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For the population blog I chose Italy and Spain as the two countries for which I am comparing.

Spain Italy

Males per 100 Females = 97.6 93.0

People per square kilometer= 99.6 211.9

Number of children per woman= 1.5 1.5

Current Population= 49.7M 62.3M

Estimated Population 2050= 52.5 M   61.4 M

 The DTM graphs for these two countries look very similar, with nothing having stage 4 graphs.   Both countries boast populations with a majority in the age groups between 40-44, 45-49, and 50-54 years of age.   The countries differ however on the basis that while Spain is expected to grow in population (though minimally) Italy is supposed to decrease by the time that 2050 comes around.   Italy has a higher population percentage in the elderly populations while Spain has a higher population in the younger populations. This means that when Italy's elder population begins to die off there are less younger people to replace them and keep the population the same.   Meanwhile Spain has the opposite.

Winter is coming: cooler South America weather could fan coronavirus spread

- brief summary of the article

With summer months drawing to a close in Brazil, this article focuses on the potential of increased spread of this disease.   Though little is know of the seasons effects on this particular outbreak, data from past out breaks outline the increased numbers of transmissions in past epidemics such as the H1N1 (Swine Flu).

- brief explanation of the geographic concepts involved in the story

This is linked to geography because since Brazil is located in the southern hemisphere they are just entering the winter months, as we enter our summer.   Due to the colder whether to come, it is suspected that increased nasal irritation will cause people to be more susceptible of catching this condition.   Now though it is not mentioned in the article, but tying this to what we have learned in class, with tightly packed areas such as the favelas down there, increasing the ease of transmission could prove devastating to those in high risk categories.   This is an example that though set in Brazil is not unique to this area, and more ties geography to epidemiology.

Russia Blog: Jason Kells Y2020M02D08

The article I chose can be found at this URL

This article is about the spread of the Corona virus to Russia and how they are handling the quarantine.   They have had there first 2 confirmed cases in Siberia.   Siberia is a region of Russia in the far east bordering the northern edge of China.    The article goes on to say that school ad public events in this region are being closed for the spread of the Flu but due to the location in relation to China fear is spreading quickly.   The government is reaching out asking people to not stock piles masks.


Hello, my name is Jason Kells. I am a Junior at UAF, but taking this course from Lino Lakes, MN.   I am taking this course as a general requirement for my Emergency Management degree.   Besides the fair amount of domestic and Canadian traveling my only geographical education comes from course I had to take in my pre-collegiate education (I am fairly good orienteering, not in way of the sport but more as backpacking and paddle camping).   To date I have been to 33 states and 9 of the 14 Canadian provinces.   I am a dual citizen of the two countries. I look forward to learning   about the world with y'all.