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Indian officials want 100 ‘smart cities.’ Residents just want water and power.

Indian officials want 100 ‘smart cities.’ Residents just want water and power. | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The government plans to spend &u0024;7.5 billion modernizing older cities and building new ones by 2022.
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Caroline McDevitt's curator insight, August 30, 2015 6:53 PM

This article talks about India's plan to create "smart cities" throughout it's country. By doing this, it is helping the country become more urbanized and healthier since right now, most of India's cities run on the dirty water coming from the sewage system, and only clean water comes on for 2 hours each day. By having smart cities becoming a project in India, urbanization will increase and more people will move to cities since water to hospitals, schools, and homes will be purified and clean. As for international relations with this project, the U.S. agrees to help fund for India's project will is helping the relationship we have with them. Also, India's politics and economics will benefit from smart cites as India becomes transformed into a 21st century Utopia, which can now compete with other world powers like the U.S. I believe that smart cities are a good investment for India and it will help speed up their development process greatly.

Tracy Harding's comment, September 1, 2015 3:30 PM
Why do you think the US agree to aid this project?
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World's Biggest Power Blackout in Human History Hits India

The second day of India's power grid failures were worse than the first. Nearly 1900 miles of India went dark, an area that is home to nearly half of India's...

 

How is this issue geographic?  What themes are present in this issue and how are they interrelated? 


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USA National Gas Price Map

USA National Gas Price Map | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

This visualization of gas prices by county in the United States is timely as high gas prices are not only impacting pocketbooks, but are also becoming political taking points for presidential candidates and this issue may drive policy.  This shows the regional variations in prices (so sorry to my California friends), but it is a great launching point for asking the questions: why are the prices for a certain commodity higher in one region than another?  What factors lead to the spatial differences in the relative economic value in one region over another?  Supply and demand works beautifully on a two-axis graph, but supply and demand happen somewhere, giving a simple chart added complexity since it's spatially contingent and we must make the assumption and caveat explicit.  


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Dale Fraza's comment, February 27, 2012 3:22 PM
In an ideal world, gas prices would be $5 a gallon nationwide-with that extra $1.50 going to finding a reasonably priced alternative to oil-run vehicles.
Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:32 PM

This map is so interested to see! It's interesting to see how the gas prices differ from one region to the other. In the mid-west the gas sees to be awfully lower than the west. Why? Maybe because in the mid-west most families still grow there own crops and don't need to take as many trips to a grocery store than most people in the world. As California, there is obviously a big difference than other states. There also is splash of red in New York, which then we could all say both California and New York are the most popular; with there cities and fame, it is clear why then maybe the gas prices are higher there.

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The Legacy of Coal in England

The Legacy of Coal in England | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
A photographer captures the cultural and social life of his home, the country’s once thriving coalfields.
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The Political Geography of Gasoline Prices

The Political Geography of Gasoline Prices | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Rising gas prices make people unhappy, but the pain is felt most acutely in states where it is unlikely to make an electoral difference.

   


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Siobhan Chantigian's curator insight, April 23, 2014 11:39 PM

This is an interesting article about how rising gas prices and how people are going to vote.  

Annie Christofferson's comment, April 27, 2014 6:06 PM
I thought this it was interesting how it said that the states that it really makes a difference in are the ones that don't have as big an impact on the electoral college. It doesn't seem quite fair.