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Angling for sustainability

Angling for sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
There aren't always more fish in the sea. Growing community concern about over-fishing has prompted scientists to investigate the health of populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of other fish being caught accidentally.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 1:26 AM

Option -marine environments and management 

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How ecosystems can keep their fish, and we can eat them too

How ecosystems can keep their fish, and we can eat them too | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tighter bag limits for fishing could be the key to ocean conservation, according to new research showing that limiting fishing across entire regions can offer better protection than using marine reserves…
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UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: Globalisation

UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: Globalisation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Globalisation is the ongoing process that is linking people, neighbourhoods, cities, regions and countries much more closely together than they have ever been before. This has resulted in our lives being intertwined with people in all parts of the world via the food we eat, the clothing we wear, the music we listen to, the information we get and the ideas we hold."

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Part of a suite of great resources  from UNESCO on teaching and learning for a sustainable future.

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Geemik's curator insight, June 6, 12:37 AM

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future, is a training programm of UNESCO. It will enable teachers to plan learning experiences that empower their students to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to work creatively with others to help bring their visions of a better world into effect. It will also enhance the computer literacy of teachers and build their skills in using multimedia-based resources and strategies in their teaching.

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The state of Australia: our environment

The state of Australia: our environment | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?"

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It's not looking good.

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How to create wealth from waste and reduce our landfill

How to create wealth from waste and reduce our landfill | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
While Australia’s rich stocks of raw mineral resources have contributed to the nation’s wealth and given us a competitive advantage we are also one of the highest waste producing nations in the world (on…
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It's time to look on the mountains of rubbish going into landfill as "urban mines."

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Reef audit finds big fish lost

Reef audit finds big fish lost | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The world's first continent-wide survey of reef sea life has found big fish gone around much of the Australian coastline.
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World’s largest solar thermal plant now fully operational

World’s largest solar thermal plant now fully operational | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now fully operational. The plant is expected to generate up to 392 MW of electricity, enough to power 140,00...
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Chris Hadfield: We Should Treat Earth as Kindly as We Treat Spacecraft - Wired Science

Chris Hadfield: We Should Treat Earth as Kindly as We Treat Spacecraft - Wired Science | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"People across the planet need to see and internalize an accurate global vision of place and individual account­ability—to recognize the problems that face us all and the technologies that exist to combat them. Our young ­people need to be able to look up, to look beyond the horizons of their forebears, and see the wisdom and opportunity that comes from a more universal sense of responsibility."

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A truly global perspective, from astronaut Chris Hadfield, on the need to look after our planet.

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The Window: Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt - Wired Science

The Window: Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt - Wired Science | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Take a look inside the Crescent Dunes Soalr Energy Plant, Nevada; first commercial-scale solar energy plant to use nothing more than the sun, molten salt, and a whole lot of mirrors to send power to the people.

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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.

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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 27, 8:24 AM

Yes it does because in all large scale endeavors, regardless of what for, the quality is always sacrificed for the quantity because it becomes cheaper to produce and profits are greater.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, February 27, 8:33 AM

The large-scale agricultural practices of modern America tend to lend to the bad image of commercial farming. However, the practices are actually helping feed more people in the US, but they also use genetically modified crops and other highly debated techniques.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 8:45 AM

Yes it does because in all large scale endeavors, regardless of what for, the quality is always sacrificed for the quantity because it becomes cheaper to produce and profits are greater.

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What Happens When China Runs Out Of Land For Its Population? It Buys Part Of Ukraine

What Happens When China Runs Out Of Land For Its Population? It Buys Part Of Ukraine | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
No, it's not the punchline to a joke. China is industrializing so rapidly that it's bought a chunk of Ukraine to help keep its population fed. A look at the new trend in international trade.
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An indication of things to come? International agriculture on a massive scale.

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Dick Smith flies planes, weighs energy futures

Dick Smith flies planes, weighs energy futures | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
There’s something just so energetic about Dick Smith.We all know he’s the man behind the face that used to be on the Dick Smith Electronics sign; the man who sought to nationalise our yeast extract spread…...
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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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Young filmmakers look at sustainability

Young filmmakers look at sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Prize-winningshort films on sustainability made by young Victorians - including primary school-aged students - will be screened at Federation Square in December.
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Great idea to promote global citizenship, with emphasis on environmental sustainability, in schools. I'm hoping other states might match this initiative.

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Resources for teachers | Oxfam Australia

Resources for teachers | Oxfam Australia | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Oxfam offers a range of resources for teachers and students to explore issues surrounding poverty and justice, as well as ways in which they can make a difference that’s meaningful to them.
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Oxfam have combined social issues with the current interest in the World Cup Soccer. A great idea!

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Male-only gene trick could leave invasive fish species floundering

Male-only gene trick could leave invasive fish species floundering | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give us a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague our waterways. “Daughterless technology”, which works by removing females…
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Feeding 9 Billion

Feeding 9 Billion | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.

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Excellent resource from National Geographic that offers a 5-step plan to deal with the issue of feeding the world's population.

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Marcelle Searles's curator insight, April 23, 5:38 PM

Useful for Year 9 and 12 Geography 'Feeding the World' unit.

Sally Egan's curator insight, April 30, 8:09 PM

Agricultural production is one of the ways in which people modify the environment more than any other.  Global population is expected to top out at around 9 billion around 2050, so will we be able to sustainably feed all of the entire human population?  This one question brings up many more spatial, environmental, political and social questions--this interactive feature nicely addresses many of the pertinent issues in a very accessible manner.   

 

This article relates well to the Population topic in Global Challenges and issues that arise from the present growth patterns.  

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 10:59 AM

As population continues to grow and agricultural lands dissappear, the issue of feeding the world is becoming a growing concern.

The environmental places of the world are becoming arid and the agrarian places are dwindling affecting the human/environment interaction by introducing agricultural issues.

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Salmon Farming Gets Leaner and Greener

Salmon Farming Gets Leaner and Greener | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The aquaculture industry improves its environmental footprint.
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Wow... "two years ago, global aquaculture production passed global beef production." Interesting article on the salmon industry's efforts to keep pace with consumer demand.

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How Wolves Change Rivers - YouTube

"When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Visit http://sustainableman.org/ to explore the world of sustainability. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Twenty Educational Games About Marine Life

Free Technology for Teachers: Twenty Educational Games About Marine Life | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

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Resources for Teachers.... 

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Is tourism good for the environment? - eTurboNews.com

Is tourism good for the environment? - eTurboNews.com | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Although it is no longer rare to find on a hotel bed a sign asking the guest to reuse his/her towel or to accept having sheets changed once every ...
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Suggestions for making tourism more eco-friendly.

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Solutions for our 'broken' oceans

Solutions for our 'broken' oceans | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
We’ve heard quite a bit about the health of our oceans lately.
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The Impact of Energy Development on the Environment: A Look at Wildlife with Dr. Michael Hutchins

The Impact of Energy Development on the Environment: A Look at Wildlife with Dr. Michael Hutchins | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

""Not all countries are making similar headway in the race for clean energy and this is at great cost to wildlife.  We know that some forms of energy development threaten the natural world, but what specific impacts does it have on “threatened” and “endangered” species and other imperiled populations of wildlife?"  

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Article is well referenced for those wanting to research more specific aspects of this topic.

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Comparing Urban Footprints

Comparing Urban Footprints | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:45 AM

Interesting comparison of cities and their urban footprints

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 1:41 AM

useful for both Year 8 and Year 11 Geography.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 9:15 AM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

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Ocean Health Index

Ocean Health Index | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Index is a comprehensive scientific measure of the ocean’s overall condition. It advances ocean policy, compares future progress, and informs decisions regarding marine ecosystems worldwide.
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Wow. This is a great resource. There's a lot of information, so take your time exploring all the options.

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