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Interactive World Statistics

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The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    


 


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 11:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 10:23 AM
The world, here, is literally at your fingertips. It is a simple way for anyone to locate a multitude of data about any given place around the world. It is another way that brings the whole world that much closer in this technological era.

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Google Lat Long: Monitoring the World's Forests with Global Forest Watch

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East Africa Food Crisis 2011 — Global Issues

East Africa Food Crisis 2011 — Global Issues | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
About the terrible famine in the Horn of Africa or East Africa - Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in particular.
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Loss of Biodiversity and Extinctions — Global Issues

Loss of Biodiversity and Extinctions — Global Issues | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
The loss of biodiversity is increasing. There is massive extinction from human activity.
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How Many Species? A Study Says 8.7 Million, but It’s Tricky

How Many Species? A Study Says 8.7 Million, but It’s Tricky | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
A new mathematical model produces an estimate, and debate.
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Climate change: Oh, it's real. | TED Playlists | TED

Climate change: Oh, it's real. | TED Playlists | TED | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
We still have a lot to learn about climate change, about why it's happening and what that means. But one thing is clear: It's real, alright. These talks provide a primer on the issue of our times.
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A series of 8 talks about Climate Change. I suggest you look at video number 4: time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss, as evidence that climate change is occurring.

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Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest | Video on TED.com

By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.
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6 Ways Climate Change Will Affect You

6 Ways Climate Change Will Affect You | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
From the food we eat to the energy, transportation, and water we all need, a warmer world will bring big changes for everyone.

 

B Sinica: This article touches every aspect of geography from culture to climate [considering] how the growing population plays the biggest role in determining the future of life on Earth.  People need to recognize the problems and potential future issues with global warming and the rapidly changing environment.  Though not many issues can be prevented or even solved, the least we can do is try to lessen the severity of devastation and prolong the current conditions as much as possible before the world becomes too extreme to manage.


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David Ricci's comment, April 28, 2013 1:26 PM
This time instead of making this an assesment of the article, im gonna turn it partly into an argument. Clearly the temperature of the earth is rising. Because of this many ways of life may change such as heavy areas of farming, and also colder regions. In colder areas they may now be able to grow certain types of crops that would never survive in the harsh climate before. In warmer farming areas it may get so warm that their yeilds decline. All of this will surely be seen as the temperture continues to rise as it is, but i do not base this on global warming. In one of my other classes we talked about the theory of global warming. After hearing the lecture and doing some research of my own, i disagree with the idea of global warming from greenhouse gases being the cause of this heat wave. Clearly our greenhouse gases have increased drastically from any other time period in history because of gains in technology. But if you look into the history of the planet there was a point in time during the middle ages that was consistantly hotter than todays temperatures. If there were no cars, less burning of coal and other fossil fuels, then how was the temperature hotter in this time period. It is clear that the earth has cycles where temperatures rise and drop. Throughout the past and forseable future there will be many more ice ages. If you ask me life may change now because of rising temperatures, but not from greenhouse gases, and not forever.
Mary Rack's comment, April 28, 2013 2:15 PM
Re David Ricci's comment: Excellent points! Even without the added research you did, general historical climate knowledge makes me a bit doubtful about our efforts. Despite scientists' arguments I wonder if we might be wiser to devote our efforts to coping with change rather than trying to forestall it.
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:03 PM

Climate change is going to affect how we live in the future. It will cause lack of food, energy sources, health risks, climate changes, drought etc. It is because of our growing population and the amount of people the world has to take care of for all of us to survive. We are also using too many of its resources too quickly. What could we do now to try to slow down the process of it happening? 

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Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation and City Planning

TED Talks As Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty.

 

Our major cities are suceptible to environmental catastrophes for a whole host of reasons.  Cities depend on a smooth of goods, money and services provided by infrastructure that we take for granted and assume will always work 24/7.  Presented in the video are some ideas about how we should rethink our cities with a different ecological paradigm to protect our cities more in the future. 


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Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:44 PM

Governements around the world are slowly but surely creating new plans to ensure the safety of the people. They have already worked on evacuation plans and tranportation for getting people out but, they also need to think about where would people go and how will they adapt to their new enviornment. I'm glad that some places started working on plans to build houses, highways, and churches at a higher elevation, but other countries also need help figuring this stuff out. They need a solution to better secure homes and lives. Everyone needs to work together to prepare for climate change and natural disasters, especially those places where are most likely to hit.

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Climate Change Video Guide

Climate Change Video Guide | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
An in-depth, multimedia look at climate change, its global impact, and efforts to combat it.


This guide on climate change from the Council on Foreign Relations (independent think tank) covers many of the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues that confront the Earth as global temperatures rise.  Rather than produce a full length feature film, they have organized the this as an interactive video, allowing the user to get short (a couple of minutes) answer to specific questions about the science, foreign policy or economic ramifications of adapting to climate change. 


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Seth Dixon's comment, November 27, 2012 8:21 AM
Thanks for sharing this Giovanni!!
Giovanni Della Peruta's comment, November 27, 2012 8:38 AM
Thanks to you, Seth! :-)
Jose Sepulveda's comment, January 13, 2013 8:58 AM
Very good information, Thanks!
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Where Does Your Water Come From?

Where Does Your Water Come From? | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it

This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive).  Most people can't answer this question.  A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it.  This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water. 


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Nic Hardisty's comment, October 15, 2012 9:01 AM
I was definitely unaware of where my drinking water came from. This is nice, user-friendly map... Hopefully it gets updated regularly, as it will be interesting to see how these sources change over time.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:55 PM

water is a resource we all depend on. Some of my best studies were on local Chesapeake Bay issues.

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Climate Change: Evidence

Climate Change: Evidence | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it

Vital Signs of the Planet. this site provides compelling evidence that Global Climate Change and Global Warming is occurring. This site has current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.

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BBC - Science & Nature - Climate Challenge

BBC - Science & Nature - Climate Challenge | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
A game where, as president, you must tackle climate change and stay popular with the voters.
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SAY NO TO PALM OIL! – Please Keep This Going Around The World

SAY NO TO PALM OIL! – Please Keep This Going Around The World | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
SAY NO TO PALM OIL! Did you know that most of us are fueling one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history? Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the lo...
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Climate Change and Global Warming Introduction — Global Issues

Climate Change and Global Warming Introduction — Global Issues | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
This page introduces what climate change is, the potential impacts and resistance to the otherwise accepted understanding that it is man-made climate change.
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Queensland draft ports strategy ‘greenwash’, say conservationists

Queensland draft ports strategy ‘greenwash’, say conservationists | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
Deputy premier Jeff Seeney defends strategy, claiming it aligns with Unesco recommendations to protect Great Barrier Reef
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The Queensland government has pledged to allay UN concerns about the Great Barrier Reef by preventing any major new ports until 2022. A good example of what Governments are doing to sustainably manage biodiversity.

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NASA Interactive Poster

NASA Interactive Poster | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
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This interactive visualization allows you to explore data sets from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions for 25 unique views of our world. 

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In pictures: Kenya's huge water find in Turkana

In pictures: Kenya's huge water find in Turkana | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
Photos from Turkana in the arid north of Kenya where a huge underground water source has been discovered which officials say could supply the country for 70 years.
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Global warming appears to have slowed lately. That's no reason to celebrate. - Washington Post

Global warming appears to have slowed lately. That's no reason to celebrate. - Washington Post | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
Global warming appears to have slowed lately. That's no reason to celebrate. Washington Post A few things stand out. First, the planet has grown considerably warmer since mid-century, by more than half a degree Celsius.
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Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves.

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Magnus Gustafsson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:45 AM

What can we do learn of this? Will send this to my students.

Lorraine Chaffer's comment, July 4, 2013 10:36 PM
Inland water - management
Lorraine Chaffer's comment, July 4, 2013 10:36 PM
Climate change impacts
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ça c'est un Flashmob ..... Recyclage Sensibilisation au Quebec - www.emaroketing.com

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Flash mob for recycling. Makes you think... would you pick up a piece of rubbish and recycle it?

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What Could Disappear?

What Could Disappear? | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.


This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions.  What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet?  12 feet?  25 feet?  The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection." 


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Mary Rack's comment, November 26, 2012 8:03 AM
especially good!
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Farewell, Furry Friends

Farewell, Furry Friends | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it

Trying to manage threatened species on limited budgets? We reveal the extinction lists that aim to save more plants and animals — by deciding what we can’t save.

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Interactive World Statistics

Interactive World Statistics | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it

The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    


 


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 11:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 10:23 AM
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Preparing farmers for climate change - youTrust.org

Preparing farmers for climate change - youTrust.org | Theme 3: Resources & the Environment | Scoop.it
YouTrust is for people who want to make a difference. You curate the content. You be the editor. You ignite debate.
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