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Bringing the climate fight to the table

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Low-emissions cooking aims to slow global warming one plate at a time -- with good food.
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This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This graph is worth as many as you can take out of it.
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FRONTLINE/WORLD . Stories by Theme | PBS

FRONTLINE/World - Stories from a small planet - FRONTLINE turns its lens on the global community and brings a new generation of video journalists to television and the web.
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Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

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New maps show the geographic differences among Mexican, Salvadorean, Cuban, and other ethnic populations.
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Chipotle's Gamble

"Watch The Scarecrow, the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game. Then download the free app at www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for whole sustainable food."


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:48 AM

Sounds good. I liked the video I saw.

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:27 PM

If the Owners of Chipotle are actually growing and raising their animals organically they have no choice but to approach their competitors aggressively.  Growing high volume quality food is a much more expensive and slow process then genetically modifying animals to create higher yields. I thought the commercial was beautifully done and struck a tone I wish I heard more often. 

Shelby Porter's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:29 AM

This video probably set some of the leading fast food chains and restuarants on edge. Chipotle is starting an organic agricultural revolution, and with good reason. Most fast food cooperations are like the scare crow foods in the video, not using one hundred percent animal products, and using chemicals to enhance them. It is like that in other places too. Mnay farmers now are breeding chickens to have much larger breasts because that is what is in demand. But none of this is good for our bodies. Chipotle is one of many organic companies trying to go back to the basics and feed us food that is also good for us. They are showing us that this agricultural revolution can feed the people of the world. 

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Harvest 2013

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From grains to grapes to cabbage and many other crops the harvest season has been in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Siri Anderson's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:47 PM

Nothing like agriculture to put a dose of "reality check" into urban/suburban students' lives.

Scott Langston's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:48 PM

An image our Grad 11 students can at least have some empthy with....

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:47 PM

Well see as how my page is called World Photography, i figurd this would be a good article/gallery to put up. Along with so georgous photos one can really see the imporance of farming on a culture and farming world wide. The gallery of photos is increadible, and with a caption to match each photo you are able to see geographilycly and cultulary where certan foods and plants are produced. This makes me feel  that cultures are all some what connected, the tobbco from your cigretts comes from mexico, and the nice wine that you drink when your out to dinner is from a vineyard in germany. Its a small idea but food is very cultualy influncing 

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Mali ethnic conflict fears: racially-charged retribution remains major threat to future peace

International humanitarian organisations have warned that ethnic reprisals against Arabs and Tuaregs in Mali are threatening efforts to reunite the war-torn ...
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Global cities revisited

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IN 1991, Saskia Sassen, a sociologist, wrote her most famous work, “The Global City”. It argued that large, technologically advanced urban areas defined the...
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You Think This Has Nothing to Do With You (The Devil Wears Prada)

A scene from the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada."
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Night Lights 2012 - The Black Marble

The night side of our planet twinkles with light, and the first thing to stand out is the cities. "Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across th...
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A look at global population trends

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Too many people is a big problem, but too few is a concern as well.
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Migration to Mexico

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Three measures of Mexico’s foreign-born.
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The Real Problem With a Service Called 'Ghetto Tracker'

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When it comes to navigational apps, where's the line between utility and racism? 
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Now This Is Natural Food

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Can we break away from monoculture and eat perennial plants?
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Assessing Online Sources

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Tweet from Earth Pics (screenshot preserved for when it gets taken down).  Retweeted over 1,000 times in the first hour.


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Tracy Kovach's curator insight, October 26, 2013 1:04 PM

Great internet literacy activity

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:10 PM

Real or not"  Ireland or Tahiland?  Photoshopped or not? - check the length and shape of the shadow!. 

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

students need to be very careful in the type of sources that they used to glean information. People can manipulate photos and suggest things as fact when they are completetly made up. It is understandable that Wikipedia can not be used as an entireyl reliable source because people have access to add whatever they want to the content matter. Photoshop and other online tools can be used to trick people into beleiving certain things. This photo claiming to be from ireland is really from Thailand is a small island but the castle itself on the top os photoshoped and the image was retweeded like crazy within the first hor. wee must check our sources and make sure that we are getting good primary or at least good secondary services from legit websites.

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Mapping Europe's war on immigration - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

Mapping Europe's war on immigration - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Europe has built a fortress around itself to protect itself from ‘illegal' immigration from the South, from peoples fleeing civil war, conflict and devastating poverty. The story is best understood through maps.
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Puzzle: Put the Congressional Districts Back Together

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Gerrymandering is the practice of redrawing congressional districts after a decadal census to favor one political party over the other.


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Dennis V Thomas's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:42 AM

Do these look like they are contiguous and compact? Many of the issues in the House of Reps is that districts have been created that are super majority for one party and the only competition is in the primary. This creates extremism and diminishes the opportunity for dialog. Only radicles can be elected in the primary election and those that represent the majority are defeated. One great example was Dick Lugar in Indiana.

Dennis V Thomas's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:43 AM

Do these look like they are contiguous and compact? Many of the issues in the House of Reps is that districts have been created that are super majority for one party and the only competition is in the primary. This creates extremism and diminishes the opportunity for dialog. Only radicles can be elected in the primary election and those that represent the majority are defeated. One great example was Dick Lugar in Indiana.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:15 PM

Personally I think Gerrymandering is unfair and should not be allowed, because it gives a political party to much of an advantage over the other. It really is of no surprise that our government finally shut down. By packing certain states and restructuring districts to create more of an advantage for your political party is corrupt. How are we supposed to run a successful government when we are altering districts and packing districts to favor a certain party? That is unfair and shouldn't be allowed. After all these years we should have some system in place to make government election as fair as possible. But by allowing parties to set different districts we will never reach that point. Gerrymandering is destorying our government, and we can see that from the most recent government shut down. There needs to be some changes made. 

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Inequality and the Gini Coefficient

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Think everyone should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Try this one on for size.

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Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:46 PM

Just incredibly awesome, but so, so sadly true.

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:00 PM

Educating in poverty

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:47 AM

Do you find this information surprising?

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The End of the Nation-State?

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With rapid urbanization under way, cities want to call their own shots. Increasingly, they can.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:01 AM

The end of Soverign nation states has alot to do with how interact with other states into a more integrated regional economy. The global community is realizing its importance of woking together to mazimize on trade and technology building as an economic world effort. This would blur the lines of independent soverign countires and bring regions together for economic puprposes even redrawing regional lines. Cities want more autonomy on responding to urbanization and move more away from being identified as a nation state. It is the desire to listen less to what washington has to say and act more as an independent state which makes more decisons with the regions around it to mazimize on rapid city growth and the money making opportunities that a re created from a rapidly changing global community.

Keileem's comment, October 17, 2013 3:41 PM
Just end reading a book: the end of the nation state, but than in mind a non-democratic eu government.
Emma Boyle's curator insight, November 20, 2013 8:31 AM

Good examples: NYC, Washington DC, Brasilia, Hong Kong, London, and many more.

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Here's Why There Are So Many German-Americans In The US

Here's Why There Are So Many German-Americans In The US | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The largest ancestry group there is.
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PopulationPyramid.net

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Population Pyramids of the Whole World from 1950 to 2100 — PopulationPyramid.net
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Agricultural Models

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:27 PM

Models in geography, even if they are at times limited in their explanatory power, are excellent pedagogical tools to promote students to think spatially. 

Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:23 PM

We will be studying this model in Chapter 10 HUGGERS

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

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"With Europe sputtering and China costly, the 'stars are aligning' for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration."


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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, October 17, 2013 1:43 PM

The wealth of a nation can come from many differnet aspects, jobs land, ecnomy, resoucres, and labor force. In many contries like china and indina they have lots of factorys and factory workers. However what ahppens when the cost of living and transporations go up, should we give workers a pay raise? NO. The answer is to find people who are able to work for cheeper. This lead to the mass influx of mexican factorites and the mass influx of forign workers fleeing to mexico for the jobs and simple life.

It was very interesting to see how even workers form the US were going to mexico in search of jobs becuse ten years ago it was the exact oppisit.

Paige Therien's curator insight, March 1, 3:44 PM

As domestic problems increase in countries where the United States have been previously "setting up shop", institutions are rethinking where they outsource manufacturing to.  It is becoming increasingly more expensive to ship goods from China or Europe.  People of all sorts are turning to Mexico, where the United States already has a good manufacturing foundation, to find new opportunities in many different increasingly competitive (globally) sectors.  This is allowing Mexico to be culturally, economically, and socially closer than ever before to many countries around the world.  This large influx of people from all around the world is definitely welcomed, but is being monitored and managed with great care and strategy in order to ensure that this shift benefits everyone.  Mexico is currently very flexible since it is transitioning into a more first-world country; this gives entrepreneurs a great place to start experimenting and migrants a chance to shape Mexico.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 10:39 AM

Foreigners on work visas is a huge and broadening event that is happening throughout the world. Most of the people on work visas have migrated from the U.S. and more now than ever, Europe. With dwelling economies, people are being forced to migrate towards the U.S. and Mexico.

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

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With Europe sputtering and China costly, the “stars are aligning” for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.
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Robots help Japan's ageing population

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As an increasingly crowded world readies to welcome its seven billionth citizen, Japan faces the opposite problem -- a shrinking population that has to depend on a new kind of friend: robots.
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Technology and aging population

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Janice Chia's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:27 PM

We should use robots to enable care givers to spend more human interaction time with the elderly rather than replace humans altogether.