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China acknowledges 'cancer villages'

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China's environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called "cancer villages", after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas.
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Routinely mentioned is the rapid growth of China's economic influence in global business, alongside Beijing's political clout. Often overlooked, however, are the consequences of this rapid development, such as the spike in cancer cases and cancer as a leading cause of death.

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UN News - Arab nations must broaden reforms to improve lives and advance equality, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Arab nations to deepen and broaden the reforms under way in order to improve lives, enhance opportunities and advance equality in the region.
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Global - The New Core

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(In no way should this post be considered an endorsement of any product or service).  This under 3-minute clip shows, from an investing perspective, a great deal about global development.  It assumes a global middle class will share similar values, consumer habits, and preferences as current MDCs--especially the United States. 

 

Pondering the consequences, positive and negative--of this development begs questions about the pace of economic development and political climates, among many other aspects of the cultural landscape.

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Mexican Teachers Adapt to Their American-Raised Students | PRI's The World

Mexican Teachers Adapt to Their American-Raised Students | PRI's The World | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
It’s Saturday morning in the rural Mexican state of Zacatecas and we are in English class. Antonio Acosta gives basic lessons to 35 teachers. “In! Between! Over! On!” he shouts out during one exercise.
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Politics, economics, culture, and migration meet in the Mexican classroom. This story adds to the discussion of how American policies and economic reality lead some students and teachers into uncomfortable settings--how do students with limited language skills in their supposed home countries fit in? how do teachers cope with students who are speakers of other languages without formalized training?

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Video: Urban Gondola Transit in Medellin « The Gondola Project

Video: Urban Gondola Transit in Medellin « The Gondola Project | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
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Medellín is an interesting case study in intelligently incorporating new ideas in mass transportation into existing--if illegal--settlements. Should its success continue, watching the diffusion of this form of transportation will be intriguing in application to other urban places.

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New Chinese law requires adult kids to visit parents

New Chinese law requires adult kids to visit parents | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
China's legislature is requiring adult children visit their aged parents 'often' — or risk a lawsuit.
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Well, here's one way to deal with an aging population.

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Out Of Desperation, North Korean Women Become Breadwinners : NPR

Out Of Desperation, North Korean Women Become Breadwinners : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
In North Korea, profound social change is happening beyond the view of the outside world. The pressure of national ideology has forced women to become the primary breadwinners in many households — dramatically redrawing gender roles in the process.
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Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR

Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
You can go to almost any cubic foot of ocean, stream, coral, backyard, ice shelves even, and if you look, you'll find scores of little animals and plants busy making a living.

This provides an interesting look at the way commercial agriculture impacts biodiversity. Being from Iowa, I have a good sense of the importance of agriculture to the state's economic well-being, but is the cost of giant yields truly worth the "biological desert?"
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The Rise of Megacities

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By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.

 

Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. 

 

Tags: urban, megacities.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:28 PM

Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. 


Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcGIS online and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.  


Tags: urban, megacities.


Peter Steffan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Very cool!

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:36 PM

World cities and megacities - Presently , the mega cities of the world have to have a population of at least 10,000. Many cities are very near the minimum to be considered a mega city, but are not quite there. By 2025, the developing world, as we understand it now, is estimated to be home to 29 megacities.

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Geography of Billionaires: Mapping Nationalities and Residency | GIS Lounge

Geography of Billionaires: Mapping Nationalities and Residency | GIS Lounge | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Forbes recently released an updated list of the world’s billionaires.  The listing contains the ranking for 1,226 individuals and families who’s net worth as of March of 2012 was 1 billion USD or more.  Since the listings contained both a country...

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Fuel smuggling in west Africa

Fuel smuggling in west Africa | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Heavily subsidised fuel prices in Nigeria have spawned a large-scale fuel smuggling industry in nearby Benin and Togo, where official prices are being undercut by as much as 15-30%. Canadian photographer Daniel Hayduk documents the illegal trade, which locals in one of Africa's poorest regions see as a vital part of a vast, informal economy

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In Niger, hunger crisis raises fears of more child marriages

In Niger, hunger crisis raises fears of more child marriages | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Aid workers fear desperate families might try to marry off daughters at even earlier ages, where they are sometimes used as currency or to settle debts.

This is a fascinating article at the nexus of geographies of gender, development, agriculture, and population. When looking at agricultural practices in class, stories like this truly show the human side of human geography.
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A Failed Food System in India Prompts an Intense Review

A Failed Food System in India Prompts an Intense Review | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Despite surplus grain stockpiles, malnourishment is widespread in India, where politicians are facing pressure to deal with corruption and waste in distribution programs.

 

I missed this one in June, but it's a great look at the challenges less developed countries--some of which are self-inflicted. H/T to izzit.org for using this article for a current events discussion.

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New contraception law in the Philippines indicative of decline of Catholic Church influence

New contraception law in the Philippines indicative of decline of Catholic Church influence | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
The Filipino Catholic Church has long been influential in the country's politics, as well as its morality.
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Girls 'hit hard by world recession'

Girls 'hit hard by world recession' | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
A shrinking world economy is painful for many, but girls and women suffer most from the effects of recession.
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Career Spider Not Sure She's Ready For 3,000 Children At This Point

Career Spider Not Sure She's Ready For 3,000 Children At This Point | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
COLUMBUS, OH—Thryssskmsss, a 2-year-old barn funnel weaver spider, confided to friends Wednesday that she isn’t sure she’s ready for 3,000 children at this point in her life.
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While a joke story from a satirical news source, this spider seems to be focusing on her career and not on having children. Surely, there's a connection to stage 3 and 4 of the Spider Demographic Transition Model here.

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Mauritania bans plastic bag use

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Mauritania bans the use of plastic bags to protect the environment and the lives of animals and fish, the environment minister says.
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Contrasting consumer culture in the United States with developing world, this story suggests once again that the "conveniences" afforded people in MDCs aren't always aspired to in developing nations.

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Medellin's Outdoor Escalator Part of Plan to Remake City | PRI's The World

Medellin's Outdoor Escalator Part of Plan to Remake City | PRI's The World | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
The Colombian city of Medellin was once the murder capital of the world and ground zero for Pablo Escobar’s cocaine cartel. But Medellin has lately emerged as a hotspot for urban planning and innovative mass transit.
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Considering rapid urbanization, seeing municipalities deal realistically and positively with squatter settlements and work to integrate that population into the formal economy is heartening and fascinating.

 

 

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How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico

How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.

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James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 1:17 PM

(Mexico topic 9)

It is troubling to discover how bribery still continues to promote special interests at the expense of others and their own interests. Though other articles I have commented on discuss the improving economy and politics of Mexico, this one clearly shows an area that needs much more attention.

   Despite this, all of the fuss (though justifiable) may be slightly over-exaggerated in my opinion. Just look at the photo above: the WalMart is at least somewhat set back from the pyramids, BUT the smoke and smog from other industries fills the air right up to and all around the pyramids themselves. I think this is just as much, if not more, of an injustice to the cultural site. While one can choose whether or not to enter a store, it is impossible not to breathe in the polluted air and have one's view limited while visiting such a place.

   Lastly, although bribery is certainly something I deeply frown upon, perhaps it is slightly less "wrong" than it would be in other countries like the US. Since Mexico's government and its departments have a reputation (at least from what I've heard) of being corrupted, perhaps the only way to build a store is to offer a bribe. It would be interesting to see if this was the case with other store locations throughout Mexico.

Kendra King's curator insight, February 2, 2015 8:50 PM

Clearly it is horrible what Walmart did, but what about everyone else in this scenario? Walmart was able to damage public history and jeopardize the traffic safety of Mexico because they figured out the going price for those concepts was: a couple mayors, some INAH official, and an Urban Operations official (see article for in-depth explanations of how each was bought off). All of whom bypassed their duty to the public. See I am not surprised by the corporation’s actions. The corporation is acting for its own self-interest like many corporations have historically done. In fact, compared to the East India Company of 1800 (which had its own standing army) this is tame (see below article). I would prefer companies not to operate as such, however a company will act in such a manner so long as it is permitted. Deterring such actions falls on the fault of the officials who were so easily bought off.

 

Yet, whose job is it to police a corporation? At one point, the article mentioned that when the Mexican investigation found nothing wrong with Walmart they, “chided protesters for failing to present any specific proof.” I’m sorry, but it isn’t the protesters job to go out and find proof. That is the job of an investigator, whom I might add didn’t do a good job given the evidence the New York Times was able to amass. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for Mexico, they probably aren’t that apt at forensic banking because they are a largely agrarian society who only relatively recently is being introduced to the corporate world. Looks like there is a whole new specialty that Mexico will need to learn soon due to globalization. I say Mexico needs to learn this also because it is mainly their job to monitor their people. I understand that this is an American company so on some level they will have to monitor their people. However, majority of the people involved in this were in Mexico. Thus, Mexico will need to deal with their side of justice and also start developing environmentally usefully laws under the new corporate rule (i.e. ones that protect historical artifacts even when the “proper” licenses have been secured.)

 

I am not looking to just pick on Mexico’s corporation problems either because we all know the United States has their fair share of corporate issues. In fact, I think it is safe to say that Walmart could have bought off people in the United States too. Think of all the tainted deals that occurred in the subprime mortgage crisis. We aren’t even sure because no one actually went after them! At least in the case of Walmart there is an investigation going on again. It will be interesting to see what the end result is though. Most times, it isn’t near what a company should get. In the United States some are literally able to get away with murder. Just look at GM's latest court dealings. I hope Mexico can do a better job than the United States when it comes to handling corporate investigations in the future.  

 

* http://www.economist.com/node/21541753

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 5, 2015 2:32 PM

This article shows the "forced globalization" of Mexico.  I thought it was interesting how Walmart de Mexico would use such cutthroat means to build a "intermediate sized store".  Yet the Walmart officials in Mexico realized that being not too far from a major tourist attraction would help business.  There were many groups who tried to stop it from happening, but they could not stop the store from being built.  This article shows how corporate Globalization is ruthless, and it doesn't care about disobeying laws.  This article also shows that if a company is big enough, it can, in effect do whatever it pleases.  In the United States on the other hand, this type of bribery could never have happened. 

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Ethiopia’s Crowded Medical Schools | PRI's The World

Ethiopia’s Crowded Medical Schools | PRI's The World | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

In Ethiopia, doctors are in short supply, so the country has devised an ambitious plan to scale up medical education. But this focus on the quantity of doctors may come at the expense of quality. 

 

With public health a primary indicator of development, is Ethiopia's gambit worth the risk? Are undertrained physicians better than no physicians? Is any access to health care in rural areas better than no access?

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All Over The Map: Cartography And Conflict : NPR

All Over The Map: Cartography And Conflict : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
A newly issued Chinese passport featuring a map that lays claim to disputed territory with several neighboring countries is only the latest case of cartographic aggression.
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Seth Dixon's comment, November 29, 2012 9:56 AM
Thanks for sharing that link...I've seen several articles about this issue but not this NPR piece.
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Two million to be moved in one of largest relocations in Chinese history - Telegraph

Two million to be moved in one of largest relocations in Chinese history - Telegraph | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Two million people are to be moved from their isolated mountain homes as part of one of the single largest relocations in recent Chinese history. Tom Phillips reports.
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Building resilience to drought in Kenya

Building resilience to drought in Kenya | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Trading their animals instead of holding on to large flocks and using their land in different ways may help herders in northern Kenya survive when drought and hunger strike...

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Illegal Immigration

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Illegal immigration is always a very touchy political topic that is all about cultural geography and communal identity.  This chart shows how various demographic consituencies feel about illegal immigration.  As this article insinuates, the Republican platform does not resonate with most of the voting public.   


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Cheaper Fruits And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts : NPR

Cheaper Fruits And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Researchers found that while consumers are sensitive to price, and more likely to buy fruit when the price drops, many other factors prevent people from buying fruits and vegetables.

Mere presence doesn't cut it. With some research that life expectancy for low-income Americans hasn't grown (or has even decreased) compared with wealthier Americans, obstacles to access must be addressed.
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