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Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands · EarthFix · KCTS 9

Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands · EarthFix · KCTS 9 | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it

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Anita Woodruff's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:09 PM

cooling urban heat islands in the age of global warming

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How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 12, 2013 2:28 PM

Want to see geographic knowledge and geospatial skills in action?  Crowd-sourced mapping is increasingly an important resource during an emergency.  Poorer places are often not as well mapped out by the commercial cartographic organizations and these are oftentimes the places that are hardest hit by natural disasters.  Relief agencies depend on mapping platforms to handle the logistics of administering aid and assessing the extent of the damage and rely on these crowd-sourced data sets.  Can you join in and help?


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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 13, 2013 3:32 PM

online maps are being used to help locate the best way possible to help transport food and resources to those most in need. They van locate bridges and the world is pulling together with tehcnolgy and accurate maps to help the  American red Cross maximize in time and manpower. It seems that after Hurricane Katrina and the Earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, We have been improving our strategies for how to best help people around the globe come together put our time energy and resources together to best help people whose lives have been devasted and crushed by the forces of mother nature.

 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 7:14 PM

Having a map of the current landscape, after the typhoon will speed up relief and rescue efforts by showing areas to land and set up help stations. The digital world is immediate now and this will change how organizations such as the Red Cross provide relief to suffering people.

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Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas

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"Established in 2004 by local social entrepreneur Hans Dieter Temp, an organisation called Cidades sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) is working to reduce hunger and joblessness among some of the most economically deprived areas of Sao Paulo, through urban agriculture.
Local community members are given the tools and training to start producing fruit and vegetables on unused land acquired by the organisation. This not only brings much needed quality produce and food security to the community, but it is also addressing the issue of unemployment – a constant problem in Brazil’s favelas."

 

A wonderful project that is not only dealing with malnutrition and unemployment but is contributing to people's sense of importance, which is invaluable.

 

A shining example that shows that the way forward is through people working together.


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The Urban Landscape: Designing With Cities, Not For Them

The Urban Landscape: Designing With Cities, Not For Them | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
When the city is viewed not as a destination for design but as the source material for it, a new relationship between design and the urban landscape is possible.

Whether it’s repurposing a billboard to act as a humidity collection system for clean drinking water in Lima, Peru, or integrating Wi-Fi capabilities into Madrid’s paving stones with the iPavement initiative, cities are increasingly expanding the capabilities of their existing assets and reforming the urban terrain as a landscape of opportunity.

 

The truth is that a city has all the resources it needs; the key to unlocking these resources is seeing the urban landscape not as the end result of a previous creative process, but as the beginning of a new one—a landscape to design with, not for.


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Urban Heat Islands

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Given that the Met Office has issued a heatwave "Level3" warning for the south-east of England it is appropriate to give some thought to how and why the conditions are particularly hot in cities, like London.

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oyndrila's curator insight, July 24, 2013 12:20 PM

Photographs and diagrams explain the formation of urban heat island.

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Are Global Cities Really Doomed to Become 'Citadels' for the Rich?

Are Global Cities Really Doomed to Become 'Citadels' for the Rich? | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
Surely there's something we can do about this.
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Rapid urbanization threatens sustainable development - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Rapid urbanization threatens sustainable development - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
A mere continuation of current strategies will not achieve sustainable development says the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2013.
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Geography of Aspiration

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Try to replicate it with development schemes all you want, but you're overlooking what makes New York City—and other places of ambition—so great.

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Dean Haakenson's comment, June 6, 2013 11:30 AM
Very cool.
Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:31 PM

I think that historical opportunity is what makes NYC so great... well, great as implied by the writers of this article.  Having a good history, it is only natural that it would become something so popular and draw the ambitious to it.  In contrast, a newly formed colony of humans on Mars would be potentially better- because in this hypothetical/planned colony, people would be able to benefit from the fact that they are building from the ground up, from scratch, and with the knowledge of other development schemes/trends that occurred elsewhere.  This could entirely circumvent all ill aspects of society... Sometimes to create, one must first destroy... perhaps NYC should be rebuilt to eliminate problems, before humans move on to other worlds?  I thought NY was a bit of a mess when I drove through with my cousin.  The graffiti was gorgeous, but the filth and traffic were quite triumphant, and it is not a place where my ambition would lead me.  I think true talent will be found, regardless of this subliminal advertisment brought about by the article endorsing NYC as a 'place of ambition.'  Not all of us can go to these 'meccas' of talent... but it doesn't mean we are any less extravagent as life forms.  I would ask if most people would want to make it big in places like that, or if they would rather be happier, elsewhere.

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:53 PM

This reminds me of the production method idea you taught us where even though you may be able to produce 2 products better than a third world country it is for the best if you have them do what they excel at while you do your thing. (You made a lebron james reference in class). the reason why im connecting this is because every city has its own thing to offer with San fran being the arts portland with the mom and pop shops and new york with the enterainment. if you can excel at what you do then your city can blossom.

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Indonesia offers slum dwellers clean break

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Jakarta plans to move more than 20,000 riverside slum dwellers into apartments by 2014.

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Richard Harvey's curator insight, April 29, 2013 8:12 PM

Urban, Slums, Urban Environments, 

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Global Cities of the Super-Rich

Global Cities of the Super-Rich | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
New York City and London have more high-net-worth individuals than any other city.

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Sustainable cities across the world

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Cutting-edge designers and policymakers explained how some cities can use a systems-based approach to become more sustainable.

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oyndrila's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:41 AM

Excellent examples of cities moving towards sustainability. 

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Aerotropolis: the city of the future?

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The cities that thrive in the 21st century will be those that put airports at their centre, says US academic John Kasarda.

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Kibera: Nairobi

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Kibera: Nairobi's Biggest Slum Challenges the Development Narrative

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NatGeo Feature: Megacities

NatGeo Feature: Megacities | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it

"By 2030, two out of three people will live in an urban world, with most of the explosive growth occurring in developing countries. For a preview of the future, the last in the Challenges for Humanity series explores São Paulo, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hyderabad, India."


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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:52 AM

Cities are attractive places to live. They host local entertainment, culture and are very lively.But with the increasing number of city dewellers in years to come i can see people easily forgetting their roots. This can also become a massive enviromental problems if citys start to expolde in numbers but the cities resources remain stagnet. Imagine a city like LA doubling in numbers the water supply in surrounding areas would be erraticacted.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:23 PM

Urbanization is the now. It is the up and coming world. That statistic is easily going to be correct in 2030. None the less, the world is conforming to its popular places. Where do you go when you need to shop, or to have a meeting? The city of course. Cities will take over the world and one day, no one will live in rural areas because there might not be any to even live in.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, December 8, 1:07 PM

As Bangkok, Thailand is slotted to be one of the up an coming biggest cities in the world it puts Thailand on the map.  People see that the clothes they wear were made in Thailand and we think of a sweatshop in a far east country where children are laboring away for long hours making little money.  Although this was true in the past, we see now that it isn't like that.   These cities are where a lot of people are crammed together and live, yes, but also full of people who are looking forward to a better life.  These people have hope in the future of the city that they live in and are ready to invest in the future.  When comes the time that a majority of people will live in cities these cities such as Bangkok will already be developed and thriving, a major plus for the people already living and working here. 

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Are We Headed For ‘The End Of The Suburbs’?

Are We Headed For ‘The End Of The Suburbs’? | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
The next generation of home buyers is abandoning the suburbs and living in the city. Leigh Gallagher, author of the new book "The End of the Suburbs," explains her research.

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Dennis V Thomas's curator insight, November 8, 2013 3:25 PM

Thank Goodness!!!

 

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Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.
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A more sustainable Australia: from suburbia to newburbia

A more sustainable Australia.As the 2013 election campaign continues, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our future.Australia…...

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The Suburbanization of Poverty

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Public perception has yet to catch up to the reality that the poor now live in the suburbs, too.
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Island in the sun: Why are our cities heating up faster than everywhere else?

Island in the sun: Why are our cities heating up faster than everywhere else? | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
Urban heat islands are considerably hotter than their more rural surrounds. Here's why.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:10 PM

Consequences of urbanisation

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The Potential Perils of Rapid-Fire Urbanization

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Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos warns that a lack of urban planning could turn our expanding cities into powder kegs.

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The Big Squeeze: Can Cities Save The Earth?

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What if you put all 7 billion humans into one city, a city as dense as New York, with its towers and skyscrapers? How big would that 7 billion-sized city be? As big as New Jersey? Texas? Bigger? Are cities protecting wild spaces on the planet?

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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:12 PM

Its been known that Americans have lavish lifestyles compared to outher populous countries. In this article they show a represntation if the entire world lived like (had as much space) americans and it was astoudning. It would take 4 earths to fit the world if everyone had this lavish lifestyle. So we obviously need to change our ways. Cities ae very helpful to sharing this earth. They serve as a main hub so youll only have to ship to a few places. This with the shortening of distances would save tons of gas and othe rescources. But as the article states everyone living in a Main city wouldnt be possible because people need to produce outside the city. So in my opinion for this city world to work it would need to be a few megacities preferably one on each continent and for them to the city be surronded by production methods.

Bryan Chung's curator insight, May 8, 7:40 PM

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Peter Hillman's curator insight, July 22, 11:42 PM

An interactive site for comparisons of city sizes

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Top 10 Most Populated Cities In The World

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Urbanization has led to what are known as mega-cities, cities with a population of over 10 million people. These mega-cities have become so large that they often lead to terrible pollution, traffic, and extreme poverty.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:56 AM

Over half the global population lives in cities, and the problems confronting these megacities will loom large for future sustainability issues--both at local and global scales. This list ranks the cities by city limits and governance jurisdiction (not by the expanded metropolitan area).  


Tags: urban, megacities, sustainability, unit 7 cities.

Erik Seglem's comment, March 15, 2013 11:22 AM
This is an interesting article, but it doesn't say how they came to their numbers. It seems like they may only be talking about within the 'city' limits, or some very old data. http://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html has some very different numbers as of the beginning of this year, their numbers however are the entire aggomeration and not just the 'city' limits.
Sally Egan's curator insight, March 18, 2013 7:17 PM

Over half the global population lives in cities, and the problems confronting these megacities will loom large for future sustainability issues--both at local and global scales. This list ranks the cities by city limits and governance jurisdiction (not by the expanded metropolitan area). 

 

 This is an interesting article, but it doesn't say how they came to their numbers. It seems like they may only be talking about within the 'city' limits, or some very old data. http://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html has some very different numbers as of the beginning of this year, their numbers however are the entire aggomeration and not just the 'city' limits.

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Sustainability in Inner City London | Sustainable Cities Collective

Sustainability in Inner City London | Sustainable Cities Collective | IB Geography Urban Studies PEMBROKE | Scoop.it
Hackney, just one of 32 boroughs in London, offers a valuable snapshot of urban sustainability at a more local level.
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Local sustainability inititive - shows how retrofitting and thinking differntly can have a positve impact.

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Slum Rising

A three-part series about the world's growing slums, told through writing and photography on SeattleGlobalist.com
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Due to be published in March stories of hope from one of Africa's biggest slums

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