Thursday, 31 December 2009
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A great site here summarising a lot of the stuff you will need for prelims and the final exams. Not all the sections are the same as ours as this is from the English GCSE system rather than Standard Grades but there is still a heck of a lot to keep you busy revising and taking new notes.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
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Thursday, 5 November 2009
With a lot of potential disasters some say, there must be a law against geoengineering. What do you think?
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
• Traidcraft has been fighting poverty through trade, with all its profits going back to the producers. It has made a commitment to convert to sustainable palm oil for all of its products. Good news for the orang utangs.
• Divine Chocolate Kuapa Kokoo, the farmers' co-operative that produces the cocoa for Divine.
Outside of these ethical leaders, the chocolate trade is anything but sweet. More than a third of cocoa traded globally comes from Ivory Coast recently 54 children were rescued from slave labour, from its plantations. Violence in the country since 2002 has also been called the "chocolate war, with hundreds dying in conflicts over the cocoa trade.
In February, the Gates Foundation pledged £14.4m to examine conditions in the west African trade. Hershey, Kraft Foods and Mars have pledged a further £26.3m to the project. And since Cadbury's Dairy Milk brand went Fairtrade – things are perhaps looking up for these children and adults.
Chocolate is a good example of how ethical consumption can change things in the world. Even before Dairy Milk's decision sales of Fairtrade chocolate in the UK grew from £1m in 1998 to £26.8m in 2008. Cadbury's will be supplied by Kuapa Kokoo, the co-op that co-owns Divine. If it hadn’t been for Divine spending years working with farmers and educating people like us about this issue, there's no way Cadbury's could have changed to Fairtrade.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Whole areas flattened by quake
Inside a destroyed village in Sumatra
Close to the epicentre in Sumatra
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
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Friday, 24 July 2009
Couples who were both only children, which includes most of the city's young adults, are allowed a second child. There are too many old people in the city and fewer people to look after them. There is a similar problem in Europe. The many only children of China have earned the nickname of "little emperors" as they are very spoiled.
China's birth-control policies have been hugely controversial in other countries and even in China itself, as enforcement has involved forced abortions and other abuses.
It has also been blamed for a gender imbalance, as a traditional preference for boys has persuaded some parents to abort girl babies. In other words more boys are being born than girls and this is now causing problems when boys cannot find a wife in some areas. Read the rest of this BBC article here. Look at sme of the links on this BBC page too as they are very seful for Int 2 and Higher.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Water levels in some of the world's important rivers have dropped by a huge amount over the past 50 years. This is partly due to climate change and will become even more important as the population increases in the future. Read more here and /or try the water quiz here.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
video here to help with this section. Thanks to sln contributor - Cindy for the linkWatch out for the “magic stones” and no I won’t be pronouncing the French bit in class!!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
In Rome, which is rarely hit by earthquake activity, people were woken up by the quake, which rattled furniture and swayed lights in most of central Italy.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
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This shows how this idea is now global.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
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Sunday, 22 February 2009
Industrial Change in WalesEbbw Vale has changed dramatically. Where now lies a barren empty valley once stood the largest steelworks in Europe. See the BBC site here.
The story of the South Wales valleys is a picture of a world that no longer exists. Once a working mining industry, the region now experiences unemployment and poverty. The one colliery still open is Big Pit. It's a museum and tourist attraction.
One hundred and fifty years ago the landscape of South Wales was transformed by the coal industry. From the air you can see the industrial legacy.
There is also a nice summary, especially revision of S grade work and introducing call centres for Intermediate geography. Link here.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Thanks to Mark Cowan for sharing his geography poems – anything that helps you learn this stuff folk! See his blog here http://poemsforgeography.blogspot.com
Sunday, 15 February 2009
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Sunday, 18 January 2009
Not because they are improving them, however but because the authorities want the land for other things such as building roads or new hotels before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Is this the answer? Some are provided with new homes but the majority don’t get any help at all. The authorities say they are there illegally and should go.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Fossil fuel use, as well as producing greenhouse gases, creates other by-products. These by-products are also pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, soot, and ash. These pollutants however, also change the properties of clouds.
Clouds are formed when water droplets are seeded by air-borne particles, such as pollen. Polluted air results in clouds with larger number of droplets than unpolluted clouds. This then makes those clouds more reflective. More of the sun’s heat and energy is therefore reflected back into space.
This reduction of heat reaching the earth is known as Global Dimming.
Impacts of global dimming: millions already killed by it?
Global warming results from the greenhouse effect caused by, amongst other things, excessive amounts of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere from fossil fuel burning. It would seem then, that the other by-products which cause global dimming may be an ironic savior.
A deeper look at this, however, shows that unfortunately this is not the case.
Health and environmental effects
The pollutants that lead to global dimming also lead to various human and environmental problems, such as smog, respiratory problems, and acid rain.
The impacts of global dimming itself, however, can be devastating.
Global dimming can be dealt with by cleaning up emissions.
However, if global dimming problems are only addressed, then the effects of global warming will increase even more.
Horizon Video on this topic here. –beware folks it is 48 minutes long!
If this is too long then here’s a shorter one
Climate change from the BBC
Good for the new additional section to Higher Geography on the impact of global warming this year.
Fairtrade from mktlr on Vimeo.