Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
A great opportunity for students to learn why businesses agglomerate. Could be followed by a fieldwork investigation, are the takeaway stores in optimal locations?
The story of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan is a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of youth caught in cultural and geopolitical conflicts and fored to leave their homes. The film God Grew Tired of Us " tells a moving story of young people overcoming incredible challenges and struggling to improve their own lives and those of family and friends left behind." Linked here is a lsson plan from National Geographic "to teach students about concepts of migration, cultural mosaics, sense of place, and forces of cooperation and conflict among communities" using this 90 minute documentary. The film can be viewed online on HULU as well as other media outlets.
Tags: culture, Africa, political, conflict, war, migration, development, APHG.
CNBC.comIndia's Secret Weapon: Its Young PopulationCNBC.comThe composition of TCS employees is a reflection of India's young and burgeoning working-age population — a competitive edge that sets Asia's third-largest economy apart from countries...
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.
Growing Pains - Uganda Population Bomb TickingAllAfrica.comUganda enters its next 50 years of self-rule with its reputation as a demographic renegade well and truly intact, thanks to a mindboggling fertility rate (the average number of children a...
Of all the issues facig the planet, few seem more urgent than the global food shortage. Sufficient food- our single most vital need as living creatures- eludes the grasp of nearly 1 billion people, a problem that may worsen as population rises.
Earlier this year, we wrote about the symbolism of October 31 in marking the day the world population reached 7 billion people. A design firm based in Boston, Mass., Fathom Information Design, created “Dencity,” a map of global population density as the world reaches this important milestone. The map uses different size and color circles to represent the distribution of population and density around the world. Larger and darker circles show areas with fewer people. Smaller and brighter circles represent more crowded areas.
This video displays some intriguing statistics about global population growth. Equally important the video explores some concerns that are presented with a large population. Click on the above link to view all the images as one long infographic.
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.
"The City 2.0 is the city of the future… a future in which more than ten billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably. The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom."
What do you see as the best forms of urban patterns for sustainable development in the future? How could rethinking the city help rethink society?
After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week.
While the damage wasn't as bad as many feared it could have been, place and spatial context are especially important in assessing the impacts of a natural disaster. This is a excellent collection of the many devastating images as a result of Hurricane Sandy. To see some more local images, Rhode Island Department of Transportation put this collection together.
Population projections show strain in counties keeping quality of lifeMedical XpressThe dependency ratio is an age-population ratio of those typically not in the labor force (14-and-under and 65-and-over) and those typically in the labor force."
Good reference to the changing shapes of population pyramids in most western industrialised countries and reasons for the change. Also a good focus on regional age structure differences within countries and the reason for this and its consequential social/ environmental and economic implications.
Asia's young population, once the envy of the Western world, is growing old and fast, with both fertility and birth rates in some countries at all-time lows, threatening to strip the region of its competitive edge.
Should governments be involved in increasing birth rates? What is the likely impact in relation to Malthusian beliefs? Are there more effective ways of reducing the problems for countries of an ageing population than simply increasing birth rates?
Voice of AmericaUN Urges Countries to Plan for Aging PopulationsVoice of AmericaIt's a fact of life that older people slow down, so it's no surprise, for example, that they take longer to cross a street.
EVEN AS we’ve officially reached 7 billion souls on our planet, more than 14% are still chronically malnourished.
And while analysts spend precious time calculating how much more food should be produced to feed the hungry, and thoughtful citizens update their Facebook statuses for an hour to “help eradicate World Hunger,” food prices are slowly increasing and soils are becoming poorer, yielding fewer crops every year.
A visual real-time simulation that displays the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, birth rates, and death rates of every country in the world.
Breathing Earth, a real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high...
There are currently 1 billion people in the world today who are hungry. There's also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods.
Food production around the world today is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging current issues with obesity, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming more important.
The current system contributes to 1/3 of global emissions, is a polluter of our world’s water resources, and is a contributor to health problems. Industrial agriculture relies on mass produced, mechanized labor-saving policies that have pushed people out of rural areas and into cities, consolidating land and resources into fewer hands.
Agroecology looks to reduces agriculture’s impact on climate by working within natural systems. This is especially beneficial in rural areas, because the local community a major part of the growing process. The approach can conserve and protect soil and water — through terracing, contour farming, intercropping, and agroforestry — especially beneficial in areas where farmers lack modern irrigation infrastructure, or have farms situated on hillsides and other difficult farming sites...
Learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select a subject from the top menu and watch the map resize. A countrys total area no longer represents land mass, but items relevant to the subject (i.e.
The geovisualization in this interactive map is outstanding (translation: I could play with this all day). This displayed map shows the destination countries for migrants, with links to the data and information to read up on the topic. Truly impressive. For the live link, see: http://show.mappingworlds.com//world/?lang=EN
This photoessay puts together a diverse set of issues that are interconnected. Industrial agriculture and metropolitan pollution; rising energy prices to sustain consumptive lifestyles with environmental degradation linked to oil spills; regions susceptible to climate change and regions producing that change...thought-provoking.