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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Feeding 'Godzilla': as Indonesia burns, its government moves to increase forest destruction

Feeding 'Godzilla': as Indonesia burns, its government moves to increase forest destruction | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
While Indonesia has taken steps to address the worst forest fires in living memory, a new palm oil alliance with Malaysia threatens to take a giant leap back.
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Setting a country alight: Indonesia's devastating forest fires are manmade

Setting a country alight: Indonesia's devastating forest fires are manmade | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Thousands of the fires raging through the forests of Indonesia were deliberately started to clear land for industrial use. The results have been deadly
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Palm oil continues to destroy Indonesia's wildlife

Palm oil continues to destroy Indonesia's wildlife | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
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Palm oil plantations are bad for wildlife great and small: study

Palm oil plantations are bad for wildlife great and small: study | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Palm oil plantations have an overall negative impact on biodiversity, according to research released this week. The study, published in Nature Communications, found palm oil plantations are home to fewer…
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Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market

Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Oil palm plantations are a major threat to orangutans, but new initiatives for deforestation-free palm oil may help save them.
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Stopping the chainsaws

Stopping the chainsaws | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.
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"Poynton is a scientist, a forester, a rational man. He and the employees of his non-profit organisation, The Forest Trust, analyse and delve into the supply chains of the world's biggest retailers and commodity producers to reveal the environmental and social damage done by their products. Then he shows them how to do business differently. TFT's model for change has helped convince companies such as Wilmar, Nestlé, Ferrero and Asia Pulp & Paper - some of which are considered by the green movement as the epitome of environmental evil - that they can operate without cutting down forests and harming forest-reliant communities" (Michael Bachelard, The Age).

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'Degraded' Tasmanian forests can still be World Heritage

'Degraded' Tasmanian forests can still be World Heritage | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The federal and incoming Tasmanian governments are pushing ahead with moves to delist parts of Tasmania’s forest World Heritage, on grounds that the area includes “degraded” forest. But these “degraded…
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Wouldn't it be safe to say that most World Heritage Areas have been degraded to some extent by the very fact that by being WHA they attract tourists (and all the associated development). 

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Forest change mapped by Google Earth

Forest change mapped by Google Earth | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth.

The interactive online tool is publicly available and zooms in to a remarkably high level of local detail - a resolution of 30m.

It charts the story of the world's tree canopies from 2000 to 2012, based on 650,000 satellite images by Landsat 7.

In that time, the Earth lost a combined "forest" the size of Mongolia, enough trees to cover the UK six times.

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Grief for Great Barrier Reef, say environmentalists

Grief for Great Barrier Reef, say environmentalists | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
They are two of Australia's most celebrated places of natural beauty, sitting at either end of the country. Both are world heritage protected. And in the eyes of conservationists both took significant blows on Friday.
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Australians involved in PNG land scandal

Australians involved in PNG land scandal | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Logging companies in PNG are using special agricultural leases to clear vast tracts of rainforest timber, on the promise of roads and economic development for remote villages.
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Logging companies gain easy access to PNG's forests, says Greenpeace

Logging companies gain easy access to PNG's forests, says Greenpeace | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Deforestation and land sales have blighted Papua New Guinea, but new prime minister 'is a progressive figure', says Greenpeace
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NGO response to destruction of forests in Papua New Guinea

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Dodgy logging: are Papua New Guinea's forests going the way of Indonesia's?

Dodgy logging: are Papua New Guinea's forests going the way of Indonesia's? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
“Don’t Californicate Oregon [or Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Montana etc]” was a popular slogan in the western United States during the 1960s and ‘70s.
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Will PNG's forests go the way of the Indonesia's forests. It seems so via a government leasing scheme that is seeing customary landowners leasing forest land to the state, who then transfers the lease to landowner companies (and associated developers). 

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Bioenergy a burning question for Tasmania's forests

Bioenergy a burning question for Tasmania's forests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
With Australia trying to meet renewable energy targets and reduce emissions wherever possible, we should be considering bioenergy.Bioenergy can be made by burning biomass in a variety of forms, including…...
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From rainforest to your cupboard: the real story of palm oil - interactive

You wash with it, you brush with it, you toast it, it’s in 50% of what you buy – but what’s the real story of palm oil? Use the interactive below to trace the journey of palm oil from the rainforest through to your kitchen cupboard
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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 8, 2015 9:11 PM

Detailed and informative interactive on Palm Oil industry.

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'100 years' to grow enough trees to absorb CO2 from burnt forests

'100 years' to grow enough trees to absorb CO2 from burnt forests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia's forest fires have catapulted the southeast Asian nation to the top of the rankings of the world's worst global warming offenders, with daily emissions exceeding those of China on at least 14 days in the past two months.
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How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests

How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
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Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some…
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Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation

Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:23 AM

Option - Land degradation

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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

Via Seth Dixon
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Illustrates the combination of natural processes and human activity.

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Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:39 PM

Mijnbouw en aardverschuivingen, een goede combinatie ...... 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:48 AM

There are several reasons for mudslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  This last week's mudslide in Washington state was a combination of the two and although this impacts one place (see on map), it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough). 

 

View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.

 

Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this mudslide inevitable?   

El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:03 AM

Working on an Inquiry of recent natural disasters with first grader.  

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Topic - Palm oil - Rainforest Rescue

Topic - Palm oil - Rainforest Rescue | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Palm oil is an edible plant oil which has become a common ingredient in many consumer products. Today, around 50 percent of the goods we use every day contain palm oil, from processed foods to candles, grooming products and “biofuels”. Read on for more information on why palm oil has become so pervasive, and how it is destroying rainforests.
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How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf

How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia is the world’s biggest destroyer of forests and four multinational corporations — APP, APRIL, Wilmar and Golden Agri Resources — have been responsible for much of it. Until recently these mega-corporations…
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | MAGAZINE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION - ASIA-PACIFIC: Foreigners Usurp One-Third of Papua New Guinea

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | MAGAZINE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION - ASIA-PACIFIC: Foreigners Usurp One-Third of Papua New Guinea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By J C Suresh TORONTO - “O arise all you sons of this land, Let us sing of our joy to be free, Praising God and rejoicing to be Papua New Guinea.” This is the first verse of the song that was
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Incredible High-Resolution Interactive Map of the World's Shrinking Forests - Wired Science

Incredible High-Resolution Interactive Map of the World's Shrinking Forests - Wired Science | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"This beautiful data visualization tool gives the first comprehensive, high-resolution look at deforestation around the world. It is based on 654,178 Landsat satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey that were analyzed by a team of academic, government and Google researchers."

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via Simon Lawry, Barker College

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Papua New Guinea forests face logging

Rainforests and indigenous lands in Papua New Guinea under threat
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NGO respnse to the destruction of forests in Papua New Guinea.

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats....PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level, and was one of the original UN-REDD "pilot" countries."

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The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.

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