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Extreme weather: it's about to get worse, says scientists

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"Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heatwaves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a new report."


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West Feliciana Parish is only a small part of the world. In order to become productive in our global society, it is essential that we are understand events in other regions as well.
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What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.

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Viviana Farias Arevalo's curator insight, June 11, 12:31 PM

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Mental Maps

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Tags: transportation, mapping, place.


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Ken Halpern's comment, March 1, 2013 1:10 PM
Even as an adult and have been in different parts of the world driving, I still remember how to get around in my home town. It's amazing how the mind can retain that type of information. I still remember the neighborhoods I use to bike through and walk in.
Gary Pascoa's comment, March 1, 2013 9:53 PM
Certainly guilty of this growing up. I have a photogenic memory when it comes to directions and getting around. I think it will only get worse in the future for kids with the advent of GPS who might not take the time to build up a solid understanding of their surroundings.
Conor McCloskey's comment, March 4, 2013 8:37 PM
Proud to say my mental maps are pretty accurate and so are my brothers, however I have two siblings that cannot say the same... I would definitely support the theory that walking through neighborhoods and riding bikes really helped to give me and my brother strong mental maps and geospatial awareness. Also, being a runner has also influenced my mental map making.
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Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico | Geography Education

Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico | Geography Education | What's Up, West Fel? Current Events Around the World | Scoop.it
As climate change alters rainfall patterns and river flows, tensions are bound to rise between states and countries that share rivers that cross their borders. In the Rio Grande Basin of the American Southwest, that future inevitability has arrived.

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The Southern Ocean

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Did you know that in 2000 the IHO created a new ocean called the Southern Ocean? Here, learn about where and what the Southern Ocean is.

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James Hobson's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:37 AM

(Oceania topic 1)

[This topic area includes Australia and Antarctica]

I think this video conveys two clear messages. First, geography has a subjective factor to it; where you live and the regions you frequently reference determine how you think about other places: how much you think about them, why you think about them, how different they are from your own norms, etc. I agree that this is why so few people from the Northern Hemisphere regard the Southern Ocean as its own entity. I also believe a subconscious factor in involved, in which human though has a natural inclination to ignore that which is referenced as at the bottom or low (in this example applying to a latitude).

   Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is that there is more than what meets the eye. Yes, even I agree that from a purely physical sense of geography, the Southern Ocean can just be absorbed into the southern extents of 3 others. However, the visualization of the currents and biosphere are spot-on evidence to support the contrary.

   I hope that this example will lead future geographic definitions to be based not solely on physical reference, but on other factors (including these mentioned) as well.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:36 PM

While many typically assume that maps and even geography itself is rather static and able to change or be altered this video shows the opposite. As the way the earth is seen changes so are maps and they way geography is taught. In some cases the shifting borders aren't only from political shifts as one might imagine but also from the discovery and deciding of things such as this. Like history, geography is a ever changing and shifting field of work.

 

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, April 28, 5:53 PM

This was a very interesting video about this body of water.  It is true that if you do not learn about something in school, than it must not be important.  I am suprised that this massive body of water has not always been considered an Ocean.  I understand that explorers were not blazing paths through these waters as much as the others during the time of exploration, but the size and differece of this large body of water cant be ignored.  There is probably so much going on on these ocean floors that we will never know about, at least not any time soon.

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The Globalization of Obesity | Globalization101

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You Are One in Seven Billion | Globalization101

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Migrants’ New Paths Reshaping Latin America

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In Mexico and Latin America, old migratory patterns are changing as migrants move to a wider range of cities and countries, creating regional challenges and opportunities.
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Springing forward, falling back: the history of time change - CBC News

Springing forward, falling back: the history of time change - CBC News | What's Up, West Fel? Current Events Around the World | Scoop.it
Twice a year, most Canadians adjust their clocks to mark the passing of the seasons. It wasn't always that way.

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Population clock for every country

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Real time statistics for current population of any country. Real time data on population, births, deaths, net migration and population growth.

 

This site shows various demographic statistics for every country including some based on projections in demographic trends in the given country.  If the current trends hold (which they won't, but that is still an interesting measure), the entire Japanese population will disappear in 1,000 years according to this Global Post article: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/population-clock-shows-japan-faces-extinction-1000-years


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Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 27, 2014 10:17 PM

In AP Human Geo., this article relates to the population growth theme because it utilizes all of the indicators we learned in this class, including CBR, CDR, net migration rates, and population growth rates.

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:51 AM

I believe India has more men than women because sometimes when women can't have a son for their first or second child, the men would beat the women to death, or in some instances women are captured and sold for wives, and they may commit suicide they are so depressed. Also, some pregnant women find out their baby is a girl, they would aport or abandon her because sons are apparently more important and successful because they would stay home and take care of their parents when they are elderly and they would carry on the families name. -rt

MissPatel's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:22 AM

This is fantastic - have a look at various countries and their 'rate' of growth

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Severe weather renews climate change talks - Baltimore Sun (blog)

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Severe weather renews climate change talksBaltimore Sun (blog)Policies to change building codes in flood plains and on shorelines, construct offshore wind turbines and manage suburban sprawl could gain political traction, officials hope, as recent...

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Grow the planet - It's time to grow up and make a better world.

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Grow the planet - It's time to grow up and make a better world.

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Indonesia to Lead World’s Growth in Urban Populations: UN | The Jakarta Globe

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Indonesia, India, China, Nigeria and the United States are set to lead the world’s growth in urban populations during the next four decades, sparking challenges in providing jobs, housing, energy and infrastructure, the United Nations says.

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Invasion or liberation? Iraqis disagree | World | DW.DE | 08.04.2013

Invasion or liberation? Iraqis disagree | World | DW.DE | 08.04.2013 | What's Up, West Fel? Current Events Around the World | Scoop.it
Saddam Hussein's reign came to an end ten years ago this week. Iraq lost a brutal dictator, but found itself faced with new problems - a decade later, Iraqis have a mixed reaction to the US-led invasion.
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Guatemala declares national coffee emergency

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Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop.President ...

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36 Maps That Explain The Entire World

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36 Maps That Explain The World (36 #Maps That Explain The Entire World http://t.co/4S4CILaN via @geointer #AP #IB #humangeography #economics #resources @bcssta @nsssta)...

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Trisha Klancar's curator insight, February 15, 2013 1:35 PM

These are great. Might not be applicable for everything that 'you' teach but tons of info and always a great thing to give to the advanced student looking for MORE work or interesting things to read.

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Enclaves

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A website that examines the geographical enclaves of the world

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Alejandro Restrepo's comment, February 13, 2013 6:18 PM
Very interesting!
Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:32 AM
Mondialisation et frontières... et sur cette carte mon imminente destination de vacances: l'enclave omanaise de Musandam.
Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:46 PM

Enclaves of the world HUGGERS....review!

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Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia

Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia | What's Up, West Fel? Current Events Around the World | Scoop.it
Would you like home-style biscuits or mashed potatoes to go with your yurt?

No country is out of reach for global food brands these days, and
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Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

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Technology is a means of enabling freedom, not an end in itself. What is your opinion??

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A Planetary Perspective: With Landsat and Google Earth Engine

Congratulations to the Landsat program on 40 years of continuous earth observation! Since July 1972, NASA's Landsat satellites have gathered images over the ...

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Infographic: Palestinian homes demolished

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Report by an Israeli non-governmental organisation says 2011 was a record year for Palestinian displacement.

 

This infographic comes from the group http://visualizingpalestine.org  This corresponds with the UN's recent statement that Gaza 'will not be liveable by 2020' given Israeli policies as reported by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19391809


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Nic Hardisty's comment, September 4, 2012 12:16 PM
What a powerful infographic. To think that the international community (in large part) has idly watched 160,000 Palestinians become homeless, with little more than a few harsh words, is staggering. While these displacement policies are not exclusive to Israel, Israel does stand as the most public modern example of this. This problem transcends race, ethnicity, culture, or religion- it is simply one group dominating and subjugating another, and these actions should be recognized and condemned by global community.
Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, November 20, 2014 1:28 PM

This was a very informative article on this very complicated issue. There is no question that for decades there has been and continues to be  tensions in this area. For years this piece of land (with the land mass of the state of New Jersey) has been occupied with such instability,that a common name can not even be agreed upon. In this area not only are there spatial issues differing religions are alsoto be factored in.With such close proximity to one another this group of very different people have no shortage of issues to fight about( often phisically). What is especially enjoyable about this piece was the imagry that was used to accompany this article; thought provoking. I had known this act of Palestinian exhile was happening in this region, however the pictograph was able to place it in visual perspective.Thousands upon ,thousands of people being forced to leave their home is unimaginable. Although as with any topic I try to not just create my thoughts based on one single chart,I always like to see the other side as well. In reading this article questions were prompted to me. Why were these people being removed from their homes? Where they living there legally? Who in this area is to determine what is illegal and what is not? Are there unfair biases at play here ? What needs to be done to ensure peace if not civility? The answers to these questions may be far off however the importance for peace is as neccisary as ever.

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'Plate Tectonics' Discovered on Mars--Found Nowhere Else Beyond Earth in Solar System

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For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth.

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The world map of chocolate (made out of chocolate)

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You may be focussing on chocolate over the weekend - but where does it come from? A global trade analysed. In chocolate (this is what maps are made for!

 

What is the geography of chocolate like?  There is a dark side (no pun intended) to the production of cocoa in many places such as West Africa. 


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ethne staniland's curator insight, May 16, 2013 11:33 AM

Interesting for our KS1 chocolate topic.

Brett Sinica's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:43 PM

We all love chocolate.  We all love diamonds and jewels.  In western worlds, these items are easily come by in grocery stores and elsewhere, but what got them there was a challenge.  People in poorer tropical regions around the world worked to get the raw goods of these delicate items we all enjoy.  The payout difference is immense from cocoa to chocolate.  It is sometimes a very crooked market where if it wasn't for the hard working people who get the raw ingredients, chocolate as we know it wouldn't be the same.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:06 AM

I hope the production keep growing up. We need more chocolate and specially in Africa.