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Media | Videos | Human Development | Human Development Reports (HDR) | United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Human Development Report (HDR) was first launched in 1990 with the single goal of putting people back at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy.
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Great for the Development unit and Millenium goals

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Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box | Video on TED.com

The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.
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How to reinvent the apartment building

How to reinvent the apartment building | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
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▶ The Bedrooms Of Children Around The World - YouTube

From the book by James Mollison Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b MUSIC All Good https://soundcloud.com/beatfux/all-good Thinkstock Sti...
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Population. This makes our Ethnocentrism sting. Children of the world do not all get an even shake in life.

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Scotland votes "no" on independence, will remain in the UK

Scotland votes "no" on independence, will remain in the UK | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The results of the Scottish independence referendum are in, and the answer is a resounding "no."
The referendum asked only a single question: Should Scotland become an independent country?...
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Political Unit. A no vote still results in devolutionary rights offered by the UK.

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PRB's 2014 Interactive World Map Now Online

PRB's 2014 Interactive World Map Now Online | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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Population unit resources. 

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Why Democrats Can’t Win the House

Why Democrats Can’t Win the House | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Thanks to demographics, the Republicans have a virtual stranglehold on the House of Representatives.

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Demographics and political geography affect elections.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 7, 9:39 PM

The first reaction might be to blame partisan redistricting (a.k.a. gerrymandering) for the the political gridlock between the presidential results and House of Representatives.  Gerrymandering does play a role, but the spatial concentrations and distributions of voting constituencies explain why the Democrats have recently won the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, but can't control the House of Representatives.  Metro areas are highly left-leaning, currently creating a national majority for Democrats, but that high concentration is a drawback when trying to win a majority of the seats in the House.  This is a good article as a primer for electoral geography.  


Tags: political, regions, spatial, unit 4 political.

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Alexander von Humboldt

"Have you heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Not likely. The geologist turned geographer and South American explorer was a bit of an 18th century super scientist, traveling over 24,000 miles to understand the relationship between nature and habitat. George Mehler details Humboldt’s major accomplishments and why we should care about them today. See this TED ED lesson plan that accompanies the video."


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Notable Geographer and geologist

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 1:23 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Latin America and Europe, but given that intellectually people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects 'geography.'    


Tags:  historicalbiogeography, unit 1 Geoprinciples, TED.

David R. Perry's curator insight, September 11, 6:41 PM

History does not always remember all it should.

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APHG-U1 Environment 

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Arab states back US push against IS

Arab states back US push against IS | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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Political Unit and current events. This article looks at  the US & a coalition of Arab states to respond to the Islamic State beheading of westerners including US and UK citizens.

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While India's girls are aborted, brides are wanted

While India's girls are aborted, brides are wanted | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Bride trafficking in India is part of a vicious cycle that aborts females and causes a shortage of women.
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The clash of culture and anti-natalist polices that results in an imbalance of males to females

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 22, 7:35 PM

Clash of culture and anti-natalist policies that results in gender imbalance. 

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The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America

The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The farm-to-table frenzy has thousands of urbanites trading in their desks for the idylls of agriculture. But that organic utopia is easier dreamed than achieved.
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Small farms have been on the decline for decades. Farming is hard work with many challenges including the gamble on the weather, pests and financing. Mechanization has made growing crops faster/easier, but mechanization is expensive and often out of reach of small farms. Will there be a paradigm shift back to small farms?

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Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Higher costs and limited supermarket access are cited as barriers to health.
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More and more Americans are finding themselves in a food desert.

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▶ Diffusion- expansion, hierarchical, contagious, stimulus - YouTube

Multimedia project for IPT286, teaching about diffusion
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Explanation for Expansion diffusion with hierachical, contagious, stimulus examples.

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Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, UN chief warns

Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, UN chief warns | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
UN deputy secretary general says failure to address sanitation and open defecation threatens disaster for third of humanity
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More people have cell phones than adequate toilets 

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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
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Ethnocentricism makes our impressions about the rest of the world wrong.

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These 8 places in Europe could be the next to try for independence

These 8 places in Europe could be the next to try for independence | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
And that's just scratching the surface.
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More devolutionary forces may result from these efforts to gain independence. Scotland voted NO, but who will be the first to vote YES?

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
As world population projections soar, there are rising concerns about the impact billions more people will have on the planet.
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Population projections, Malthus

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How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF

How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Older. And that should be a good thing for Republicans.
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Population projections - estimates, best guesses, but provide information that can be reviewed and acted on if desired. The future is not yet written in stone.

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog
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Culture and Agriculture Unit.

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 16, 9:44 AM

Culture and agriculture unit

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Scotland's Decision

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From Catalonia to Kurdistan, nationalist and separatist movements in Europe and beyond are watching the Scottish independence referendum closely.

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Scotland, the site of nationalist and separatist movements, is one to watch as they vote. What the ramifications would be are yet to be seen

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 11:50 AM

This issue reverberates on many different scales.  As the video embedded in this article demonstrates,  Scotland's choice on September 18th would obviously impact the local region as some seek to use Scottish history as a rationale to reshape the current political and cultural identity of the region.  Some of the votes are already in and Scottish independence would not only have the potential to reshape the UK and EU, but it could also add some fervor to the various other separatist movements around the world, such as Catalonia.  


Tags: devolutionhistorical, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, September 13, 9:00 AM

Compare and contrast Scotland's bid for independence with events leading to American independence. How does a culture decide to change its political geography?

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

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Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 8, 6:53 PM

::sigh::

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 11:28 AM

Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

Scott Langston's curator insight, September 18, 5:05 PM

I like the 'not that hard, though' tag.

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Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem

Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The language is mostly spoken by Orthodox Jews who want to set themselves apart from the modern world. Is there a future for Yiddish in other communities?
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Globalization and English as a lingua Franca present challenges for languages not spoken by large group

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13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world

13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Flickr: Derek A., aka i Morpheus

After reading through, join the #showyourselfie campaign today and submit your visual petition for youth onto www.showyourselfie.org.

The transition from childhoo...
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Great cross section of coming of age traditions

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Real geography: US not so exceptional

Real geography: US not so exceptional | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Definitely suffering a senior moment here, and it's one I have often: Did I do such-and-such, or did I only think about doing it? (Hate when this happens.) Today's case in point: Did I do a post ab...
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This overlay of the Peter's Projection on the Mercator Projection shows how differently the continents are shown in the two projections. The Peters projection shows the proper relative sizes. The West Wing episode discussing this is also included.

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This Is What Other Countries Pay For McDonald's

This Is What Other Countries Pay For McDonald's | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Which country sells the cheapest Big Mac?
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Comparison shopping for McDonalds

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Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new report says the affects could be seen within generations.
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Population changes in the developed world are more and more becoming a problem of too few babies, while in the developing world the numbers are still high but beginning to decline

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Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.

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Whether global warming or just one of the heat and cooling cycles, this drought is extensive and making an impact on food prices.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 15, 11:58 AM

I've shared numerous links here about the drought situation in California over the past few months, but the situation extends far beyond California as these animated maps and charts demonstrate. Some of the best public data on drought can be found at the National Drought Mitigation Center


Tags: wateragriculture, environmentresources, environment depend, physical, weather and climate, consumptionCalifornia.

hailey thornton's curator insight, August 21, 7:19 AM

this is a map that shows the  drought in the united states of america. 

over the past decade the drought has gotten ever so more drastic. most of the drought is in the central parts  and the west coast of america .I  assume  that as the years progress the conditions for these parts of america will only progress to worsen. 

                  ~h.t.