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Wine industry raises a glass to rosy future

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There is renewed positivity and optimism in Australia's wine industry with export markets strengthening and prices rising.
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But where is the green sheep? Old maps put the art in cartography - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

But where is the green sheep? Old maps put the art in cartography - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
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Zero hunger, food security, improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2) | Ecology and Jesuits in Communication

It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, hunger remains a second priority when talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – afte
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Network of Australian patrol boats keeps watch for the islands

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The operation in the Solomon Islands, using Australian-donated patrol boats, protects hundreds of millions of dollars in tuna-fishing income for aid-dependent nations. Now, there are plans to add Pacific border security to its brief, with a funding boost from Australia. On the front line of enforcement for the multi-billion-dollar tuna fisheries in the Pacific are the ageing, Australian-funded patrol boats in the Solomon Islands. Senior Sergeant Harold Reggie, of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, is the captain of the boat "Lata."
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H&M clothes still sewn by Bangladeshi workers in fire traps

H&M clothes still sewn by Bangladeshi workers in fire traps | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
H&M's cheap jeans and catwalk knock-offs, which shoppers will snap up in a frenzy at the Sydney CBD store opening on Saturday, are still being churned out by Bangladeshi workers in fire traps.
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South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building

South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has issued the Abbott government's strongest signal yet that Australia is prepared to join the US and other countries in pushing back against Beijing's island-building and militarisation in the South China Sea.
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At sea in the city

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MANY Chinese cities offer “sea views”, but of a kind that arouse fear and anger rather than raise spirits. The term is often used scornfully by Chinese media to...


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Scientists predict Lake Eyre and Murray-Darling Basins won't exist in 30 million years

Scientists predict Lake Eyre and Murray-Darling Basins won't exist in 30 million years | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
One day Lake Eyre and the Murray-Darling Basin will cease to exist.
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History sits abandoned: 10 empty pubs of Sydney - ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

History sits abandoned: 10 empty pubs of Sydney - ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
If moments of loss help shape a person's life, perhaps lost buildings reveal something about a city and in Sydney the loss of pubs may speak volumes.
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Urban Morphology in Mexico City

Urban Morphology in Mexico City | Stage 5 | Scoop.it

"Mexico City is a giant laboratory of urban morphology. Its 20 million residents live in neighborhoods based on a wide spectrum of plans.  The colonial center (above) was built on the foundations of Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. The old city was on an island in Lake Texcoco. The lake was drained to prevent flooding as the city expanded.


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Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:18 PM
Even thought this article is more picture based it shows a interesting example of what Mexico City is all about and how it is laid out. With the different layouts it's just amazing how many different one there are. There are normal standard rectangle and square layouts. One was even built on a drained lake in order to expand the city and prevent the city from flooding. One picture has what looks like a maze of roads and an interesting convergence of where the roads meet up. Overall with so many different layouts it could get confusing to one who may not be from there.
Tanya Townsend's curator insight, October 12, 2015 9:40 PM

While this scoop may reflect neighborhoods in Mexico, I feel like there is alot to be learned from it. The way human activity greatly affect the geographical landscape is undeniable in these photos. Areas were at one point a beautiful lake, trees and wild life inhabited, are now concrete jungles. In most of these images you cannot even see a patch of grass.

 I would be excited to see how specific neighborhood cultures develop considering the close proximity of people. I think that could be a really neat study. Is it like America in the early 1900's, segregation of religions, languages, and ethnic backgrounds? Or are the people close,  and friendly?

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 5:19 PM

It is interesting to see how Mexico City is set up, very busy, very populated, very tight. In the satellite photos of Mexico City, you can point out a few interesting things, like one being the different class of people. Some people have landscapes, while other people just have neighbors that live close enough to shake hands with through windows. Something like this goes to show who has money, who does not. You can definitely see grid type patterns in the way housing was built, it appears as if geometry took some play in the shape of the city. The one thing that caught my eye on the satellite map and I find very cool, is the red line of canopies from ambulantes (street vendors). 

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Current Fire Locations | Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

Current Fire Locations | Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
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Hovea man dies defending home from Perth hills bushfires

Hovea man dies defending home from Perth hills bushfires | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
A 62-year-old Hovea man has reportedly died, after he lost consciousness on the roof of his house while defending it from a bushfire and 27 homes have been destroyed in the Perth hills.
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Firefighters contain WA blaze after 27 homes lost

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Fire crews spend the night securing parts of the Perth Hills area after a massive blaze destroys 27 homes.
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Plastic debris turning remote South Pacific island into dump

Plastic debris turning remote South Pacific island into dump | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
The beaches of a remote World Heritage-listed island are littered with more plastic debris than anywhere else in the world, a researcher finds, warning that it serves as a wake-up call on plastic pollution and that it "falls on our shoulders" to make a difference.
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In pictures: Finding patterns in Australian farmland - BBC News

In pictures: Finding patterns in Australian farmland - BBC News | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
Aerial photos capture colours and patterns not typically associated with rural Australia.
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Big Seed: How The Industry Turned From Small-Town Firms To Global Giants

Big Seed: How The Industry Turned From Small-Town Firms To Global Giants | Stage 5 | Scoop.it

"Most food, if we trace it back far enough, began as a seed. And the business of supplying those seeds to farmers has been transformed over the past half-century. Small-town companies have given way to global giants. A new round of industry consolidation is now underway. Multibillion-dollar mergers are in progress, or under discussion, that could put more than half of global seed sales in the hands of three companies."

 

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Zack Zeplin's curator insight, April 24, 2016 5:16 PM
The seed industry, one of the largest industries in modern agribusiness, is quickly being swallowed up by the global giants that lead the seed industry. All over the world small seed businesses are being bought out by larger businesses who seek to mass produce their own genetically modified seeds and strengthen their grip on the global seed market. In American agriculture seed giants rule by providing the highest quality seeds to grow the cereal grains in the U.S. produces. But as a result the consumer benefits, farmers can now run farms that aren’t as capital-intensive because of the biotechnology that goes into these seeds. However it is also important to realize that the number of seed companies is dwindling, and that there are only a few large corporations that control all of the seeds that the world needs to grow enough food to survive. I found this article to be very helpful in shedding some light on how the seeds that go into our food is handled, and the truth on how modern agriculture is run.
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National jostling to get the best of Antarctica

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Various countries are rushing to assert greater influence in the Antarctic, with an eye not just toward the day protective treaties expire, but also for the ...
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South China Sea dispute: What you need to know

South China Sea dispute: What you need to know | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
China is building artificial islands and manoeuvring assets in the South China Sea despite many countries claiming parts of the territory. But why and how is it doing so? Here are the answers.
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Blanchet Hugo's curator insight, November 24, 2015 5:59 AM

Approfondissement sur la stratégie chinoise de construction d'îles artificielles sur des récifs coralliens. L'article explique bien le phénomène avec une succession d'images illustrant l'avancée des travaux et les efforts chinois pour établir un archipel artificielle dans ces eaux.

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A forgotten path reopens between two Sydney icons

A forgotten path reopens between two Sydney icons | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
For nearly 150 years, a short ribbon of railway between Central Station and Darling Harbour was the main artery of Sydney. That link has lain largely dormant and disused for decades.
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Australia must back Indigenous expertise to end crisis of children’s incarceration

Australia must back Indigenous expertise to end crisis of children’s incarceration | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
Indigenous communities are taking new, innovative approaches to keep children out of detention - but their success hinges on Australian government support, to reverse Australia’s crisis of Indigenous youth incarceration, said Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty, launching a national report at the National Press Club today.
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Water Facts: Water

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Highly concentrated population distribution

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"Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area. "


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Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:17 PM
What we have here is a representation of the desert area that only 2% of the population lives in, this is because to sustain life, you need high amounts of water to grow food which will never happen here and then the white being the mainly inhabited areas. These areas are mainly inhabited because of sufficient rainfall which makes agriculture good and good enough to sustain populations of people.
brielle blais's curator insight, April 26, 1:24 PM
This post shows how this physical geography and climate of a country can impact who lives where, and how crowded the actual livable places can be. The land in the yellow is very hot, dry, and mostly desert and rugged. It would be very difficult for anyone to actually live in this area, due do land that cannot be used for any agriculture, most likely very little water sources, and just plain hot. This means the density of livable cities is very high, giving Australia a unique demographic. 
Nicole Canova's curator insight, May 2, 4:13 PM
This distribution of Australia's population should come to no surprise to people who have a vague idea of the continent's geography. The coastal areas are by far preferable to the desert areas of the continent's interior. A good example of how geography impacts population density and where people decide to live.
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Circles of Latitude Craft

"Hands-on worksheet to play and review the circles of latitude from the Wise Nest."  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 27, 2014 2:11 PM

I originally found this hands-on activity on Maps 101 wanted to make my own.   This is a fun way to make latitude more meaningful and memorable.  All the documents you need to recreate this, and to have your students make their own are available here


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Easy to play with

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http://thewisenest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Latitude-Circles-Interactive-Lines-WN.pdf

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Victoria bakes: bushfires burn out of control, commuters urged to leave city early

Victoria bakes: bushfires burn out of control, commuters urged to leave city early | Stage 5 | Scoop.it
Community fire briefings are being held in the Mallee and Grampians regions as bushfires continue to burn out of control in extreme temperatures.
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Heatwave Tracker - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The ABC is Australia's most trusted, independent source of news. Our network of more than 500 journalists at home and abroad provide unrivalled coverage of the news events that affect Australians.
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