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Five Nations - Ethnic Fashion

Five Nations - Ethnic Fashion | North America | Scoop.it
See more about Mexico, Dancers and Culture.
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Information about Mexico, Dancers, and Culture.
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The 17 Coziest American Mountain Towns | Undiscovered America

The 17 Coziest American Mountain Towns | Undiscovered America | North America | Scoop.it
To inspire your next rustic retreat, we’ve handpicked 17 of the best mountain towns in America for you to explore.
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2017 USA Tide Tables – Commercial Fishing

2017 USA Tide Tables – Commercial Fishing | North America | Scoop.it
The National Ocean Service (NOS) recently announced that 2017 tide tables are now available from NOAA.
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NOAA tide predictions and tidal current predictions are available online for U.S. coastal stations for up to two years.
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North America: Greenland Facts and Information

North America: Greenland Facts and Information | North America | Scoop.it
This article includes a brief overview of Greenland as well as variety of facts, statistics, and other information.
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Greenland is a self governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark.
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U.S. to push for more trade with Latin America

U.S. to push for more trade with Latin America | North America | Scoop.it
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing business with trade partners in Latin America, only days after the 20th anniversary of the North American Free...

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Gillian & Alexis's curator insight, March 11, 2014 1:41 PM
This article goes under the economic category because is has to do with the trade between the USA and Latin America. They talk about why this plan is a good idea and why they should start trading more.
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Women Cartographers of Early North America

Women Cartographers of Early North America | North America | Scoop.it

Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. By the late ‘90s, she’d found over a thousand names of women who had drawn, published, printed, engraved, sold, or traded maps prior to 1900 alone.

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USA First Day Hikes 2016 – North American Wildlife

USA First Day Hikes 2016 – North American Wildlife | North America | Scoop.it
On January 1, all 50 U.S. states will be participating in First Day Hikes, an annual national event that encourages Americans to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.
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First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago.

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Cuba-USA Marine Protected Areas Agreement

Cuba-USA Marine Protected Areas Agreement | North America | Scoop.it
In November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA).
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The MOU also includes a sister MPA program to foster conservation and understanding of natural marine resources in both countries, sharing technical and scientific data, and promoting education and outreach initiatives.

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British Columbia Conservation Areas Protected | North American Wildlife

British Columbia Conservation Areas Protected | North American Wildlife | North America | Scoop.it
The Province of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada will partner to ensure the continued protection of several ecologically sensitive properties formerly owned by The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC).
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The Province has committed $1 million and will assume ownership of several of the 26 conservation properties transferred from TLC to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in September 2015.

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Canada hits its stride - Calgary Herald

Canada hits its stride - Calgary Herald | North America | Scoop.it
Forty years after Ken Read made history with the Crazy Canucks, we track Canada’s drive to the top
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Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables

Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables | North America | Scoop.it

"Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers.
American consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. And top U.S. brands — Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Subway and Safeway, among many others — profit from produce they have come to depend on.These corporations say their Mexican suppliers have committed to decent treatment and living conditions for workers.  But a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship."


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This is a hard read, but it is important to understand that there is a dark underbelly to many of the economic systems that are reshaping the world today.  Sometimes we ask all the wrong questions, like "why is organic, local, or fair trade food so expensive?"  We should really be asking why the other options are so cheap. 


This, unfortunately is part of the answer.  This is a 4-part series (I-camps, II-labor, III-Company Stores, IV-Child Labor) from the LA Times that has excellent pictures, videos, and interviews highlighting the working conditions of farm workers in Mexico.  For an audio version, here is an NPR podcast interviewing Richard Marosi, the investigator behind the story.    


Tagsfoodeconomic, laborglobalizationfood production, agribusiness, agriculture, unit 5 agriculture, indigenous.

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This is a hard read, but it is important to understand that there is a dark underbelly to many of the economic systems that are reshaping the world today.  Sometimes we ask all the wrong questions, like "why is organic, local, or fair trade food so expensive?"  We should really be asking why the other options are so cheap. 

 

This, unfortunately is part of the answer.  This is a 4-part series (I-camps, II-labor, III-Company Stores, IV-Child Labor) from the LA Times that has excellent pictures, videos, and interviews highlighting the working conditions of farm workers in Mexico.  For an audio version, here is an NPR podcast interviewing Richard Marosi, the investigator behind the story.    

 

Tagsfoodeconomic, laborglobalization, food production, agribusiness, agriculture, unit 5 agriculture, indigenous.

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Saltwater News: El Niño and La Niña Pacific Coast Effects

The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published recently in Nature Geoscience.

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New research data, from 48 beaches across three continents and five countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, suggest the predicted increase will exacerbate coastal erosion irrespective of sea level rise affecting the region.

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Based on the erosion pattern of El Nino and La Nina it is predicted that all over the western coast of America and across the ocean, will be greater then normal. This article states that it will crush all previous records and will be a season of more powerful storms. That being said it could change the geographic landscape of California and surrounding states. This could also change the regions population and fore the to relocate. Would not just change the Western coast but could also change other areas of the lands throughout the pacific ocean.
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2016-2017 National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

2016-2017 National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count | North America | Scoop.it
The National Audubon Society is organizing its 2016-2017 annual Christmas Bird Count.
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The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world.
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Research Questions About Geographical Locations in the USA -Map Skills

Research Questions About Geographical Locations in the USA -Map Skills | North America | Scoop.it
Research Questions About Geographical Locations in the USA
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National Public Lands Day 2016 – North American Wildlife

National Public Lands Day 2016 – North American Wildlife | North America | Scoop.it
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) will be on Saturday, Sept. 24 in 2016. NPLD is the largest U.S. single-day volunteer event for public lands.
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National Public Lands Day is also a “fee-free day” with entrance fees waived at national parks, state parks, and other public lands.
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Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation.

Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation. | North America | Scoop.it

"The area below the red line includes most of Nova Scotia, in Canada's east, but most of the population comes from the area a little farther west, in a sliver of Quebec and a densely populated stretch of Ontario near the Great Lakes."


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Admitted, the web Mercator projection of this map distorts the far northern territories of Canada, but still it hammers home some fascinating truths about Canada's population distribution.  Land-wise, Canada one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, most of it is quite barren.  What geographic factors explain the population concentration and distribution in Canada?  

 

TagsCanada, map, North America, population, density.

Ivan Ius's curator insight, June 4, 2016 10:27 AM
This article highlights the geographic concept of Spatial Significance
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Factors influencing settlement patterns - concentrations of population 

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Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World

Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World | North America | Scoop.it
Guided by ancient Norse sagas and modern satellite images, searchers discover what may be North America's second Viking site.
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US storms: At least 14 dead in trail of destruction - BBC News

US storms: At least 14 dead in trail of destruction - BBC News | North America | Scoop.it

A massive storm hits the South and Midwest of the US, killing at least 14 people and injuring scores more ahead of the Christmas break.

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Diabetes rates soar in Canada: report

Diabetes rates soar in Canada: report | North America | Scoop.it
First Nations are bearing the brunt of “an epidemic of the 21st century” with diabetes rates three to five times higher than the rest of the population, says a report from the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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Vast, interconnected and stunningly beautiful: A view of Canada's waterways

Vast, interconnected and stunningly beautiful: A view of Canada's waterways | North America | Scoop.it

In Joy Charbonneau’s artwork Hydrological Map of Canada, we see a vast land stripped of imposed borders, latitudinal hierarchies and self-important markings of human settlement, where the interconnected tracery of creeks, brooks, streams, rivers, basins and lakes is allowed to reclaim its quiet, rippling dominance.

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Artist Joy Charbonneau used publicly available data from Natural Resources Canada to make the map, inspired by her profound love and respect for the environment.

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Central Americans flee to USA to escape mayhem back home - USA TODAY

Central Americans flee to USA to escape mayhem back home - USA TODAY | North America | Scoop.it
More migrants come to the USA to seek safety from violence than to find jobs.
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More Mexico migrants leaving US than arriving - study - BBC News

More Mexico migrants leaving US than arriving - study - BBC News | North America | Scoop.it
A new study finds that a longstanding flow of immigration has been reversed - more Mexicans are leaving the US than migrating there.
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The Ogallala Aquifer

The Ogallala Aquifer | North America | Scoop.it
Hidden beneath the 245,000 square miles that make up the Great Plains, resides a lake that’s one of our greatest water assets: The Ogallala Aquifer. Haven’t heard of it? Farming the plains would be unprofitable at best without it, as shown by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. At the time, the aquifer’s existence was known, but the technology to tap into it wasn’t.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 22, 2015 9:27 AM

Portions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  This podcast explores the environmental and economic impacts of this unsustainable situation.


Tags: wateragriculture, environment, consumption, resources, environment depend, podcast.

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Billions of dollars needed to fix nation's aging water pipes - The Boston Globe

Billions of dollars needed to fix nation's aging water pipes - The Boston Globe | North America | Scoop.it
The US Environmental Protection Agency projects it will cost $384 billion over 20 years just to maintain the nation’s existing drinking water infrastructure.
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