Monday, September 29, 2014

Can Democracy be MADE IN CHINA?

Hong Kong has always been special. It is an economic powerhouse and cultural trendsetter. Held as a British territory until 1997 it was returned to mainland China under specific conditions. Part of those were that they would be able to have an election in 2017. Recently China announced that candidates will have to pass their approval first. Expecting better, protests have ensued. What began peacefully has been hampered by police armed with tear gas. Read all about it here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What makes a place a place?

Millions of people in the world live in slums. They have little or no money, employment opportunities, or access to clean water and electricity. Now geographers are using GPS & GIS technology to help the people who live in slums improve the conditions there. In an article from NPR they explain that, "..maps are also public records that can help slum dwellers negotiate with city authorities." By mapping the overcrowded conditions they are proving to the governments that their place matters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Technology in Geography

Who was the innovator that created Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Read this interview with Roger Tomlinson at NPR to learn how he impacted the field of cartography. 

How does satellite imagery impact cartography? Check out this interactive article by NOVA.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Russian Resources

To say that Russia and Europe have a complicated relationship is an understatement. The New York Times recently released a cartogram and article that explains which parts of Europe use Russian Oil.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Predictable Politics?

 With seasonal monsoon season in South Asia, flooding is to be expected. Would the impact of those floods, the damage and death tolls be lessened if India and Pakistan worked together? The Economist considers this question in an article Predictable Tragedy. 
http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2014/09/floods-india-and-pakistan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Intercontinental Culture

What happens to a persons identity when they are raised in a different country then the one they are born in? How can being ethnically different from their family impact someone? How has South Korea's history shaped its adoption culture and how is that being changed today? In an article on NPR we learn that, "For the first time in Korean history, the country's adoption law has been re-written by some of the very people who have lived its consequences."  The article gives incredible insight into family life and how governments can interact with that. It is well worth the read. 
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/09/09/346851939/in-korea-adoptees-fight-to-change-culture-that-sent-them-overseas


Monday, September 8, 2014

Real Hotshots

Can you imagine what it would be like to parachute down over a wildfire and be part of the first response team that attempts to keep that fire from spreading? What do you know about wildfires? Take this quiz from the CS Monitor to find out. They have been some of worst natural disasters that western United States has contended with in the past few years. You can read all about what it takes to be one of those parachuting hotshot heroes in this article Smoke jumpers: Firefighters from the sky.