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The Simple, Inexpensive Breakthrough That Is Transforming American Cities | | AlterNet

The Simple, Inexpensive Breakthrough That Is Transforming American Cities | | AlterNet | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century -- with positive results for the nation's health, economy, environment and commutes.
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Going nuclear-free: Germany smashes solar power world record (PHOTOS) — RT

Going nuclear-free: Germany smashes solar power world record (PHOTOS) — RT | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Germany’s solar power plants produced a record 22 gigawatts of energy on Friday, equivalent to the output of 20 nuclear plants. The country is already a world-leader in solar power and hopes to be free of nuclear energy by 2022.
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Concentric Zones of Building Age in Chicago

Concentric Zones of Building Age in Chicago | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Many of the original and innovative contributions to the field of urban sociology came out of the University of Chicago in the early 20th Century. Influenced by the natural sciences, in particular evolutionary biology, members of the Chicago School forwarded an ecological approach to sociology emphasizing the interaction between human behavior, social structures and the built environment. In their view, competition over scarce resources, particularly land, led to the spatial differentiation of urban areas into zones of similar use and similar social groups.


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The Geography of Government Benefits

The Geography of Government Benefits | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Dependency on government benefits has gone up by 10 percent over the last 40 years.  To me the issue isn't whether or not the government should be providing these benefits, rather how can we better prepare society to meet their own needs.  What are the real issues that are causing this depenency? Are any of them avoidable, and if so, how?

 

See the share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.

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Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009.

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New Zealand: The Maori

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One model for reviving dying languages focuses on immersing children and their parents within the Maori culture.
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Dam Project Would Displace Villages in Jungle Valley of Peru

Dam Project Would Displace Villages in Jungle Valley of Peru | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
A hydroelectric dam supported by the country’s president would send thousands of people to live elsewhere.
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Cape Town Without The Freeways | Sustainable Cities Collective

Cape Town Without The Freeways | Sustainable Cities Collective | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Cape Town’s Foreshore freeway strangles the city and cuts it (and its people) off from the Port and water’s edge.
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Pursuit of Light: The Earth & Beyond Seen with NASA’s Amazing Data Visualizations

Pursuit of Light: The Earth & Beyond Seen with NASA’s Amazing Data Visualizations | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Last week NASA released Pursuit of Light, a short HD film that uses amazing data visualizations (mixed with live action footage) to tell stories about the Earth, The Moon, The Sun, The Planets, and the Deep Sky.
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Urban Sustainability's Missing Ingredient? Education

Urban Sustainability's Missing Ingredient? Education | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
The best way to make cities greener might be teaching residents what that actually means.
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Why Cattle Are Bigger & Bulkier: Drugs

Why Cattle Are Bigger & Bulkier: Drugs | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

I scooped this article from a tweet by Mark Bitman, food writer for the New York Times.

 

More about Mark Bitman: http://content.markbittman.com/about-me

 

A number of animal scientists at public universities help, and are paid by, pharmaceutical companies to advise -- persuade -- farmers and ranches to use Zilmax, antibiotics, hormones and other drugs.

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China and the two Sudans

China and the two Sudans | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Can there be profit without politics for the biggest investor in the two uncomfortably interdependent countries?
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Once Upon a Time in Bangkok - An FP Slideshow

Once Upon a Time in Bangkok - An FP Slideshow | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Bangkok has come a long way from these days before massive industrialization, and urban development.  

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Big rise in Pacific plastic waste

Big rise in Pacific plastic waste | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
The quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the North Pacific Ocean has increased a hundred fold over the past 40 years.
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Mapping for Change

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Mapping for Change specialises in providing participatory mapping services to communities, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities and developers with a focus on
environmental justice and social change.

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Via Carles Gascó, Jandira Feijó, Mr. David Burton
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Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.

Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Non-Hispanic white births are no longer a majority in the United States, a tipping point that has implications for politics, the economy and a nation’s identity.
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On the Run From Oppression in Burma

On the Run From Oppression in Burma | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Long persecuted in their native land, the stateless Rohingya have sought sanctuary across the globe.
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St. Louis Fed | Lessons from Bangladesh: How Microfinance Can Work in America

St. Louis Fed | Lessons from Bangladesh: How Microfinance Can Work in America | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Lessons from Bangladesh: How Microfinance Can Work in America | Daniel Davis, former community development specialist with the St.
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Meet The Interrupters – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE

Meet The Interrupters – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Meet Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, three of CeaseFire’s violence interrupters working to stop shootings and killings in Chicago.
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Electricity from solar: small but growing - A story map presented by Esri

Electricity from solar: small but growing - A story map presented by Esri | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

As technology improves, so do the opportunities to use solar power as a source of energy.  

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Dinosaurs' Gaseous Emissions Warmed Earth?

Dinosaurs' Gaseous Emissions Warmed Earth? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Sounds like something out of the satircal paper, The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/).  It appears we're not the only animals to have impacted the environment in history.

 

Giant plant-eaters known as sauropods may have heated the planet by releasing huge amounts of methane, a new study says.

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Peru Has No Answers on Dead Dolphins and Seabirds

Peru Has No Answers on Dead Dolphins and Seabirds | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Peruvian officials have not shared the results of tests to determine why dolphins and seabirds are dying, causing some to fear there is more to the story.
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Horse origins mystery 'solved'

Horse origins mystery 'solved' | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

 

"The horse was first domesticated 6,000 years ago on the grasslands of the Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, genetic evidence suggests."

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