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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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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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Detailed and informative interactive on Palm Oil industry.

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How A 'Small But Mighty' Team Of Googlers Is Using Maps To Save People And The Planet

How A 'Small But Mighty' Team Of Googlers Is Using Maps To Save People And The Planet | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s 2008 and five Google employees are in the Brazilian rainforest.
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Great example of organisations working with indigenous peoples.

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New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Pressure from loggers, gold prospectors, and land speculators endangers many of the world's last remaining uncontacted indigenous communities.
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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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Amazon faces renewed risk from cattle

Amazon faces renewed risk from cattle | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing forest losses.
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Luxury leather and the Amazon

Luxury leather and the Amazon | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Cattle ranches are threatening the Amazon thanks to our love of luxury leather goods. But, reports Lucy Siegle, Brazil's forests could have an unlikely ally: Gucci
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Tour the Amazon with Street View

"Google Maps with Street View now allows you to visit parts of the Amazon Basin including the Rio Negro tributary and the surrounding communities."

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Environment blog + Amazon rainforest - The Guardian

Environment blog + Amazon rainforest - The Guardian | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Links to various articles from The Guardian on environmental issues in the Amazonian Rainforest.

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Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year
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Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world

Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indigenous people crossed from Peru into Brazil looking for help to combat illegal loggers and drug traffickers, researchers say
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Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea

Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea Case Study
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NOte: The statistics provided are for 2003. That said, the other information is useful: The parties involved in the logging issue and the problems caused by logging.

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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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Final frontiers: rainforests

Final frontiers: rainforests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
With the global population now well over seven billion there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity.
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Article by Bill Laurance - Research Professor and Australian Laureate.

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Huge Borneo forest tracts remain vulnerable to clearing: study

Huge Borneo forest tracts remain vulnerable to clearing: study | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Expanding palm-oil production is driving rain-forest destruction in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, with much of the remaining forest at risk, according to a study by researchers at Stanford and Yale universities.
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Illegal logging takes 30 football fields a minute: why isn't Australia acting?

Illegal logging takes 30 football fields a minute: why isn't Australia acting? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"As documented in a recent report by the World Bank, “Justice for the Forests,” illegal logging is now a massive criminal enterprise, rivaling the illegal drug trade and robbing developing nations of up to US$15 billion in revenues annually. Of the 15 top timber-producing nations, two-thirds lose over half of their timber to illegal loggers, with some losing up to 90%."

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