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Infographic: United States of the Environment

Infographic: United States of the Environment | Random Geography | Scoop.it

The bad about each state is so easy to find but when the state needs to find something good it becomes tougher. Some things that states seem proud of seem so unimportant compared to the bad.


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Brett Sinica's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:07 PM

I am always drawn to these type of maps where data is collected to determine which states are known for this or that.  I have seen maps regarding "state food" and favorite sports teams to name a few, but this one in particular isn't so fun.  It shows each state by negative aspects which in fact could actual be useful for things such as travel.  Say you have asthma or other respiratory problems, after viewing this map one would probably stay away from California or specificaly Los Angeles due to their levels of smog.  On the other hand, according to the map, being a vegetarian in the state of Oklahoma wouldn't be as easy as a more "fruitful" place considering the state has been rated to eat the fewest fruit and vegetables.

Maria Lopez's curator insight, February 6, 11:51 AM

This map is very insightful because while we hear all the time about the positive things are state is doing, no one wants to ever admit the things that they are failing at. For example, look at the State of Rhode Island. While we have the lowest So2 Emissions rates, we also have the highest risk of breast cancer. These positives and negatives can be seen all over the United States. One of the most surprising states to me was Texas? While it has the highest CO2 emissions, it also is the state that uses the most wind power. I would have never correlated Texas with wind power in my life so it is a very interesting fact. Overall, a very interesting graphic to view. 

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, March 6, 12:03 PM

This map perfectly displays the varied negligences of the environment by all 50 states. This map speaks a thousand words about a states geography, ecology, policies, and industry.

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Bald Eagles and the People of America

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How to Steer Clear of India's Strict Internet Laws

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There is one simple, but drastic, solution, experts say.

 

It is hard to think that a person can be arrested for a post on facebook. It is happening in India because they do not have the same rights as Americans. This is like Eygpt shuting off the internet to stop the people from rebelling.  

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Philippines Overtakes India as Hub of Call Centers

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Many companies have moved their customer service lines to Manila to take advantage of workers who speak lightly accented English and are familiar with American culture.

 

The geography of globalization is epitomized by relentless change and marked by continual turnover.  Cultural and economic factors play significant roles in creating potential advantages for receiving outsourced jobs (whether that is beneficially long-term is another discussion). 

 

People relate the best with people that speak their own language so many compnaies are finding places that best fit. America is going toward the Philippines becuase they were a former American colony.


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Brian Nicoll's curator insight, December 12, 2012 1:40 AM

I liked this article simply because I could relate it to my own personal experiences speaking with someone at a call center.  I guess it is kind of interesting that the Phillippines has overtaken India in terms of number of call centers.  What was reallly interesting though was how familiar those at the call centers were of Americans. 

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 8:27 PM

Companies have moved their customer service lines to Manila because there the workers speak a lightly accented English and are more familiar with American culture then they are over in India. This shows the maturation of the outsourcing buisness and shows the preference for American English.  

Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 12:41 PM

The fact that so many Filipinos speak English is an important one to understand. This brings jobs to the Philippines, but at the expense of local culture. High income and social standing in the Philippines is often correlated with English, as many of the high-ranking citizens attend universities in the United States and return with degrees, and in turn teach their children English. This marginalizes their own language in a way, and is something to keep aware of, as it's one thing that the United States does not face in many areas, that most other countries around the world do.  

 

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Continental Divides in North Dakota and North America

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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

Wow! A fast speaking vidoe but it answers many questions in just 5 mins. The United Kingdom, Great Britian and England which is which is a very important question.


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chris tobin's comment, March 22, 2013 4:43 PM
Very clarifying information.......narrator really speaks quickly, like he just drank 5 pots of coffee and has to catch a plane or something...The You Tube Video 'Coffee The Greatest Addiction Ever' pops up next to his video
chris tobin's comment, March 22, 2013 4:43 PM
Very clarifying information.......narrator really speaks quickly, like he just drank 5 pots of coffee and has to catch a plane or something...The You Tube Video 'Coffee The Greatest Addiction Ever' pops up next to his video
Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:10 AM

A great and entertaining way to explain this part of Europe.  I know I have in the past used the terms England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom to all refer to the same thing. It was also amazing to see that people are the same everywhere in that the people in Wales do not consider themselves British, much the same way the people in Sicily consider themselves Sicilain and not Italian. 

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Europe's failure to integrate Muslims

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Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.

 

America is a country that prohobots discrimination no matter what so it is different to read about a country that so openly restricts a group of people. It is out of fear that the Muslims are going to try and take control in Europe and fear is a big motivator. The muslim people have to choose between their religion or being able to live life in Europe. It must be such a hard decision for the young girls that have to choose between religion or an education.


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Elizabeth Allen's comment, October 3, 2012 8:49 PM
As we leearned in class, Europe has a declining population. If Europe continues to ban certain religions and culture, then obviously its population will continue to decline. It seems as though religion and poitics clash, just as they do elsewhere around the world. If women want to wear headscarves, let them. They are proud of their religion just as many of us are. Seems to me that the world is becoming more secular, restricitve and intrusive than religious.
Shayna and Kayla's curator insight, February 6, 12:29 PM

This represents the religion section because Europe is restricting islamic symbols causing controversy .

Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 1:18 PM

Religion: freedom of religion is not a law is some parts of Europe 

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How did Pakistan get it's name?

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"The name of the country Pakistan has a fascinating history - it is essentially an acronym!  Prior to 1947, the country now known as Pakistan was a British colony. In 1947 the United Kingdom granted independence to the region under a new name, Pakistan. The name had been developed by a group of students at Cambridge University who issued a pamphlet in 1933 called Now or Never."

 

The name really does work because with such a diverse popultion it is hard to find a name. At least this was everyone is represented.


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:13 PM

In 1947 the United Kingdom granted independence to this region and named it Pakistan. The name was created by a group of students at Cambrige University and used the names of their homelands. Punjab, Afghania  Kashmir, Iran ,Sindh, Tukharistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan is an acronym! 

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:06 AM

It is interesting to learn how particular countries got their names.  Pakistan was a British colony until 1947 and it was given the name Pakistan as an acronym for the 8 homelands in the country.  Pakistan is so ethnically divided that religion is really important for the country to stay together.

Brett Sinica's curator insight, November 19, 2013 2:27 PM

When you take in the way that the British Empire controlled many colonies and tried to spread their culture to such diverse regions, it is no suprise that Pakistan was named essentially by a game of Scrabble.  I suppose the naming is somewhat creative and certainly unique compared to how other countries get their names, yet just picturing a group of colleagues naming a country is strange.  Though the U.K. did grant them independance, how independant were they really if they weren't even given the right to name their own land.

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Palestinian Loss of Land

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Palestine and Israel have been at war for years and this vidoes really shows why Palestinians are still unhappy. They started with so much land and now their world does not even show up on any maps. Any one would be extremely unhappy if this was happening to them.


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:44 PM

Interesting that they showed a map of 1886.  Palestine didn't exits in 1886 either, it was under control of the Ottoman Empire and the Ottoman Turks.  Egypy controlled this area at one time, around 3000BC, Then there was a Kingdom of Israle around 1050 BC, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonains, Romans, Byzantines, Sassanids, Muslims of the Caliphates, Seljuks, Europeans during the Crusades, Saladin, Ottomans, Europeans again after WW I, then the state of Israel after the end of WW 2 all controlled this area.  This area has been under control of many different rulers, empires and cultures.  I know I must have missed some.  It is not as simple as Palestininians lossing land, the issue goes wat back before anyone today cares ot even remember.  If Im right there was never a state called Palestine under modern times, but there was a Kingdom of Israel.  I know that is not a justification for the right to exist or not exits, but it shows a history of a nation of Israel.  If the Palestinian people want a state, why don't they recognize that Israel has the same right?  One that might be grounded in history more than theirs.  I do believe the Palestinians have the right to  state, but they need to recognize that Israel has the same right that they want. 

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Africa’s Population Surge

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At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.

 

Birth rate is increasing and so is the expected life of people in Africa. With these two things on the rise the popultaion is growing becuase their culture tells them to keep having children. Times are changing but it is hard for the culture and people to change with. However, for Africa if it does not change they will be in serious trouble.


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Russia's Economy is Still Growing Faster than Every EU Country - Forbes

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Russia is a positive outlier: its economy is growing more quickly than all of the new EU members.

 

After all the trouble that Russia has been through over the years for once things are looking up for them. The country is not out of the woods yet but with the improvements things could really cange for the better.

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Brazil prisoners ride bikes toward prison reform

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SANTA RITA DO SAPUCAI, Brazil - Muscular young men in red jumpsuits hunch over a set of matching stationary bicycles, sweating and panting. A few more wait to take over when the first group is...

 

Using the inmates to generate electricity in exchange for time off their sentence. Brazil is known for the horrible prison conditions, with this program the behavior has changed. The inmates are working hard to be allowed into this program to get time off. The program has only been running for a short time but the outcome has been so good it is being picked up in other parts of the country.

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129 inmates escape Mexican prison near U.S. border - CNN.com

129 inmates escape Mexican prison near U.S. border - CNN.com | Random Geography | Scoop.it

Authorities in northern Mexico detained a prison director and two other officials after 129 inmates escaped from the facility through a tunnel, officials said.

 

The Border is the harshest place in Mexico and the growing prison population is due to the fight against organized crime. Hoever, with the escapes from prison how can the Mexican government really control the illegal activity in their country. They are doing all they can to control what is happening.  

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Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious

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We are a nosy country.Though to be fair, it's not entirely our fault. Between the 24/7 news cycle, social media and reality TV, we have been spoon fed other people's private business for so long we...

 

The government tends to keep things to from the American public. Fast and Furious is the cover up of the selling of guns for hostages and then supporting an illegal operation against communism.  

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China Blocks Web Access to Times

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The Chinese government began blocking access to The Times after publication of an article describing the wealth accumulated by relatives of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

 

Another article about a country resricting access to something that Americans use and say what they wish everyday.  

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Picturing Everyday Life in Africa

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Too often the subjects of images of Africa seem to be reduced to symbols - viewers do not encounter them as fully rounded human beings, rarely seeing journalistic images of the middle class, artists or the cultural heritage of African countries.

 

Africa may not be as developed as America but the people live for the same reasons we do. Looking at these pictures of the middle class may not be the best representation of the majorities life but it shows another side to a place everyone believes to be horrible to live in. 

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Perpetual Ocean by NASA

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio — the same team that recently brought us an animation of the moon as it will appear from Earth for each hour of 2012 — has also released a stunning video called “Perpetual Ocean,” a time lapse of the world’s ocean currents as calculated by the ECCO2 computational model.

 

The ocean is a large part of Earth. The currents change over time and when they do the climate of the area around it can change as well. The ocean plays a larger role than people think in the way we live.

 


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Elizabeth Allen's comment, November 18, 2012 9:16 PM
Neat video. I just did a small art project which involved a globe and referred to Van Gogh's Starry Night. As other posters mentioned- this video is similar to Van Gogh's painting.
Michelle Carvajal's comment, December 11, 2012 9:08 PM
I actually own a Starry night Van Gogh painting Beth. I agree with what you say!
Michelle Carvajal's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:10 PM

This video is pretty awesome! I love how it shows the different ways that the currents move around the continents and in mid ocean. How are we not to expect for natural phenomenoms to be unpredictable when our oceansa re the same. i would have never expected to see so many idfferent flows and currents but they do exist. It gives you a look into how are planet works and also gives you a chilling thought of how easily a ship would get lost in deep ocean waters. - M. Carvajal

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Taming the City of God

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Years of hatred and mistrust are thawing in some of Rio's most violent slums.

 

Rio is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Oyllympic Games and to make sure that they are ready to do so, they are making some improvements. Even though the reason seems superficial, it is a great idea and they are doing some great things. The people in Rio do not trust the police and they fear the traffrickers but the police are doing whatever they can to change that. Setting up programs for the children and truly protecting the people, and keeping in mind that it will not change over night.


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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, September 29, 2013 4:22 PM

The people of the City of God favela and others are at a crossroads of power between gangs and the police. Each groups are trying to control the people who just want to live safely. Right now the police are fighting an uphill battle to gain the trust of the favela dwellers, but the specter of the World Cup is getting in the way. The people have no guaruntee that their faith is well placed and that the police will stay working there even after the cup.

Erica Tommarello's curator insight, December 5, 2013 2:33 AM

Rio has drastically changed since the introduction of a major presense of the Rio police force. Previously, the streets of Rio were a dangerous place for children and adults alike. Police have been a negative cultural icon for residents of Rio for a very long time, and there was much resistance to the presence. However, the police force took a very positive approach by establishing programs for the community to help improve younger generation's opinion of police. Some concerns are that after FIFA 2014 and the 2016 Olympics that the police presence will withdraw and the slums of Rio will revert back to its previous chaotic state. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 2:00 PM

This compelling video depicts some of the challenges that the police in Rio de Janeiro face in trying to bring more effective governance into some of the more poverty-stricken, drug-riddled neighborhoods in the city.  This slums, known as favelas, are receiving increased attention as Rio is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Iceland's Volcanic Rivers

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Time and time again, we're reminded of nature's beauty. It's hard to believe, but these photos of real landscapes, not abstract paintings.

 

This is an amazing set of photos. The photos almost don't seem real because it is something that most people have never seen before. The beauty of iceland is breathtaking.


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Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:30 AM

This is a picture of the volcanic ash that is under Iceland's Mid-Attlantic Ridge. This shows us that nature by itself can create beauty. It is also fascinating to see because you would never think Iceland would still have the presence of volcanic ash due to it's climate.

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 11:20 AM

Iceland is one of my favorite countries, and the place I most want to visit and would most likely move to if I had to leave the United States. The landscape is insanely beautiful and the population is extremely small, something I enjoy as I dislike cities and a high population density. Even the capital of Iceland looks akin to a relatively average fishing town in the Northern US or Canada, and the entire country has less people in it than any given state in the US.

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Troubles on Russia's Lake Baikal

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Workers at an ailing paper mill in Siberia are clinging to their jobs in the face of financial pressure and criticism from environmentalists.

 

It is amazing how interconnected politics, enviroment, and social aspects of the world are. In this video we see how the government built the paper mill. The town was built around it which created the society that relayed on the paper mill. Then the mill is possioning the lake, so people are beinging to complain. It is a huge never ending circle.

Tags: Russia, industry, labor, environment, economic, water, pollution, environment modify, unit 6 industry.


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:14 PM

We never heard about this during the Soviet Union as the news was controlled.  Also during the Soviet time I do not believe environmentalists would have gotton the chance to investigate the area.  With the fall of the USSR the world can now see some of the environmental effects that communism had on Russia.  These towns are built around the factory.  Much like the old steele towns in PA, like Allentown.  However Allentown chnaged with the times and is able to support, although it is difficult, the population that was focused on the steele industry.  Here is this remote area of Russia, there is nothing else in the area.  There is no service economy in the area, just the paper factory.  It has been kept open because of Putin who basically said to ignore all environmental laws and regulations and he made sure the environmental groups are not an issue anymore.  Not surprising from a former KGB Lt. Colonel and the Director of the FSB, the sucessor of the KGB.  To solve the issue in these monotowns I think there needs to be government intervention to transition the economies in theses areas.  To keep these factories running in the long run will just hurt all the people in the towns with no end in sight.  However, I do not think this will happen unless there is a change in the leadership of Russia, something I do not think will happen anytime soon.

Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 20, 2013 2:43 PM

The story of this particular mono-town is very tough to "pick sides".  The factory undoubtedly pollutes the air and land like most other industrial areas, but being so close to Lake Baikal gives environmentalists a stronger reason to complain.  The lake is considered one of the purest and most unique in the world, yet the paper mill located on its banks raise controversy.  This is where the locals and workers are stuck between a rock and hard place.  Located in Siberia, such a vast and open region with little settlements compared to the western part of the country reminds the people living there that their resources are limited.  Closing down the factory would almost eliminate income and economy for the mono-town.  This is where the fine line is drawn; the workers surely aren't happy about the pollution and environmental hazards that go along with keeping the mill open, but at the same time the people could wither away if it wasn't up and running.

Ashley Raposo's curator insight, December 19, 2013 1:42 AM

THough the Soviet Union has been gone since the early 90s, it's hold on Russia is still creating problems. The creations of monotowns were already flawed. But to have this one monotown on Lake Baikal has gained the attention of enviromentalists. All odds are against that monotown. Without it's paper factory they have no jobs and no need for the town. It is a fight between enviromental geography and human geography in this area of the world. These people are stuck in a time where even the Soviet Union looked a little better than the constant wondering of your finacial stability in an up and coming capitalist nation.

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Slideshare: Middle east flags

The flags of the middle east all have a similiar design. In either color or design of the logo. Similiar to the European flags becuase they are so close to each other and share so much culture and religion. The closer the countries are the more the flags seem to resemble each other. Even the change that Iraq made in thier flag, they may have changed the colors but the logo in the middle is very similiar to other countries.


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Derek Ethier's comment, October 25, 2012 10:29 PM
The obvious thing that comes to mind when examining these flags is how starkly the flag of Israel contrast to those of the Islamic nations. They all generally have similar color schemes and flag patterns or have some type of religious connotation. Many have the crescent moon of Islam, Arabic script, etc. Israel on the other hand is blue and white which contrasts greatly with the reds, blacks and greens. However, they are all similar if you consider that all of their flags are highly religious. Though the others are devoted to Islam, Israel's is also religious as it has the Star of David emblazoned on it.
Paige McClatchy's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:51 PM

These flags have a lot in common: I know at least from my own background that green is the color of Islam (in fact, I studied a Newsweek cover about the new "Green Scare" comparing Green/Islam to Red/Communism in the minds of Americans). Each flag is also beautifully geometric, keeping in line with the  inheritance of Islamic art. Of course the US Coalition would design such an ignorant flag for Iraq- we basically thought it was ours in 2004. Quick in, quick out, everyone wins. As we know today that is not the case....

Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:11 PM

Many of these countries share similar backgrounds and cultures, as well as flags which is seen above.  The color patterns show red, black,  white, and green on almost every flag except Israel's which is blue and white.  It shows that most of the countries within the region are all linked somehow whether it be through language, identity, or other reasons, though there is still room for conflict and change as time passes.  After looking at flags from other countries such as Iraq and Iran, the graphics on them change, sometimes reflecting government changes.  It is sometimes difficult to remember and notice so many flags, yet some of these flags have changed within the last 2 to 3 decades to accompany the change of government.

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Envoy talks possible cease-fire with Syrian foreign minister - CNN.com

Envoy talks possible cease-fire with Syrian foreign minister - CNN.com | Random Geography | Scoop.it

These vidoes and article show how the fight between the rebels and the government are hurting the people more than each other. The pictures of people that are just trying to live life around the fighting. The mass grave found with women and children among over 80 people dead. Cease-fire is not what either side really wants but it is what is best for the people.

Looking at all the headlining articles from CNN about the middle east are horrible stories. No wonder people have such low regard about the Middle East because war makes better news then cooperation.

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AIDS/HIV

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

 

Tags: Africa, medical, infographic, development.

 

Aids and HIV are everywhere but not all places seem to suffer the same. In America there is a very small percent living with the Aids or HIV. However, in Africa all the the top 15 countries for percentage living with Aids can be found. What is the differnce from the Americas and Europe to Africa? Why if everyone has the rick of infection does this dieses seem to affect Africa so much?


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Europe: Human Geography

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The political,enviromental, and cultural Geography of Europe. With the history of why it is the way it is in todays world. " Europe’s early political history can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, both of which profoundly affected how Western civilizations govern their territories and citizens."

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KaitlynandSydney's curator insight, February 6, 12:46 PM

This map/article goes under European area/geography because it is a detailed map of Europe with detailed descriptions of the geographical features

Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 1:06 PM

geography: shows the different regions of Europe 

Gabby and Kamri's curator insight, February 7, 11:21 PM

We chose this article for geography, because it discusses Europe's formation, and why they are the way they are. From the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, to Hitler's domination, this article covers all the events in history, that shaped Europe into the way it is today.

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Militarization of Central America and the Caribbean: The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica | Global Research

Militarization of Central America and the Caribbean: The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica | Global Research | Random Geography | Scoop.it

Costa Rica has approved America's plan to move troops, helicopters and warships into their country. This is all being done under the pretense of the war on drugs. However, as history has shown once America goes into a country they seldom back out. It is there way to get their foot in the door to secure the countries around them.

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Grassley letter to Holder demands more Fast and Furious answers

The House may have voted contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder, but that has not ended the investigation into who at the Justice Department knew about Operation Fast and Furious --..

 

The Government does not even know the whole story of what happened with the guns. It is hard for Americans to be in the dark about things but in a case were people invilved don't even know the whole story.

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