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EU enlargement: The next seven

EU enlargement: The next seven | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Guide to the countries waiting in the wings to join the European Union club.

Via Chris Scott
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With Croatia joining the EU this summer, many are starting to ask, "who's next?"  This is the guide of countries that have applied for EU membership and that might be joining in the future. 

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Chris Scott's curator insight, July 2, 2013 7:48 AM

It looks like Turkey could be the next country to join the EU in about 10-15 years.

Treathyl Fox's comment, August 13, 2013 6:45 AM
Excellent! (I hope.) Bottom line is Unity is better than Division. Oh sorry! That's the idealist in me speaking. I better switch over to the cynic. :)
Vincent Springer's comment, September 3, 2013 1:03 PM
A hearty yay for the people of Iceland and the role referendum's play in their democracy. Democracy triumphed over the poor decision making of the Icelandic banks and the (then) government that loosened regulations so they could run amok. Although still reeling from the 2008 meltdown, Iceland is well on its way to recovery and continued prosperity because of the longstanding democratic institutions of its people.
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A Billboard that Gives

Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air I've never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, ...
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I live near some billboards and they are an eyesore and pull down property values.  This, however, is a billboard design to give back to the community--just awesome.

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Salton Trough

Salton Trough | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Along the border of Mexico and the U.S., a geologically and tectonically complex area serves as a visual reference point for astronauts on the International Space Station.
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What a great teaching image! Plate tectonics and rifting, agriculture, international borders, urbanization, dry climates, human and environmental interactions...the applications are endless. 

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:33 AM

Wow, amazing picture.  Can see alot of features in the area.  Was surprised to see how the urban patter just continues right over the border especailly in the San Diego/Tijuana area and it alomost looks like Yuma just runs into Mexicali, and I believe Calexio, Cailf. is just north of Mexicali, Mexico.

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10 Things Most Americans Don't Know About America

10 Things Most Americans Don't Know About America | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.  I know that's harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in good place these days.  That's not a socio-economic statement (although that's on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one."

moment. I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socio-economic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.
Read more at http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/10-things-most-americans-dont-know-about-america/#rHCAX5i4WzLzZpxX.99
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While I am not endorsing all of the ideas presented, the author makes some thoughtful points about American culture that are worth considering. 

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Kenneth Jordan's comment, September 3, 2013 7:57 PM
I feel that most Americans take for granted the freedoms and luxuries they have because they don't take the time to view life from a foreigner's point of view. We go through our daily lives not realizing how much easier our lives are than most people's around the world.
Kenneth Jordan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:01 PM
I believe that most Americans go through their day without realizing how much easier their lives are than those of people who live in different counties.
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How an Israeli Billionaire Gained Control of One of Africa’s Most Valuable Mines

How an Israeli Billionaire Gained Control of One of Africa’s Most Valuable Mines | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
One of the world’s largest known deposits of untapped iron ore is buried in the tiny West African republic of Guinea. In 2008, Guinea granted exploration permits for half of the deposit to Beny Steinmetz Group Resources.
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A New perspective on China

A New perspective on China | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:05 AM

This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia.   Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues.  This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries. 

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:32 PM

This doesn't pertain to a specific CD.

 

This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues. This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries.  

Marina Costanzo's curator insight, October 10, 2013 8:36 AM

Interessante prospettiva.. quando il mondo non è più eurocentrico..

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Size Matters Quiz

Size Matters Quiz | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
From the largest to the smallest, the longest to the shortest, challenge your knowledge of the world in our Size Matters Quiz. Coastlines, countries, continents, how well do you know your geography?
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Political Currents of Water Management: Challenges in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan

Political Currents of Water Management: Challenges in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Posted by Kate Voss, UCCHM Water Policy Fellow.


The geopolitics of water management in the Middle East are primarily governed by the basic distribution of freshwater resources: there are vast differences between the naturally available water resources in the region. Layer to this the additional complexity of political stability, financial assets, and other socioeconomic factors, and the potential for improved transboundary water management in the Middle East becomes vastly complicated.

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50 Faces in Everyday Places

50 Faces in Everyday Places | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

  Have you ever looked at an object or building and thought, "hey that kind of looks like a face!"? It's actually a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. Pareidolia involves a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant; it’s a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data).

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Just for fun...

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Tony Hall's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:30 PM

Cool:)

Juan Daniel Castillo's curator insight, May 10, 2013 3:12 AM

Sería intetresante medir este tipo de percepciones y su influencia en estudios geográficos colectivos, partiendo del supuesto que los patrones que observa cada persona, los asocia desde luego, a su propio conocimiento ...

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Bellingham school closed Friday -- for sun

Bellingham school closed Friday -- for sun | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The sun day at Bellingham Christian School was also possible because there weren't any days off because of snow this school year.
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Washington may be at the same latitude of Wisconsin, they are worlds apart climatically and culturally. 

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National Forest Map and GIS Data

National Forest Map and GIS Data | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
What areas of the United States contain the densest amount of woody biomass?  Showing the conterminous United States, the intensity of biomass (a measure of the ...
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Cam E's curator insight, January 29, 11:08 AM

I was never aware just how heavily forested the east was in compared to the west and rest of the country. I've travelled through a couple states out in the swath without much forests, but they were states which were stereotypically known for their deserts and arid landscape, so it didn't surprise me too much. It's interesting to see some areas such as California on this map where you can see the human impact and deforestation to make way for cities and the like.

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The AP's Ban on 'Illegal Immigrant' Will Change How We Talk About Immigration

The AP's Ban on 'Illegal Immigrant' Will Change How We Talk About Immigration | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
That faint sound you hear is Senate reporters from the AP, The New York Times, and beyond smacking their delete keys, rethinking their agenda setting aloud, and figuring out how we talk now, amidst a serious legislative discussion...
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I personally prefer to use the term, 'undocumented migrant' instead of 'illegal alien.'  The words we choose may seem like a simple thing, but they truly shape how we think about the issues and frame the debate.  With the Associated Press rethinking their word choice, it will have an impact on their readership and other media outlets.  I agree with the oft-quoted slogan, "No Human Being is Illegal."

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Geek Squad

Mayor Bloomberg’s Geek Squad | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
New York City’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning is a group of tech-savvy and civic-minded number crunchers analyzing city statistics for solutions to some pressing and convoluted problems.
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Just another example of geospatial technologies having great applicability in this world we live in.  Local politicians may be crowdsourcing more work in the future.   

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Birth of a Palestinian City Is Punctuated by Struggles

Birth of a Palestinian City Is Punctuated by Struggles | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The apartments are said to be selling well in Rawabi, a Palestinian city being constructed from the ground up in the West Bank, but paying for the city itself has not been easy.
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Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking

Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement
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I've lived in central Pennsylvania for a few years, and it's deals like this that make me so skeptical of the fracking industry.  Here's a good site that discusses the environmental dangers of fracking

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U.S. needs to step up its Arctic game

U.S. needs to step up its Arctic game | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"For anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's been a sweltering few weeks. In fact, last month was the fifth hottest June in recorded history."

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The fact that is the most jarring is comes from the government's climate data.  For 340 consecutive months – more than 28 years – the earth has been warmer than historic averages.  This isn't about making the present more bareable in the summer months, this is about securing a sustainable future.  Now is the time to rise the the challenge.   

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Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest by Solar Energy

Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest by Solar Energy | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

 

July 15, 2013  Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels.

 

Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has access to electricity.

 

“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” said Merino.

 

The first phase of the program, called “The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program” was initiated on Monday (July 8) in the Contumaza province, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. These installations will power 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.

The program plans to install about 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems to provide for approximately 500,000 households at an overall cost of about $200 million.

 

 Peru is the third-largest country in South America, with a population over 24 million. It has average solar radiation levels which can reach 5 kWh per m2 a day in the Sierra (foothill of The Andes). Peru is also home to the first major PV installation in Latin America.

 

This follows Peru’s public commitments to accelerate renewable energy development, as reported here previously by CleanTechnica.

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 Peru Unveils Plan to Use Solar Panels to Provide Electricity to 2 Million People, Latin American Herald Tribune


  http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/31/peru-south-american-nations-turn-to-reverse-auctions-to-accelerate-renewable-energy-development/

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Louis Culotta's curator insight, July 30, 2013 8:39 AM

This is a great idea to show how solar power can make a difference in reducing  our use of fossil fuels and making green energy the wave of the future.

 

During last semester I did a paper on Puru that was fun to do.

jminium courses's curator insight, August 1, 2013 10:37 AM

If only other countries could do something like this....

Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 8:32 AM

A very bold move. Peru definitely is in a good position to utilize Solar Energy well, the question is how much extra it will cost to install electricity into many households in Peru which have none. A big initiative like this will be what it takes for more countries to adopt Solar energy if it works out well. The global warming debate aside, it's still a really empowering notion to have your own energy generated by the sun which can be created in your own backyard.

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American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Maternity care and childbirth cost far more in the United States than in other developed countries, but studies show that their citizens do not have less access to care during pregnancy than Americans.
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More expensive care is not the same thing as more effective care and it most certainly does not mean the best system. 

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Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running

Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
UK comes 10th in OECD index, behind US and Scandinavian countries but ahead of France and Germany (RT @guardian: Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running http://t.co/303ziQyhmm...
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Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:15 PM

What pull factors and push factors can you identify?

Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 10:13 AM

I wonder if these ratings take "horrible spiders hiding in your car and shoes waiting to strike" into account, but in all honesty this is not much of a problem in the cities of Australia. Tourists and foreign businesses in the area do have to worry about the occasional Drop Bear (make sure to look this one up), but in all seriousness Australia has an interesting take on things, compulsory voting ensures that citizen participation in the government is always high, and health scores far outstrip many other industrialized regions.

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Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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The images from this photo shoot in Brezzanone, Italy are incredibly clever.  Not only does it capture the beautiful vista, the ingenious spatial contraption alsos for people to be on this playful tableau without detracting from the setting.  That table maximizes the amount of landcape to be seen in the photograph, and I sincerely wish I had one.  

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Chinese DIY Inventions

Chinese DIY Inventions | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
One visible sign of China's recent economic growth is the rise in prominence of inventors and entrepreneurs
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This gallery of home-made inventions is just awesome.   In the picture above, "70-year-old inventor Zhou Miaorong tries out an evacuation slide he built himself in a building in Shanghai, on March 21, 2013. Zhou took over two years to design and build the mechanical slide which uses no electricity to implement in a domino effect, while also triggering a sprinkler system to fight a fire. Zhou built it after a serious fire in Shanghai in 2010 led to loss of life because of the lack of escape routes, as well as another 2010 incident when the 37th floor of his building caught fire -- two incidents which made him think about the need for a high-rise fire escape device."

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:44 AM

Which is my favorite... maybe the submarive with the wagging fish tail. Lots of fun looking through here.

Céline's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:09 AM

La croissance économique de la Chine redessine de manière originale la géographie des inventions et des brevets déposés. Une sélection (assez loufoque il faut le dire) d'inventions selon le "do it yourself" est ici présentée. Plus largement, les innovations et le foisonnement des inventions organisent au niveau mondial la concurence des pays ; les "cerveaux" chercheurs et futurs créateurs du monde de demain sont courtisés par les plus grandes puissances qui y voient un moyen d'accroître leur influence, notamment par la possibilité de commercialiser ces innovations. La Chine comme toujours est à l'affût de telles potentialités. 

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Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria

Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Ankara won't step into the conflict because it's terrified Moscow will retaliate -- again.
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Big Ten schools OK geographic realignment

Big Ten schools OK geographic realignment | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Big Ten on Sunday approved new East and West divisions for the 2014 season as well as a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016.
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After San Diego State planned to join the Big East (before backing out), I had abandoned hope that regionally based rivalries and conferences would be a part of the conference realignment trend in college sports.  This division of the Big Ten schools into two divisions was based on 'pure geography' according to the B1G commission Jim Delany.  This is so much better than the Legends and Leaders divisions.     


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US Nicknames Quiz

US Nicknames Quiz | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Will you be drowning in The Ocean State or climbing high in The Mountain state? Play our US State Nicknames Quiz now for FREE and find out!
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Flags Quiz 2

Flags Quiz 2 | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

MORE FLAGS TRIVIA:

From colours, shapes and emblems, see how well you know your flags in our Flags of the World Quiz. Play now and show your true colours.

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