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Saving the Great Barrier Reef

Saving the Great Barrier Reef | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
2016 has been a bad year for the Great Barrier Reef – the worst on record. If urgent action isn't taken, the reef as we know it could cease to exist.
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Ecosystems at Risk - management
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Sydney gets richer as it gets bigger. But there's a catch

Sydney gets richer as it gets bigger. But there's a catch | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
As Sydney gets bigger and more densely populated it is also gets much richer. But there's a catch – new research shows a disproportionate share of th
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Urban Dynamics - social structure and spatial pattens of advantage and disadvantage.
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This is humankind's 'great urbanisation'. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

This is humankind's 'great urbanisation'. We must do it right, or the planet will pay | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity
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Year 12 Urban Places 
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World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s - BBC News

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s - BBC News | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The world's wilderness is vanishing at an "alarming" rate, say conservationists.
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Ecosystems at Risk - rate of change 
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Soon the wealthy will wipe clean every fun, tatty area – and not just in London

Soon the wealthy will wipe clean every fun, tatty area – and not just in London | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
From London’s Golborne Rd market to Folkestone, gentrification is sterilising our streets, forcing local people to the margins. And I can’t bear it
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‘I cried…right into my mask': Scientists say Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight

‘I cried…right into my mask': Scientists say Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Reefs around the world have been bleached of late, but Guam has gotten relatively little notice.
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Buoyant prices, higher harvest boosts wine industry

Buoyant prices, higher harvest boosts wine industry | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
A higher volume of grapes crushed for processing plus higher prices has made the latest year a vintage one for the wine industry.
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Wine production -factors influencing production
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Climate change could be behind grizzly-polar bear hybrid: scientists

Climate change could be behind grizzly-polar bear hybrid: scientists | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
An unusual bear shot by a hunter days ago in Nunavut, a territory in northern Canada, is thought by experts to be a grolar or pizzly bear - a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly.
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Ecosystems at Risk -impacts of climate change 
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Nearly 200 nations commit to Paris climate deal

Nearly 200 nations commit to Paris climate deal | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
China and the United States, the world's top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, have pledged to formally adopt a Paris deal to slow global warming.
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In Defense of Micro-Apartments

In Defense of Micro-Apartments | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The severely scaled-down units are neither a utopia nor a dystopia. In fact, they expand housing options across many demographics.
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How liveable is your Sydney suburb?

How liveable is your Sydney suburb? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
A new Urban Living Index ranks 228 Sydney suburban areas for liveability.
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Lucy Turnbull slated for Greater Sydney role

Lucy Turnbull slated for Greater Sydney role | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The Turnbull family's remarkable ascendancy to the apex of Australian political life appears set to continue.
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Italian Neighbors Build a Social Network, First Online, Then Off

Italian Neighbors Build a Social Network, First Online, Then Off | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
An idea that began with a Facebook page started by two people looking to make friends has expanded beyond the narrow confines of Via Fondazza in Bologna.
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Sydney 2026

Sydney 2026 | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
See how we’ll live and how our city will work in 10 years.
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Towards our Greater Sydney 2056: a draft amendment to update 'A plan for growing Sydney'

Towards our Greater Sydney 2056: a draft amendment to update 'A plan for growing Sydney' | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
This draft strategy for a metropolis of three cities aims to provide a framework that can better underpin strategic planning for a more productive, liveable and sustainable Sydney.
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Urban Dynamics - Future Growth of Sydney 
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Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake - BBC News

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake - BBC News | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The army in Nepal finishes draining a dangerous glacial lake near Mount Everest, which was in danger of flooding nearby settlements.
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Sydney's youngest and oldest suburbs revealed

Sydney's youngest and oldest suburbs revealed | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Sydney's western suburbs are among its youngest, and a number of north shore postcodes are the oldest.
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Sea snails could save Great Barrier Reef from starfish - BBC News

Sea snails could save Great Barrier Reef from starfish - BBC News | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Australian researchers are investigating if the scent of giant sea snails could help repel millions of coral-eating starfish from the Great Barrier Reef.
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What makes a suburb liveable?

What makes a suburb liveable? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
There are the 16 factors that can make (or break) a neighbourhood, according to a new study.
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SMART MAPPING STAMPS OUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOUR GRAPES | GISuser.com

SMART MAPPING STAMPS OUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOUR GRAPES | GISuser.com | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
SMART MAPPING STAMPS OUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOUR GRAPES
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Sea snail discovery proving powerful in cancer fight

Sea snail discovery proving powerful in cancer fight | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Chemicals from the humble sea snail found along Australia's east coast are a powerful weapon in the fight against drug-resistant cancer cells, researchers say.
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Interesting article for Ecosystems at Risk: Reasons for Protection - important utility value
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Malcolm Turnbull to borrow big in multi-billion cities plan

Malcolm Turnbull to borrow big in multi-billion cities plan | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will scrap what he calls blank cheques for state and local government infrastructure projects and announce a ramp-up of debt t
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National jostling to get the best of Antarctica

National jostling to get the best of Antarctica | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Various countries are rushing to assert greater influence in the Antarctic, with an eye not just toward the day protective treaties expire, but also for the ...
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The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India

The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The country’s future depends on keeping the holy river alive.

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Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 7:00 PM

The Ganges River is a place of religion for these people, they see it as a place where they can bathe for the forgiveness of sins and for ancestors alike. The only problem with this really is that it is a very dirty river, sewage and other sorts of waste, germs and disease are running through it. Unfortunately, the people are drinking from this river.  

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:21 AM

The Ganges River is the most populated region in all of India. The river is sacred and is very holy to the people of India. The river is a religious river in which the people residing in the area use it as a symbolization or purification, life, bathing and drinking. The bigger issue for 'purification' is the fact that the river is very polluted and unsanitary. The pollution not only threatens the people because it could be used for drinking but it also affects the thousands of species, for example fish, that are in the river. The fish could be a source of food for the very overpopulated area but instead the very own people of India are damaging the river. One would think that a river so sacred would be protected and cleaned but it fails to meet these standards. Overall, regardless of the pollution, India still uses it for its religious beliefs and still declare it a holy river. 

Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 16, 6:26 PM

This article touches on very serious religious and environmental issues connected to the Ganges River.  The Ganges is the sacred river of Hinduism and in part because the river valley is the most heavily populated region of India.  Simultaneously, this holy river is an incredibly polluted river as it's the watershed for a industrial region that struggles with significant sanitation problems; this is a great article on the environmental and cultural issues of development.

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The unlikely new capital of global chia production

The unlikely new capital of global chia production | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The hip, healthful and expensive seeds which have come to grace every cafe menu and bakery in Australia's most switched on suburbs.
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