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Theme 4: People & Development
Reliable links for Focus Units: Feeding the world's people & the geography of disease
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Carrying Capacity Dashboard

Carrying Capacity Dashboard | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Thank you Gracie for this link and blurb...

"I found this pretty cool interactive website that allows you to adjust various variables to influence the predicted carrying capacity of an area! It’s related to Malthusian limits, predicting/scientifically and systematically generating a limit according to the slidey scales of environment and industry."

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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Using the global lights at night to determine inequalities around the world.

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Topics - World and regional statistics, national data, maps, rankings

Topics - World and regional statistics, national data, maps, rankings | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Detailed international and regional statistics on more than 2500 indicators for Economics, Energy, Demographics, Commodities and other topics. Tables, charts, maps free to download, export and share.
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Great primary data, graphs and maps for your NWR assessment for Geo of disease. Even has maps showing data over time and space.

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Jimmy's GM Food Fight

Jimmy's GM Food Fight | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Jimmy Doherty, pig farmer, one-time scientist and poster-boy for sustainable food production is on a mission to find out if GM crops really can feed the...
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Ebola: Mapping the outbreak

Ebola: Mapping the outbreak | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Maps illustrate the regions worst affected by Ebola in West Africa
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A contemporary (2014) disease.

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Famine in Somalia: causes and solutions

Famine in Somalia: causes and solutions | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
The UN announcement of famine in Somalia is both a wake-up call to the scale of this disaster, and a wake-up call to the solutions needed to limit death-from-hunger now and in the future.
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OVERPOPULATED - BBC Documentary - YouTube

OVERPOPULATED - BBC Documentary - YouTube | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
You REALLY have to check this out... http://www.live2excel.net Ground breaking BBC Documentary discussing overpopulation on the planet we call earth. overpop...
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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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This is so cool! Wellbeing can be measured using indicators such as education, wealth and health. These can be broken into subcategories such as emotional health, physical health and environmental health. Look at the animation on Worldmapper showing the amount of income spent per day.

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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Take a look at this HIV prevelence cartogram (density-equalising map). The cartogram re-sizes each country according to the variable being mapped.

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Infographics - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Infographics - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Interactive online graphics illustrating facts about global health and global development.

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Geography game: how well do you know the world?

Geography game: how well do you know the world? | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
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Mozzie alert amid big virus increase

Mozzie alert amid big virus increase | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Experts are warning people to guard against mosquito bites over the next few months.
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A recent Brisbane Times article on the Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Possible Term 4 assessment/seminar topic.

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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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Look at map #21. A great stimulus to consider the question- why are crop yields decresing in some areas but increasing in others?

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Food insecurity, how it happens and what you can do - YouTube

Why are some communities more vulnerable to hunger and famine? There are many reasons, which together add up to food insecurity, the world's no.1 health risk...
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Food insecurity- cause and effect (as well as some 'actions' that can be taken according to the British Red Cross).

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Think the decision to not vaccinate your child is a personal choice?

Think the decision to not vaccinate your child is a personal choice? | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
This new interactive map proves You. Are. Wrong
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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:11 PM

It's almost ironic that the Western World has chosen to wait so long to get involved and now because of it's spread fear has begun that Ebola might travel to the United States. By not sending aid in a timely fashion the US has allowed the virus to grow to a point that now the US finds itself in danger. To make a historical comparison it's almost akin to the Munich Agreements, France and England chose not to stop a growing and dangerous Germany out of fear of conflict only to find war on their door steps because of it. Why did the western world wait so long? Euro-centric bias or racism? Short sightedness? Regardless of the reason the United States and Western Europe are at risk from a nearly untreatable disease primarily through negligence.

 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:23 PM

This article shows how the Ebola virus began to spread in many of the countries on Africa and how likely the virus will arrive in the United States. The virus has crossed many borders in Africa already and, according to the article, has infected five people in the United States, but has been quarantined and is currently being treated.  The Ebola virus outbreak has shown how ill equipped certain parts of the world are, in terms of, having the necessary tools for combating a deadly disease. For example, the article provides a map that shows the areas in Africa are more infected with Ebola than others, illustrating how certain parts of the country are becoming more susceptible to the outbreak than others. So geographically, the Ebola virus has gone from a regional outbreak into a potentially global epidemic, what with the cases in the United States.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 3:37 PM

Ebola started in western Africa and it spread overseas to the United States more specifically than any other country. It currently affects over 23,200 people in western Africa. To make sure that Ebola is not being spread throughout the whole United States, eastern United States quarantines any visitors or immigrants from West Africa. Eastern United States seems to have the highest rate of ebola because it is closer to Africa. In that case, it can spread westerly un the United States. Perhaps, it could spread to Canada, Mexico or any other country.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola outbreak in West Africa | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Food Is Weird: Understanding Agriculture in the Developing World - YouTube

In which John Green flies in a helicopter with Bill Gates in Ethiopia, investigates a new form of cursing, and discusses agricultural reform--specifically, h...
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Thank you Tilly for this clip. A simple and easy to understand- John Green clip- on how the WFP are improving maize yields in Ethiopia.

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original.png (3000x1796 pixels) | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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An interesting map highlighting (among other things) the inequalities that exist between Developed and Less Developed Countries. How can one country be best know for Rugby (NZ) whilst another country is best known for Child Labour (Ethiopia). Is this global equality?

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Stopping Mosquito-Borne Disease | HHMI's BioInteractive

Stopping Mosquito-Borne Disease | HHMI's BioInteractive | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Learn about the nature of vector-borne diseases, and the life cycle of the dengue vector mosquito.
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Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease | Video on TED.com

In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet?
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A good video to watch if you're thiking of Dengue fever or Malaria for your assessment.

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200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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Hans Gosling putting 200 years of global development into an amazing graphic display.

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IfItWereMyHome.com

IfItWereMyHome.com | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another.

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