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Shift to 'Food Insecurity' Creates Startling New Picture of Hunger in America | Nat Geo Food

Shift to 'Food Insecurity' Creates Startling New Picture of Hunger in America | Nat Geo Food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Modern hunger in America shows what has—and hasn't-changed since 1968.
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Looks like we cant expect things to always move forward

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Worldometers - real time world statistics

Worldometers - real time world statistics | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
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Check this out. you can see the changes in population in real time

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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Thought colonialism was over? Our new interactive infographic shows how corporations like Monsanto are scrambling to carve up Africa's food system: http://wdm.li/newscramble
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Ah times change, but motives do not.

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 22, 2014 10:44 PM

Development/Agriculture Unit

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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers
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Miami May be first, but if climate chane IS real the rest of most of Florida won't be far behind. 

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‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French

‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
More than a million Chinese pioneers have built new lives in Africa.
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Imperialism? investment?  Opportunity ? For  Chinese? For Africa?

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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 2014 11:28 AM

Maps are always changing as a new nation gets added and old lines cease to make sense. Territory is claimed and reclaimed.  This series of seven articles in the New York Times explores regional examples of how borders impacts places from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Together, these article challenge student to reconsider the world map and to conceptualize conflicts within a spatial context.

 

Tags: bordersmapping, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 2014 10:53 AM

WOW, some really interesting thoughtdebate points here! very very unit 4

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 7:05 PM

APHG-U4

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ENGAGE Snapshot: Changing Population Age Structure

Using examples from Thailand and Rwanda, this PRB ENGAGE Snapshot illustrates changing population age structure using population pyramids.
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Excellent intro by PRB on demographic structure and population policy using Rwanda and Thailand

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China publishes new map

China publishes new map | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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.

Via Seth Dixon
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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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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.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, April 2, 9:44 PM

Not only does China have a strong economic system and the high population in the world, but they also claim South China Sea. Also since they are wealthy, then they hire maritime security to make sure other areas such as the Philippines and Malaysia don't attempt to take over China's seas. Also, the Philippines attempts to battle China over oil and natural gases but they fail against China because China's more populated than the Philippines. The main point of this map is to show how much of the ocean and sea China claims and they claim about 18% of water out of their land population.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 23, 1:09 PM

This map exemplifies how different countries have differing impressions of land/territory that they own. China views itself as this image depicted above. They honestly believe it. As ridiculous as it sounds I do understand why. China owns this region of the world and will continue to do so. They are claiming land and even forming new land throughout the South China Sea. What is important about the creating of land mass is that China then controls 200 nautical miles around whatever they construct. There is nothing the neighboring countries in the region can do about it. China knows it is a dominant military power and intimidates other countries.

For example, the island of Taiwan is claimed by China as a province. China does not recognize the "Republic of China" (ROC) which governs Taiwan and used to govern mainland China prior to the Chinese Civil War. China has even threatened the island with military use if the people openly declare a massive independent movement. There is a lot more to this history, more than a scoop can provide for, however in a nutshell, Taiwan is China's and will continue to be so. 

In another region of China bordering India and Pakistan, which conveys the expansive territory China covers as a country and its various neighboring countries, China is yet claiming another piece of land. As if the dispute between India and Pakistan was not great enough the two countries also differ over territory just north of the Kashmir border region. China also believes this territory is theirs, now making the land up for grabs between the three nations. China may or may not have historical ties that link it to this piece of land. But in either case it certainly views this territory as an area of land that is open for taking, in that it could eventually claim the territory as a whole. What would Pakistan and India do? These two countries have enough going on. 

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

Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Hotelling

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This Is the Traffic Capital of the World

This Is the Traffic Capital of the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 4:05 PM

Anyone who has driven through Boston or New York City has shouted inordinate amounts of profanity and expletives at traffic and traffic lights, or wished that they would just get rid of them. In Dhaka, there are over 600 intersections without traffic lights, and with it comes delays, pollution, and in all likelihood, astronomical blood pressure levels. The lack of traffic signals is not the true culprit here, but dense population in the area and, according to locals, rickshaws. Rickshaws move too slowly and block buses and cars from moving. The obvious solution is to build car-only lanes and widen roads, but that cost time and money they country is not willing to invest. In the mean time, Bangladesh is stuck with toxic fumes and road rage. 

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 7, 8:52 AM

Driving during rush hour in places like Boston, New York, or Los Angeles can be enough to make any American driver impatient and anxious. Multiply that congestion, anger, impatience, and frustration by ten and you'll have some idea of what the traffic situation is like in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As one of the world's megacities, Dhaka has an enormous population that grows more and more every year. Like in every major city, there are millions of people who must get to work, school, the market, and home everyday. Dhaka, however, lacks not only the physical infrastructure to support these commuters, but the political and economic infrastructure as well. Attempts by the government to fix the traffic problem would inevitably alienate everyone from rickshaw drivers to car owners to bus companies to policemen. All of these entities are important components in the everyday commute for citizens of Dhaka. 

 

While this article deals with the traffic problem in Dhaka and Dhaka alone, to think that it is only a problem there would be a grave misjudgment. In a world that is growing faster than it ever has before, new megacities are cropping up all the time. In many cases, these cities can be found in developing countries that are becoming the new centers of industry and trade. As a result, the physical, political, and economic infrastructure to support these enormous population booms just does not exist. Problems that these enormous daily traffic jams produce concern huge losses of money and sharp decreases in quality of life. Poverty and an increase in the number of slums is also a concern, as many workers are forced to live wherever they can so they can walk to work everyday. The traffic problem in Dhaka, therefore, is representative of the problems facing many emerging megacities. Many local and national governments are unable to implement solutions that would have significant impacts on the issues that face their cities. So though Dhaka's traffic problem may seem unique, its causes and potential solutions should be watched closely by other emerging megacities around the world. 

L.Long's curator insight, August 28, 6:08 AM

mega cities Traffic in Bnagladesh

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Expanding tropics will play greater global role, report predicts

Expanding tropics will play greater global role, report predicts | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
State of the Tropics study aims to call attention to region
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Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.
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Looks like a great resource for the Urban unit.

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Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story.
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Core countries "mass consumption" and desire for cheap goods may help pull Africa forward.

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▶ 7 Billion: Are You Typical? -- National Geographic Magazine - YouTube

Learn more about population: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion To coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011, ...
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Intro population unit

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MacGyver - How to use a map - YouTube

And we thought maps could only be used to find your way ;-) Tip: add &fmt=22 behind the URL for the correct frame rate!
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A good map will always get you where you want to go.

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What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

What Does Your City Look Like From Space? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new website lets you find out.
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Urbanization and night light. 

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The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.
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Good article for the Urban Unit. Mega cities of the world are growing in Asia and Africa as some MDC are seeing a decline in population and more slowly growing cities.

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Donut Holes in Law of the Sea

Donut Holes in Law of the Sea | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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This includes the conflicting claims of Korea and Japan over the Dokdo Islands. 

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Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The ENGAGE Presentation, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend," aims to improve understanding of the demographic dividend, what it takes to realize that dividend, and the potential for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the demographic dividend and associated economic growth.
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The Demographic Dividend, slowing population with fewer children and more workers provide a window of opportunity for development.

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NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time

NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Examine global population growth over the past two millennia, and see what's coming in the next 50 years.
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Good visual on population growth over time

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Map: Here's how much every country spends on food

Map: Here's how much every country spends on food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Americans spend 7% of their budget on food. Pakistanis spend 47%.
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And we think food is expensive. 

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Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com

Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering. By Frank Jacobs.
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Maps on the Web : Photo

Maps on the Web : Photo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Post anything (from anywhere!), customize everything, and find and follow what you love. Create your own Tumblr blog today.
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Sunni vs Shia Map

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Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
This post has been corrected. Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict. The company displays the borders of 32 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are currently facing military conflicts. Google Maps is customized in...
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