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Brazil's economy overtakes UK's

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Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world's sixth largest economy, the Centre for Economics and Business Research says.

 

The "BRIC" countries are surging forward and are seen as major players in the global economy (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Brazil just recently past the U.K. as the 6th largest economy.  China passed Japan not more than a year ago.    Furthermore, Russia and India are poised to pass the traditional European economic powers (U.K., Germany, France and Italy) by 2020.  In this restructuring of the global economy, what will the impacts be on various regions of the world? 


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Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:46 AM

BRIC has always interested me as an alternative to the traditional centers of economic power. The four BRIC countries are all powerful up and comers and their positioning all around the world and lack of cultural commonality make them a very intriguing force.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 20, 2014 11:55 AM

The rise of the BRIC countries shows that the global economy is changing due to globalization. Now that transportation is cheaper, communication is more fluid, and economies can intermingle easier than before, countries can be more competitive with previous economic powers. I find it interesting that it is likely that in the next century we will see the US slipping further down this list.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 1, 2015 8:01 AM

While this may seem surprising, this event should not be taken as such. Countries such as China, Russia, India and Brazil are becoming more powerful with the passing of each day. The biggest challenges to the United States are China and Russia. They are the only nations who can compete with us on both a political and economic scale. Russia is currently causing the most issues. Putin is an agitator on the world stage. I truly believe that it is his desire to recreate the great Russian Empire of old. His continued medaling around the globe will be a serious threat for the foreseeable future. China is the longer term threat. They are the only ones who possess the economic abilities to compete with us. Brazil and India, while growing are still not any were near us in terms of political or economic strength. Our government should do all it can, to foster good relationships with these nations. Especially sense are relationships with China and Russia are problematic at the moment.

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Serengeti Lions--Photo Gallery

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The only cat that's truly social is the lion. But why ... and how? To find out, our team spent many months with the prides of the Serengeti.

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Pound, euro or groat: Scotland's currency options?

* SNP keen to keep currency union with UK* Euro membership argument blighted by debt crisis* Debt, North Sea oil revenues likely to cause controversyBy Nia Williams and Fiona ShaikhLONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters)...
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China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction

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Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.

Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.

The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.

 

Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:20 AM

It seems even the Chinese tourist industry is at the forefront of hotel construction. This place looking breathtaking.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:51 AM

China is a major topic this year, could be good.

Resort and Hotel Mythbusters's comment, September 10, 2013 2:08 AM
This sustainable hotel is one another impressive work that architecture has been done. The basic idea itself is impressive considering its built in a cave over a waterfall and 3 storeys of them were beneath the water. However, the most important thing is this hotel generates their own energy which is incredible considering most new hotel nowadays have to promote their sustainability in the future. We can't wait to see the hotel to be finish and ready to use.
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Treehouse architecture in Mexico

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This stunning treehouse in Mexico as actually one of four townhouses built in a beautiful garden filled plot where going up made the most sense given the small footprint and the lovely views of the surrounding trees.


Designed by Alejandro Sachez Garcia architecture, each townhouse is 3 storeys with 2 sides of glass and 2 sides in timber slatting for privacy. Each home has a rooftop garden and features a strong connection to the balmy outdoors. - See more at: http://www.designhunter.net/treehouse-architecture-mexico/#sthash.bgFxDztc.dpuf


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Travis Haggerty's curator insight, August 5, 2013 11:46 AM

So many awesome places to live! #beautiful 

Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:31 PM

Im curious to know what part of Mexico is this house in?

Jason, Charlie's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:08 PM

NORTH AMERICA!!!    Intellectual: This articles takes you on a wondeful journey through the creation of the wonderful treehouses in Mexico.  They are truly amazing.

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Is Content the New Currency?

Is Content the New Currency? | phipps geo 152 | Scoop.it
Between the endless Euro drama and the Bitcoin brouhaha, currency has been much in the news of late. Most people would probably name the US Dollar as the dominant currency in this day and age.

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

Assignment:  Read this Article!!  Thanks, Mr. Perry

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jfraley0032's curator insight, July 10, 2013 3:04 PM

NIce explaination of the four traditions breaks it down well on page 3

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:02 AM

This article (download here) is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography.

RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 2014 1:23 PM

Great for Unit 2: Part 1