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Cities and Urban Land Use - Ferry disaster clouds key vote for Seoul mayor

Cities and Urban Land Use - Ferry disaster clouds key vote for Seoul mayor | Human Geography | Scoop.it
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In the fight to become the Seoul Mayor, the ferry disaster has been a main factor in the current political process. Seoul is the capital of South Korea, and is a huge political power push.

Cities hold much power, and capitals hold even more so.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats struggle to rouse voters for EU polls

Cities and Urban Land Use - Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats struggle to rouse voters for EU polls | Human Geography | Scoop.it
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are struggling to mobilize voters before EU parliamentary elections this month despite polls showing similar parties elsewhere heading for their
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As more immigrants from North Africa and other places increasingly come to Sweden, Stockholm activists and politicians are openly advocating to stop this flow, urging voters to vote for this issue.

This shows how influential a city can be in maintaining an entire country. Stockholm grows more xenophobic as more cases of Extremism occur.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Machine gun, heavy weapons fire heard in flashpoint north Mali town

Cities and Urban Land Use - Machine gun, heavy weapons fire heard in flashpoint north Mali town | Human Geography | Scoop.it
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Machine gun and heavy weapons fire broke out on Wednesday in the northern Mali town of Kidal, a rebel stronghold where the army has been reinforcing its positions ahead of an expected
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The situation in Mali worsens, as a city called Kidal is put under heavy fire, a rebel stronghold that allies of the Mali government are attempting to eradicate.

This shows the importance of cities, how they hold the political power, and in this case, the military power also. That is why that cities are generally targeted in battles.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Bus strike paralyzes Brazil's biggest city as World Cup looms

Cities and Urban Land Use - Bus strike paralyzes Brazil's biggest city as World Cup looms | Human Geography | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Bus drivers in São Paulo went on strike for a second day on Wednesday, snarling transit and leaving hundreds of thousands stranded in South America's largest city less than a month
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As Sao Paulo scrambles to complete the world cup, further problems spring up, such as the large traffic conundrum involving the city's buses. These problems are becoming commonplace in this newly developed city, and will only continue to grow as the date nears.

The newly developed city shows all the problems of a city attempting to host the World Cup and more so.With the poverty stricken favelas and the daily murders, it is hard to believe this scrambling city will have a successful World Cup.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Snowden: 'no relationship' with Russian government | Video | Reuters.com

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This video shows the confession by Snowden, an apparent traitor to the US, that he is not under the influence under the Kremlin, and is not just a Russian scapegoat.

This video shows how conflicting Russia and the US are, and the Kremlin, located in Moscow, are a large part of the urban political attacks.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Food Shortages in America?

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and 25 of his House colleagues called on President Barack Obama to release willing farmers from their Conservation Reserve Program
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Due to some eye catching headlines and some less than relevant facts, there could quite possibly be a food shortage in America, the breadbasket in the world.

Although the article presents some facts, these kinds of titles are only used to catch attention, in which titles that include a question almost always turn out to be false.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Multimedia, Farming Video, Agriculture Video | AGWEB.com

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Multimedia, Farming Video, Agriculture Video | AGWEB.com | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Multimedia, Farming Video, Agriculture Video
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This video shows a discussion of how to make farming more profitable. The person talks about the variety of problems that revolve around the current system, and attempts to show how his plan could increase the farmer's wages.

While his discussion is somewhat helpful to the farmers, it would be detrimental to consumers, a much bigger user base. However, some of his points are valid and should be considered.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Spotlight Stays on Soybeans - For Now

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Spotlight Stays on Soybeans - For Now | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Corn prices are going down while soybean prices head up. Jerry Gulke provides his take on these surprising, and slightly confusing, market moves.
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A growing trend shows that soybeans continue to increase in price, while corn continues its downward trend. This trend is forcing farmers to reduce corn production and may lead to economic issues for these farmers.

This trend is somewhat not that surprising, as more people have developed interest in soybeans, while corn has been seen to be not as useful, as biofuel made from corn is quite expensive and inefficient.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Once the breadbasket of the Soviet Union, the country looks to agricultural production to help fix its economy and reduce its dependence on Russia.
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With the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and also a crippling economy problem made even worse with the revolt, the agricultural production in Ukraine looks harsh, and many steps must be taken to restore it back to its prime.

The agricultural problems tie in with the economy and the political situation, and without proper help it is doubtful that it will be able to rebound quickly.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Straw from oilseed as a new source of biofuels

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Straw from oilseed as a new source of biofuels | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Straw from crops such as wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape is seen as a potential source of biomass for second generation biofuel production. Currently the UK produces around 12 million tonnes of straw. Although much is used for animal bedding, mushroom compost and energy generation, there still exists a vast surplus. Preliminary lab findings are pointing at ways that the process of turning straw from oilseed rape into biofuel could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved.
Paul's insight:

A scientific breakthrough is showing that straw from oilseed could quite possible be a new source for biofuels, an effective change that would revolutionize the biofuel industry. This process is tentatively seen to be energy efficient as a second generation of biofuel.

This much greener and replenishable source for fuel is a welcome case for any person worried for the environment and growing depletion of fossil fuels.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Same-sex couples flock to Arkansas capital to get married

Cities and Urban Land Use - Same-sex couples flock to Arkansas capital to get married | Human Geography | Scoop.it
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Nearly 100 same-sex couples, hoisting rainbow flags, crowded the county courthouse of Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, on Monday morning to receive marriage licenses
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Hundreds of gay couples come to the Arkansas Capital, Little Rock, in order to get married legally, a welcome change in gay rights activists worldwide. This is a great step in the right direction, as southern states are generally not very gay friendly.

Cities control much of what a state does, and the capital of a state holds much power. The political power of the city allows them to change the legislative law barring gays.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - UK Cameron's party in poll lead for first time in over two years

Cities and Urban Land Use - UK Cameron's party in poll lead for first time in over two years | Human Geography | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party took the lead in two opinion polls ahead of European elections, the first time it has led the opposition Labor party in a national
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David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, holds a speech in Denby, England, as an attempt to raise his poll status and gain support throughout the city.

This shows the importance of cities for political power, as doing campaigns in cities raises the overall awareness of the person better than rural areas.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Libyan capital rocked by gunfire, explosions; two killed

Cities and Urban Land Use - Libyan capital rocked by gunfire, explosions; two killed | Human Geography | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At least two people were killed when heavy fighting erupted near the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Wednesday, two days after gunmen stormed parliament in some of the city's worst violence
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Although Arab Spring has ended some time ago, there is still perpetual violence occurring in Tripoli, Libya, one of the first countries and city to revolt in the Middle East. Even after the revolution, violence occurs and murders are commonplace.

Although the attempt for a better government within that city was proven to be somewhat successful, there are still many kinks to get fixed, which may be arduous and result in deaths of many.

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Cities and Urban Land Use - East Ukraine city largely calm after battle, rebels seek Russian help

Cities and Urban Land Use - East Ukraine city largely calm after battle, rebels seek Russian help | Human Geography | Scoop.it
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Relative calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday after the biggest battle of the pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, a conflict transformed by the
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As the Ukraine rebellion worsens, some citizens turn to Russia for help fighting for their cause. Because they are in desperate need of weapons and revenue to support their cause, they turn to Russia in an attempt for support.

The cities in Ukraine are centers for violence currently, and if the situation worsens, the death toll may rise even further.

 

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Cities and Urban Land Use - Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Cities and Urban Land Use - Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger | Human Geography | Scoop.it

Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.

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With the rapidly increasing usage of automobiles and other harmful material to the atmosphere, the weather throughout the world may be suspect to change significantly. 

This is very important to all of life, as a few changes in degree for temperature may have drastic consequences.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Us - GlobalDairyTrade Surpasses Annual Sales of 1 Million Metric Tons

Agricultural and Rural Land Us  - GlobalDairyTrade Surpasses Annual Sales of 1 Million Metric Tons | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The online trading platform’s increased growth has been driven strongly by skim milk powder products.
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A giant landmark of a million metric tons of dairy surprises the world, and shows to prove that the dairy industry continues to grow.

This announcement is positive for the dairy market, and also connects to local farmers, who will have increased profits.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - No Grass, No Water, No Cows

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - No Grass, No Water, No Cows | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Pasture and range condition in the drought-stricken western states is anything but pretty.
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With the continued drought, the local vegetation and ecosystem is greatly harmed. With the plants dying, the cows who depend on the plants are also starving, and many are on the verge of death if the drought continues.

This drought may cause the death to many cows, which in turn would make a rise in meat, causing a detrimental effect to the economy.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - U.S. Initiative on Hunger Aids Millions, Report Finds

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - U.S. Initiative on Hunger Aids Millions, Report Finds | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Feed the Future program operates in 19 countries and has had the greatest success in Senegal, Bangladesh and Honduras, the report found.
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In the midst of a plenty of negative news, it is revealed that a program created 4 years ago is alive and healthy, and helping to fight starvation across the world.

Because the US is the breadbasket and economic powerhouse to the world, we are capable of helping the impoverished, and this is the right step in that direction.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Family steps up after death of sheep industry giant

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Family steps up after death of sheep industry giant | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Dion Van Well towered over the sheep industry in the Upper Midwest like few do. He was dubbed the “Lion of the Lambs,” in a 2009 Agweek story, and his family vows to continue his legacy.
Van Well, 47, died in his sleep of heart failure on Jan. 5 while on a pheasant hunting trip with buddies near Hoven, S.D.
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A tragic end to a agricultural king has led to his family scrambling to organize the business. Van Well, a younger man of 47 died due to heart failure, a surprise to many. He was quote "a progressive sheep man", yet many say that his son is filling the gaps quite well.

This death may lead to a future collapse in the company, or nothing at all. It is worth noting that through this incident, we can see how such unknown companies are responsible for vast amounts of what we eat.

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Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Feed Suspect in Swine Virus

Agricultural and Rural Land Use - Feed Suspect in Swine Virus | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Scientists and regulators investigating the
mysterious spread of a deadly virus plaguing the U.S. pork industry are
stepping up their scrutiny of what the nation's hog herd eats.
With a dearth of solid leads, investigators are exploring whether
something in pig feed could be a conduit for porcine epidemic diarrhea
virus, which has spread to 27 states and killed millions of young pigs
since it was first identified in the U.S. last April. One focus of the
inquiry: porcine plasma, a widely used feed ingredient made from the
blood of slaughtered hogs and fed to piglets.
Scientists say the virus, one of the most devastating diseases to
afflict U.S. livestock in years, is fatal only to young pigs, and poses
no threat to human health or food safety. But it has rapidly increased
costs for major hog-farm operators, such as Smithfield Foods Inc. and
Maschoffs LLC, as prices for replacement pigs have soared to new highs.
The disease threatens to curb U.S. pork supplies in coming months and
raise costs for big meat processors, such as Hormel Foods Corp. and
Hillshire Brands Co., as well as retailers and consumers, analysts say.
The number of new confirmed cases of the virus has accelerated
recently, confounding farmers and veterinarians, who have ramped up
their already stringent biosecurity measures since last spring. Those
precautions include more aggressively disinfecting trucks and workers'
boots and clothing when they enter and leave farms and barns.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department, and
pork-industry officials are examining a range of feed ingredients and
manufacturing processes as well as other possible pathways for the
virus, like contaminated air or dust particles carried from farm to
farm.
Though the evidence is inconclusive, some researchers say that
porcine plasma could be spreading the virus from adult pigs that show
few symptoms, or that some plasma may have been contaminated in transit.
The ingredient has been a mainstay of piglet diets in the U.S. since
the 1990s, after scientists discovered it provided antibodies to protect
young pigs from disease and helped them switch from feeding from their
mother to the grain-heavy diet common on livestock farms.
Last month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency disclosed that it had
found plasma contaminated with the virus, after multiple hog farms in
Ontario that were hit by PED, and another farm on Prince Edward Island
with a suspected case, all reported that they bought feed from the same
vendor, Ontario-based Grand Valley Fortifiers.
The Canadian agency said that the virus was present in plasma that
originated in the U.S. and was obtained at the company that manufactured
Grand Valley's feed, which the agency has declined to identify. It said
the plasma contained virus
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A disturbing find shows a possible Swine Virus in feed for animals. This must be watched closely to provide safety for the consumers

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