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Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what?

Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
We seem bound to learn the hard way that there really is a limit to how many people the Earth can support.
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The ideas of Thomas Malthus have always loomed large; the scope includes some of the biggest issues facing humanity's continued existence on this planet.  His controversial ideas have been debated for centuries and the way we frame the debate is oftentimes in terms that are derived from Malthusian ideas (for example the terms overpopulation, carrying capacity, and sustainability).  This op-ed written by the President of the Canada's Population institute provides a way to get student to assess the strengths of an argument and to identify the bias/perspective of the author.  

 

Questions to Ponder: What did Malthus get right?  What did he get wrong? 

 

Tags: Demographics, population, APHG, unit 2 population. 

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Deanna Metz's curator insight, March 1, 2016 8:01 PM

The ideas of Thomas Malthus have always loomed large; the scope includes some of the biggest issues facing humanity's continued existence on this planet.  His controversial ideas have been debated for centuries and the way we frame the debate is oftentimes in terms that are derived from Malthusian ideas (for example the terms overpopulation, carrying capacity, and sustainability).  This op-ed written by the President of the Canada's Population institute provides a way to get student to assess the strengths of an argument and to identify the bias/perspective of the author.  


Questions to Ponder: What did Malthus get right?  What did he get wrong? 


Tags: Demographics, population, APHG, unit 2 population. 

Danielle Yen's curator insight, March 10, 2016 9:23 AM

The ideas of Thomas Malthus have always loomed large; the scope includes some of the biggest issues facing humanity's continued existence on this planet.  His controversial ideas have been debated for centuries and the way we frame the debate is oftentimes in terms that are derived from Malthusian ideas (for example the terms overpopulation, carrying capacity, and sustainability).  This op-ed written by the President of the Canada's Population institute provides a way to get student to assess the strengths of an argument and to identify the bias/perspective of the author.  

 

Questions to Ponder: What did Malthus get right?  What did he get wrong? 

 

Tags: Demographics, population, APHG, unit 2 population. 

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Mercator Puzzle Redux

Mercator Puzzle Redux | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Play this interactive game--move the 15 red countries to their appropriate locations to turn the countries green.  If you give up, you can double click on a red country to locate it (but it will turn blue)." 

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Matt Manish's curator insight, February 16, 2018 7:18 PM
This is an interesting quiz to test your world geography skills. It gives you the shape of a country in red and you have to place the shape on the correct country. If you can't find the correct country, just double tap the shape and it will show you which country it belongs to. This was definitely a challenge for me since I only got two of the countries correct. I found particular difficulty with locating the smaller countries with less features that stand out. Although I only got two answers right, I did enjoy this map quiz because it helped me to realize that I should brush up on my world geography skills more to help me stay informed with what's going on in the world.
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'Right in their own backyard': New Google Earth project maps Canada's residential schools

'Right in their own backyard': New Google Earth project maps Canada's residential schools | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The Google Earth Voyager residential school story uses more than 100 markers to geographically show Canada's residential school sites.
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Geographic Concepts: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective. Inquiry questions: What are the stories of forced assimilation First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) students that attended these institutions? How have these institutions impacted the lives of these students, their families and their communities? Where are the location of these schools in relationship to the reserve communities these students originated from?
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Why geography matters now more than ever

Why geography matters now more than ever | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures."

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LRC's curator insight, September 4, 2017 6:08 PM
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Geography is more important than ever to explain and understand the art market in globalization and digitization turn.

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Lights of Human Activity Shine in NASA's Image of Earth at Night

NASA scientists have just released the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime look at our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities around the globe. By studying Earth at night, researchers can investigate how cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate energy use and economic activity, and aid in disaster response.
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 19, 2017 12:43 PM
A perenial favorite in the "human footprint" slideshows of a generation of environmental scientists.
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This kind of data also correlated with population density and location.

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City lights quiz: can you identify these world cities from space?

City lights quiz: can you identify these world cities from space? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Astronauts on the International Space Station took these images of cities at night. Note that up doesn’t necessarily mean north. All images: ESA/NASA
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Alexander peters's curator insight, April 11, 2017 9:07 AM
The article was about identifying city lights from the sky. I think that it was fun to do and guess them.
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Mapping the human impact on the Great Lakes

Mapping the human impact on the Great Lakes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that the Great Lakes are suffering tremendous ecological strain — Lake Erie was even pronounced “dead” for a time during the 1960s because of an overload of phosphorus from municipal waste.
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Oldest traces of life on Earth found in Quebec, dating back roughly 3.8 billion years

Oldest traces of life on Earth found in Quebec, dating back roughly 3.8 billion years | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A team of international scientists has found the oldest record of life on Earth in Northern Quebec, dating back at least 3.8 billion years.
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What can I do with a Geography Degree?

What can I do with a Geography Degree? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"While it is easy to understand getting excited about maps, different cultures and environments, and even being better citizens through geography, it is harder to see how geographic knowledge can lead to good jobs or meaningful careers. In recent years, people have discovered that large numbers of societal problems have geographic dimensions, and that education and training in geography provides essential skills and knowledge for real-world problem solving. As a result, geography has become a necessary ingredient in hundreds of different jobs. This assortment of careers helps demonstrate the wide array of employment opportunities that exist for graduates with education in the field of geography. Within this publication, careers are divided into a number of different employment categories, including:

​Geography EducationEnvironmental GeographyGeospatial TechnologiesLand Use Planning
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Sally Egan's curator insight, February 7, 2017 7:48 PM
Great for introducing the vocational relevance of geography.
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, February 27, 2017 10:36 AM
what can i do with a degree in geography? ALOT!
Kami Romeike's curator insight, August 26, 2018 2:11 AM

Many students enjoy geography classes but aren't sure about what they can do with this geography degree.  This StoryMap from the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education is an excellent resource.  Additionally, the American Association of Geographers career page is a phenomenal resource.   

 

TagseducationESRIStoryMap, geography, geography education.

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As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream

As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A costly plan to build floating islands shows how climate change is pushing the search for innovative solutions, but some critics ask who will ultimately benefit.
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Top 19 geovisualization tools, APIs and libraries that will let you create beautiful web maps - Geoawesomeness

Top 19 geovisualization tools, APIs and libraries that will let you create beautiful web maps - Geoawesomeness | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard Creating a good web map is not an easy task but over the years we’ve seen plenty of amazing geovisualization examples. Almost all of them have been developed with the use of one of the tools, APIs or libraries mentioned below. If you think that …
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‘Revolutionary’ new biodiversity maps reveal big gaps in conservation

Detailed maps of forest biodiversity from a new study in Peru could pinpoint the most important areas for conservation. The research employs technology that, if deployed in a satellite, would provide a global picture of biodiversity.
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Amazing NASA images show how much the world has changed in 30 years

NASA has published its Images of Change collection, which shows how the earth has changed over the past 30 years.
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The Sargasso Sea

"The Sargasso Sea occupies almost two thirds of the North Atlantic Ocean. Within this sea, circling ocean currents accumulate mats of Sargassum seaweed that shelter a surprising variety of fishes, snails, crabs, and other small animals. The animal community today is much less diverse than it was in the early 1970s, when the last detailed studies were completed in this region. This study shows that animal communities in the Sargasso Sea are definitely changing. The next step is to find out why."

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Story Map Swipe and Spyglass Gallery

Story Map Swipe and Spyglass Gallery | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The Story Map Swipe and Spyglass app template enables users to interact with two web maps or two layers of a single web map, depending on how you build your story. The app enables you to present a single view, or to develop a narrative showing a series of locations or views of the same maps."

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, February 27, 2018 6:35 AM

A great Esri tool for examining change over time 

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Globalization, Trade, and Poverty

What is globalization? Is globalization a good thing or not. Well, I have an answer that may not surprise you: It's complicated. This week, Jacob and Adriene will argue that globalization is, in aggregate, good. Free trade and globalization tend to provide an overall benefit, and raises average incomes across the globe. The downside is that it isn't good for every individual in the system. In some countries, manufacturing jobs move to places where labor costs are lower. And some countries that receive the influx of jobs aren't prepared to deal with it, from a regulatory standpoint.
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Marilyn Ramos Rios's curator insight, November 13, 2017 8:52 AM
Is globalization good thing or not?
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Globalization, Trade, and Poverty
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4 ways to make a city more walkable

4 ways to make a city more walkable | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 2017 10:09 AM
Unit 7 - New Urbanism
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Enhancing urban liveability - creating better cities for the future
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Water Is Life

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled South Sudan to escape the civil war. When they arrive in Uganda, water is what they need most. Without it, they will die.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Next to nothing in this video will make you happy about the way things operate for refugees in Northern Uganda who have fled from South Sudan.  We all know the about the dire conditions that refugees face, but knowing about the specifics, and hearing stories from the refugees about their lives and living conditions is powerful.  A huge influx of refugees can tax local resources, especially water.  Food can be shipped in, but water a much more locally variable resource.   The UN refugee camps recommend at least 15 liters of water per person be made available each day, but often it is more like 4-8 liters in these camps.  Dedicated wells (or boreholes) are more effective, but costly.  Trucking in water from the Nile River is the preferred method to simply keep these drowning people’s heads above water.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Consider how much water you drink, use for cooking, bathing, etc. per day in your household.  How difficult would it be to live on 4 liters of water a day?  What about your lifestyle would be changed? 

 

TagsAfrica, development, Uganda, South Sudan, migrationrefugees, environment, water,  environment depend, sustainability, resources.

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Tennessee schools need to teach geography better

Tennessee schools need to teach geography better | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Geography is a discipline that has students examine the world from cultural, physical, economic, and political standpoints, but you wouldn’t know that in many Tennessee schools.

During their middle and high school years, Tennessee’s students will take five required history courses and no required geography courses. The courses they do take have names that begin with “History and Geography”, but if one examines the full titles and the content of the courses, it is blatantly obvious that these are history courses.

This is the case for the current Social Studies standards and those that are proposed to soon replace the current standards. Some argue that geography can be adequately taught in such hybrid courses, but that is not the way it is taught in any college or university in the state.
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50% of the Canadian population lives in these counties

50% of the Canadian population lives in these counties | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"I was inspired by 50% of the U.S. lives in these counties. map. I was wondering what the equivalent map for Canada would look like. I couldn't find one, so I created my own."

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Kelsey McIntosh's curator insight, January 25, 2018 7:38 PM
This post is particularly interesting because it shows just how the population is impacted by the geography of the land. Like most civilizations, fifty percent of Canada's population is centered around waterways, an excellent resource for trade and communication to the bordering nation. 
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Ship to shore: tracking the maritime motorways

Ship to shore: tracking the maritime motorways | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"It is estimated that 97 per cent of all trade – the things we buy in shops – will have been transported in containers by ships at sea. The container vessel, stacked high with uniformly-sized metal boxes, has become a symbol of our globalized world. This is a world of imports and exports, a world where moving things across huge distances keeps the price of daily commodities low as items are manufactured in one place, then packaged in another, before arriving on the shores where they will eventually be sold. In recent geographical literature, attention has turned to the world at sea – a space traditionally overlooked. Geography means ‘Earth-writing’ and geographers have taken the origins of the term very seriously. They have written primarily about the Earth: the ground, the soil, the land. The sea is something ‘out there’ – seemingly disconnected from our everyday lives. However, an appreciation of the world as made from flows and connections has enabled geography to recognize that the sea is essential to our landed life." http://wp.me/p2Ij6x-5DS

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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El Niño: Pacific Wind and Current Changes Bring Warm, Wild Weather : Feature Articles

El Niño: Pacific Wind and Current Changes Bring Warm, Wild Weather : Feature Articles | Geography Education | Scoop.it
El Niño is one of the most important weather-producing phenomena on Earth. The changing ocean conditions disrupt weather patterns and marine life in the Pacific and around the world. Satellites are unraveling the many traits of this wild child of weather.
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These countries have the highest quality of life

These countries have the highest quality of life | Geography Education | Scoop.it
These are the countries with the highest quality of life, according to the not-for-profit organization Social Progress Imperative.
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Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here | Geography Education | Scoop.it
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs

 

Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth; researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination. “The Middle East is drying up,” says Osnat Gillor, a professor at the Zuckerberg Institute who studies the use of recycled wastewater on crops. “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel.” That water stress has been a major factor in the turmoil tearing apart the Middle East, but Bar-Zeev believes that Israel’s solutions can help its parched neighbors, too — and in the process, bring together old enemies in common cause.

 

Tags: drought, water, environment, Israel, technology, Middle East.

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Susan Grice's curator insight, February 4, 2017 8:51 AM
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brielle blais's curator insight, April 1, 2018 4:16 PM
This connects to the physical geography of Israel as it was once incredibly dry, facing a decade long drought. This ruined the agriculture sector of their economy as well, along with changing the people's way of life. However, desalination has saved the country, and Israel really had no other choice. Instead, the country is now a water giant, and has an overabundance through new technologies. 
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Amazing GPS doodles that turned workouts into art - Geoawesomeness

Amazing GPS doodles that turned workouts into art - Geoawesomeness | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard Smartwatches, GPS-equipped wearables, fitness apps… Tracking your location while working out is easier and more accessible than ever before. It’s also very useful and frankly speaking I don’t know any runner who doesn’t do that. Some, do it to share it with friends, others to keep track …
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WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants

WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The ESRI storymap on climate refugees does a phenomenal job sampling locations in the world that experience migration effects as a result of climate change. Attached is a guided worksheet that accompanies the ESRI Climate Migrant Storymap."

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