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In pictures: Philippines counts cost of Typhoon Haiyan

In pictures: Philippines counts cost of Typhoon Haiyan | International News |

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Expert's comment, November 11, 2013 11:44 AM
megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 4:04 AM
The pictures show the devastation that the Phillipines had endured due to the typhoon that came through the country. The pictures literally show how people lost everything and were completely devastated.
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Piracy in the Sub-Saharan Realm is "Good" Money.

Piracy in the Sub-Saharan Realm is "Good" Money. | International News |

In this article, the topic of discussion is piracy off the Horn of Africa. It explains how pirates and the investors have made a fortune over the years aproximately 400 million dollars in the last 8 years alone.

     The article also includes a breakdown of who benefits from these attacks and what their main money makers are. Even though piracy has tapered off in the past 3 years it still has cost the global trade market billions of dollars in trade expenses. Piracy has also negatively impacted the Sub-Saharan geographic region because it has begun to spread further into different areas affecting tourism which is a positive moeny maker for the this region and reduced maritime activity in frequently pirated waters.


What are the long-term effects of uncontrolled piracy?


How will the coastal economy of the Cape withstand frequent monetary losses and reduced tourist activity?


How does this impact trade internationally, but mainly in the Sub-Saharan realm and it's neighbors?

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megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 6:37 AM
The Somali pirates brought in over 400 million dollars over the past eight years.Most of the money is made from echanging captives for ransom. Most funds were spent on drugs, prostitution, or real estate. It is a very corupt operation as a whole.
Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:34 PM

It is very sad that people that risk their lives and gain wealth by hurting other people never really do anything good with the money. They buy drugs and prostitutes which cause them to need more money so they go out and pirate some more and the cycle goes on. The country is going to lose all good people that would have wanted to go there because it is no longer a good place to be.

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Life in a Toxic Country

Life in a Toxic Country | International News |
My wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.
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"In one of the world's most advanced countries China's biggest struggle is the excesive amount of pollution emitted everyday. In Beijing air filters are said to be one of the most prized possessions, more important than cars. Many families tough it out in these circumstances due to the amount of jobs and opportunities available in China. Children and adults limit themselves to outdoor activities and exposure as result of massive pollution. Air quality is so poor they compare Beijing to nuclear disaster areas. It is sad that so many people have to live with these poor conditions in order to get by financially and support not only themselves, but their families." 

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How the British (literally) Landscaped the World

How the British (literally) Landscaped the World | International News |

"Did you hear about the Five Pillars of British Landscaping Empire during your religion classes? To sort them by order of importance within the Holy Book of Grass: First is Grass. Second is pasture grass (this one comes with fences). Third is leisure grass. Forth is golf grass. Fifth is: you never have enough flowers & cute little benches on your grass."

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:55 PM

I've written in the past about the aesthetics of the an ideal British landscape (as embodied in the anthem Jerusalem).  The British ideal was to tame nature; the Canadians on the other hand, embraced the wildness of the natural landscapeThose difference normative views of landscape helped to shape national identity and inform land use decision-making processes.     

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 6:33 AM
This article talks about how the British are the ones who shaped landscaping for the rest of the world. Growing grass in places where grass didnt grow or cute park benches. The pictures of the Bristish landscape were all lush and beautiful. I never knew where the idea of lanscaping had come from.
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Tsunami in Japan 2011

"This video captures some amazing footage of the 2011 tsunami in Japan."

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Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 4, 2014 12:17 AM

Most people do not realize the sheer power of a tsunami. It has the force of the entire ocean depth behind each wave. It also pours onto land for hours until it stops then pours back into the ocean for another hour or so. Most people killed are killed by objects such as cars and buildings crushing them. Seeing videos such as these can help people get a better idea of the forces actually involved and maybe save lives.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:33 AM

I hope something like this never happens again. Tsunamis are unreal. They are literally horrifying and to see something like this captured on camera is actually really scary. Damn plate tectonics and people living on the water front.

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 20, 2015 6:52 PM

So, I will never forget this morning because my brother was living in Japan at the time and I remember getting a text from him saying "we are ok."  My brother is a bit of a jokester so I figured he had something up his sleeve, however, when I woke up and heard of the destruction, I was so relieved to know he and his family were safe.  For the next month my brother flew rescue missions and brought water and food to the survivors.  He had taken hundred of pictures, and I was able to witness first hand how devastating the tsunami had been.  My heart still goes out to those people, and I am forever grateful that my brother is alive and well.