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India Art n Design Global Hop : ‘Paper Cave’ - The Otherworldly Office

India Art n Design Global Hop : ‘Paper Cave’ - The Otherworldly Office | World Geography | Scoop.it
Award-winning Japanese firm Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture has created a cave-like space within its Nagoya, Japan office that serves a multi-functional purpose. Known as Paper Cave or Fusionner2.0, this installation is a part of the firm’s three-fold series, Fusionner, which seeks to create spaces based on the activities that might take place in each one of them.

 


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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America   :  CHRIS HEDGES

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America   :  CHRIS HEDGES | World Geography | Scoop.it

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This article complements PCR's, posted a few minutes ago. Chris Hedges concludes '...We have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. It is over. They have won. If we want to wrest power back, to make the consent of the governed more than an empty cliché, we will have to mobilize, to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience to overthrow—let me repeat that word for the members of Homeland Security who may be visiting us this afternoon—overthrow the corporate state. And maybe, once we have freed ourselves, we can free the people of Gaza."

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Xi starts India visit in Modi's home state - People's Daily Online

Xi starts India visit in Modi's home state - People's Daily Online | World Geography | Scoop.it

NEW BEGINNING OF AN TIMELESS RELATIONSHIPAHMEDABAD,India,Sept.17--ChinesePresidentXiJinpingarrivedWednesdayinthewesternIndiancityofAhmedabadi


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NEW BEGINNING OF A TIMELESS RELATIONSHIP.  Recall that post Modi win, May 16, 2014, Xi Jinping sent his foreign minister Wang Yi as his special ambassador to kick start a new direction in economic cooperation and diplomacy. Four months of sustained effort has gone behind this formal and informal meetings between two good, disciplined, perspicacious, far-sighted leaders. Leaving aside the conventional rhetoric doing the rounds in Japanese and western media post Modi-Abe meet, of India joins Japan in containing China, this is the second most strategic move after Xi-Putin economic, financial and [unstated] military alliance.

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GeoCommons delivers visual analytics through maps. We make it possible to view massive amounts of data, make decisions and solve problems with no prior training or experience using traditional mapping tools.

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Create infographics & online charts | infogr.am

Create infographics & online charts | infogr.am | World Geography | Scoop.it
Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy!

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A Haunting Look at the Collision of Past and Present: World War I

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of World War I. Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid, has created hauntingly beautiful composites of WWI images super imposed on modern day photos. These ...
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Brazil's Indigenous Seek Out City, End Up in Slums | NYTimes.com

Brazil's Indigenous Seek Out City, End Up in Slums | NYTimes.com | World Geography | Scoop.it

They huddle in a tight circle, shaking seed-filled maracas and shuffling in time to a rhythm that has pulsed through their tribes for generations. The dancers raise their voices in song, conjuring an ancient spirit that vibrates above the traffic roaring from a nearby expressway and the beat of funk music blasting from a neighbor's loudspeaker.

 

In this Brazilian favela, a dense hodgepodge of humble cinderblock homes filled with some of Rio de Janeiro's poorest residents, the indigenous people whose cultures predate recorded history are struggling to keep their traditions alive in the face of modernity. Seeking jobs and forced out of their native lands by loggers, miners and farmers, an estimated 22,000 Brazilian Indians now call the crowded favelas their home.

 

Deforestation continues to reshape the Amazon rain forest region that is home to a third of Brazil's indigenous people. The rate of deforestation rose 29 percent last year, compared with a year earlier, the Brazilian government reported last week.

 

"There are no more forests, no more fish. We've got to survive so we go to the cities. But they're so expensive, where can we live but the favelas?" asked Sandra Benites, a Guarani tribeswoman who moved to Rio's Complexo Sao Carlos slum in 2010 from the neighboring state of Espirito Santo. "Despite the problems, at least in the village you're surrounded by a community. In the city, you're alone."

 

Benites, a 39-year-old teacher who also uses her tribal name Ara Rete, joined other indigenous urbanites recently to celebrate a traditional ritual in Rio de Janeiro's Mare favela. The gatherings of about a dozen people, from as many tribes, provide a sense of community that helps them endure the "double discrimination" they face.

 

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China clamps down on dirtiest coal to curb pollution | Environment | New Scientist

China clamps down on dirtiest coal to curb pollution | Environment | New Scientist | World Geography | Scoop.it

CHINA is having a clean-up. The world's largest consumer of coal has announced radical restrictions on the importing and use of the stuff, in a bid to curb air pollution.

 

Across the country, the transport, mining and importing of coal with an ash content higher than 40 per cent and sulphur content higher than 3 per cent is banned, effectively ending the use of the poorest-quality coal.

 

Tighter restrictions will also apply to coal being transported more than 600 kilometres across the country. Such coal must now be less than 30 per cent ash and less than 2 per cent sulphur. The most stringent rules apply to coal burned in coastal and northern cities, where air pollution is at its worst. That must now be at most 16 per cent ash and 1 per cent sulphur.

 

The announcement will affect coal-mining globally.

 

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More than 2000 homes threatened by wildfire near Sacramento - Fox News

More than 2000 homes threatened by wildfire near Sacramento - Fox News | World Geography | Scoop.it
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September 17, 2014: Firefighters battle the flames from the King fire near Fresh Pond, Calif.
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PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games

PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games | World Geography | Scoop.it
Create and play educational quiz games, memorize maps to improve your knowledge in Geography, Science, History and other fields of interest.

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Raul Alanis Jr's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:24 AM

Easy to create games that will allow students to review their labeling content. Easy to use in various content areas.

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Chart Generator | LiveGap

Free Online Chart Generator ,Choose From Different Chart Types( Line - Bar- Stacked bars - Radar- Polar Area - Pie - Doughnut), based on ChartNew.js API

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Raul Alanis Jr's curator insight, August 19, 2014 11:48 PM

Super Easy to use chart generator. Great for infographics

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During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed and Bodies Beneath the Rubble

During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed and Bodies Beneath the Rubble | World Geography | Scoop.it
The U.N. Security Council has issued a presidential statement calling for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza as the Palestinian toll tops 1,000. The weekend saw a series of ceasefire announcements by both Israel and Hamas. On Saturday, more than 130 bodies were pulled from Gaza’s rubble during a 12-hour truce. Just before the truce took effect, an Israeli strike on a house in Khan Younis killed 20 people, including 12 members of the same family. After initially rejecting a ceasefire, Hamas on Sunday called for a 24-hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday ending Ramadan. Overall, the Palestinian death toll has now reached 1,031, mostly civilians, including at least 226 children. Israel says 43 of its soldiers have died, along with three civilians inside Israel. The United Nations says more than 180,000 Palestinians have been displaced and are now living in U.N. shelters. Speaking from Gaza City, Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports on the displaced residents who tried to return home only to find their neighborhoods reduced to rubble. "People are trying to salvage anything they could from their homes. Many couldn’t even get anything out. They had fled under bombardment with only the clothes on their backs," Kouddous says. "It’s a very uneasy ceasefire. … People are waiting to see if the bombs will start falling again."
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