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Is biofuel a solution for Burkina Faso?

Is biofuel a solution for Burkina Faso? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
In West Africa, energy shortages and the rise of the oil prices have driven some countries to turn to biofuel, also called agro fuel, in order to meet their growing need for energy. (Is biofuel a solution for Burkina Faso?
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In the U.S., Immigrants Find Acceptance; in Europe, Ghettos - Room for Debate

In the U.S., Immigrants Find Acceptance; in Europe, Ghettos - Room for Debate | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Germany and Denmark refer to second- and third-generation “immigrants” as “guest workers” in a “host country.” By Ed Husain.
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Korean residents find peace of mind at Mount Ikoma temples | The Japan Times Online

Korean residents find peace of mind at Mount Ikoma temples | The Japan Times Online | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The earsplitting sound of Reiganji Temple's bell echoed across Mount Ikoma, home to nearly 300 religious institutions along the border of Osaka and Nara prefectures.
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Hispanics and National Politics

Current demographic trends suggest that the percentage of Latinos eligible to vote in the United States will grow in the decades to come, and if Democrats continue to win lopsided margins among them, it will become nearly impossible for Republicans...
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Mega stocking by government pushing up food prices? - The Times of India

Mega stocking by government pushing up food prices? - The Times of India | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Stocking up of foodgrains by the government could be one of the major factors for the continuing surge in food prices, warn experts. (Mega stocking by government pushing up food prices?
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Netherlands Sets Model of Flood Prevention

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The Netherlands has been hailed for its ideas about protecting cities from flooding, but replicating its success would require a reshaping of American approaches.
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Oil Fight Between Baghdad and Kurds Comes to London

Oil Fight Between Baghdad and Kurds Comes to London | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Caught between the Kurds' lucrative regional contracts and the Iraqi government's ire, Exxon Mobil bows out of a big field, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister announced at the Oil and Money Conference.
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Critical Mass: A documentary on global population | Generation Anthropocene

Critical Mass: A documentary on global population | Generation Anthropocene | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

An interview about a documentary on population issues in a world of 7 billlion+ people.

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In pictures: Cholera in Freetown

In pictures: Cholera in Freetown | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Life in Kroo Bay on the edge of Freetown in Sierra Leone as the country continues to fight cholera.
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Skin-lightening creams face west African backlash

Skin-lightening creams face west African backlash | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Advert for 'all white' product promising extreme skin-whitening provokes public outrage and calls for ban (Pitch black: backlash against skin cream promising 'whiteness' in 15 days http://t.co/iQs5iiSF...
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Where Does the South Begin?

Where Does the South Begin? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Roads? Religion? Accent? Food? Which factor dictates where the North ends?

 

This is a great intellectual expercise to help student think about regions and how we define them.  The article can help also inform some of their thinking since one of the main problems for students in drawing regional boundaries is a lack of place-based knowledge.   

 

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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:49 PM

Borders... the first thing I think of was a giant bookstore near my hometown... it now ceases to exist, having been replaced by Barnes and Nobel...  As for the political organization of space, I could apply this situation and laugh.  Borders will cease to be, and they will be called after people's last names!  I think this has already happened, when people unite together in countries such as the USA- although borders are specific, the general federal laws and many policies still apply in all states... generally. And people's names are often the namesakes of places.  I don't like the idea of borders, though, it seems like a bunch of warmongers trying to get ahead in a world where they can't truly cheat death, so they cheat other people of land that may have been decreed in ancient documents as property of their ancestors, or even in accordance with the righteousness of the universe and what should be alloted to whom.  Ownership is a concept of denial, because no one can truly own anything, not even our bodies, which contain trillions of infinite universes the size of the large one around us that we commonly refer to.  Borders are relative, and will likely become recognized as obsolete.  I know this was abstract, but it's my thoughts on the topic.

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Twitter Languages in London

Twitter Languages in London | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter.  This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe.  While most cities would be expected to be lingistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants.

   

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Argentina seeks ship dispute help

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Argentina says it will ask the International Sea Tribunal to intervene if Ghana does not release its three-masted navy ship, Libertad.
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Israel and Palestinians get billions in foreign aid from the US, but for different reasons

Israel and Palestinians receive US aid, but for very different reasons.
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Twinkigeddon hits America: End of an Era?

Twinkigeddon hits America: End of an Era? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Shoppers are buying up every last Twinkie and Ding Dong they can get their hands on as Hostess shuts its doors.
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The role of religion in foreign policy | Tony Blair Faith Foundation

The role of religion in foreign policy | Tony Blair Faith Foundation | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
RT @tonyblair_tbff: What ?s would you like our @AARWeb panel on Religion & Foreign Policy to answer tomorrow?
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How Pandemics Spread | Geography Education

How Pandemics Spread | Geography Education | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
View Full Lesson on TED-ED BETA: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-pandemics-spread In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a pl...
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Inside Mecca | Geography Education

Inside Mecca | Geography Education | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...
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Ivory Coast split on marriage law

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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara sacks his government in a row over a new marriage law which would make wives joint heads of the household.
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Bangladesh looks to women drivers to quell testosterone-fuelled fatalities

Bangladesh looks to women drivers to quell testosterone-fuelled fatalities | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
By putting women in the driving seat, an all-female driving school hopes to cut accidents on Bangladesh's male-dominated roads, writes Annie Kelly (Bangladesh looks to women drivers to quell testosterone-fuelled fatalities
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Cambodia: shrinking forests breed violence

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Three activists and villagers have died this year because of logging and land grabbing in Cambodia.
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Why We Gamble During Diwali | Mysticism Article on Speakingtree.in

Why We Gamble During Diwali | Mysticism Article on Speakingtree.in | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
God does not play dice with the universe, remarked Albert Einstein. Doesnt She? In Indic cosmogony, ..
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Could a white woman ever be elected South Africa's president?

Could a white woman ever be elected South Africa's president? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Helen Zille treads a narrow path. She's a white woman, leading South Africa's main opposition party, against a former African liberation movement, in what you might call a "developing democracy." (Could a white woman ever be elected South Africa's...
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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.

 

This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.  Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?   

 

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Sophia Schroeder's comment, September 1, 2013 8:02 PM
All of these landmarks are beautiful. It's very interesting to see how much culture, especially religion, has shaped these "must see places." Also, I felt like I was traveling through time and got to examine the feats of new architectural eras, though some would debate that architectural works from the past are more outstanding strictly by the means in which they built these masterpieces. It needs to be said (to add to the wonderment of these places) that most of these monuments are built in places where the overall economic status is low; to see things like temples and churches of such great magnitude and beauty built with such craftsmanship, dedication, and money (even though it is scarce) shows how much they rely on their faith. I was also disappointed to see that the two monuments displayed for America, the Lincoln Memorial and the St. Louis Arch, were, in my opinion, not the best picks. Compared to the other landmarks ours feel so mundane, so void of history and culture (maybe, that's because I have grown up seeing them all my life and their meaning and awe has deteriorated to me.) I guess this can be attributed, in part, to the fact that our country is newer and has not yet grown enough to have the rich history including the trials and tribulations in which other countries have had which makes their culture more fascinating and intriguing to me.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM
Sophia, Thanks for your very fine comment! I agree with you entirely, and especially about the Lincoln Memorial and St Louis Arch. Better choices might be the Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoia trees in California, the National Cathedral in DC, or even Mt Rushmore? And some of the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest are amazing. Too bad they did not consult us.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:51 AM
PS ... or the Hoover Dam?
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Religion and Demographics

http://www.ted.com Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? ...

 

What are the connections between religion and demographics?  How does this impact population structure in a particular country?  I found this video from Jeff Martin's fabulous website; Check it out!  http://www.martinsaphug.com/  


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Juliette Norwood's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:21 AM

This can be viewed in the perspective of a citizen of an LDC. In LDCs, there are religions that cause the woman to be subservient to men. A higher birth rate could be the cause. If these  small religions were to distribute and be adhered to, there could possibly be a spike in the birth rate.

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Unit 2

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Hans raps about religion and babies