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China 'should move to two-child policy' - Telegraph

China 'should move to two-child policy' - Telegraph | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Interesting look at rethinking the one-child policy in the world's most populous country. Would we expect dramatic changes in birth rates and total fertility?

"China should immediately end its one-child policy and instead adopt a two-child scheme, a foundation with close links to the highest levels of the Communist party has said."
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Bali: Water Crisis Caused by Tourism | .TR

Bali: Water Crisis Caused by Tourism | .TR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Bali’s tourism causes problems with the amount of water.
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Egypt's Prez Faces New Test: GARBAGE

Egypt's Prez Faces New Test: GARBAGE | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
CAIRO -- The pile of trash overwhelmed the median divider on Ahmed Zaki Street and spilled into oncoming traffic – egg shells, rotten eggplants, soiled diapers, bottles, broken furniture, junked TV sets.
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Singapore’s 'National Night' Encourages Citizens to Make Babies

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Singapore's unbelievably low birthrates have inspired National Night, a campaign to encourage Singaporean couples to let their patriotism explode on August 9.

 

Not all countries are concerned about overpopulation; Singapore's National Night was an innovative campaign to boost fertility rates (warning: the video is a touch provocative). 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 2014 2:22 PM

Not all countries are concerned about overpopulation;  Countries like Japan are in steep decline in terms of their population.   Singapore's National Night was an innovative campaign to boost fertility rates (warning: the video is a touch provocative).  Denmark is another country that is seeking to to encourage higher fertility rates with another salacious ad.


Tag: declining populations.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:13 AM

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Lena Minassian's curator insight, April 13, 2015 3:11 PM

This is very interesting. Singapore has inspired a campaign called "National Night" has encouraged couples to "let their patriotism explode" and have children. Singapore's population is quickly decreasing due to their low birthrates. They want to encourage parents to feel like it is their civic duty to bring kids into this world. The government is pushing for a more parent-friendly environment that includes longer maternity and paternity leaves and larger housing for growing families. Usually the majority of these countries have the opposite problem with an overbearing population so it's refreshing to see a different side of it. This video is definitely trying to target a certain audience by trying to boost their fertility rates.

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Bill Gates Crowns Toilet Innovators At Sanitation Fair : NPR

Bill Gates Crowns Toilet Innovators At Sanitation Fair : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
During a festival this week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, scientists from around the world showcased the latest toilet technologies.
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What Americans Earn : NPR

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Half of all Americans made less than $50,000, and half made more. Here's one way American income breaks down, including state-by-state results.

What an interesting look at the distribution of our economic country. Remember that these numbers represent salary and benefits, not just salary alone.
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Uruguay’s government, new pot dealer on the block

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Amsterdam, eat your heart out. This South American country has big plans for marijuana fans.

 

The distribution of narcotics impacts virtually every country in the world; there are incredibly divergent strategies on how to mitigate these problems that are a result of sophisticated distribution networks.  What is the best way to stop the flow of dangerous drugs and the illegal activities that accompany the drug trade?  If you were in charge, what strategies would you recommend? 


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David Lizotte's curator insight, February 9, 2015 4:48 PM

This was an interesting article, a bit outdated, yet still informative. I personally know nothing about the legalization of drugs, specifically Marijuana, in any foreign country.

It certainly comes off as is the Uruguayan government is trying to monopolize the growing and sale of Marijuana. From a government perspective they would be able to handle the sales of pot and use the profit for state needs... I am assuming state needs. The article stated the revenue would be roughly $75 million, thats a good amount of money to throw around in regards to infrastructure and other further investments. In time the government would allow for private organizations to grow Cannabis but would have to sell it over to the government to be legally distributed. Not only would the government be setting the price for the buying of bulk from the producers but they would also be reaping all the benefits from sales. Also, the growers of Marijuana would be taxed... The government is winning either way. 

An issue with this plan is the fact that the government is a direct beneficiary of the profits obtained from the drug. It is clear that the government wins. Who else wins? Stoners? I suppose it is good that they wont be busted for smoking anymore... I hope there is a good amount of money from this revenue going back into the state. I'm sure jobs will be created to keep up with the Marijuana sales. What will happen to the people already selling Marijuana? They can't sell it anymore if the government is only allowed to. Perhaps this could create an issue? 

I understand the purpose of this project/plan. I believe it needs more structure and perhaps a more descriptive outcome, not just the government reaping the profits and not saying where they will spend the money. 

Louis Mazza's curator insight, February 12, 2015 7:15 PM

Uruguay was one of the safest nations in the Latin America until an outbreak of hard drugs, with violence following it. in order to combat this outbreak Uruguay wants to legalize the "soft core" drug of marijuana. the government thinks this should reduce the consumption of Crak-cocaine and other forms of the coco leaf. this is following he current trend in the America's. this would not legalize the growing or selling of marijuana, it would make it state mandated and taxed while the possession of small amounts is legal.

i think that this will be great, with easy access to the drug it will take the exhilaration out of doing drugs. i do think this will ease people off of harder drugs to the accessible drug of marijuana. although people who use crak will not be changed immediately and satisfied with pot, it will help the whole economy from trying crak- cocaine.

Taylor Doonan's curator insight, February 9, 7:09 PM
As harder drugs become more popular the stigma attached to marijuana is less severe. Uruguay is looking to sell marijuana to legal adults, the dealer would be the state, their goal in doing this is to cut down on the harder drugs. The article talks about how marijuana is becoming  more socially acceptable all over the world, but specifically in America and how the decriminalization in America is influencing Uruguay. The article also talks about how harder drugs are causing more and more deaths, especially in the "journey" to America, if Uruguay legalizes marijuana it hopes that it causes a reduction in use of hard drugs. The government plans to use the tax money from the sales to rehabilitate drug addicts.   
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Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America

Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Everything from the routes taken by Manhattan pizza delivery drivers on a Friday night to Domino's Pizza truck movement across the U.S. are replicated in breathtaking pictures.

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The weight of nations: obesity worldwide – interactive

The weight of nations: obesity worldwide – interactive | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
According to a report on adult human biomass published by the British Medical Council, increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demand as an extra half a billion people living on the Earth...

 

Check out how fat the U.S. in terms of total world excess human biomass.

 

via Allison Hunt on Twitter: @mrshuntsclass

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Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR

Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Thailand has a huge fishing industry that's chronically short of workers. Human traffickers recruit desperate men from Cambodia and Myanmar, who then find themselves at sea for extended periods in miserable conditions.
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Mogadishu is losing 'Most Dangerous City' label

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.

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Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com

Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Interesting article that shows how different fertility rates are in regions with similar levels of development.
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Hard-Line Muslims Test Indonesia's Tolerance : NPR

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and has drawn praise for evolving into a vibrant, pluralistic democracy.

This article has it all: fragmented state issues, religion, language...
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allAfrica.com: Rwanda: WB Warns of Increasing Food Demand

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Rapid growth of Africa's cities is putting pressure on food producers to meet growing and projected demand for food.  This is a good example of the challenges of intraregional migration--especially rural-urban migration and ties in nicely with agricultural development.

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McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
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The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone - Businessweek

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A global demand with local consequences.

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Saudia Arabia To Build Women-Only City

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In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.

 

The idea is mind-blowing to say the least.  More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities. 

Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive?  What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia? 


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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 23, 2015 6:49 AM

This women only city policy, has a lot in common with the racial segregation polices in the United States. In 1896, in Plessy v Ferguson the Supreme Court ruled that as long as the facilities for whites and blacks were equal, segregation was constitutionally permissible. The idea that facilities can be separate and equal is a fallacy. The dominate group will always be provided with the better facilities , because they have the economic and the social means to build a better facility. The less group will suffer do to a lack of political and economic means. This women only city will likely pale in comparison to the other cities of Saudi Arabia. True equality comes through integration, not separation.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 2:20 PM

this would 100% be a step back, that is the worst kind of segregation and "equality" did we not have this in the united states and it was scrapped shortly after because "separate is inherently not equal"

Christina Caruso's curator insight, March 31, 5:43 PM
In Saudi Arabia there is a bid to try to build a Women- Only City.  Yes that is talking about a gender. The gender- segregation laws desire to increase empolyment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" for female workers. 
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Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane : NPR

As many cities add bus and bike lanes, raise parking rates and increase traffic enforcement with cameras, some motorists feel like they're under attack.
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Where Does the South Begin? - Atlantic Mobile

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This article asks about the vernacular region of the "South." Namely, it asks if Washington, D.C. was or is a southern city. As I am in Washington for the next week, I think this is an excellent question, even if the article is over a year old.
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Stagnating life expectancies in US: Poorer US citizens live five years less than the affluent

Stagnating life expectancies in US: Poorer US citizens live five years less than the affluent | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world's countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons.
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Palm oil for India 'destroying Indonesian forests'

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"Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said Tuesday."

 

Global interconnectedness--interesting to see how the semi-periphery interacts in their mutual development.


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Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All' : NPR

Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All' : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy.
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American Children Struggle to Adjust in Mexico

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The English-speaking children of Mexicans returning because of deportations, tougher state laws and unemployment struggle to adjust, often going to schools that are not equipped to integrate them.
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Global peace index 2012: the full list

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The world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009 according to the Global Peace Index 2012, whilst Syria has dropped over 30 places on the rankings. See how the data's changed over time

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'Love commandos' help Indian couples

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A group in India are helping protect young couples from their disapproving families.
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