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One Man’s Extreme Measures to Conserve Species at the Ends of the Earth

Joel Berger dresses up in a bear suit to see how muskoxen in the Arctic will react, just one of the ways he’s an “extreme conservationist.”
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City size and structure may influence flu epidemics

City size and structure may influence flu epidemics | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The size and structure of cities helps shape the progression of new influenza cases during a flu season, a new study finds.
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How Pesticide Misuse Is Killing Africa's Wildlife

How Pesticide Misuse Is Killing Africa's Wildlife | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
This animated explainer shows how pesticides are destroying the continent’s ecosystem.
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, September 19, 12:15 PM

This is one of the environmental factors that population expansion contributes to in parts of the world.  The habitat of the animals in the are is affected by pesticides used to help promote the growth of plants/food for humans.

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Falun Gong still worries China, despite efforts to crush the sect - The party’s scourge

Falun Gong still worries China, despite efforts to crush the sect - The party’s scourge | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
TUCKED away in a corner on Gerrard Street, in the heart of London’s Chinatown, three middle-aged Chinese women sit on the ground, their legs tightly crossed, in silent meditation. A deafening loudspeaker behind them blasts out a stream of invective against the Chinese Communist Party.
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World's largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas

World's largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
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VIRGINIA POPULATION ESTIMATES INTERACTIVE MAP | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

VIRGINIA POPULATION ESTIMATES INTERACTIVE MAP | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
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VIRGINIA POPULATION ESTIMATES INTERACTIVE MAP | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

VIRGINIA POPULATION ESTIMATES INTERACTIVE MAP | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
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Every Culture Appropriates

Every Culture Appropriates | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 11, 10:29 AM

A while back a prom dress causes an uproar, and a backlash to the uproar (as you can imagine political leanings heavily influence the cultural perspectives as demonstrated by the difference between the New York Times , Fox News and the social media reactions on the same topic).  This article pulls pack from the immediate issues that fan the fans, but asks some of the broader questions about cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation.  

 

Tags: popular culturediffusion, culturecultural norms.

 

Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, July 29, 3:31 PM

After reading this, how many examples of "cultural appropriation" can you identify from different cultures?

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The World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities

The World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"The newest ranking of the world’s most economically powerful cities put together by Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) research team finds New York to be the clear winner [over London]. Our Global City Economic Power Index  is based on five core metrics: Overall Economic Clout, Financial Power, Global Competitiveness,

Equity and Quality of Life." 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 10, 3:41 PM

100 years ago, the biggest trends in urbanization showed that the biggest cities in the world were also the most economically powerful cities in the world in core areas.  In the last 50 years, the most obvious change has been the remarkable growth in of the world’s largest cities in the developing world.   

Questions to Ponder: Why has there been such spectacular growth of megacities, especially in the developing world?  How is this map ranking global cities different from a list of the world’s largest cities?  What regional patterns do exist in the 25 most economically powerful cities in the world?  What are the implications of these patterns?    

 

Tags: urban, megacities, regions.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 28, 12:07 PM
And the winner is: coastal cities.
Olivia Campanella's curator insight, September 5, 4:32 PM
In this article it states the most economically powerful cities. From New York to London they are both powerhouse cities in music, finance and fashion. Even though London lost its run after decades it is still the most economically powerful city since 2012. Tokyo, being the 3rd largest economically powerful city is the worlds largest metro economy. And from Hong Kong (4th city) to Toronto we can see that the world is getting more and more powerful in the economy.
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The Two Koreas –

The Two Koreas – | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
"While the Korean War of the early 1950s never formally ended, its aftermath has created starkly divergent worlds for those living on either side of the north-south divide. What follows is a look at life in the two Koreas; how such a night-and-day difference came to be; and where the crisis could go from here.…
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, November 13, 12:32 PM

This offers a good foundation which connects to an understanding of current day relations/situations between not only North and South Korea, but the U.S., China, Russia, and Japan as well.

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How Does the U.S. Census Bureau Define Rural?

"The U.S. Census Bureau has designed a multimedia application experience, a story map, called 'Rural America: How Does the U.S. Census Bureau Define Rural?' This story map contains interactive web maps, tables, information, and images to help explain how the Census Bureau defines 'rural.' Many rural communities rely on American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, rather than ACS 1-year estimates, because of population thresholds. This story map helps data users understand the history and definition of 'rural.' Watch this video and then visit the story map to learn more." Visit the Story Map: http://go.usa.gov/x8yPZ  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 17, 2017 11:19 AM

Census geography brings statistical data to life as seen in their newly designed interactive story map, called "Rural America: How Does the U.S. Census Bureau Define 'Rural?" Not only does this story map helps explain how the Census Bureau defines rural, but it displays some fantastic data that helps students to explore rural America.  Many APHG teachers refer to unit 5 as the "ag unit" but the full title, Agriculture, food production, and rural land use, certainly does highlight why this can be a valuable resource.  

 

Tags: rural, census, regions, mappingESRIStoryMap.

Matt Manish's curator insight, February 16, 10:57 PM
The U.S. Census Bureau defines "rural" as an area with less than 50,000 people living in it. The majority of the United States is actually considered rural while a small minority of the country is labeled as urban. But interestingly enough, most rural areas are clustered around urban areas rather than in random locations. It seems as though the further out one ventures out from the center of an urban area like a major city, the more the population begins to decrease. One can also see in the same situation, the area transition from urban to rural. U.S. Census data can tell us a lot about populations in rural and urban areas and the correlation between them which can be important to know for many reasons.
Frances Meetze's curator insight, September 10, 1:19 PM
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Capital Jerusalem

Capital Jerusalem | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Because Israel refused to recognize the U.N. plan for an internationalized Jerusalem and because of its annexation of occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, no country in the world has offered legal and diplomatic recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most states, however, have unofficially acknowledged Israel's sovereignty and actual possession, without recognition of lawful title."


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Richard Aitchison's curator insight, March 7, 9:12 AM
It was a major move by the Trump administration with far reaching complications.  Now it if you take out all of the past history in the area and all of the future political/military problems in the area does it make sense to recognize Jerusalem as the capital, well yes. However, in this world that we live in it surely is not that simple. With the past, current, and future arguments in the area between Israel and the Palestine's this further creates a rift between both and probably takes us further away from a resolution. From a geography and economic perspective Jerusalem would be a great central location in which to work from, however since there is so much contested space there it simply does not work. It isn't always the best place from a geographical standpoint (although in an ideal world that be perfect), but the one in our current political climate that makes the most sense for ones own country. This is a decision that we will have to look back at for the next decade or so and see eventually the impact that it will have on the current situation. 
Douglas Vance's curator insight, March 22, 12:36 PM
The decision by the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel totally and absolutely undermines almost any chance at a two state solution. With this declaration, the US has taken sides and the idea that a two state solution with a Jerusalem under international government has essentially vanished. Even if the US were to reverse their decision in the future, the damage has already been done. 
David Stiger's curator insight, October 31, 1:55 PM
Ever since taking an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during high school model U.N., I have always wondered how a two-state solution would deal with the city of Jerusalem. I wondered how any solution, single-state included, would handle the highly politicized, disputed ancient metropolis. While Jerusalem is Judaism's most holy city, it is the third most holy city in Islam - a faith with 1.6 billion adherents compared to 14 million Jews. Simply stated, both faiths are equally deserving of the right to live in, worship in, and experience Jerusalem. Because of this reality, it would be grossly unfair and unjust let only one faction inherit and rule the city. As the author Emmett argues, President Trump's decision to support permanent Israeli control over the city was a mistake - pure folly that will only exacerbate tensions. If the city cannot just be handed over to one side, another solution must be offered.

 I once thought it would be wise to divide split Jerusalem - what Emmett calls "scattered sovereignty. The division would have to be considered because Arab and Israeli neighborhoods are mixed together. As a non-partisan, peace, it would seem, should be the ultimate aim as coexistence through compromise would benefit the most amount of people in the Israel-Palestinian region. After this article introduced the concept of an "internationalized city," it would seem best that Jerusalem take this route. No one has claim to the city because all have valid claims. This sentiment echoes the ideas established in 1948 under the United Nations Resolution 194. Following through on this idea would take the supercharged, contentious issue of control over Jerusalem off the table allowing peace negotiations to move forward. 
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How The U.S. Defines Race And Ethnicity May Change Under Trump

How The U.S. Defines Race And Ethnicity May Change Under Trump | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The Trump administration is considering asking about race and ethnicity in a radical new way on the 2020 Census. It could have far-reaching implications for redistricting and anti-discrimination laws.
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Why Iran's nomads are fading away

Why Iran's nomads are fading away | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
As modern life lures a generation to cities, some left behind struggle with drought and dust storms and wonder: What kind of life is this?
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, November 13, 11:58 AM

As you read about their way of life what are the gender expectations for women in this culture?  What will happen when they no longer embrace the nomadic way of life?

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Why your mental map of the US economy is probably wrong - The Boston Globe

Why your mental map of the US economy is probably wrong - The Boston Globe | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The heartland has had the strongest income growth since the 1980s. Yes, you read that right.
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Stories of Change Hidden in Washington, D.C.’s Alleys –

Stories of Change Hidden in Washington, D.C.’s Alleys – | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. is known for its monuments, museums, and grand government buildings. It is associated with policy wonks, foreign dignitaries, and political controversy. But it is also a home town …
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A real estate boom has changed the face of Lisbon

A real estate boom has changed the face of Lisbon | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Home prices across Portugal have risen 25 percent since 2013, and in Lisbon, many locals are getting squeezed out.
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The Survivors of the Rohingya Genocide –

The Survivors of the Rohingya Genocide – | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
An investigation into Myanmar’s state-orchestrated murder of thousands of Rohingya Muslims — and the second tragedy unfolding in the refugee camps
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Is it getting harder for American women to combine work and family? - The mommy effect

Is it getting harder for American women to combine work and family? - The mommy effect | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
WHILE America’s unemployment rate, at below 4%, is the lowest it has been since 2000, there are many Americans who have exited the workforce altogether. About 37% of the working age population is neither employed nor looking for work.
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Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?

Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"In the garment industry, stories about workers who barely eke out an existence on 'starvation wages' are legion: Factory workers in New Delhi often describe living in makeshift hovels 'barely fit for animals.' A young woman from Myanmar might wrestle with the decision to feed her children or send them to school. In Bangladesh, sewing-machine operators frequently toil for 100 hours or more a week, only to run out of money before the end of the month. Workers have demanded higher pay in all those countries, of course, sometimes precipitating violence between protesters and police. Companies in general, however, have preferred to sidestep the issue altogether. In fact, no multinational brand or retailer currently claims to pay its garment workers a wage they can subsist on."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 19, 11:41 AM

In some ways this isn't the right question to be asking.  While clothing brands don't want the bad PR from low wages, like all businesses, they are incentivized to minimize their inputs and maximize their profits.  If capitalistic logic were completely unrestrained, this situation would never change as long as their are low-skill workers.

 

Questions to Ponder: What institutions have the ability to change this situation and what are effective ways to bring about change?  Where are textile industries located in the international division of labor?  How do sweatshops impact the places where they locate in the international division of labor? 

 

Tagsdevelopment, laborglobalization, economicindustry, poverty

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Gap says sorry for T-shirts with 'incorrect map' of China

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with 'incorrect map' of China | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The US retailer is the latest firm to anger China by not adhering to its territorial claims.

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othni lindor's curator insight, September 10, 1:32 PM
Retailers should be more mindful of the products they are producing. Retailers need to know the images and information they are putting out there. If companies are profiting off different cultures, they should be more respectful. 
Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, November 13, 12:35 PM

Why would a company apologize to a country?  Does this mean that the company and its home country recognize the territorial claims that China makes?  What would be the political and economical consequences if Gap did not apologize?

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The Age of Borders

The Age of Borders | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"The creation date of (almost) every international border.  Full-size image here."

 

Tags: infographic, worldwide, borders, political, historical.


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, February 23, 10:04 PM
Political Unit: History of  borders
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, February 27, 6:33 AM

Preliminary - Political Geography 

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Strava Heat Map and National Security

Strava Heat Map and National Security | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"A fitness tracking app and national security don’t seem to be connected, and yet this month, the Pentagon has spent serious time discussing how to mitigate the impact Strava’s global data set being post online."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 31, 1:03 PM

Geospatial intelligence is a knife that cuts both ways. We must consider all the possible ramifications of what might happen as we repackage, render and display geographic information.

 

Questions to Ponder: What are three discernible patterns that you can identify by analyzing the Strava Heatmap? What does this particular case study show for cartographers and others interesting in creating spatial information? What does this say for regular people now fully immersed in the midst of a geospatial revolution?

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The 10 Worst River Basins Contributing to Ocean Plastics

The 10 Worst River Basins Contributing to Ocean Plastics | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"[A new paper], published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, calculates that rivers contribute between 410,000 and 4 million tonnes a year to oceanic plastic debris, with 88 to 95% [of that total] coming from only 10. Those rivers are the Yangtze, Yellow, Hai He, Pearl, Amur and Mekong in east Asia, the Indus and Ganges Delta in south Asia, and the Niger and Nile in Africa."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 19, 2017 8:09 PM

Of river-based plastic pollution, these 10 rivers are responsible for 88%-95% of all the plastic gyrating in the world's oceans.  Improvement in these key places could make a world of difference in improving marine ecosystems (NOTE: the map came from this alternative article on the same subject).

 

Tags: pollution, water, environmentsustainability, consumption, fluvial.

Matt Richardson's curator insight, January 3, 1:22 PM
Baltimore harbor has an odd contraption that is scooping plastic out of Jones Falls before it reaches the outer harbor. If only this machine could operate in these 10 river systems, which are contributing waste to our embattled/trashed/overfished/warming oceans. .
Matt Manish's curator insight, April 4, 12:44 PM
It struck me as odd to learn that the majority of plastic that winds up in the ocean isn't actually from ocean activities. Also, that these ten rivers contribute up to 88 to 95% of plastics in the ocean. This is a huge margin of these materials coming from these ten major river systems, most of them being in Asia. This makes me wonder why are mostly Asia's rivers carrying so much trash to ocean. It could be the major cities sitting along the banks that are dumping trash into the river and letting float down steam. Also, I wonder if there possibly isn't an efficient enough sanitation system set up in Asia which could lead to more people just throwing their trash into these rivers. To summarize, something from the data in this article tells me that their is a common denominator as to why most of the rivers that carry the largest amount of plastic materials to the ocean every year are located in Asia.
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Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing) is the dish that best reflects America’s diversity

Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing) is the dish that best reflects America’s diversity | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
From Pennsylvania Dutch potato filling to Cajun dressing, it’s a wide world of this holiday side.
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