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Bye-Bye, Baby

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Birthrates are falling around the world. And that’s O.K.

 

Why do commentators, like Chicken Little, treat this worldwide trend as a disaster, even collective suicide? It could be because declines in fertility rates stir anxieties about power: national, military and economic, as well as sexual. In reality, slower population growth creates enormous possibilities for human flourishing. In an era of irreversible climate change and the lingering threat from nuclear weapons, it is simply not the case that population equals power, as so many leaders have believed throughout history. Lower fertility isn’t entirely a function of rising prosperity and secularism; it is nearly universal.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 8:52 AM

This op-ed from the New York Times provides excellent material for discussing demographic issues, especially regarding declining populations.  Many countries do fear the demographic uncertainty and are actively encouraging pro-natalist policies (with salacious ads such as Singapore's National Night and a Travel agency's 'Do it for Denmark' campaign).  The author of this article though, seeks to quell those fears.  

Sally Egan's curator insight, April 9, 3:44 PM

Challenges the ideas about the impacts of declining birth rates across the world. Contains interesting graphs of changing Fertility rates from 1950 for the highest and lowest GDP nations. Relevant to Population Geography. 

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 11:18 AM

The dwindling birth rates may be seen as negative to some in a sense of power insecurities, but the reality is that it is great for economic growth and prevents population issues. With high birth rates, movement tends to be higher towards immigration while low birth rates mainly have movement towards urban spaces.

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Turkish women are laughing in public because a politician told them not to

Turkish women are laughing in public because a politician told them not to | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Defiance in Turkey is alive and well.
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Marvel: New Thor is a woman | Al Jazeera America

Marvel: New Thor is a woman | Al Jazeera America | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Thor is Marvel's 8th franchise to feature a female lead protagonist
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Map - Nicaragua Approves Chinese Tycoon's $40 Billion Dream To Build A Canal Across The Country

Map - Nicaragua Approves Chinese Tycoon's $40 Billion Dream To Build A Canal Across The Country | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

A Nicaraguan committee approved a proposed route on Monday for a $40 billion shipping channel across the Central American country that would compete with the Panama Canal. The committee of government officials, businessmen, and academics approved a 172-mile route from the mouth of the Brito river on the Pacific side to the Punto Gorda river on the Caribbean that was proposed by executives from the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group). The Hong Kong-based HKND group, which is funding the project, is headed by Chinese lawyer Wang Jing, who also heads Chinese company Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group. The idea is ridiculously ambitious. The waterway would be more than three times as long as the 48-mile Panama Canal, and one of the largest infrastructure projects ever.


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Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic

Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Want disease-free grapes? Add a silkworm gene. How about vitamin-enhanced rice? While technology promises new ways to help feed the world, some see risks to the land and to human health.
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The Next Breadbasket

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Can Africa's fertile farmland feed the world?
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Mourn the fall of the mall

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The symbol of US consumerism, the shopping mall, is crumbling.
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The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven

The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The importance ISIS places on the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement about the Middle East may seem puzzling. But jihadist groups have long drawn on a fertile historical imagination, and on old grievances about the West in particular.
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Borders matter.

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World War I's lasting bootprint

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One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world.
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Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections

Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Eritrea's soccer players regularly use overseas matches to flee their country
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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home' | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
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Caution: Elves

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Notice the link between the landscape and culture...

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Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire

Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Russian youth have no memory of the Soviet Union, but some feel nostalgic for the days of empire
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France's flaws

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The Rise of Delicious Haitian Chocolate

The Rise of Delicious Haitian Chocolate | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Will Haiti cash in on the global chocolate boom?
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Georgina Birch's curator insight, July 28, 3:46 PM

Wonderful news!

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Not All Death Is Created Equal

Not All Death Is Created Equal | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Moscow's cemeteries are beginning to be divided by ethnicity and religion, mimicking the ethnic divides happening among the city's living inhabitants.
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Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City

Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
As the sprawling Zaatari camp evolves into an informal city — with an economy and even gentrification — aid workers say camps can be potential urban incubators that benefit host countries like Jordan.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 9:03 AM

This is an intriguing article that explores the difficulties of forced migrations that arise from civil war, but it also looks at city planning as refugee camps are established to make homes for the displaced.  These camps have become into de-facto cities. The maps, videos and photographs embedded in the article show the rapid development of these insta-cities which organically have evolved to fit the needs of incoming refugees.  Size not investing in permanent infrastructure has some serious social, sanitation and financial cost, there are some efforts to add structure to the chaos, to formalize the informal.  Truly this is a fascinating case study of in urban geography as we are increasingly living on what Mike Davis refers to as a "Planet of Slums."  


Tags: refugees, migration, conflict, political, warsquatter, urban, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 cities. 

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, July 13, 8:06 AM

beautiful intriguing post telling the story of something I - personally - never considered. It pictures a new city growing, with not only basic needs, ...

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Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer

Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Far too many farms no longer function except as beautiful (and expensive) event spaces that play to false nostalgia for a romantic, rural life.
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Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq?

Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
It's coming: the imminent end of Iraq. Here's what no one has told you. A former CIA deputy director tells us the shape of things to come.
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No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart

No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Belgium’s gaffe-happy former Prime Minister Yves Leterme once famously said that the only things all Belgians have in common are “the King, the football team, some beers.” Say what you will about the pressure on Team USA heading into Tuesday’s showdown against Belgium—at least nobody’s expecting them to keep the...
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How Brazilian Soccer Players Get Their Names

How Brazilian Soccer Players Get Their Names | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has seen host-nation stars such as Hulk and Fred roam the pitch. In 2006, Nick Schulz addressed why so many Brazilians are known by single names. The article is reprinted below: The World Cup kicked off on Friday, and defending champ Brazil will take...
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San Francisco Would Be a Better City With Twice as Many People

San Francisco Would Be a Better City With Twice as Many People | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
California is an earthly paradise. Yet there is something badly broken about the Golden State. At its best, California is America’s America, where the young and adventurous go for a fresh start. The trouble is that housing in much of California has become so expensive that the young and adventurous...
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Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

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Eritrea is the least technologically connected country on earth
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Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News

Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The number of people displaced by bloody conflict and persecution has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the post-World War II era — a vast populat...
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Why Does China Even Care About Scottish Independence?

Why Does China Even Care About Scottish Independence? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
China is well-known for
cracking down on areas seeking self-rule at home. The breakaway regions of
Tibet and Xinjiang have become perpetual objects of Beijing's displeasure. That
opposition to regional autonomy is now making itself felt abroad. On Tuesday,
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang scolded Scots seeking independence from
London.
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The rise and fall of Australian slang

The rise and fall of Australian slang | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
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Notice all of the different factors that contribute to the development of slang!

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