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Mississippi 'Food Deserts' Fuel Obesity Epidemic

Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/dlxBib As the government highlights the growing health risks of childhood obesity, Betty Ann Bowser reports from the M...
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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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16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. This Truly Opened My Eyes...

16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. This Truly Opened My Eyes... | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Where they sleep says a lot about the world they live in.
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We believe everyone is or should be like us, but that is not how things are In reality. 

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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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Thanks to Richard Giddens for this post

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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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A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots

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The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States' 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It's not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border counties.
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Ethnic roots in the US. 

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National Geographic Investigates the Future of Food

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By 2050, Earth will likely be home to more than nine billion people. That's a lot of mouths to feed. In a special eight-month series, “The Future of Food,” National Geographic investigates how to meet our growing need for nourishment without harming the planet that sustains us. Join the discussion in National Geographic magazine and online at NatGeoFood.com.
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Disconnected from our food?

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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!