From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).
It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military technology).
In the Netherlands, Santa doesn't have little elves; he has a helper (slave?) named Zwarte Piet, literally Black Pete. He delights kids with cookies and a goofy persona. Foreign visitors are startled by his resemblance to Little Black Sambo.
Is this a harmless cultural tradition or is it racist? Why might some Dutch not see this as offensive? Why might someone not from there react so strongly to this caricature? What do you think? (Note: a Dutch friend of mine was quick respond: "Sinterklaas' helpers are black because of the ashes in the chimney." I'm curious to know whether that was always the case or if it's a way to 'whitewash' an old tradition from a bygone era. And yes, this is an annual controversy).
Born in the USA, Made in France: How McDonald's Succeeds in the Land of Michelin Stars by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
While many portray McDonald's as the embodiment of all that is wrong with globalization, the diffusion of McDonald's is not a simple replication of the American fast food chain and exporting it elsewhere...a lot of local adaptations on a global model is part of McDonald's successful economic model. Although I'm not a fan of the word "glocalization" to describe how local flavor adds spice to globalized phenomenon, it most certainly fits here.
Spain’s dismal economy has residents of the country’s richest region, Catalonia, wondering if they’d be better off going it alone. With their own language and distinct culture, Catalans have long pushed for independence from Spain.
Political geography issue. An area in Spain that is prosperous and has its own distinct language and culture that differs from the rest of Spain. Do they deserve their independence?
My first rescoop, courtesy of Nathan Parrish, Seth Dixon, Ph.D.
"Over a bottle of vodka and a traditional Russian salad of pickles, sausage and potatoes tossed in mayonnaise, a group of friends raised their glasses and wished Igor Irtenyev and his family a happy journey to Israel."
My regional class has been learning about Russia this week and when I first started teaching a few years ago, I would teach that Russia had a population of 145 million. Today it is 141 million and part of that is due to migrants leaving a country that they see as lacking in economic opportunities and political freedoms (another part of the story is that birth rates plummeted after the collapse of the Soviet Union in what demographers have called the "Russian Cross"). In the last few years the population appears to have stabilized, but there are still many who do not see a vibrant future from themselves within Russia.
By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.
This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990. This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time. Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.
Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.
This is exactly what we talked about in class this week. The Aral Sea is a perfect example of how man-made structures such as dams can impact hydrology and create physical water scarcity in certain regions of the world.
Prodigal spending, political disputes and divisive revolutionaries have made these historical markers stand out for more than their physical enormity.
Admittedly, I have a 'thing' for statues. Their powerful to redefine place and to mold communal identity is powerful. Some of these attempts to both redefine place and mold a communal identity can spark controversies as the narrative that the monument embodies can be perceived as marginalizing alternative narratives or groups.
Photojournalist Diana Markosian spent the last year and half covering Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
These 33 photos are arranged to tell the cultural story of life in Chechnya, especially the life of young women coming of age in the aftermath of the war. As the architecture of this mosque suggests, the influence of traditional Islamic values and Russian political authority have greatly shaped the lives of the Chechen people.
It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.
This is an excellent video for population and demographic units, but also for showing regional and spatial patterns within the global dataset (since terms like 'overpopulation' and 'carrying capacity' inherently have different meanings in distinct places and when analyzed at various scales). It is also a fantastic way to visualize population data and explain the ideas that are foundational for the Demographic Transition Model.
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