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Geography seen as barrier to climbing class ladder in US | National | NewsObserver.com

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A new study says it’s harder to get out of poverty for those living in the Southeast, including Raleigh. But the president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce disagrees.
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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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The roots of Nigeria's religious and ethnic conflict

The roots of Nigeria's religious and ethnic conflict | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Analysis: A British colonial decision brought the northern and southern halves of modern Nigeria together. One hundred years later, they still don't get along.
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Lasting effects of colonialism and shatterbelt effects of religious conflict create economic and political conflict that divide .

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Feeding Our Hungry Planet

"By 2050, the world's population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine.  Visit http://natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food issues as we investigate the Future of Food today on World Food Day."

 

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Population increase is just part of the story. How do we feed everyone? How will we provide for the needs of everyone?  Can the earth sustain the use of her resources and the impact of our growing needs and output. First we must eat. Can we learn to do that wisely? 

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Truthbehere2's curator insight, October 17, 10:30 AM

I think I might as well buy some land and plant my own huge garden for this crap coming up and have a fence around my yard too

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Against the Wall - Promo

Against the Wall - Promo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Post 9/11 there are more walls and political barriers than ever. But do they work?
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Gives an insight into the pros and cons of building walls and how they can change the perceptions  on each side

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Both History and Geography explained in these maps

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Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 6:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 5, 8:10 PM

Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 3:10 PM

With the increasing amount of information online it can be misleading at times. I do believe this is a useful collection of maps however I feel people looking at it might get trapped in a pitfall. After looking at these 40 maps a person could feel that this is all there is to know about this subject. Yes it is informative to have this information together but it should just be the start of the conversation not the end. So often we want quick google searches with definite answers,

when some topics require a lot of research from different sources. The reader needs to make up their own pool of knowledge.

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Aboard a Cargo Colossus

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The world’s biggest container ships, longer than the Eiffel Tower is high, are a symbol of an increasingly global marketplace. But they also face strong economic headwinds.
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Cargo containers have hanged global trade

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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, 12:44 PM

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, 2:50 PM

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, 12:00 PM

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, 9:53 PM

::sigh::

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 2:28 PM

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, 8:05 PM

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

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Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012

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Track the flows of remittances worldwide in the year 2012 with this interactive.
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Tristram Stuart: Waging War Against Global Food Waste

Tristram Stuart: Waging War Against Global Food Waste | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tristram Stuart wants the world to stop throwing away so much good food.
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As our need for food production grows, we need to do a better job of preventing waste. 

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Globalization in a Nutshell

"The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 3:32 PM

This is a good video to explain globalization (although this is my personal favorite), to see that it not just an economic force, but one that touches just about every facet of modern life.
 

Questions to ponder: What are the driving forces behind globalization? What areas are most impacted by globalization?  How does globalization benefit some, and adversely impact others? Why?


Tags: globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 14, 4:24 AM

Globalization in a Nutshell

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State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map?

State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Every state has one governor and two senators, but, in almost every other way, each state’s human geography is different, often wildly so. New Jersey has 15 times more people than Wyoming, despite being one-tenth its size. You can divide the island of Manhattan in two and the top half...
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Boundaries, population distribution, representation, there are a lot of ways to look at these maps.

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Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food

Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Exploring the historic and old-fashioned side of Seoul along with the ultra-modern side of the South Korean capital.
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Visiting Seoul is a cultural experience like no other. The food, the smells, the skyscraper buildings beside palaces, and centuries of history and pride in the long and beautiful history of S.Korea. The city (and the country) are surprising to Westerners for their modern, safe, and welcoming atmosphere

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How to reinvent the apartment building

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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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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 8, 12:39 AM

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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David R. Perry's curator insight, September 11, 9:41 PM

History does not always remember all it should.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 21, 3:20 PM

APHG-U1 Environment 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, October 6, 3:25 PM

When you hear of a European explorer exploring a land outside of Europe, one automatically thinks of an explorer bringing in captured Africans into the New World. What Alexander von Humboldt did was establish a new way at looking at our environment from climate temperature to discovering a cure for malaria with the locals living in the Amazon.

 

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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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