten smallest countries, from 0.2 square miles on up to 115 square miles, these ten smallest countries are microstates. A photo gallery from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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Tiny but proud

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Are you ignorant about the world? - CNN.com

Are you ignorant about the world? - CNN.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The world is spinning so fast that it can be hard to keep track of everything going on. And most of us aren't doing a good job of it, writes Hans Rosling.
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Keeping up with global trends can be daunting. 

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13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates

Did you know that Texas' economy is the same size as Australia's? Now tell your date.
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You gotta love how maps can be a wealth of information (#1)

 

 

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Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks

Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. See what we mean, below.
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Maps can tell you much more than direction. Love TED Talks

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An earthquake felt across South Asia

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The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday morning destroyed parts of Kathmandu, trapped many people under rubble and killed more than 2,500 people. It was the worst to hit the country since a massive 1934 temblor killed more than 8,000.
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Mapping fault lines. 

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JAXPORT Welcomes Largest Container Ship To Date - YouTube

The MOL Northern Juvenile, capable of carrying 8,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (containers), set a record today as the largest container cargo ship to eve...
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economic unit. Port infrastructure, cargo container shipping, stretching the limits of ports. Jacksonville, FL

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan

Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Hotelling's model

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America’s One-Child Policy

America’s One-Child Policy | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Millions of working-class families don’t have a choice—they simply can't afford another kid.
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Population Unit. falling TFR

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Train track Veggie Market - YouTube

This is hard to believe, but it is true. They have it down to a science.
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Intensive land use

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WaterWheel to ease burden on women | Mark Tran

WaterWheel to ease burden on women | Mark Tran | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Mark Tran: Round 50-litre container enables water collectors to roll liquid from wells rather than carry it on their heads
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Development, NGO, women

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200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

 Update on immigration. Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from? Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, created this fascinating visualization of the number of immigrants to the U.S. since 1829 by country of origin. The graph hints at tragic events in world history. The first influx of Irish occurred during the […]

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Population unit. Update on immigration

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What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky?

What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The city's planned FoodPort is part of a trend toward mixed-use food hubs.
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Agricultural and Industrial Units

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Korean language shift causing North-South tension

Korean language shift causing North-South tension | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The widening divide between North and South Korea’s shared language is leading to confusion, hurt feelings and suspicion.
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Good for the Culture, Political inits 

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Millennium Development Goals Snapshot 2014

Millennium Development Goals Snapshot 2014 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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So much accomplished, but so much more to do to make our planet's people live a decent life.

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If you look at her hands, you'll see her struggles. Literally.

If you look at her hands, you'll see her struggles. Literally. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Who knew a bucket of water could be so hard? They do.
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Something as basic as water to survive can be deadly. Something we take for granted by turning on the faucet, is a daily challenge for many.

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