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China publishes new map

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China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

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It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

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James Hobson's curator insight, November 21, 2014 7:12 PM

(East Asia topic 2)

The aggressive stance which China is seen as taking towards its oceanic claims can be tied closely with its lack of a mainland frontier. Having no where else to go westward, the only other option is apparently to go very-outward into the south and east. The fact that there is virtually no land in this region is a mute point due to the huge resources which lie under the ocean's surface.

   This action taken by China seems to eerily represent actions of the United States around 70 years ago; once the western frontier had been settled and firmly claimed, the desire to continue expansion can be seen through the U.S.'s involvement with Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island, and the like. Though there may have been the use of war as a reason to do this in the case of America, the nationalistic desire for expansion can clearly be seen. European powers, which have especially been short on land frontiers, certainly have exhibited the same traits in history.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 22, 2014 9:46 PM

This new map of China, not surprisingly produced by China, may not look any different than the maps you see now, until you notice the dashed lines in the South China Sea.  These lines are meant to outline the area of Chinese territory.  They have also claimed, which has turned up as false, that they had ancient claim to this area.  This wouldn't be such a big deal except the fact that there are oil reserves in the area in which China has marked its claim.  Not only would this specific area become a new resource for China but also the international waters that they have greatly increased for themselves.  With China's new claim to this area in the South China Sea they have expanded the area that they control as well as gaining a great deal of international water that they would have drilling rights to.  This has neighboring countries up in arms for good reason.  China is trying to take over land that isn't theirs with no validity solely for the oil claims.  Although they are controlling the area in which they have staked a claim on, the courts could soon make sure this isn't happening.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:50 PM

The new map published by the Chinese government is a clear message of what they feel are their territorial boundaries. In areas that are contested between China and other countries, the map makes a bold claim that these areas belong to China. Chinese activities in these disputed areas match up with the attitude conveyed by this map.

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Human Development Report 2013

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New UNHD report on the advances in the South. Very interesting.

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200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

 Update on immigration. Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from? Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, created this fascinating visualization of the number of immigrants to the U.S. since 1829 by country of origin. The graph hints at tragic events in world history. The first influx of Irish occurred during the […]

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Population unit. Update on immigration

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What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky?

What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The city's planned FoodPort is part of a trend toward mixed-use food hubs.
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Agricultural and Industrial Units

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Korean language shift causing North-South tension

Korean language shift causing North-South tension | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The widening divide between North and South Korea’s shared language is leading to confusion, hurt feelings and suspicion.
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Good for the Culture, Political inits 

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Millennium Development Goals Snapshot 2014

Millennium Development Goals Snapshot 2014 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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So much accomplished, but so much more to do to make our planet's people live a decent life.

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If you look at her hands, you'll see her struggles. Literally.

If you look at her hands, you'll see her struggles. Literally. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Who knew a bucket of water could be so hard? They do.
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Something as basic as water to survive can be deadly. Something we take for granted by turning on the faucet, is a daily challenge for many.

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How Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers

How Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new analysis suggests that jobs previously lost to the suburbs are returning to the core.
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China’s Pork Feeds People And Economies

China’s Pork Feeds People And Economies | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
More than half of the world's pigs are in China. We look at what growing industrial pork production means for China and the world.
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Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow

Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The world has entered an era of “peak food” production with an array of staples from corn and rice to wheat and chicken slowing in growth – with potentially disastrous consequences for feeding the planet.
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Malthus right or wrong? Can we continue to grow enough food?

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
People say we're "rich in other ways," but that doesn't fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
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Hard work, long hours, few if any holidays. A farmer's life is hard. You on the other hand rely on them for everything you eat. 

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 15, 8:48 PM

Unit 5 Agriculture

     The article explains the story of one small time organic farmer who is struggling to make a living off of agriculture. The woman owns a small farm and grows multiple types of organic foods, but is barely getting by and relies on a second job for income. 

      Commercial Agriculture has taken over the entire agricultural industry and now it has become almost impossible for small local organic farmers to make any money. As the government encourages and subsidizes farmers which grow only one crop, monoculture, crop biodiversity is dying out because GMOs are taking over all seeds. Organic farmers can not make any money, because a few major companies control the entire agriculture industry and our entire food production system. Subsistence farming used to be a way of life, but now it is impossible to do that and live in most parts of our world. 

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Adventures in Population Growth

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"The International Database at the US Census Bureau [provides] population estimates broken down by country, age and year for essentially every country. [With this data we can track] shifts in population makeup over time. I’ve created a few interesting graphs to show the expected shifts over the next 35 years, including the dependency ratio."


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Jacqueline Garcia pd1's curator insight, March 22, 2:04 PM

In this scoop I was very interested in the predictions of percentage of population for the countries presented. Here we saw some very shocking results for countries such as Germany and Japan where we saw the overall pop. decrease. Also over the coarse of time one can see the decrease in the dependency ratio, likely caused by higher education in the medical field , along with women becoming more educated. 

Kristen Trammell's curator insight, March 23, 12:52 PM

I. International Database for the US Census Bureau created graphs representing population estimates broken down by country, age, and year. These graphs show the population shifts over 35 years of major countries. 

 

II. Developed nations show a column shape with a pointed top. Developed nations have equal amounts of males and females, and have a higher population of 30-50 year olds. With a high number of middle aged people and a low number of elderly people, developed nations remain stable due to a stable birth rate and death rate. Developing countries have a pyramid shaped population, with many young people and few 50-100 years olds. This leads to a weak economy as their is high unemployment. Developing countries also have overall higher populations, which leads to poverty as their is a lack of resources. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 11:31 AM

UNIT 2 POPULATION
This article depicts various population pyramids in developing, as well as developed countries. These pyramids show trends from the past, as well as predictions for the future (2050). With population pyramids, it is easy to understand how populations shift, as well as observe different trends on populations. I really like studying the information given to us by population pyramids, so this article is very important to me. This whole thing relates to historical trends and projections for the future. 

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Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.
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Youthification vs gentrification.

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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture
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Part of the Colombian Exchane, the potato is a standard of many diets. 

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Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down

Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Could the future of modern agriculture be found completely indoors?

That’s the question on the mind of Caleb Harper, the research scientist behind the CityFARM project of MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative.

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Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
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Background on the Planet Money Tshirt story

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HDI Map

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Mapping the Measure of America. Maps of US showing the Human Development Index by state

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Can You Name the 10 Smallest Countries in the World?

Can You Name the 10 Smallest Countries in the World? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A photo gallery of the world's ten smallest countries, from 0.2 square miles on up to 115 square miles, these ten smallest countries are microstates. A photo gallery from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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Tiny but proud

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Are you ignorant about the world? - CNN.com

Are you ignorant about the world? - CNN.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The world is spinning so fast that it can be hard to keep track of everything going on. And most of us aren't doing a good job of it, writes Hans Rosling.
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Keeping up with global trends can be daunting. 

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In Brooklyn, First Comes Gentrification, Then Comes a Food Co-op - NYTimes.com

In Brooklyn, First Comes Gentrification, Then Comes a Food Co-op - NYTimes.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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Urban and ag units

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How Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers

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A new analysis suggests that jobs previously lost to the suburbs are returning to the core.
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The World’s 10 Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas

The World’s 10 Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
With only 20 percent of the population, the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies account for nearly half of global economic output. Through our new Global MetroMonitor report and interactive, users can understand the individual trajectories of the world’s large metropolitan economies and gain new insights into sources of growth that national or regional assessments tend to obscure.
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The Green Revolution: Waging A War Against Hunger - YouTube

NHD - Senior Group Documentary 2010 Districts Version Theme: Innovation in History By Anita & Karis
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Students produced Green Revolution project

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10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories

10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Murder. Greed. Oppression. Intrigue. The ruins at these UNESCO sites may be silent, but they tell some shocking and absorbing tales.

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32 Mispronounced Places

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"There’s nothing more irritating to a pedant’s ear and nothing more flabbergasting than realizing you’ve been pronouncing the name of so many places wrong, your entire life! Despite the judgment we exhibit toward people who err in enunciating, we all mispronounce a word from time to time, despite our best efforts. Well, now it’s time we can really stop mispronouncing the following places."


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, February 14, 8:37 AM

Mispronouncing is also a symptom of mis-understanding ... and not taking the effort to understand.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, February 20, 11:37 AM

So interesting!  I knew Louisville, only because my husband of almost 18 years is from there and taught me very early in our relationship that it was "Luh-vull".  ha!  

Savannah Rains's curator insight, March 24, 3:14 AM

This fun article is telling people about common places that we butcher the names of. Some of the reasons that we say them wrong is because they are in different languages so we shouldn't be pronouncing everything perfectly. But the ones that we say everyday like Colorado, is because we ALL mispronounce it so it becomes the norm. This article really sheds some light on the way that languages can be misinterpreted or changed because of people.

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The fall — and overhaul — of the American mall

The fall — and overhaul — of the American mall | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Instead of abandoning once-thriving suburban malls, owners are sinking millions into risky redevelopments.
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Malls -ghettoization to Gentrification?  Urban Unit. 

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