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Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future

"Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples."


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Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 27, 7:31 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the theme of population pyramids because it gives a compelling explanation of how to interpret population pyramids and why they are significant for extrapolating into the future.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 3:54 PM

This video proves how population pyramids can predict the current and future state of a country such as Rwanda.

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:41 AM

Population statistics help show past, present, and future issues and concerns of certain areas ranging from health to women's' issues.

The movement of people in and out of areas affect population statistics and the landscape of areas either positively of negatively.

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Ageing Japan

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How can the world's most elderly society overcome its demographic crisis?

 

What will be the impact of a rapidly growing aging population on Japan?  

 

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Visualizing Regional Population Statistics

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.

 

This is an excellent video for population and demographic units, but also for showing regional and spatial patterns within the global dataset (since terms like 'overpopulation' and 'carrying capacity' inherently have different meanings in distinct places and when analyzed at various scales). It is also a fantastic way to visualize population data and explain the ideas that are foundational for the Demographic Transition Model.

 

Tags: population, scale, visualization, Demographics, models, unit 2 population, sustainability, regions, spatial.


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olivia estrugo's curator insight, November 12, 2013 11:01 AM

Interesting video.

Alison Antonelli's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:37 AM

After watching this short clip, it puts the popluation into perspective. I never knew how quickly the populaiton could grow and this video is a pure example of how it does. Over population is going to be a major problem in the future.

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:07 AM

Watching this video made me think how or if it's possible to have that many people on earth and still have enough food, jobs, and shelter for everyone. The carrying capacity seems way too densed. It is possible to fit a high number of people in one area year by year as long as we know how to use the space thats given to us. I dont think many countries have come up with an good logic or plans on how to sustain the overpopulated areas throught the globe. If they did, then there would be enough food, shelter, and jobs. There wouldn't be so many people unemployed, malnourished, and homeless if the government would come up with a plan.

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UN warns over ageing populations

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The world needs to do more to prepare for the impact of rapidly ageing populations, the United Nations warns - particularly in developing countries.

 

Within 10 years the number of people aged over 60 will pass 1 billion - Are we prepared for the impact of an ageing population?  

 

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The First 12 Seconds Of This Video Should END The Anti-Birth-Control Argument

The First 12 Seconds Of This Video Should END The Anti-Birth-Control Argument | People and Development | Scoop.it
Hey ladies, want to be in control of your own future?

A good video that looks at the impact that family planning has on the development of a country. A nice animation too. 

 

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Gapminder World

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Ethiopia's fertility rate has dropped from 7 in 1992 to 4.2 births/woman = to Ghana. Half way to a two child family. What impact will this have on Ethiopia's future? 

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Knoema: Age at first marriage

Age at First Marriage plays a significant role in children per woman and in turn, population growth...

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Is this Africa's next megacity?

Is this Africa's next megacity? | People and Development | Scoop.it
Dar es Salaam is one of the world's fastest growing cities, but the Tanzanian authorities are struggling to harness its potential, reports the BBC's Joe Boyle.

 

Is this the world's next megacity?  

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The Science of Overpopulation

Hank talks about the issues of rising global population. Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Follow SciShow on Twitter: http://www.twit... Thanks to Diego for sending through this link.

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Gapminder World

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This is a graph from Gapminder World put together by Hans Rosling. He argues that China should abandon their One Child policy as it is no longer effective and uses the following indicators to support this. As shown in the scattergraph, Taiwan's fertility rate has dropped just as quickley, or more rapidly than China, in some cases. Food for thought?

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Fertility Rates in Gapminder

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"CATHOLIC Argentina, Mexico & Phillippines have more babies born per woman than MUSLIM Indonesia, Iran & Turkey."


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Mathijs Booden's comment, September 28, 2013 12:03 PM
Any mention of Gapminder gets an upvote from me. One of the best resources in and outside of the classroom, period.
jon inge's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:20 PM

awesome site for development economics

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 3:15 PM

When watching the video it was apparetnt that for Iran during the 1950-early1970's there was an increase in fertility and then decreased to almost 1.32% in 2010. These facts were very interseting to see and the way that we as historians/ georgraphers can predict the future with the past facts.

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Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

http://www.ted.com Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's socia...An interesting presentation by Melinda Gates that looks at the role of women and their choice about the size of their family in improving social development indicators in a country.

 

 

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Thomas Malthus and Population Growth

Learn more: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=r1ywppAJ1xs Thomas Malthus's views on population. Malthusian limits.

 

This is a succinct (but not perfect) summary of Malthusian ideas on population.  What do you think of his ideas?  Any specific parts of his theory that you agree with?  Do you disagree with some of his ideas?  What did history have to say about it?  

 

Tags: Demographics, population, models, APHG,  unit 2 population. 


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:01 PM

We will be learning about Malthus in Chapter 2.  Take a sneek peek!

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 8:57 AM

The Malthusian ideas maintain that food growth is only linear, while population growth is geometric, so soon population will outgrow food production and famines will occur,

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 4:12 PM

This video very well explains the malthusian theory and how it is associated with population

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Most Populous Countries in 2100

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A listing of the twenty most populous countries in the year 2100, based on United Nations population projections for 2100. This list is from the About.com Geography GuideSite.

 

Bet you can guess the countries ranked first and second. Though the rest were somewhat of a suprise.  

 

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Gapminder World

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Since 1992 income/person in Ethiopia doubled and child mortality dropped to almost half. Now almost 13 years behind Ghana. Another good example that shows the relationship between GDP and infant mortality. 

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How 150 million people went missing in India

How 150 million people went missing in India | People and Development | Scoop.it
Media coverage of the blackouts paid little attention to the millions of Indians who were not on the grid to begin with.

Providing infrastructure in a country of one billion is a huge task, as the blackout shows. However, there appears to be a lack of power infrastructure in the first place.  

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Beyond 7 Billion - latimes.com

Beyond 7 Billion - latimes.com | People and Development | Scoop.it
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years.

 

A great resource on population. Watch the videos, look at the map and consider the implications for development.  

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World's Biggest Power Blackout in Human History Hits India

The second day of India's power grid failures were worse than the first. Nearly 1900 miles of India went dark, an area that is home to nearly half of India's...

 

Is this the impact of overpopulation? Overconsumption? Or a lack of spending on infrastructure for the world's second largest country?  

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2012 World Population Data Sheet — 2012 Global Population Data - Population Reference Bureau

2012 World Population Data Sheet — 2012 Global Population Data - Population Reference Bureau | People and Development | Scoop.it

A great site for data on population. If you need any primary data for your research, or you need to look for some indicators to compare, this is your site. Check out the interactive map and the ability to download data. A perfect resource for the entire semester, mainly because it is so recent (2012).

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