A great visual dispay showing how tempetures have flucuated over the past 130 years and the futer implications of climate change today. Thoughout the video it shows how the tempeture is chaging (rising and falling) all acorss the board. However you cleary see at the end that tempeture stop flucuating and only contiues to rise. While over all it is only a 1 or 2 dagree differnce, its clear that if we go 80 years with a stable tempture and then it starts to only get warmer that weve got a climate change problam on our hands.
"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."
The mega city revlution has started and accroing to stastics its only to get more popular. The creattion of these mega cities has trasformed where people want to live, while also helping to bring nations stability though creation on these mega cities. It was said that with in 30 years more than 60% of the population will live in cities. Theses megacities are desirable, they help to stablize a country and have almost doubbled in number since the 1990's. It will be intereesting to see how the effects of megacites play out on the eniorment and ecnomny in the futre though.
A very interesting article on changes in landscape, while looking though this I came aross so many little things i never noticed about the topical layout of housing. The main thing that is apparent is density, how closely each house is put together, the amount of land each has as well as the view from the property. Its aslo interesting to see how the design of the area can be made for easy access or be desigend to keep people out with only one enctancte and exit. All of these charasticts make up how the land is desired as well as econimcly priced, which then determins who will be able to live there.
This was a very interesting topic to read about, its clear the issue of fracking has so many cracks to it(haha). While whats occuring is completly unnatural, the economic forces behind it are clear, this is a big way to help give amercans cheeper gas. However the effects it has locally are increadibly destuctive and will likely have futher consiquences as fracking continues. I noticed by looking at this map that policialy it seem like fracking is occuring in the red states, seems they want to use there land for the resouces even though it might destroy. While politicaly librals want to protect there enviorments of there blue states. This really adds anouther levle to it and how the placment of these new gas companys is panning out arcosss america.
This is an incredible video because of the shocking footage of blatant disregard for worker safety. This can lead to an interesting discussion concerning how China has been able to have its economy grow. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?
A truly shocking video, but unfourtinally one of the everyday reality of workers in china. Its become easyer to live with the fact that childen in china india and indnoisa make alot of the worlds cloths, and while they may be overwoked and underpaid it ceritanly isnt as bad as risking flaiing 7 stories to help demolish a building. However it has gotten so bad that in the factories that make the glass screes for the iphone they had to put next over the side of building casue so many people from the factory were commiting suicide due to how harsh and unhealthy the working conditions are. And while all this is happening peole are still over joyed to support the compaines that are resposible for using these methods to produce their products.
A rice enriched with beta-carotene promises to boost the health of poor children around the world. But critics say golden rice is also a clever PR move for a biotech industry driven by profits, not humanitarianism.
I thought this NPR broadcast was a great out of class referece to listen too. As it explaine all the work and research that was being done with GMOs, it also exposed them for there flaws and what the real motives behind them are. While this ex source of rice with extra vitman A will deffenitly provid more nutitonal value then regular rice, it also provides higher profit margins for the bioengneer compaines that make it. So its almost hard to say weather GMOs are a bad or good thing beacuse they do have benifts, but one thing is clear there not just being made to help the poor, there being made for big profit possibilities.
I loved reading about this site and there idea. its so ture that too often we say "from the grochry store" when asked were this cheese or food product is from. However acutlly knowing that animal that produced the food, before it was packed and shipped out, is a very cool things that technollagy in the 21st century is allowing us to do. Its funny when i was on my study abrod trip in mexico and we bought some goat cheese from a rancho there,, i tried to ask how he made it, but he thought i ment who made it and he walked me over and pointed to the goat that he had gotten it from.
"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight. Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places."
This phenonomo with quinoa has spread though out the world, but is also having local affects at the same time . This newly discovered heathy grain is beoming more and more popular due to how healthy it is. While it is a diffuclt crop to grow, the areas of the world where it is harevested are also in need of the grain to help sustain the nutrition of there people. However due to this recent spark in demand thoughout the world, the local price has skyrocketed and locals arent able to afford the grain anymore. This almost seems unfair, however its a common trend with certin popular foods.
When watching this video it makes you realize somethings just can't be taught. This man has a skill that was aquired as a young boy and he never would have become the shooter he is now if he was raised in a city. As a kid he needed to proviode for himself and due to the culture and time he was raised in he wasnt able to go get a pellet gun to hunt rabbits. Thefore thouhg his old fasion and folk culture has conditionded hit to learn this skill.
Well see as how my page is called World Photography, i figurd this would be a good article/gallery to put up. Along with so georgous photos one can really see the imporance of farming on a culture and farming world wide. The gallery of photos is increadible, and with a caption to match each photo you are able to see geographilycly and cultulary where certan foods and plants are produced. This makes me feel that cultures are all some what connected, the tobbco from your cigretts comes from mexico, and the nice wine that you drink when your out to dinner is from a vineyard in germany. Its a small idea but food is very cultualy influncing
In North East India just north of Bangladesh is the province of Meghalaya.
This is an astounding video that shows a (literally) natural way that local people have adapted to an incredibly flood-prone environment. The organic building materials prevent erosion and keep people in contact during times of flood. The living bridges are truly a sight to behold.
This video tells a great stroy, the passing down of informaition from generation to gernation, with hope that they will live on and use the knowlage. This reflcts flok cultre and how they value there skills and pass that infomatioon on to the younge generation. Hopfully with in time the living bridge will be finished, but how it was created will only live on with a certain few.
The optimistic tone set in this peace was very moving; using the idea that 7 billon people could fit in LA really drove home how massive earth is. When they were showing our population growth it seemed like the graph started to level off. Clearly technology was the reason for the expediential spike and as long as technology can keep up we will create sustainable solutions for everyone in the world. The ideas are out there they just need to be put into the right hands,
If the Owners of Chipotle are actually growing and raising their animals organically they have no choice but to approach their competitors aggressively. Growing high volume quality food is a much more expensive and slow process then genetically modifying animals to create higher yields. I thought the commercial was beautifully done and struck a tone I wish I heard more often.
"Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you may notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B. Yes, some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops."
This is an increadibly intreaguing article, thinking that dogs could figure out a human baised system and use it to there advantage is crazy! Due to such a large stray dog population in russia some smart pups have discovered new ways to get ahead. These dogs have adaped and leard how to use the human subway system, discoverd new tecniques to begging, and even have come up with there own hit and run system. This absoutly amazes me, though there strong sense and alot of time observing human daily life these dogs have adapted to a new levle of street smarts.
While I realize this post was from awhile ago, i thouhgt it was a great representaion of how ceritan issues created by densly populated urban areas. The Shootings that occure in chicago seems to be a result of densly populated, poor urban areas in the city. Kayne west say in one of his songs,last year 314 soilders died in iraq, but 509 died in chicago. While this may not put it into perspective exacitly, we know that war deaths, and these massicure shootings are horrible events that occure in socioty. It seems people tend to overlook what happens every day on city streets in almost any major poor urban area.
As popular as city life is, one problam with urban geogerphy there is always going to be pollution. A large industural area is going to need alot of power to manufacture its goods, this is why the old mills used to be placed along rivers, to get the power from the water wheel. This becomes a problam now when most companies used gas and elctricty to power facilites, and you get cities that look like hong kong, so filled with pollution they see to have a perminate fog. Its just like how new york city get to be like 100 dagrees in the summer, the effects of pollution in urban areas is unavoidable.
"It's a myth that the U.S. doesn't make anything anymore." The U.S. economy still produces more through manufacturing tangible goods ($1.5 trillion) than it does in providing services ($600 billion) for the international market. The maps and graphs in this article are great teaching materials. The impact of NAFTA is shown powerfully in the regionalization of U.S. trade partners, making this salient material for a discussion on supranationalism as well.
In the current ecnomny america is cleary importing more than its exporting, but suprisingly not by much. The mos common thing to find on many of todays products, cloths, phones, ect. is made in china , and beacuse of all this its a popular belife that America doesnt make anything any more, we just buy all of our stuff from china. While this isnt true, america does not produce alot of final produts to distubite world wide. However they do have a large export of goods maily industral supply and capital goods, along with many services that add up to 2.1 trillion dollars. So while we might not be the leading manufacture for plastic toys or cloths, its nice to be reminded that we still contibute some things to the global trade community.
"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy. As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.” This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."
The under ground ecnomy can be a dark thing, with many illicet black markets for durgs, women, hitmen, and clearly slaves. In todays world while slavery is no where near as common as a century ago, it is still happening on a daily baisis in countries that dont have the resorces to protect all its citizens from that life. Its discusting how people have been foced to live there lives like this for so long, that now more than ever we need to put a stop to the habbits that encourage this like big corperations with focred labor and many more, then the world will be free of slavery.
"93% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Watch the new video from Food, Inc. Filmmaker Robert Kenner to hear why we have the right to know what's in our food."
Clearly this video has a political agenda, but this is a pertinent video to show in an Agriculture unit. Many countries around the world require the labeling of genetically modified food products, while the United States (currently) does not.
When looking at the issue of GMO there is one things that clear... people want to know what food is Genneictly Modified. While most poeple dont read every lable of every food product, it is different when decided how many claories something has versus knowing weather its been genneitcly enginegnered or not. I also think anouther factor why the US hasnt enforced the labeling of GMO is beacuse many companies may be forced out of business and could have a efffects on encomy.
It’s a myth that chips are cheaper than broccoli. They’re not. So what’s stopping people from eating more healthfully?
Is junk food really cheaper? Is that economic factor the only one that has led to increasingly obesity rates in the Unites States? What about cultural changes to families' division of labor within the house? Agricultural changes in production as well as urban systems of consumption all play a role in this complex system. Economics, culture, urban and agriculture are all interconnected in this article.
A great article about the food chrsis going on in america. When looking at this fast food trend as a whole its effects extend greatly across the ecnomy. First off the fact that there are 15 fast food resturants to every grochary store is so obsured beacuse studys have proven it cost less to buy food at the store and cook it at home then to eat out at fast food resturants, but who are the poeple eating out at BK the low income familys. Also the fact that such a large amount of food i need to prodce the deamand it has effeced the agrucltual ecnomy beacuse if farmes want to be able to sell there potatos in bulk to these restuansts, they have to be grown a certain way. So it not just one cheep meal here and there it consistant meals at places like these that has begun to reshape the ecnomy and agruclutral market.
"As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was 'the best on the planet.' It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope."
A very powerful and informaitivie dipiction of life as you girl for Lee, and her stuggle to get a away. Her story is increadible, I cant even begin to imaigian all that she has been thouhg sence her escape. This story reminds me alot of life how life for jews was during and the hollocust, and how the need to escape your own country became a need to survive. The fact that Lee has remained safe and is able to come out and share her story is inspiring.
As the election year is ramping up, now is a good time to introduce electoral geography (since there are millions of dollars been spent of this type of analysis). Displayed is the county map of the 2008 presidential election (McCain=red, Obama=blue). What are the geographic and demographic characteristics of the 2008 voting base of both the Republican and Democratic parties? This is also a great map to discuss how to interpret maps--how could this map be misleading? What additional information is needed to contextualize this data? Follow the link for additional maps that provide attempt to visualize that context.
I really enjoyed this article, it was insctieful interesting and had very informitive visual aids. It was very interesting to see all the differnt maps prtayted thoughout the artile. I found that the infomation that they were describing was alot of things I had heard before, but the added affect of the visual aids were able to give me a deeper understading. It also really brings up some key geogragaphical regaions and shows how even thouhg a state might be blue there are still areas(towns, countis) with in the sate that are primarly red party. When this election was going on it sure seemed like it was goiing to be neck and neck, but clearly on election day bule took over .
Ahhh the currywurst on the street, well i thought this was great very informitive cultural video. The speical dish that is made and served among the streets in germany and all over, it is thought to be a very weird and almost un appitizing meal to some one like my self. However those food are very popular and prominate in there culture, just like certian foods, hotdog stands, flaffel carts and other foods that we enjoy have be come common in our culture. However I dont see currywurst hitting the streets of NYC any time soon.
The story of Ziggy is a great one; it not only shows how hard work and perseverance pay off, but also the importance of cultural diffusion. After hearing how ziggy grew up it was clear that he had some natural athletic talent, but with out the ability to come to school in America he would have never had a chance to explore his football abilities. I liked how in the video they showed a clip of him talking to the head coach when he first asked to play and he said, “ You know this isn’t soccer.” And Ziggy responded by saying, “Yes I understand but if you give me a chance I believe I can do well.”
This just shows how much geography can limit possibilities, Ziggy had never even had the opportunity to try out, train or play football from a young age. I guess it all kind of reminds me of how America is really a land of opportunities, and how a sophomore at BYU with no prior football experience can go to being the 2013 number five overall draft pick in the NHL.
I don’t understand how China could kill Chinese girl’s baby’s and not see 20 years down the road how that would affect there country. Even if it’s the family doing it because the boys can work and help the family eat, the government should have created job opportunities for girls motivating the poorer families to raise there children equally. Maybe they wanted to thin overpopulation in china so they skipped a generation, it seems horrible but empires have done terrible things in history to maintain power.