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Reliable links for Focus Units: Feeding the world's people & the geography of disease
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John Snow's cholera map of London recreated

John Snow's cholera map of London recreated | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
What would John Snow's famous cholera map look like on a modern map of London, using modern mapping tools?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 26, 2013 1:01 PM

John Snow's cholera map is often noted as a prime example of using spatial thinking to solve a scientific problem.  Here are a variety of resources to explore this classic example.  Here is an article that highlights the spatial thinking that produced this map, with KML files and in Google Fusion Tables.  See also these online GIS layers of Dr. Snow's famous map. 


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 25, 2013 11:00 PM

THere is a map of this in your textbook HUGGERS

 

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1832 Cholera Epidemic in NYC

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A cholera outbreak in New York in 1832 led to broad efforts to clean up the city and others like it.

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Global Wealth Inequality - What You Never Knew You Never Knew

Global Wealth Inequality - What You Never Knew You Never Knew | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
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The richest 300 people on earth have the same wealth as the poorest 3 billion. This is no accident - those in power write the rules. 

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Global State of Agriculture

Global State of Agriculture | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

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Unit V, main idea of the unit!

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Edible City: Grow the Revolution

Edible City: Grow the Revolution | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that's taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and arou
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The Spread of AIDS

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A handful of AIDS cases were first recognized in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1980s. By 1990, there was a pandemic. In 1997, more than 3 million people became newly infected with HIV.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 2013 11:57 AM

The spread of AIDS/HIV since the 1980s has varied greatly over time and space.  The red lines represent Sub-Saharan countries and the dark blue line on this interactive is the regional average of Sub-Saharan African countries.  The regional trend was on the rise at the end of the 20th century, but is now on a slight decline (but still an major impact on the continent).  Countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe have made some significant strides in limiting the spread of AIDS (Zimbabwe is the country that 'peaked' in 1997 and has had the steepest decline).


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Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 23, 12:36 PM

Lack of education, social stigma, and poverty all play into the role of the spread of HIV in the sub sahara African region. This is a stoppable disease, but only with understanding of how it is passed, and education on how to stop the spread. Condoms, monogamy, good hygiene around bodily fluids and education on intravenous drug use are the only ways to slow the progress of AIDS.

 

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How Pandemics Spread

How Pandemics Spread | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future outbreaks.
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The Global Food Waste Scandal

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perpective on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 

 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:13 PM

Ted explains it well how we all waste perfectly good food that people would like to eat. Also it was amazing how much food was in the dumpsters that was just a day or week old. That meat could feed hundreds of people that are struggling to eat and all that meet to waste. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:51 AM

Ted talks about just how wasteful our planet is. How we just ignore the issue and act like it will  not affect us in the future. When he shows you video and pictures of massive piles of the ends of a loaf of bread or all the food that Stop and Shop throws out because it does not "look" good for the customer. How every little bit of help counts you can try to make a little bit of an effort to be less wasteful. We have so much unnecessary waste. Like when he uses the example of how many people throw away the ends of a loaf of bread then he shows the waste of the ends of bread in massive piles it makes you sick. Especially with all of the hungry people in the world we need to be more resourceful.

 

 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2:13 PM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 


Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.

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AIDS/HIV

AIDS/HIV | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

AIDS is a global issue, but clearly this impacts Sub-Saharan Africa far more than any other region. 


 


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, November 11, 2:59 PM

If AIDS is obviously a bigger problem in SUb-Saharan Africa i would hope that, that is where we would send the most help and further educate people about safe sex and how to prevent from spreading AIDS.

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Is The World Getting Super-sized? - Infographic - 36th Fryday Poll

Is The World Getting Super-sized? - Infographic - 36th Fryday Poll | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

Find In-depth Review, Video And Infographic On Obesity. Learn more about causes of obesity, fat facts, body mass index, global statistics, obesity in united states and tips to combat obesity.

 

Aninfographic that gives us the other side of the story to 'Feeding the World's People'. In particular, note the 10 fattest countries in the world, of which Australia is 6th.  

 

 

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Maps

Maps | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Visual LightBox Gallery created with VisualLightBox, a free wizard program that helps you easily generate beautiful Lightbox-style web photo galleries
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Consider using these statistics as a source for your Non-Written Resposne assessment (Term 4).

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Is It Crazy to Think We Can Eradicate Poverty?

Is It Crazy to Think We Can Eradicate Poverty? | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
The end to extreme poverty might very well be within reach. But is the bar too low?
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Human Development Index

This video shows the basic concept of HDI (Human Development Index), by using four different examples (Japan, Mexico, India and Angola). Sources: http://www....
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A New Way to Illuminate Inequality Around the World

A New Way to Illuminate Inequality Around the World | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

Want to know where the poor live? Look at where the light isn’t.

 

"Satellite photos of Earth’s artificial lights at night form a luminescent landscape. But researcher Chris Elvidge of NOAA and colleagues from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver realized that they could also illuminate something much darker: the magnitude of human poverty. By comparing the amount of light in a particular area and its known population, they realized that they could infer the percentage of people who are able to afford electricity and the level of government spending on infrastructure development. This allowed them to extrapolate levels of human development—a measure of well-being that includes such factors as income, life expectancy and literacy."


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In A Grain Of Golden Rice, A World Of Controversy Over GMO Foods : NPR

In A Grain Of Golden Rice, A World Of Controversy Over GMO Foods : NPR | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
A rice enriched with beta-carotene promises to boost the health of poor children around the world. But critics say golden rice is also a clever PR move for a biotech industry driven by profits, not humanitarianism.
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The Great Divide: Global income inequality and its cost

The Great Divide: Global income inequality and its cost | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

Income inequality is surging, and there are few countries where it is rising faster than the United States. The distance between rich and poor is greater in America than nearly all other developed countries, making the US a leader in a trend that economists warn has dire consequences. GlobalPost sets out on a reporting journey to get at the ‘ground truth’ of inequality through the lenses of education, race, immigration, health care, government, labor and natural resources. The hope is to hold a mirror up to the US to see how it compares to countries around the world.

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HUNGER: what you need to know.

Visit http://www.endinghunger.org to eradicate world hunger for good. People who are chronically hungry are undernourished.


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Sahel food crisis – how the Guardian is covering the story

Sahel food crisis – how the Guardian is covering the story | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
The hunger crisis in the Sahel region of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad has been deepening since the start of this year.
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Thomas Malthus and Population Growth

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?  

 


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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 17, 7:56 PM

Unit 2

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A little overview of Malthus's theory on population. 

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kmlfactbook.org

kmlfactbook.org | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

kmlfactbook.org allows you to create Google Earth KML visualisations from your own global data-sets and visualise 3D data.

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WHO | Global Health Observatory | Map Gallery

WHO | Global Health Observatory | Map Gallery | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it

The GHO map gallery includes an extensive list of maps on major health topics.

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22nd Fryday Poll - Can We End World Hunger?

22nd Fryday Poll - Can We End World Hunger? | Theme 4: People & Development | Scoop.it
Find In-depth Review, Video And Infographic On World Hunger. Learn more about world hunger statistics, hunger crisis, food supplies, hunger facts and how you can make a difference.
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