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New city to rise within Dubai: Shaikh Mohammad

The new city will feature world class leisure facilities for 35 million visitors...


His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the establishment of a new city within Dubai, setting new benchmarks in urban development in the region.Comprising four key components, the new city, which will be called “Mohammad Bin Rashid City”, will feature world class leisure facilities and provide an integrated environment for the development of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Tourism is big business. Tourists need to obey local customs and laws which may be different than our own.
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New Zealand’s prime minister wants to cut the Union Jack out of his country’s flag

New Zealand’s prime minister wants to cut the Union Jack out of his country’s flag | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Kiwi premier wants to hold a referendum next year on whether to remake New Zealand's national flag.
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The New Zealand Prime Minster, John Key, thinks that the country deserves a new flag and will vote on it next year.  The New Zealand flag depicts the Southern Cross star constellation (in red stars) as well as Britain's Union Jack in the upper left corner.  Those promoting change feel that the symbolism is too similar to the Australian flag (with white stars above) and does not reflect New Zealand's independence from Britain.  During Scotland's bid for independence, the status of the UK's fabled Union Jack was in doubt, and many in New Zealand began to question the wisdom of tying their national symbols to other countries that might change in the future.  

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Photos: This is the Worst Place to Breathe in America

"the real capital of air pollution in the U.S. is a farming city that sits to the northwest of L.A.: Bakersfield.

Bakersfield is in the San Joaquin Valley, a major agricultural area that stretches through much of California. The San Joaquin Valley contains some of the richest, most productive agricultural land in the country. But its geography — the valley is surrounded on all sides by mountains — creates a bowl that traps air pollution. Levels of soot and ozone — which in warm weather, which the valley has much of the year, can create smog — are some of the highest in the country. And while air in much of the U.S. has improved, in Bakersfield and other towns in the southern San Joaquin Valley, the air quality is as bad as ever — if not worse."

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(Mexico topic 8)

Although Bakersfield isn't exactly in Mexico, the points brought up about the city in this article bear a striking resemblance to those of Mexico City. Both have the worst air quality of their respective countries, and for the same or similar reasons; both cities lie in valleys surrounded by mountains, with increasing sprawl and reliance on fossil fuels. I'd imagine Bakersfield's 'saving grace' might be that it lies at a much lower elevation, allowing for a higher concentration of oxygen to be present. (This translates into less overall air intake required by the lungs to obtain oxygen, meaning that less polluted air enters the body this way). Even so, the health effects are devastating and in many cases become chronic.

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Scottish independence referendum

Scottish independence referendum | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Detailed results from the the 32 local government areas in the Scottish independence referendum.
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The quick spatial analysis of the Scottish Independence vote:

  1. Rural areas were more no and urban areas were more yes.
  2. The districts bordering England were the most responding in their no (about 2/3s--not a shock). 
  3. The elderly voted resoundingly for the 'no thanks' campaign while the youth were the core of the 'yes' vote.
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And the Winner of World's Happiest Country Is...

And the Winner of World's Happiest Country Is... | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Global Well-Being Index gauges people's perceptions of their well-being by looking at financial status and other factors.


Panama may be the happiest country in the world, racking up the highest score in the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index for 2013.

In contrast, conflict-afflicted countries such as Syria and Afghanistan showed the lowest scores in this survey of 135 countries. The United States came in at number 14 in the poll.

The Global Well-Being Index aims to gauge people's perceptions of their well-being, by looking at financial status as well as four other factors that contribute to well-being: social well-being, which means having supportive relationships and love in life; community well-being, which is about liking one's place of residence; having purpose and goals; and physical health.

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The Newest Countries in the world

The Newest Countries in the world | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"Will Scotland follow the same fate as any of the other young nations in the world? Perhaps, but probably not. A glance down the list of the nine newest sovereign states below reveals that each situation is unique: It's hard to fully equate Scotland's situation with that of Slovakia, let alone with East Timor.

Even so, a glance back at history does show that the world's borders are changing more than we might appreciate: And the changes can sometimes take some time to settle."

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The recent histories of new countries getting started is important to reflect on as the world might get a new addition to this list. 

  1. South Sudan (July 2011)
  2. Kosovo (Feb 2008)
  3. Montenegro (June 2006)
  4. Serbia (June 2006)
  5. East Timor (May 2002)
  6. Palau (Oct 1994)
  7. Eritrea (Apr 1993)
  8. Czech Republic (Jan 1993)
  9. Slovakia (Jan 1993)
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What can Scotland learn from Quebec?

What can Scotland learn from Quebec? | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"What would happen to Trident on the Clyde, what kind of Army would an independent Scotland have and how much would it cost?

These are just some of the questions being asked as part of the referendum debate on defence."

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This simple animation shows how the Scottish independence question is much more complicated because of the UK's involvement with the EU and Scotland's presumed future with that supranational organization. 

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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessi...
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This is a very interesting article that links the issues that ISIS pose with Saudi Arabia's current ambivalence about whether to back ISIS are repudiate them.  Much of Saudi Arabia is split on the topic.   

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Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking?

Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking? | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Nordic countries are paradigms of equality, good education, female empowerment, and progressiveness. We know this because we are told. And told and told and told.   To take one example, the latest Global Gender Gap rankings from the World Economic Forum were topped by Iceland (for the fifth year...
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This is an interesting op-ed, highlighting that the Nordic rankings are achieved in ways that are unthinkable in the United States political paradigm. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, September 18, 12:22 PM

APHG-U 2 & U6 

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Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola

Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG — When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she’d arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of “a thing called Ebola please.”
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It shouldn't be too surprising that misconceptions about African geography has led to travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Africa, regardless of where on the continent it may be.  Here are some accurate maps and data to help inform our decisions.

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Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine

Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Ukraine ought to be split in two, anyway
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I'm NOT agreeing this with the premise of this article, but I put it forward as a some reading material to help students form their own opinions on current events and geopolitical matters; part of shaping your own opinion is finding out where you  agree and disagree with any given author. 

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Flaviu Fesnic's curator insight, September 6, 3:37 PM

what a stupid and undemocratic thought !

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Russia hits back at Canada after sarcastic jibe over Ukraine crisis

Russia hits back at Canada after sarcastic jibe over Ukraine crisis | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

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"Russia has hit back in an online spat with Canada over its operations in Ukraine.Canada’s NATO delegation initially sent a sarcastic barb on Twitter, patronisingly pointing out where the Russia-Ukraine border was.  It was in response to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russian soldiers had crossed into Ukraine territory by accident."

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I must admit that I'm enjoying these passive-aggressive forays into cyber-diplomacy.  

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Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later. CANAL STREET...
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This is a well-curated gallery of before and after images. 

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The Craziest McDonald's Locations Around the Globe

The Craziest McDonald's Locations Around the Globe | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
In its quest for global fast-food domination, McDonald’s has opened more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries. And some reside in some pretty unexpected places. Here are 14 of the zaniest.
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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 21, 3:37 PM

unit 3

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APHG-Unit 1

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Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings

Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tiébélé village in Burkino Faso has a tradition of covering their houses with beautiful patterns and paintings. The decorated buildings are only for the royalt…
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APHG-Unit 3

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Iceland raises volcano alert level

Iceland raises volcano alert level | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of "ongoing magma movement", Iceland's meteorological office says.

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Given that Iceland is right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and active spot of sea-floor spreading, volcanic activity is always a threat.  This is one reason why the beauty of this island has been described as a combination of fire and ice.

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How America lost the Middle East

How America lost the Middle East | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The US can't solve the region's problems — and it should stop trying.
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Generational Divide on Israel and Palestine

Generational Divide on Israel and Palestine | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Young Americans are showing far less fervent support for Israel than older generations.


Many older Americans can still recall the Six-Day War in 1967 or the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which Israel’s very existence seemed to be threatened by its Arab neighbors. 

 By contrast, “young Americans have grown up with Israel as an incredible superpower in the region, and with occupation and intifada,” said Ira Stup of J Street, the liberal-leaning pro-Israel lobby group. “Young Americans often have a vision of Israel vis-a-vis Palestine that is more in line with what is going on now.”

There is no mistaking the depth of the generational split. 

Late last month, Gallup asked Americans whether Israel’s recent actions against Hamas were justified or unjustified. Those who were 65 or older backed Israel by a wide margin: 55 percent to 31 percent. But those aged between 18 and 29, said by more than a two-to-one margin — 51 percent to 25 percent — that Israel’s actions were unjustified.

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APHG-Unit 3

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The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?


Tags: mobility, mapping, visualization, urban, planning, unit 7 cities, transportation.

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Norway -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Norway -- National Geographic Photo of the Day | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Sea and mountains surround the fishing village of Hamnoy on Norway's Lofoten Islands in this National Geographic Photo of the Day from our Your Shot community.
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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.
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There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like.

There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like. | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Demographics, money, and voting representation for something that will never happen.
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In addition to this Washington Post article, this NPR article also shows some of the ramifications of this proposal.  While it's impossible, the idea brings up fascinating "what ifs." 

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APHG-U4

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Noting that this will never happen, because even if the people of California put it to a vote, it would have to be endorsed in Congress, This plays into the study we had to do in class about segmenting the nation into regions. There is a distinct feel to each of these regions in California. There is a feeling of place to each region. “Jefferson” feels like it’s on a different planet from “South California.” Racial make up, economic disparity, political culture and geography are so different that it’s hard to believe you are in the same place.

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Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over
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50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to t...
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Because nothing beats seeing the world.  I've been to 9 of these cities and am eager to see many more.  How many have you been to?  What cities would you add to this list? 

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MReese Geo's curator insight, July 10, 10:17 AM

Only been to one city on this list and it was Las Vegas but would LOVE to vist pretty much all of these cities.

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APG-MAPS

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Sephardic Jews hope to return to Spain

Sephardic Jews hope to return to Spain | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Spain plans to allow Jews expelled during the Inquisition a fast-track to citizenship - so would they take it?
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California severe drought intensifying as Napa wildfire rages on

California severe drought intensifying as Napa wildfire rages on | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Map released by US Drought Monitor classified nearly 80% of California as in 'extreme' drought, the second highest category
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