As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”
This week, experts will debate the future of two of Australia’s World Heritage areas, the Tasmanian Wilderness and the Great Barrier Reef, at a meeting in Doha, Qatar. The world will be watching, as it…
Though it's easy to crack jokes about Detroit's downfall from afar, it doesn't change the fact that there are very real people forced to look on as the place they call home slowly descends into decay. One of the most poignant depictions of this has come from none other than Google Maps.
Google Street view records urban decay in Detroit. Thanks to Lisa brennan @ Barker College for this Scoop.
The animated movie Finding Nemo is responsible for most children’s (and parents') image of the East Australian Current. Marlin: “I need to get to the East Australian Current – E A C.” Crush: “You’re ridin…
Use this clip from Finding Nemo as a springboard for a discussion of ocean currents and their effect on ecosystems.
Marine reserves are a hot topic in Australia, with federal and state governments debating whether to allow recreational fishers to take fish from within their boundaries. But new research demonstrates…
Like Darling Harbour there weSydney Olympic Park is playing an increasingly important role in the state economy nearly a decade-and-a-half after being at the centre of the world's biggest sporting event.
Like Darling Harbour, predictions for the future of the olympic precinct at Homebush were grim. Wrong again!
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has announced it will allow the dumping of three million cubic metres of dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port redevelopment within the marine park’s boundaries…
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The shoreline of Cape Cod provides a visual case study in the evolution and dynamic motion of barrier islands and spits.
via Seth Dixon (http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education). Use the slider to view the changes since 1984 to the coastal barrier. Earth Observatory is a great website for images to use as stimuli in Geography classrooms.
"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."
Part of a suite of great resources from UNESCO on teaching and learning for a sustainable future.
TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of free global education resources. Resources cover grades PK-12, are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with standards.
"TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation."
Links to free resources for secondary school students including websites, databases and ebooks, provided by the UQL Cyberschool
via @Judy O'RourkeGreat resources from Uni Qld. Scroll down to Social Sciences and expand to access 'Geography.' Topics include: Responding to natural hazards, Sustaining communities, Living with climate change, Feeding the world's people, Local area, and General Geography.
National Geographic Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built National Geographic Governments are spending billions of dollars to reduce risks from these coastal hazards and climate change, usually to build infrastructure like seawalls, dikes and...