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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 | VCE 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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Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 2014 1:13 PM

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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Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth

Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
The world population looks set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, but what’s behind the big numbers? We look at the complex demographic shifts in play
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Refugee influx helps halt decline in Germany's population

Refugee influx helps halt decline in Germany's population | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
Nation’s population is growing again although longer-term trends still point to a decline – and the need for continued high levels of immigration
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Watch this space. Western nations need to maintain their working populations despite falling birth rates. Driven by economic necessity, more countries will see economic migration as the answer.
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See where women outnumber men around the world (and why)

See where women outnumber men around the world (and why) | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
A new study maps the population gaps between men and women around the world.
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7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City | World Resources Institute

7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City | World Resources Institute | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
More than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year. Ben Welle explains an undervalued approach for saving these lives—good urban design.
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Liveable cities: using safety as a measure.
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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool. | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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The blog for second day of my Goulburn River Paddle is now finished, describing the river from Molesworth to Trawool. in addition, learn about the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail, the North South Pipeline, platypus, the Brave Goose Vineyard and how to be safe in a thunderstorm.

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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, but Germany is still divided

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, but Germany is still divided | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
Stunning satellite images and maps show how east and west differ from each other even today.

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50 years of communist rule still affect opportunities in Germany today, as these maps show. What they don't show is the social mirror that each provides to the other and the rich discussions about social policy that result. Reunification has been an expensive exercise for Germany, however one that it is committed to.

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16s3d's curator insight, November 4, 2014 2:11 AM

On efface pas 40 ans d'histoire en 25 ans, ni même en 40...(?)

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:20 PM

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but its influence is still present in today's Germany. History plays a key role in the shaping of political boundaries and that history is clearly evident in Germany. The line where the Berlin wall once stood still divides the country economically. The western part of Germany is far more economically affluent than the east. The USSR may be gone, but its influence still remains. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:14 AM

These two maps (unemployment on the left and disposable income on the right) are but two examples in this article that highlights the lingering distinctions between the two parts of Germany that were reunited 25 years ago.  The social geographies imposed by the Iron Curtain and the Berlin  Wall are still being felt from this relic border and will for years to come. 


Tags: Germany, industry, labor, economic, historical, political, borders.

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Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands (ScienceAlert)

Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands (ScienceAlert) | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching acros
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Definitely a good news story. Stand by to be impressed.
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Interactive: 100 years of temperatures in Australia

Interactive: 100 years of temperatures in Australia | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
As much of eastern Australia shivers through a cold front, take a look at 100 years of temperatures.
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Whilst the graphic shows that most maximum temp records occur in the last few years, stressing both the human and natural environment, it also demonstrates the complexity of climate. A very interesting interactive, bound to start a few conversations.

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Murray River Kayak.: Where do the sandy beaches in the Murray River come from?

Murray River Kayak.: Where do the sandy beaches in the Murray River come from? | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
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The Arctic, Antarctic and geopolitical manoeuvring

The Arctic, Antarctic and geopolitical manoeuvring | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
The Arctic and Antarctic regions are melting. It’s a serious environmental problem. But it’s also an economic opportunity for those with a geo-political stake in our northern and southern extremes.
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Experts present two sides of the same tale. Downloadable podcast and audio.
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Global Oil Reserves

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Who has the oil? pic.twitter.com/7Njc7OD8rw


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Saudi Arabia's security does not look so good when it comes to its underground aquifers however... see satellite images detecting the state of these from space.

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Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, April 1, 12:19 AM

Natural resources are not evenly distributed...this distribution pattern impacts global economics, industrialization, development and politics tremendously.  


Tags: industry, economic, energy, resources.

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, April 1, 7:35 PM

Natural resources are not evenly distributed...this distribution pattern impacts global economics, industrialization, development and politics tremendously.  


Tags: industry, economic, energy, resources.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:17 AM

Natural resources are not evenly distributed...this distribution pattern impacts global economics, industrialization, development and politics tremendously.  


Tags: industry, economic, energy, resources.

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Smithsonian Science Education Center - Why are the seas named Black, Red, White, and Yellow?

Smithsonian Science Education Center - Why are the seas named Black, Red, White, and Yellow? | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
Where do the Black Sea, Red Sea, and the Yellow Sea get their names from?
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An interesting, well researched, short article from the Smithsonian.
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Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities

Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas.
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Weary professors give up, concede that Africa is a country

Weary professors give up, concede that Africa is a country | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
As of April 1, we’re done.
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Great article... But note the date... Africa is not a country. It is a continent.
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Beijing Doesn’t Have a Population Problem. It Has an Urban Planning Problem.

Beijing Doesn’t Have a Population Problem. It Has an Urban Planning Problem. | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared in Caixin. The Beijing city government has taken several steps lately to rein in its population growth, a problem authorities blame for foul air, worsening traffic, and other woes.
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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie. | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

A journal of canoe expeditions along the rivers of Australia's Murray Darling Basin using photographs, stories and information to highlight the beauty, challenges and history of these rivers and the communities they flow through.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth. | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:18 AM

I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

Peter Phillips's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:23 AM

I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

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10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change | VCE Geography | Scoop.it
From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful
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Whilst we are unlikely to stop climate change, these stories are reason for belief in humanity.
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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

"The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards."


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Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 2014 4:54 PM

"Access"--North America Unit

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APHG-U2 & U6

AHS Model UN's curator insight, November 19, 2015 2:13 PM

The MPI was developed out of a desire to fill some of the gaps in the HDI's applicability and utility.  Allow me to quote the editor of one the NCGE's journals, the Geography Teacher, on the usefulness of the MPI website for classroom use: "With the infographics, maps, graphs, country briefings, and case studies, you have a ready-made lesson activities to demonstrate patterns of fertility, mortality, and health for a population unit, and access to health care, education, utilities, and sanitation for an Industrialization and Economic Development Unit. Connections can also be made to malnutrition and water, as well as to key concepts such as pattern and scale, to key geographical skills such as how to use and think about maps and geospatial data, and to the use of online maps and online data."  Also, this article from the World Bank also give a run-down on the key findings of the MPI in 2014. 

 

Tags: statisticspopulation, development, unit 2 population, unit 6 industry.

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Murray River Kayak.: How the Murray River course was shaped.

Murray River Kayak.: How the Murray River course was shaped. | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

How the Murray River found its shape. Aboriginal dreamtime, geographical and geological perspectives on how the Murray River formed.

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Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:52 AM

Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:55 AM

Many publications are highly technical. in this entry, I have tried to use more accessible language, but maintain as much accuracy as possible. If you have suggestions for improvements, let me know.

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BMFRC - 1.0.4 - Introduction to Barmah Millewa Forest (Keith Ward GBCMA) - YouTube

Introduction to the Barmah-Millewa Forest.
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Barmah-Millewa Forest Research Conference 2013. It is lucky to be able to listen in to these experts as they talk about their work, hopes and areas of concern about this important RAMSAR wetland and Murray River Icon Site. The videos also provide an insight into how scientific studies interact and compliment each other.
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Where the extremely poor live

Where the extremely poor live | VCE Geography | Scoop.it

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dilaycock's curator insight, May 5, 2014 8:52 PM

This information is taken from the World Bank's 2014 report "Prosperity for All." The report looks at "progress to date in reducing global poverty and discusses some of the challenges of reaching the interim target of reducing global poverty to 9 percent by 2020.... . It also reports on the goal of promoting shared prosperity, with a particular focus on describing various characteristics of the bottom 40 percent."

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:48 PM

This graphic reveals the poorest populations and where they live and even though India and China are economic competitors on the global stage they still have the poorest communities. 

IN poor communities, the human place is changed by using less structurally sound architecture and disregarding cultural presence for functionality though holding true to cultural presence in individual lives.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 11:49 AM

I agree with this article from the Guardian that development should be measured in human rights gains more than economic advancements.  While globalization is taking place and allowing countries to trade and maximize profits, a large percent of people in the world are deprived basic human rights and are entirely forgotten about and not valued.

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Meander initiation and braiding in a small river model - YouTube

A 35 minute run in an Emriver Em2 model, beginning with a straight channel. We shot the first few minutes of this simply to capture meander initiation, and t...
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Global forest watch app tracks deforestation

Real time. Information such as conservation status is also available.
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