4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe’s Population Shift

Despite economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, the continent is still migrating to the Northwest.

Source: www.citylab.com

The four maps in this article highlight many of the demographic issues that are currently impacting Europe.  See also this article showing where in Europe populations are declining and where they are growing.  

TagsEurope, mapdeclining populations, population, demographic transition model, map archives

Gender equity in sports

“Yesterday the United States Women’s Soccer Team defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in Vancouver, claiming their third world title. The event was watched by soccer fans around the country, and was called a “ratings knockout” but couldn’t come close to those drawn by men’s soccer in Brazil last summer…while some states have made great strides in reducing this gender gap, others still have great inequity that needs to be addressed to effectively celebrate and give potential American female athletes the opportunities they deserve to succeed.”

Tags: sport, gender, popular culture, mapping, regions, the South, culture.

Source: americangeo.org

Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?

Source: www.npr.org

Yes, the title is somewhat misleading (isn’t that almost expected these days?), since humanity has been selectively breeding crops since the first agricultural revolution and genetic alteration can occur independent of human intervention.  Humanity has always been using the best technologies available to improve agricultural practices.  The term GMO though, is usually reserved for scientific, technological modifications that were unimaginable 100 years ago.  

Tags: GMOstechnology, agriculture.

Eye in the Sky

“Ross McNutt has a superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But should he?

In 2004, when casualties in Iraq were rising due to roadside bombs, Ross McNutt and his team came up with an idea. With a small plane and a 44 mega-pixel camera, they figured out how to watch an entire city all at once, all day long. Whenever a bomb detonated, they could zoom onto that spot and then, because this eye in the sky had been there all along, they could scroll back in time and see – literally see – who planted it. After the war, Ross McNutt retired from the airforce, and brought this technology back home with him. Manoush Zomorodi and Alex Goldmark from the podcast ‘Note to Self’ give us the low-down on Ross’s unique brand of persistent surveillance, from Juarez, Mexico to Dayton, Ohio. Then, once we realize what we can do, we wonder whether we should.”

Tagsgovernance, remote sensing, geospatial.

Source: www.radiolab.org

This is a great podcast to show the ethical ramifications of using advanced geospatial technologies.  This shows the amazing potential as well as some of the privacy issues that wide-scale surveillance can raise.

40 Ways The World Makes Awesome Hot Dogs

“It’s not just a sausage in a bun; it’s a beautiful blank canvas. It’s a hot dog, which is a foodstuff eaten worldwide. Here are 40 distinctive varieties from around the globe — from iconic NYC ‘dirty water dogs’ to fully loaded South American street-cart dogs to Japanese octo-dogs. There is a tubesteak out there for every craving that ever was.”

Source: www.foodrepublic.com

The 4th of July is the day of Coney Island’s Hot Dog eating contest and the quintessential day to have a barbeque in the United States.  Some see the hot dog as a mere symbol of the uniformity of globalized culture in the 21st century that diffused out from the United States.  There is much more to be seen in the globalization of food.  Yes, the global goes to the whole world, but distinct places make this global cultural trait intensely local.  For example the hot dogs in Cincinnati are famous for being topped with chili and an obscene quantity of cheese, but in Costa Rica, I learned to love eating hot dogs deep fried, topped with cabbage, mayo and ketchup, just like the Ticos.  Food is but one example of this phenomena known as glocalization, where diffusion and divergence keep the world both global and local. 

Tagsfoodculturediffusion, globalization, consumption.

‘Geography Education’ is 4 years old…

“Today my Geography Education scoop.it page will hit a million views and I want to appreciate those that have viewed, supported and promoted my site.  I’ve enjoyed sharing global news articles, videos and podcasts with a spatial perspective.  So Julie said I should over the millionth visitor something special—an inflatable globe or a world map are on the line.  Four years of geo-nerdiness and counting.” 

Source: www.scoop.it

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

False history marginalizes African Americans and makes us all dumber.

Tags: raceconflict, racism, historical, the Southlandscape, monuments.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Admittedly, I’ve got a thing for monuments in the cultural landscape.  This is a very nice article for a historical geographer on how memory and heritage are enshrined in the landscape; this process politicizes history in ways that shape the national narrative, and that shapes how we think in past.   Using historical geography to understand the debates on the news?  No way!!