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China Has Accomplished Something In Global Trade Not Seen Since Colonial Britain

China Has Accomplished Something In Global Trade Not Seen Since Colonial Britain | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

"China is a true mega-trader — a position last held by colonial Britain, with trade significant not only as a share of world trade (11.5%) but also of its own GDP (47%).  The U.S. is China's top export destination. China's trade with Latin America has risen more than 200 times since 1990 and is the fastest-growing corridor. China's trade is beginning to slow, however. Exports accounted for about 25% of GDP in 2012, down from 35% in 2007." 


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Sean Goins's curator insight, November 13, 2014 1:31 PM

in the global market, china has become the rising power in the exporting market with latin america which has risen more than 200 times since 1990 and is the fastest, but has also slowed down in more recent times but is still one of the largest exporters in the world

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 2014 10:38 PM

A new Standard Chartered report by Madhur Jha and other Standard Chartered economists, titled "Global Trade Unbundled," highlights just how much of a trading giant China has become. "China is a true mega trader-- a position last held by colonial Britain, with trade significant not only as a share of world trade but also of its own GDP", according to Jha. "China will likely become a champion of free trade." In 2013, China topped the United States for the first time. China's imports and exports of goods amounted to $4.16 trillion dollars. The United States is China's top destination for exports. This is obvious because if we look on half the items we use daily, they probably say "Made in China". China's exports with Latin America and Africa are still continuing to grow rapidly. Jha and others believe that China will remain the top trader mostly because the economic recovery is a positive for China. Also because a lot of attention is paid towards exports from China rather than imports. China's trade rates are likely to keep growing at a steady pace.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:17 AM

This article is highlights what we already know; China is a dominant force in global trade (although the map should be centered on the Pacific to show China's real shipping lanes and interregional connections).  Containers are symbols of global commerce that enable economies of scale to be profitable and the outsourcing of so many manufacturing jobs to developing countries (almost 90% of everything we buy arrives via ship).  The invention of these containers have changed the geography of global shipping and the vast majority of the world's largest ports are now in East Asia. 


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A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth

A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

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Charting Transport

Charting Transport | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Looking at transport through graphs and maps (RT @VCOSS: Excellent animation shows changing pattern of poverty in Melbourne: 1986-2011.
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Breathing space in the city: Making life in the concrete jungle great - National Post

Breathing space in the city: Making life in the concrete jungle great - National Post | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Breathing space in the city: Making life in the concrete jungle great
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“We're interested in creating more gathering spaces so that people will feel connected to a community.
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DENMARK: Libraries provide space for people to interact - Asahi Shimbun

DENMARK: Libraries provide space for people to interact - Asahi Shimbun | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
DENMARK: Libraries provide space for people to interact
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"They connect people to information who have no other means of acquiring it, and help people of differing ethnic backgrounds to become part of the wider community.
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When building places it's the people who count - The Rapidian

When building places it's the people who count - The Rapidian | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
When building places it's the people who count
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It helps to anchor the park, while providing another layer of activity that attracts people and invites them to stay and enjoy the place.
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Labor's NBN will boost house prices: Albanese - The Australian Financial Review

Labor's NBN will boost house prices: Albanese - The Australian Financial Review | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Labor's NBN will boost house prices: Albanese
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“And we thought 'you know what, this is not the right place to be making things anymore'.” He also says that it is “unlikely” the company would re-open its local ...
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Colliding cities: have our cities slipped their metro moorings?

Colliding cities: have our cities slipped their metro moorings? | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Despite the emphasis in Australia on the “compact city” foreshadowed in every major strategic metropolitan plan such as the South East Queensland Regional Plan; there is a growing trend towards “colliding…...

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What the Internet Looks Like

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You are looking at, more or less, a portrait of the internet over an average 24 hours in 2012—higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues—created by an anonymous researcher for the "Internet Census 2012" project.

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Zakary Pereira's comment, April 30, 2013 5:02 PM
Whoa. This is awesome. Never before had I seen internet usage across the globe before. I wasn’t too surprised by the map its showing. Obviously the United States and Europe would have the highest internet traffic of the world although I was quite surprised to see such massive internet activity in Central America, near Panama and Costa Rica. This data was collected illegally and it was interesting how they did it. It was a bot who hacked into Linux computers with no password (really…) or a default password (still really…) and then tracked their IPv4 address to see their activity. It was a non-threatening bot and they created a readme file on each computer that explained what it was doing however it was still an invasion of privacy and no matter how cool the map came out I cannot agree with their methods of obtaining this information. What interested me at first about this was activity in the Middle East. You can see a lot of activity in Turkey and around the Nile in Egypt, but other than that the rest of the region is fairly dim. It is unfortunate that is so because of how it could help people there, just look at the Arab Spring.
Kevin Cournoyer's comment, May 1, 2013 12:51 AM
I found this collection of data very interesting. It reveals a number of different things about the internet across the world and the intensity of its usage.
Most obviously, perhaps, you can see what areas of the world have the most internet usage, or at least access. The areas of highest use seem to certainly match up with what you would expect: high internet usage and access in first world countries in Europe and in the United States, lower internet usage and access in more impoverished areas such as Africa and the Middle East. The amount of internet usage can also be seen increasing and decreasing as the animation moves from right to left, indicating the twenty four hour cycle of a day and presumably decreased internet usage during the night and increased usage during the day. This animation provides fascinating and valuable information about the internet in a unique geographic context. Economic geography is apparent in the concentration of internet usage, while physical geography is evident in the correlation between what parts of the world are accessing the internet at higher rates and when, in contrast to other parts of the world.
Thomas D's comment, May 2, 2013 11:32 AM
I find that this article of Internet usage is very interesting and somewhat helpful in understanding the development of countries. You can see from this that over a 24 hour period of time that the entire United States is lit up with a color. When over this 24 hour period there are places on the map that never once do you see a light or you only can see it for a small period of time. I think this goes to show how greatly our society depends on the Internet nowadays. That we basically use the internet or a computer for just about everything at all times of the day. That in some countries they are so underdeveloped that they barely have access to computers. According to this picture Africa is barely lit up and it’s mostly lit up in South Africa which is one of the growing countries in the world. I think this information although gathered illegally is very interesting to look at and see who uses the internet the most.
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A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh

A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
The proposed park bridges two sides of an old elevated railway, creating a more direct route across town.

 

This is an interesting take on urban renewal, whilst improving pedestrian and bike access, as well as green space in a city... Could we do this in Australia?  

 


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Call to Action on Walkability - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Call to Action on Walkability - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
... innovative practices to the latest action alerts. The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
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Facebook connections map the world

Facebook connections map the world | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Facebook intern Paul Butler has created a detailed map of the world by mapping connections between people using the social network living in different cities.
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Australia: Coalition's alternative NBN to cost $20.4bn | BizSpectator.com.au

Australia: Coalition's alternative NBN to cost $20.4bn | BizSpectator.com.au | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have unveiled the coalition's alternative plan for the national broadband network (NBN), in the opposition's first major policy announcement since Prime Minister Julia Gillard set a September 14 federal election date.

 

Fronting media in Sydney, Mr Abbott said the coalition's broadband plan would deliver high-speed internet to Australians faster and at a lower cost to the government's rollout.

 

Mr Abbott said the coalition would deliver its NBN for under $30 billion, saying the coalition will deliver a national broadband network faster and more affordably than the Labor government possibly could.

 

The coalition's NBN rollout is set to cost $20.4 billion in capital expenditure, and will require funding of $29.5 billion.

 

But Mr Abbott said rolling out fibre optic cable to the node – or street corner – rather than all the way to the home or business as Labor would do, would be cheaper.

 

"A coalition government will reduce the burden on taxpayers, by drastically reducing the funding needed to complete the project," Mr Abbott said.

 

"Funding costs for the Coalition’s NBN will be approximately 66 per cent less than Labor’s NBN.

 

"That’s based on the latest analysis showing Labor’s NBN will cost more than $90 billion to complete."

 

Mr Turnbull reiterated his assertation that Labor's NBN rollout would end up costing more than $90 billion, saying that while the coalition would not be able to recoup all of the funds "wasted" by Labor, the coalition's plan would save an estimated $60 billion.

 

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Disasters put girls at double risk | Plan EU Office – Plan International

Disasters put girls at double risk | Plan EU Office – Plan International | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Disasters, whether natural or manmade, are on the increase. Of this there is no doubt: in the 1970s, there were 90 disasters a year; in 2014 there will be almost 450. Nine out of 10 of these will be in developing countries least able to cope with ...
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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science

48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) compiled this list of what I deem to be the most useful iPad apps for teaching Geogr...


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Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:47 PM

How many apps do students have on their smartphones? How many of them pertain to their school work? I would say none. But these apps are a good way to have students easily look up facts and numbers about poverty, population, economy, culture, etc. A teacher can easily do an in class assignment with these apps. A 'webquest' like activity with the app would be really fun as well. I would recommend these apps for all social studies teachers to use. the information is easily available for students and teachers. And since it is on their phone, they take their education home with them. 

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Bike Lanes


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Sofia Speranza's curator insight, October 10, 2013 2:10 PM

BIKERS. be aware of dangers on the street path

Ryan G Soares's curator insight, December 3, 2013 10:27 AM

I find this to be very true. I have gone to big cities such as Boston and New York and it is always chaotic. I find that there is always terrible parking in the big cities. Also it seems very dangerous for the average civilian trying to get to his or her job on a daily basis. Me not being from around the area found it difficult to navigate.

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:45 PM

Bikers in New York City should know better not to ride their bikes around the streets because it is so busy and the traffic can be difficult. I know people use bikes to commute to work or school but this is New Yorks job to create more bike paths for people who want to use their bikes to commute. This will be safer for people to ride their bikes whenever they want. 

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Facebook project aims to connect global poor - Al Jazeera America

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Facebook project aims to connect global poor
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Social media has become a lifeline to people affected by earthquakes, floods and conflicts in the developing world, he added.
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Empowering the Disconnected - Huffington Post

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Empowering the Disconnected Huffington Post After viewing efforts to improve the quality of life for those who live in remote places under poverty conditions for more years than I care to remember, I am optimistic about efforts like the proposals...
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Are “Space” And “Place” Interconnected Entities? - Urban Times

Are “Space” And “Place” Interconnected Entities? - Urban Times | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
What is Space (in Geographical terms)? Is “space” a concept that is interrelated with what urbanists call “place” or is it as Doreen Massey states the sum of all the connections and relations we associate with in our lifetime?
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Gardener: The Peterson Garden Project - San Angelo Standard Times

Gardener: The Peterson Garden Project - San Angelo Standard Times | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
Gardener: The Peterson Garden Project
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All across the country, there are many urban areas with very little green space, let alone places for people to grow food. The Peterson Garden Project in Chicago is a ...
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Australia: NBN officially switched on in Toowoomba | Toowoomba Chronicle

Australia: NBN officially switched on in Toowoomba | Toowoomba Chronicle | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

CIVIC leaders in Toowoomba today joined forces to formally mark the connection of the city to the National Broadband Network.

 

About 1700 homes and businesses are now able to connect to the NBN in Toowoomba, the first city in south east Queensland to join the network.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio welcomed the opportunities the NBN would bring to people who live and work in the leading educational and economic centre for the Darling Downs region.

 

"It is a special privilege to be the first city in South East Queensland to connect to the NBN," Mr Antonio said.

 

"We're excited about the growth and innovation opportunities it brings to our local businesses and industry, but also the flexibility it allows our students to study online and keep in touch with family, particularly those attending boarding school here. It's a significant milestone for the community and we're looking forward to making the most of it."

 

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Andrew Wielandt said the NBN was potentially a game-changer for the regional economy.

 

"The NBN will enhance the way people in our local region live and work," he said. "I would urge families and businesses to sign up to the NBN so they can take advantage of the benefits superfast broadband will bring to one of Australia's most liveable cities."

 

The fibre optic broadband network, Australia's largest infrastructure project, will replace old-fashioned copper telephone lines across Australia over the next eight and half years.

 

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10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World

10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.

The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.

In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012.Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."


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Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:52 PM

It is sad what so many children must endure and go through in order to get an education.  I wonder if these bridges and structures have been fixed.  61 million children not receiving an education is 61 million too many.

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Lena Minassian's curator insight, April 13, 2015 2:55 PM

This is really hard to see. Children shouldn't have a hard journey getting to school to get an education and better their lives. These photos are from ten places around the world with the most dangerous journeys to school. This isn't a topic that even comes to mind because many of us living in the United States have had the luxury of being driven to school or riding a bus and we take that simple drive for granted. One of the photos is from Indonesia where students have to cross a collapsing bridge to get to school. The image shows them hanging on for dear life while trying not to fall in the water underneath them. There was a flood that broke the pillar holding this bridge up and it was never fixed after that. What happens when that bridge fully collapses? There needs to be a better way to get these kids to school. These children shouldn't have to suffer with getting their education for situations that are out of their control. 

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Documentary: Last Train Home

Documentary: Last Train Home | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world's largest human migration.

 

I've posted in the past about this documentary which portrays the The cultural importance of New Year's in China and the massive corresponding migratory shifts that take place.  What is new is that the 85 minute documentary is now available online.  "Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, Last Train Home paints a rich, human portrait of China's rush to economic development."

 

Tags: China, EastAsia, migration, development, labor, development, transportation, unit 2 population.


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Ghana Business News » Two Ghanaian tech firms among finalists ...

Ghana Business News » Two Ghanaian tech firms among finalists ... | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
The global contest aims to promote innovations towards the Networked Society by connecting people, things and places to empower individuals and society. “We are proud to have three teams from Africa among the ...
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Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN –

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN – | Year 12 Geography - connecting people and places | Scoop.it
One of the clear themes from the National Rural Health Conference has been the importance of social connections and online support for health and wellbeing.

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