As this month's digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TV's obsolete, and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/World presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic electronic waste across the developing world. The report also uncovers another dangerous bi-product of a disposable culture – data fraud, as thousands of old hard drives are finding their way into criminal hands.
When we talk about globalization and the outsourcing of one country's industry to another location it might difficult to visualize the impact that is made by that outsourcing. This collection of photos captures the remnants of industry found in the American "Rust Belt."
I grew up in this region, and the widespread impact of outsourcing is apparent. For the first few decades following WWII areas in surrounding cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cleveland were known for being incredibly vibrant and productive. These pictures capture what was left behind when these industries globalized and outsourced to places such as Northern Mexico and the east coast of China.
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.
Many cities are large; the rate at which these ten cities highlight a distinct spatial pattern and separate them from the rest. Which regions have the fastest growing cities? Which regions don't? Why geographic factor account for the rapid growth?
The West African state of Niger is now the worst place in the world to be a mother, a Save the Children annual report says.
Gender, demographics and development are the main geographic themes that run through this report. As many countries prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, the Non-Governmental Organization Save the Children considers the geography of motherhood and the difficulties in raising a healthy, educated, well-fed child with economic opportunities for the future. The variables used in the index included factors such as health, education, economic status and nutrition as key indicators that would be pertinent to motherhood.
The most difficult place to raise a child according to the report are: 1) Niger, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Yemen, 4) Guinea-Bissau and 5)Mali. The best places to raise healthy, education children are: 1) Norway, 2) Iceland, 3) Sweden, 4) New Zealand and 5)Denmark. For more information about Save the Children, see: http://www.savethechildren.net/
A good video about global population trends since 1950. The is rich with charts, maps and data (from Hans Rosling it would appear) many about accelerated population growth, total fertility rates. China, Iran, South Korea and France are all individually showcased to show how global patterns were at play within local settings.
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday. For almost half a century, the two dams were widely applauded for powering the growth of the peninsula and its primary industry.
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.
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“The IMF works to foster global growth and economic stability. It provides policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and also works with developing nations to help them achieve macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty.”
Learning what you have about the IMF, how it works, and its role in poor countries like Jamaica; what are your reactions to this mission statement?
Reflect and explain in a short response (10 sentences min).
1 pt -- Response is given but is confusing or underdeveloped (<10 sentences)
2 pts -- complete response is given but it lacks original or creative contribution to the discussion (i.e. you are mostly repeating what others have said above your post) 3 pts -- response is insightful, shows you really understood and thought about the issue. You contribute an original thought that helps the online discussion develop positively.
The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation.
The stated mission of the American Human Development Program is to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about issues such as health, education and income. This is another treasure trove of maps, charts, graphs, raw data all begging to be used as to enhance a student project. This would be perfect to introduce after teaching about the Human Development Index.
This is an amazing tool that allows you to look at the human development index (HDI) across the United States by county, state, or major urban area. You can sort the data according to racial demographics as well. It's a powerful tool that helps to answer "What factors affect human development?"
Follow the link and then choose "Tools" and "Interactive Maps" to find the program.
At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.
Africa is the world's fastest growing region and consequently it is an incredibly young (demographically speaking) region. This video show key reasons (primarily cultural and economic) for the population growth within Africa. How does the demographic transition model apply to Africa?
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