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Photos of the mass production of the Earth's natural resources
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Amazing photos of resources and many ways that they are produced

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Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

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The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.
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Video: The Deadly Cost of Fashion

A photojournalist who covered last year’s deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh draws connections to New York from clothing labels he found in the rubble.
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What do we know about where and how our clothes and other goods are produced?

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French Schools No Longer Allowed To Offer Special Lunches To Muslim Students

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PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to F...
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Are we going backwards in multiculturalism?

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Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.
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Dhaka, Bangladesh 

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Watch NYC Gentrify Right Before Your Eyes

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New York City has always been changing. But recently, the city has seen a wave of luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.

To make sure we don't forget the city's past, two New York-based photographers, James...
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A picture is worth a thousand words! Gentrification documented in photos

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The English empire

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YANG YUANQING, Lenovo’s boss, hardly spoke a word of English until he was about 40: he grew up in rural poverty and read engineering at university. But when Lenovo...
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The spread of English as the lingua franca of business

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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

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Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Bangladesh is dangerously close to sea level. There have been disastrous floods, but rising sea levels are an enduring threat. 

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This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine

This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In practical terms.
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There are stated reasons and underlying reasons for political decision s. 

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These 22 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever

These 22 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

AmaMany of us only know the world's most famous landmarks through images that show them in all their beautiful, historical glory. The world has changed since these structures were built, so the surrounding landscapes might not be what you'd expect. 

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Amazing from a different perspective

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How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart

How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
These cities make up nearly a quarter of the entire U.S. economy
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The Human Imprint

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A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers

 

The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 4, 1:54 PM

Have you already seen this resource produced by a Chicago AP Human Geography teacher?  If not, there's no time like the present!

Melanie Kirchhof's curator insight, March 9, 11:25 AM

Resource for geography teachers

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Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe

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  This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe. The size of each circle represents the number of speakers ...

 

And yes, English has its deepest roots in German...the French aspects were tacked on after the Norman Conquest.


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ethanrobert's curator insight, March 19, 10:20 AM

This is a wonderful map that truly shows language families and their roots. In Europe, I was rather surprised when I seen that the Romance branch was much larger than that of the Germanic. All of the ancient Germanic groups such as the Jutes, Angols, and the Saxons were well versed in combat. Considering they conquered much of Western Europe, how is it that the Romance group is bigger than the Germanic? Also, in Eastern Europe, the Albanian language has no reason to exist. In a region dominated by the Slavic group with no environmental barriers, the Albanian language should not exist.~Ethan.

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 10:33 PM

Unit II

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 8:43 PM

This isn't my normal area of interest but I found this fascinating!

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Gambia president rejects English language

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President's decision to shift official language from English to local language comes months after its decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth

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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, March 23, 2:54 PM

The president of Gambia rejecting the English language may have a negative impact on his country. This country is a popular destination for British tourists, despite the U.K. criticizing Gambia regarding human rights abuses. I believe this move will only hurt its economy, as many English-speaking people may not visit this country anymore. When a country such as this one rejects a language as popular as the English language, the results will only be negative.  

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 25, 12:42 PM

The Gambia president's desire to move away from English as a nation language is a sign of decolonization. Renouncing English as an official language gives Gambia a more African identity, but English is a major language of international commerce and even fewer English speakers in Gambia will not help its ability to trade. Adopting the local languages as the official languages will allow the African Nation to better preserve its cultures, but the several languages spoken by a large numbers of people may create cultural divisions. If care is not taken, those cultural divisions could result in conflicts.

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 11:00 PM

Unit IV - Non American

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What are the most gerrymandered House delegations?

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Understand the News
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Both dems and reps work the districts for their own benefit. 

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New Kenyan Population Policy a Model for Other Countries

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Kenya. Making an effort to control population growth to improve their economy

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Bye-Bye, Baby

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Birthrates are falling around the world. And that’s O.K.
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Baby boom,  baby bust. What the future holds. 

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The dividend is delayed

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HOW unusual is Africa’s demography? If you take a selection of countries, from Algeria and Tunisia in the north to Botswana and South Africa in the south, you may...
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China looks abroad for greener pastures

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BEIJING — When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.
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America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

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The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.
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Don't Touch Your Phone for 10 Minutes, Provide a Day of Clean Drinking Water For a Child In Need

Don't Touch Your Phone for 10 Minutes, Provide a Day of Clean Drinking Water For a Child In Need | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
UNICEF recently teamed up with clothing designer Giorgio Armani for the latest campaign in the UNICEF Tap Project, which has been striving to increase access to clean water for children worldwide s...
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This is something to think about and make a difference.

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Rwanda Reaches for New Economic Model

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A country is looking to attract investors, not donors, to transform a tiny rural economy into a financial and high-tech hub for the region.
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Rwanda was savaged with a civil war and genocide in the early 1990s and now it is creating an economic model to embrace high tech industry for the region. Progress

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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

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The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 25, 6:42 PM

Pointed out in the latest report on Construction Industry 

Trends by Accenture, the rise of the Megacities will empower construction whilst raising many environmental and health problems.

Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 4:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 5:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

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Useful Geographies - What Geographers Can Bring to the Table

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While some geographers find it hard to demonstrate the incredible potentials of their field to the public (in one hand), there is a growing curiosity from a very wide (non specialized) audience for...
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Nature and perspectives. Why we need Geography

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▶ Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 5, 9:11 AM

If you haven't discovered CGP Grey yet, his YouTube channel is a veritable fountain of geographic tidbits.  His distinctive style helps to contextualizes some of the more odd and complicated parts of the Earth (but some find the rush of facts disorienting). If you want another example, watch Bizarre Borders, part 2 which focuses on the complexities of the US/Canadian border. 


Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty, CGP Grey.

Christian Allié's curator insight, March 10, 7:19 AM

............ Fada (s) ..................

Julie McCrackin's curator insight, April 4, 8:35 AM

A video that shows all of the countries that are either within another country or who are singular/double bordered. Cool.

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Germany in figures

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"Germany is Europe's dominant country.  Its large and strong economy has allowed it to bankroll the bailouts that have kept some of its neighbours - and the euro - afloat.  The graphics below help explain why it is so dominant, and powerful - and also some of the problems it faces."


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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, March 8, 7:38 PM

Germany is the most dominate country in Europe, as it has a strong economy and a large population. However, former East Germany is struggling. As most areas there have unemployment rates over 8% and the household incomes are less than 20,000 euros. This causes the flock of immigrants who come into Germany each year to live within western parts of Germany, where the economy is much better.

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 10:21 PM

Unit I - Non America x

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World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think

World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world's population, making Islam the second-largest religion.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 11, 8:51 AM

Did you think that most of the world's Muslim population lived in the Middle East and North Africa?  If so you are not alone, but the Middle East and North Africa account for only 19.8% of the global Muslim population.  In fact there are more Muslims in India and Pakistan than the Middle East and North Africa.   


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 3:52 PM

This photograph and facts depict the rate at which the Muslim population is rapidly increasing. For example in the Sub-Saharan African region the number of widespread is 248,110,000 of Muslims deriving from this specific region. The total percentage for this region is 15.5% of people who make up Africa. Almost 75% live in these regions alone (North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, North Africa and, Asia-Pacific regions.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 26, 6:15 PM

This map depicts that including Africa and the Middle East there is 317,070,000 population of Active Muslims practicing their religion. This region along with the Asia-Pacific region are the most highly dense regions with the Muslim population exceeding 130,260,000 Muslim worshipers in those two regions alone.