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The 'Myth' of Urbanization as a Driver of Economic Growth in China

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Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks to Bloomberg News about how China's labor reform efforts could boost domestic consumption by making migrant workers more permanent.
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The Lexicon of Sustainability

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This website's goal is to create a working vocabulary or lexicon for sustainability.  It does so through the use of some interesting photography. Definition and descriptions are scripted over top of these photos.  

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Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Sounds like something we should be doing!

 

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing service for geocaches around the world.

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Africa’s Population Surge

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At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.

 

Africa is the world's fastest growing region and consequently it is an incredibly young (demographically speaking) region.  This video show key reasons (primarily cultural and economic) for the population growth within Africa.  How does the  demographic transition model apply to Africa?


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Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:46 PM

With declining rates of infant mortality, stable and growing maternity rates, the population of Africa is being projected to account for 33% of the world’s population. This may hold true unless we see what is happening in Europe, where increased maternal education and help with child rearing for society is leading to smaller families. So much so, that they have whole towns dying from lack of population replacement. China is seeing this as well with their “one child” program.  Unless sub-Saharan Africa starts a program heavy on education, the area will far exceed it’s ability to house and feed it’s populace.

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 14, 2015 12:31 AM

Within the other regions discussed in class, I can start to see how much of a global issue overpopulation is to the world. Alone, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 12% of the global population and could possible go up to 1/3 by 2100. This is in incredibly huge number despite the time giving for it to occur. African suffers some similar problems as India. The areas are so overpopulated it becomes unsafe due to sanitation, water, food, and amongst all poverty. The big problem as well is that the generations are rather young. Nigeria is Africans most populous area. The poverty in this area where the power goes off in the middle of a birth and flashlights are being used in order to help the mother give birth. This is very important to analyze that not the proper equipment is giving for these people living in this region. The positive is that more people are being aware of pre contraceptives and seeking more family planning. 

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 2:56 PM

as we have seen in several articles before this is a large problem all over the world. mass population growth that the government can not keep up with will become a huge problem and lead to much more poverty. this needs to be handled carefully by individual governments and hopfully they can find a way to control this problem.

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Reunification Renovations: A Massive Facelift for Eastern Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Reunification Renovations: A Massive Facelift for Eastern Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
During a trip to East Germany in 1990, photographer Stefan Koppelkamm discovered buildings that had survived both the war and the construction mania of the East German authorities. Ten years later, he returned to photograph the buildings again.
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Curiosity "Feats of Agricultural Biotechnology"

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Our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures show technology at work. Check out our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures to see for yourself.
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Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction

Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

There's more than one way to skin a city, I mean cat.  Read this article and let's dissect a couple of different ways to approach urban development.

 

"Cities as technologically precise as a Formula One race car are being built now. Do we really want to live in them?"

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Kings of the carnivores

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Who eats most meat? Vegetarians should look away. The world has a burgeoning appetite for meat. Fifty years ago global consumption was 70m tonnes.

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The battle for Brazil's rainforest

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Will proposed changes to Brazil's forest code set the Amazon on a path to speedier deforestation, as feared by many?
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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

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What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:44 AM

The parliament in London is shifting more power to Scotland and other areas in what is called devolution.  This reflects a push for more independence of countries in the UK that are not England. In order to keep the UK together concessions must be made, this devolution is the British Parliament's efforts to keep the UK intact.

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:30 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This picture explains how devolution works and provides a specific example with the breaking down of power of the imperialist England and it's control into an equally represented United Kingdom. This is an example of devolution at it's best.

This picture relates to unit 4 because it shows how devolution, which is a major part of unit 4, works. It explains it's parts and gives specific geographic examples as in the U.K. this overall relates to unit 4.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:04 PM

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central government to more regional power, in this case, the UK. The UK devolved its powers to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These countries have had independent parliaments since 1997. Some "reserved powers" have not been devolved from the UK such as foreign affairs, military defense, international and  economic policies. This change of power has stirred questions on public spending and tax policies, and is still a debate and event to keep your eye on.

 

I feel that devolution has many benefits that outweigh the negative consequences such as money spending. Countries can function in a more independent manner and govern themselves within their defined boundaries in a more efficient way. This topic and article gives greater insight to our political unit and provides great insight for each country's respective parliament.

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475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

An extensive list of some great movies, and it's free!

 

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Downtowns: How Did We Get Here?

Kennedy Smith is considered one of the nation's leading experts on downtowns, downtown economics, independent business development and the economic impact of urban sprawl, with a long career in downtown revitalization.

 

This video discusses the decline of the American Central Business District, the rise of shopping malls, the importance of the automobile and spatial organization of particular economic sectors.

 

Parts Two  http://vimeo.com/37041011 ; and Three  http://vimeo.com/37050944 ; continue the discussion with an emphasis on practical urban planning policies for small cities to revitalize the downtown region with some domestic and foreign examples. 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:38 AM

I have wondered about that where these downtowns came from. I have thought of it because I am very curious to learn about downtown providence and how it became a downtown. Where did the word downtown come from? It is amazing how things are being called in this world.

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Girls born in 2009 will live shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of US counties | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Girls born in 2009 will live shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of US counties | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

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Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

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People around the world sharing pictures and stories about how climate change is affecting their life.

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10 Unique Train Trips

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Cutting a swath through some breathtaking landscapes, these railways offer a unique window on the world. From the National Geographic book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime 1.
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Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says

Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Raising taxes on the rich is often touted as an effective way to narrow growing income gap, this article poses some other options for solving the problem.

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6 hours in Jakarta

Sure it's a camera commercial,but it provides a stunning look into life in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. 


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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:52 PM

This commercial is a beautiful and authentic look at Jakarta. I love the detail you gather from the piece-- from the bicycles to the fish market to the man selling watches. It gives you a sense of the people who inhabit the city as well as the culture, economy and infrastructure of Jakarta.

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ORBIS

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Thanks to Seth Dixon and http://geographyeducation.org/ for this find and many others.

 

Site of focus: http://orbis.stanford.edu

 

 

This is a tremendous resources understanding the historical geography of the Ancient Roman Empire and the transportation network.  Using ORBIS you can simulate travel logistics in the pre-modern e...

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Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez?

Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
We are at the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, and some recent accounts paint a pretty bleak picture of the state of the Gulf of Mexico. The immediate...
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The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All

The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States as a tradition of Mexican origin.
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Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism.

Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Osama Bin Laden killed people. He taught others to kill. He built a global network of mass murder. He gave his life to death. But that wasn’t his goal.
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D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Washington D.C. sets out an ambitous plan for sustainability

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The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News

The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Morocco knows that development and modernization of its country depends on increasing women's rights, yet challenges in realizing this still remain.


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