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AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa

AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Despite the gains, more Africans still die from Malaria even as the spotlight remains firmly fixed on HIV/AIDS.

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

Wow... I guess with all the politiical hot button focus on these issues in Africa. The one that's been around the longest, is most forgotten when it reaches the news in this country.

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:41 AM

This infographic shows how pervasive disease is in Africa. Though HIV gets a lot of attention, malaria and tuberculosis are just as prevalent as HIV/AIDS. The attention given to HIV/AIDS is reflected in the amount of aid sent to Africa, with a significant amount more being spent to halt the spread of HIV. These efforts are not entirely in vain as there have been decreases for all three diseases, but the funding necessary to make serious progress not on its way.

 

Though there is an even greater need to fight malaria, more international aid for HIV/AIDS is likely because most of the countries sending aid are not as familiar with malaria and HIV/AIDS has become sensationalized.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:52 PM

Disease is a global problem. Not having enough resources to keep diseases such as malaria out of Africa is unfortunate. People are dying every day and in efforts to save these people, it still can't be done. In the past, AIDS was the main disease that killed people in Africa. More recently, malaria is working its way through humans and killing them more than AIDS.

TavistockCollegeGeog's curator insight, July 4, 2014 7:41 AM

Fantastic infographic on health risks in Africa. Particular focus on infectious diseases.

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Arctic methane release could cost economy $60 trillion

Arctic methane release could cost economy $60 trillion | The World Planet | Scoop.it
If trapped methane were to break the sea surface and escape into the atmosphere, it could accelerate the melting of ice sheets.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here is problem of a geographic process that happened a very long time ago when the arctic went into the deep freeze and now with global warming melting the permafrost that held the methane in. 

This will cost our economy and the world economy to deal with methane going back into the atmostphere and excelerating greenhouse gases.

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Mountain Fire: Natural Hazards

Mountain Fire: Natural Hazards | The World Planet | Scoop.it
On July 18, 2013, a fierce wildfire threatened Palm Springs, California.

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

I think this shows that the weather has entered into a world of extremes of very hot or very cold, wet or dry and not to much of regular seasonal changes of the past typical patterns.

It shows that with general warmer ocean temps, has lead to this new type of weather patterns resulting from global warming. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 20, 2013 1:27 PM

In a dry climate where urban expansion gets closer to dry brush, wild fires become a major summer hazard.

 

Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography.

Al Picozzi's comment, July 20, 2013 3:58 PM
Alot of fire going on out west. Check out the NASA site http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html that shows them from a satellite view of the various fires.
Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:20 PM
When we are liviing in a hot and dry climate we are bound to face more devastating fires accident made or not
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Amazon's Jeff Bezos confirms: We got an Apollo 11 rocket engine! - NBC News.com

Amazon's Jeff Bezos confirms: We got an Apollo 11 rocket engine! - NBC News.com | The World Planet | Scoop.it
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Here's some geography news (of another technical world) we can all be proud of.

 

They found the Apollo 11 rocket engine in the ocean and right on eve the moon landing date 44 years ago, when man first walked on the geography of the Moon.

 

Kinda cool stuff on a very hot day.

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Nike mixes up North and South Carolina on T-shirt

Nike mixes up North and South Carolina on T-shirt | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Nike mixes up North and South Carolina on T-shirt - The company wanted to promote the Carolina Panthers, but its shirt used a map of the wrong state for the team to the north. 
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Here's a Geography mixup that I thought was interesting to check out and could be a great collectors T-shirt that would be kinda cool to have. So,can you figure out whats wrong with it.

 

I admit it took me a second to figure out... with a owe ya moment.

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Feeding Africa through Facebook

Feeding Africa through Facebook | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Want to grow watermelons? Just noticed that your chickens are dying off and you don’t know what to do? Join FarmingKenya, the leading farming-related Facebook group where tips and advice are freely...
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Heres a great way to help feed people around the world and in Africa, by using Facebook to get the message out to people that need the help the most.

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Skeletons with skulls between their legs mean only one thing: vampires

Skeletons with skulls between their legs mean only one thing: vampires | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Researchers believe they may have found a vampire burial ground in southern Poland: No stakes through the chest here, but four skulls were placed between the legs of four skeletons — meant to prevent vampires from returning to the land of the living.
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Wow...Here's some information I did not know and would normally be posted for Halloween ...So give it a read, if wanted to learn a little bit more about Vampires and stuff.

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Sustainable Food Systems: How Locavores Are Leading the Way in Athens, Ohio

Sustainable Food Systems: How Locavores Are Leading the Way in Athens, Ohio | The World Planet | Scoop.it
After more than 40 years in existence, the Athens farmers market is one place where locavorism — which emphasizes local production and consumption to mitigate food miles — is out in front.

Via Jared Broker
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In looking at this summers roadside farmers markets and how long they stay in business like this one in Ohio for the last 40 year. It really shows us how they have caught on and have staying power.

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Jared Broker's curator insight, July 11, 2013 2:43 PM

The more we rely and invest in our communities, the less we need to rely on politicians and businesses who hate us.  We are servants and consumers to them.  It makes sense to turn our backs on them completely.

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Pakistan officials blasted on bin Laden; not ID'd at traffic stop

Pakistan officials blasted on bin Laden; not ID'd at traffic stop | The World Planet | Scoop.it
In assailing Pakistan's leaders for not noticing Osama bin Laden had been living in the country, an official report says he was also missed during a traffic stop.
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In reading this story you would have to ask yourself...was he not Id'd or was the officer payed off so he could get away.Hummmmmm

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Mexico volcano spits 2-mile-high ash cloud

Mexico volcano spits 2-mile-high ash cloud | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Popocatepetl volcano spewed a 2-mile-high cloud of ash and vapor and coated cars with a fine layer of dust in Mexico City.
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Heres a great exampe how one of the largest cities in the world and a active volcano share the same area and how the people deal with the effects of it when the volcano gets very active like now.

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Bike Share Map

Bike Share Map | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Visualisation for bike shares across the world.

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

This is great...They should have this on the east bay bike path in the Bristol, Warren & Barrington area. I went out on it today and it was so busy they could have set up some traffic cops on it to pull some people over with so meny near collisions of people riding and walking together.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 28, 2013 9:10 AM

Many cities (including Denver) have active bike share programs to ease congestion and foster a less automobile-centric urban design.  London, Paris and Mexico City are a handful of the international cities listed here but it isn't only the largest cities (Hello Lillestrøm, Norway!).  In the U.S., it is the same with typical cities (NYC and Washington DC) as well as as some smaller cities (Chattanooga and Omaha).  Is your city on the list


Tags: transportation, urban, planning.

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Nestle's Natural Resource - The Colbert Report - 20/06/2013

Nestle will do anything to keep Americans from drinking the commie water flowing out of their communal taps.
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Heres one way of looking at how American business has gone overbourd in marketing a natural resource like water to new levels. So give this a watch and has some very funny clips in it as the Colbert Report always does.

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Tech Universe: Monday 01 July - Gadgets - NZ Herald News

Tech Universe: Monday 01 July - Gadgets - NZ Herald News | The World Planet | Scoop.it
HIGH STEPPERS: A new running shoe from Adidas will add a spring to your step — literally. Polymer blades cover the sole of the Springblade shoe , calibrated to suit the average
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Here's some shoes that will help your morning run. A running shoe that works with you while you are running by lifting your feet to keep you going the endless new technology has now entered the relm of how you go jogging every day.

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Hang up the harpoons, Japan

Hang up the harpoons, Japan | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Few environmental conflicts are as fraught and intractable as whaling.
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In following this story... I think Japan will hve give up whaling as a "wahed up industry" and get with the rest of the world to protect whales and do what countries around the world are doing, with a big economic boom in whale watching, instead of killing them.

it's a good story, so give it a read.

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Fire breaks out on Gulf rig after natural gas blowout

Fire breaks out on Gulf rig after natural gas blowout | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A blowout on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast forced the evacuation of 44 workers and left an uncontrolled leak of natural gas from the well.
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Well... I Hope this gas blowout in the gulf will not get as big as the one two years ago. It would be devistating to the enviorment, since the gulf is just starting to recoop from the last oil and gas spill.

I think the goverment really needs to crack down on these offshore oil rigs to make them more safe.

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Toxic levels of pesticide in India students' lunch

Toxic levels of pesticide in India students' lunch | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A contaminated school lunch that left 23 Indian schoolchildren dead contained "very toxic" levels of the pesticide monocrotophos, police said.
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This story is a followup on the school lunch program in India of pesticides in the food and is best discribed by the student holding the red and white sign in the picture of this protest about the problem.

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Earth's Green Places Mapped

"Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. Data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images."


Via Seth Dixon
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This is something to check out if you want to see first hand look at the green and not so green places on our planet. It really makes you see the parts of the world that get enough rain and the areas that don't that makes what we see from Satellite images from space.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:18 PM

Green in the satelital present of our planet

Sectores verdes en forma satelital en el presente de nuestro planeta

Magnus Gustafsson's curator insight, July 16, 2013 5:13 PM

Useful insiight how we humans can change the world!

Al Picozzi's comment, July 18, 2013 11:19 AM
Can really see the effect of development in the Amazon river basin. Also this system can be a great use to help in areas that are facing a drought.
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How robots may affect farming's future

How robots may affect farming's future | The World Planet | Scoop.it
New technologies could make American agriculture more efficient, cutting the number of workers needed and having an impact on the immigration debate.
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Here's a video you have to watch if you really want to see how high tech farming has gotten. At this rate you won't even need peolpe to get done with farming that army of people would do in the past. Give it a watch

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Smithfield CEO: China deal won't hurt food safety

Smithfield CEO: China deal won't hurt food safety | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The top executive from pork giant Smithfield Foods will tell lawmakers on Wednesday that the $4.7 billion purchase of the company by China's largest meat producer does not pose a risk to the safety of U.S.
Louis Culotta's insight:

I guess when you look at this article you would think a deal like this would help with relations with China. But will they adhear to the strict US regulations when it comes to meat processing plants here in America.

 

Just something to think about.

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80% of Your Food is GMO CONTAMINATED: Ministry blames GMO cotton for 10,000 Indian farmer suicides, BANNED WORLDWIDE

80% of Your Food is GMO CONTAMINATED: Ministry blames GMO cotton for 10,000 Indian farmer suicides, BANNED WORLDWIDE | The World Planet | Scoop.it
While policy makers insist that Bt cotton, also known as genetically modified cotton, is a success in India, the Ministry of Agriculture says otherwise and blames the crop for suicides among India's farmers.

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In Geography class we talked about GMA (or Genetically Modified Food)...But in reading this piece about GMC or Genetically Modified Cotton in India and how it went from a big success to a big failure, with very low yields and farmers their taking their lives.

 

This example only goes to show that we should not mess around to much with how nature makes things to begin with.

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America's top 6 states for business

America's top 6 states for business | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Last year's top name, Texas, falls to No. 2 in CNBC's annual ranking of states based on economic competitiveness. But who's the new No. 1?
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I would say after looking at this article...Our area has along way to go to make this list.

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Weather Graphs and Maps

Weather Graphs and Maps | The World Planet | Scoop.it
WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.

Via Seth Dixon
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Thiis s some great information on weather stats and tracking storms statistics and seasonal trends of general weather events.Thanks

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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:45 AM

Again, another great site for World Geography

Jose Sepulveda's comment, July 4, 2013 12:07 PM
Nice class material
David Madrid's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:33 PM

Graficos y clima juntos

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Solar-powered plane on final leg of flight to NYC

Solar-powered plane on final leg of flight to NYC | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The Solar Impulse left Dulles International Airport en route to New York City, the last leg of its history-making cross-country flight.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres a great story that the oil companies would like hidden in the back pages of any newspapers in the country.

 I think that after you read this article that major changes in the way we use energy, can tell us a lot of what our transportation needs will be like in the future.

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Contact lens gives telescopic vision

Contact lens gives telescopic vision | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Researchers have created contact lenses that, when paired with special spectacles, bestow telescopic vision on their wearers.
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I guess you don't have to be The Six Million Dollar Man ( an old 70's TV Show) To have great vision. In looking at this story it seems you will be able to have telescopic vision with these new contact lens they are developing that looks very cool.

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Geography in the News: Death Valley’s Dangers

Geography in the News: Death Valley’s Dangers | The World Planet | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Death Valley’s Dangers One of the most inhospitable places on earth claims lives frequently.
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As summer really starts to settle in and it gets hotter and hotter by temps around here getting into the 90's. Well, heres a place that Nrw England heat  is a cool place when you talk about places in the desert south west of the US.

 In Death Valley California,the summer heat of 115 to almost 130 degrees and can last for weeks. check it out

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