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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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Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 2014 5:37 PM

It is sad that for the poor people moving to Dhaka, living in a slum is considered an improvement. The more people that move to the city the more polluted it becomes. How long until it is no longer able to support all this growth and the city collapses?

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Megacities Reflect Growing Urbanization Trend

Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/b6sR86 The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands ...

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

To be a megacity like this, you have to conform to urbanization. There is no possible way to have such a populated and crowed city with farmlands around. This is a place of business yet residential areas, it also is where the marketplaces are and where kids go to school. Megacities need to be a part of an urban society in order for them to stay afloat.

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:07 PM

This is a great introduction to the demographic explosion of the slums within megacities.  This is applicable to many themes within geography.   

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:20 AM

I can't image or even relate to the experience of living in a place like this. With rivers polluted right outside your house. And those rivers are what people bathe in and wash their clothes. I can't imagine not being able to access clean drinking water or lacking food. The people in Dhaka endure so much their whole lives, a good percentage of them will always live in poverty.

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Thirsty Yet? Eight Cities That Are Improbably Running out of Water

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The amount of rainfall a place gets isn't the only factor in how much water is available to it. These major urban areas show how dire the coming global freshwater shortage could get.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 13, 3:58 PM

Seen from space, this planet is a blue marble, a world where the surface is dominated by water.  The Pacific Ocean alone is nearly half of the surface area of our planet.  Add in polar ice caps and the rivers and lakes, we can see that water profoundly impacts Earth.  Yet most of that water is salt water (97%) and two-thirds of our non-salty water locked away in ice sheets (2% of the global water). Everything else, rivers, lakes, marshes, aquifers, and reservoirs represent that remaining 1% of the Earth's water supply--and that 1% of water is what sustains human settlements and allows for agricultural expansion.  The geography of this 1% is highly uneven and a huge water crisis can cause governments crumble--the fact that this precious resources has been wasted and polluted becomes more frustrating as water resources are being strained in so many places.  In this article, it  describes 8 major metro areas where water is being depleted rapidly -- Tokyo, Miami, London, Cairo, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Bangalore and Mexico City. 

 

Tags: urban, water, land use, megacities, urban ecology, consumption, environment, resources.

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This is how our favorite foods look in their natural habitats

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We know how to harvest potatoes and apples. There are other fruits and vegetables, however, which have natural habitats we can barely imagine. We see these items in the grocery store every day, but often we have no idea how they got there.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 1:17 PM

This set of teaching images hammers home how natural items become commodities that are removed from their original context.  The fact that these foods are somewhat difficult to recognize shows just how most consumers have been removed from the full geographies of their food.  

 

Tagsfood production, images, agriculture, foodeconomic.

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

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El Niño Upsets Seasons and Upends Lives Worldwide

El Niño Upsets Seasons and Upends Lives Worldwide | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization has estimated that changes related to the weather phenomenon are putting 60 million people at increased risk of malnutrition and illnesses.
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The impact of weather patterns in one part of the world can significantly impact the lives of people far from the phenomena
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The impact of weather patterns in one part of the world can significantly impact the lives of people far from the phenomena
Jacob Ballard's curator insight, March 21, 2:02 PM
The impact of weather patterns in one part of the world can significantly impact the lives of people far from the phenomena
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Hunger costs Africa big, and Ethiopia is in a 'code red' emergency, but there's a bright spot in Nigeria

Hunger costs Africa big, and Ethiopia is in a 'code red' emergency, but there's a bright spot in Nigeria | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Hunger costs Africa big, and Ethiopia is in a 'code red' emergency, but there's a bright spot in Nigeria
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What Austerity Is Doing to Our Infrastructure

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Talking about infrastructure is like a dentist appointment. No one wants to do it, but if we put it off, even more serious consequences are all but guara...
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Infrastructure supports business recruitment and jobs. 

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Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The practice of seeding fields between harvests with noncash crops, which had fallen out of favor at modern farms, is making a steady comeback as farmers who have embraced it report higher yields.
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The Next Green Revolution

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Can science prevent our next food crisis?
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Unintended consequences diminished the success of the first Green Revolution, despite its success in ending the Bengal Famine in India. Calls for a New Green Revolution will be fraught with doubt, but also have the potential to undo the original unintended consequences.

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molly gates's curator insight, March 8, 5:13 PM

Unintended consequences diminished the success of the first Green Revolution, despite its success in ending the Bengal Famine in India. Calls for a New Green Revolution will be fraught with doubt, but also have the potential to undo the original unintended consequences.

Isabelle McCreless's curator insight, March 12, 3:49 PM

Unintended consequences diminished the success of the first Green Revolution, despite its success in ending the Bengal Famine in India. Calls for a New Green Revolution will be fraught with doubt, but also have the potential to undo the original unintended consequences.

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Czech Republic poised to change name to 'Czechia'

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The Czech Republic is expected to change its name to "Czechia" to make it easier for companies and sports teams to use it on products and clothing.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 9:12 AM

That sound you hear is cartographers and database managers gasping at the joy and shock of need to updata all their data and maps.  Old maps still show Czechoslovakia, maybe on date in the future someone will be excited to find "The Czech Republic" on the map as much as I was fascinated to discover Hindustan on a 19th century globe. I also enjoyed this quote from the Czech foreign minister: “It is not good if a country does not have clearly defined symbols or if it even does not clearly say what its name is."  

 

Tag: Czechia, languagetoponyms, culture.

Laura Brown's curator insight, April 15, 11:22 AM

Marketing and media are the new gods. Can't imagine the power they have in order to cause a country to change it's name. Not so long ago battles and wars were fought over cultural identity, now it's for sale. 

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

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As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops - NYTimes.com

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Aidan Lowery's curator insight, March 21, 5:33 PM
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We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities decay

We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities decay | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
We once aspired to beautiful cities and governments that work. Why did we give up?
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Rethinking Africa's food insecurity: it's more about the big, often-missed forces driving food choices

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Rethinking Africa's food insecurity: it's more about the big, often-missed forces driving food choices

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2015 Human Development Report

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2015 Human Development Report
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Great resource for Development. 

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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, March 30, 12:12 PM

Great resource for Development. 

Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 31, 9:27 PM

Great resource for Development. 

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Wal-Mart closings in small towns across U.S. creates new food deserts

Wal-Mart closings in small towns across U.S. creates new food deserts | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Besides the three new food deserts, another 31 neighborhoods in 15 states will lack any place that sells fresh produce and meat after Feb. 5.
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The New Face of Hunger

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Why are people malnourished in the richest country on Earth?
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The US may produce 20% of the world's food, but millions of Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from. Poverty can be found in rich farming areas, low income urban or suburban neighborhoods.

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Gendering Agriculture | Africa Renewal Online

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Women in Agriculture - African women are highlighted in this Special Edition article, Gendering Agriculture

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Aidan Lowery's curator insight, March 21, 12:03 PM

unit 5

Women in Agriculture - African women are highlighted in this Special Edition article, Gendering Agriculture

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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths and Truths

The information is based on the new report "GMO Myths and Truths" by EarthOpenSource.org. You can find more information here: http://earthopensource.org/inde...
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This is produced by Earth Open Source organization as a political add for a California initiative. It gives the opposite view of the BASFA video.

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Alex Smiga's curator insight, February 13, 12:06 PM

The other side of the GMO issue