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VIDEO: Where are the World’s Worst Slums?

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

This short 2:46 second vide clip presented by TestTube News describes how the United Nations categorizes an urban slum and also where are the most populated urban slums in the world. It is a great introduction to problems within the LDC city and the topic of [...]

NEWS via NBCNews: With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct BY CARMEN SESÍN HOMESTEAD, FL – Her name is Spanish in origin, but for Juana Sales, a migrant farm-worker from the Guatemalan high lands, it hardly reflects her cultural identity. Ten years ago, when Sales arrived in Homestead, an agricultural area in South Florida, she only spoke Mam – a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500. The obscure tongue, which is mostly spoken in Guatemala and Mexico, is classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as vulnerable to becoming extinct. Since then, Sales has learned a heavily accented, broken Spanish and a little English. She has 4 children who were born in the U.S., but none of them have shown interest in speaking their mother’s tongue. Salas is one of a growing number of U.S. Latinos who speak ancient Mesoamerican languages, some of which are considered critically endangered of becoming extinct. According to the 2010 [...]

NEWS via Mashable: Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea A cartographer at work, circa 1930.IMAGE: VINTAGE IMAGES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES BY COLIN DAILEDA1 DAY AGO Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it’s their job to decide whether they want to make that change official. The latest debate for this small but influential club is centered on Crimea, the once-autonomous region of Ukraine that voted on March 16 to become a part of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the peninsula, and it now must be approved by the Russian parliament. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian governmentannounced it was pulling out its troops. But Western nations including the United States, the U.K., and Germany, have not [...]

NEWS via PewResearch: Global Population Estimates by Age, 1950-2050-INTERACTIVE

February 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

JANUARY 30, 2014 Global Population Estimates by Age, 1950-2050 The demographic future for the U.S. and the world looks very different than the recent past. Growth from 1950 to 2010 was rapid—the global population nearly tripled, and the U.S. population doubled. However, population growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age groups, both globally and in the U.S. Source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Population Prospects: 2012 Revision, June [...]

NEWS via the Guardian: Time running out for China’s one-child policy after three decades

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time running out for China’s one-child policy after three decades As list of exemptions grows, experts predict scrapping of rule said to have prevented 400m births Even if the one-child policy is scrapped, many Chinese couples say they are unlikely to have bigger families because of the expense. Photograph: Afp/AFP/Getty Images Chen Xi once saw the one-child policy as a brick wall, unyielding and inevitable. Now she considers it a nuisance. The turning point came in November when, just as she began the fifth month of her pregnancy, Beijing announced a big change to the contentious policy, allowing couples to have two children if one parent is an only child. Chen, a 28-year-old employee at a state-owned enterprise, should qualify – her husband does have siblings, but she does not. Yet her hopes may be dashed: although she is pregnant with her first child, she lives with her husband’s 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, and family planning officials may [...]

NEWS via APA: UN: There are 232 million international migrants worldwide

February 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Years later, we still see evidence that Earnst Ravenstein’s Laws of Migration are still at work. -The Human Imprint ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅ ▃ ▅ ▅ ▄ ▅ ▇ Ravenstein’s Laws of Migration Most migrants move only a short distance. There is a process of absorption, whereby people immediately surrounding a rapidly growing town move into it and the gaps they leave are filled by migrants from more distant areas, and so on until the attractive force [pull factors] is spent. There is a process of dispersion, which is the inverse of absorption. Each migration flow produces a compensating counter-flow. Long-distance migrants go to one of the great centers of commerce and industry. Natives of towns are less migratory than those from rural areas. Females are more migratory than males over short distances; likewise males are more migratory than females over longer distances. Economic factors are the main cause of migration. ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ [...]

NEWS via Reuters: U.N. Sounds Alarm on Worsening Global Income Disparities

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU UNITED NATIONS Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:50am EST Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ”Water Governance in the Arab Region” in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED (Reuters) – The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. The UNDP warning echoes remarks from U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he said there was a widening gap between rich and poor in the world’s biggest economy and that while the stock market has soared, average U.S. wages have barely budged. The UNDP report said income inequality increased by 11 percent in developing countries over the two [...]

RESOURCE: Geography Related iPad Apps for the Student and Teacher

August 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to expand my iPad classroom, I am discovering a bunch of content specific apps for geography that will be great to use both in and out of the classroom. Here is a list of the ones I have accumulated on my iPad thus far: CNN: A must for news. TED: A must for inspiration Discovery Education: A must for short clips and full length videos that provide a wide range of topics Google Earth: A must for…Duh… ArcGIS: A must for showing image overlays and from the GIS pros. This is great for helping to show the power of GIS. QuakeFeed: An app that shows recent seismic activity all over the world using maps and a Richter Scale. Living Earth: An app that shows the World Time and Weather patterns on a moving 3D Earth. Wolfram Geography: Wolfram has always been great with providing statistics and fast, but this one is tailored just for geography. Topics range from Physical geography, geology and climate, political geography, demographics, economics, and social statistics. [...]
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