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Air Pollution Linked to 1.2 Million Deaths in China

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Air pollution was the fourth leading risk factor for deaths in China, accounting for the loss of 25 million healthy years of life from the population, a study said.
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While this is a fasinating article in and of itself, it also sheds light on why China is eager to embrance hydropower over coal. 

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How Suicide and Politics Mix in India

How Suicide and Politics Mix in India | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
An unexpected protest is rumbling from what was once one of the country's most placid voter blocs: its farmers.
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Global Migration Trends Infographic

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Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff

Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
Population statistics are
like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country’s
future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how
using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social
scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries'
pyramids as examples.
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Think about this in terms of Chapters 1 and 3.  This is a great way to look at the predictive power of demography.  

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Travel ad urges Denmark's citizens to go on vacation, have sex and boost birth rate

Travel ad urges Denmark's citizens to go on vacation, have sex and boost birth rate | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
A hilarious travel ad urges Danes to “do it for Denmark,” based on the premise that more romantic getaways will help boost the country’s birth rate — reportedly at a 27-year low.
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And what stage of the demographic transition are THEY in? 

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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four - YouTube

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's ...
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Another great clip for Hans Rosling of Gapminder.  What terms from the course apply here?

 

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Seeing These Famous Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them Forever

Seeing These Famous Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them Forever | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
Wow. I guess it's true when they say not everything is as it appears...
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This is fun, but also is a demonstration of anthropogenic landscapes. 

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How We Built the Ghettos

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A brief introduction to America's long history of racist housing policy.
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I wouldn't say this would be the only article to read on this topic, but it adds a great deal to understanding urban geography in the US today. 

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China's Uighurs - Islamic extremists or oppressed minority?

China's Uighurs - Islamic extremists or oppressed minority? | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
China's government claims that amongst its Uighur community there are radical Islamic terrorists emerging, but the ethinic minority says they're the ones facing serious discrimination.
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To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history

To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
The Crimean Peninsula has been fought over for centuries.
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Why is Ukraine in turmoil?

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Video: Crimeans Speak Out on Referendum

In Yalta and Simferopol, Crimean citizens spoke about the planned referendum on whether to break from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
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'Africa is not a country': Students' photo campaign breaks down stereotypes

'Africa is not a country': Students' photo campaign breaks down stereotypes | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
a group of U.S.-based African students has launched a photo campaign in a bid to dispel misconceptions about their continent.
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What a wonderful idea!  It is true that folks in the US need to much more educated about the diversity that exists in Africa.

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Survey Says: Muslim Women, Cover Your Hair, Not Your Faces

Survey Says: Muslim Women, Cover Your Hair, Not Your Faces | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
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This is but one example of the varieties of opinion within Islam.

 

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China launches ill-advised crackdown on Ramadan

China launches ill-advised crackdown on Ramadan | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
Chinese Muslims complain again.
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23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life.

During their time with these people, they asked them to pose for photographs with their daily diets in front of them. The craziest part about the entire project is the caloric intake difference between people of different walks of life.
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This is a fantastic photo essay.  Think about this in terms (and terminology) of culture and social and economic indicators.

What determines how much a person consumes on a daily basis?  Why do some eat so much?  Why do some eat so little?  Are there environmental issues that help determine how much caloric energy a person needs?  Would you be willing to have someone examine YOUR food choices? 

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Fearing Rape, Female Migrants Are Taking Birth Control Before Crossing The Border

Fearing Rape, Female Migrants Are Taking Birth Control Before Crossing The Border | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
Migrants stocking up on supplies such as food, water and medicines for treks through the desert. But female migrants stocking up on something else: contraceptives, which they take preventatively to protect themselves against sexual violence.
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The River of Myths by Hans Rosling | #BillsLetter - YouTube

Videos from the Gapminder Foundation. The tools and data used in the films are freely available here: www.gapminder.org
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Dynamic demographics!  What do you think of his methods?  His conclusions?  

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Canary in a phosphate mine

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Endless hours of travel have left me more than a little raw.
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Discussion topic for Module 11

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Who are Xinjiang separatists, and why do Chinese authorities say they killed 29 people in a train station?

Who are Xinjiang separatists, and why do Chinese authorities say they killed 29 people in a train station? | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
What is Xinjiang, who are Uighurs and why do Chinese officials say they carried out the fatal knife attacks?
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WomenWatch: Directory of UN Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

WomenWatch, UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
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Re:centering Periphery|Ogino Knauss » Blog Archive » The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!

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I love this film--great look at Soviet mikrorayons and urban landscape. 

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Russia says it will build bridge to Crimea | Reuters

Russia says it will build bridge to Crimea | Reuters | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that Russia would press ahead with plans to build bridge linking Russia directly with Ukraine's Crimea region, which Moscow has wrested
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How Ukraine got where it is today, in 486 words

How Ukraine got where it is today, in 486 words | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
The roots of the current standoff in Crimea go back a few days, and weeks, and years, and centuries.
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More good background info on Ukraine/Crimea crisis.

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The Tunnel Economy of Gaza - Photo Essays

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Photographer Richard Mosse goes deep underground to document how goods flow into the tiny coastal territory
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African slave traditions live on in U.S.

African slave traditions live on in U.S. | World Regional Geography with Dr Jensen | Scoop.it
In the southern U.S. the descendents of slaves have formed a unique group of communities living a traditional life.
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