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The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene | People and the world | Scoop.it
84% of Americans are unable to locate Ukraine on a world map; those that can't are more likely to support military intervention.

Via Seth Dixon, Karen Moles Rose
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This says so much about ignorance and aggression... Do they even know that they'd have to come up with a catchy name because the Crimea has already got a war names after it?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 12:10 PM

As I've said before, a more informed, geo-literate citizenry helps to strengthen U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic efforts because they have a spatial framework within which to organize political, environmental, cultural and economic information.  National Geographic recently also produced a video showing how geo-education is important for business professionals as a part of their geo-education community (if you haven't already, join!).  This is one way to combat geographic ignorance.

David R. Perry's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:38 PM

Beyond sad.

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Victorian town gets $41m benefit from resettling Burmese Karen refugees

Victorian town gets $41m benefit from resettling Burmese Karen refugees | People and the world | Scoop.it
Nhill, halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide and with a population of just under 2,300, has taken in 170 Karen refugees from Burma since 2010
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Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film)

Please visit http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com and consider donating to the filmmaker if you enjoyed the film! There you can also link to vendors to buy...
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Geography Beyond Borders - Ajahn

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Geography Beyond Borders: Geography has always been considered and taught as the subject that tells us the story of the earth .....
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How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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Finding perfect salt crystals (cubes) on the shore of the Dead Sea (IFL Science)

Finding perfect salt crystals (cubes) on the shore of the Dead Sea (IFL Science) | People and the world | Scoop.it
  The Dead Sea is a giant, super-saline lake at the lowest spot on Earth. And its beaches appear to be pebbled with perfect little cubes of salt. 
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Potential for chemistry, science or geography. This could be great to use in talking about surface chemistry, bonding... to talk about supersaturated solutions... even water politics with so much water taken from the rivers that feed the Dead Sea that the water level is dropping. So much potential.!

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The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene | People and the world | Scoop.it
84% of Americans are unable to locate Ukraine on a world map; those that can't are more likely to support military intervention.

Via Seth Dixon, Karen Moles Rose
Rach Brick's insight:

This says so much about ignorance and aggression... Do they even know that they'd have to come up with a catchy name because the Crimea has already got a war names after it?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 12:10 PM

As I've said before, a more informed, geo-literate citizenry helps to strengthen U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic efforts because they have a spatial framework within which to organize political, environmental, cultural and economic information.  National Geographic recently also produced a video showing how geo-education is important for business professionals as a part of their geo-education community (if you haven't already, join!).  This is one way to combat geographic ignorance.

David R. Perry's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:38 PM

Beyond sad.

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The History of the English Language, Animated

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"The Sun never sets on the English language."

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and
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The Last Word On Nothing | Unbroken Water: Following an Intact Hydrologic Cyle in Patagonia

The Last Word On Nothing | Unbroken Water: Following an Intact Hydrologic Cyle in Patagonia | People and the world | Scoop.it
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Hilarious! When Brits Label America

Hilarious! When Brits Label America | People and the world | Scoop.it
Sure, British types like to think they're smarter than us. But let's see how they stack up when it comes to labeling states (spoiler alert: they're really bad). (Know what Brits are bad at? US Geography.
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Interesting - why would Americans think anyone else should be able to label all their states when they wouldn't be able to label any of ours?

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Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | People and the world | Scoop.it

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:07 AM

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..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

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