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Pass the shiraz: variety the spice of life for Australian wine growers

Pass the shiraz: variety the spice of life for Australian wine growers | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The world’s wine markets have become far more competitive over the past decade, but despite the competition, Australia’s mix of winegrape varieties is not very different from the rest of the world’s. Since…
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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Japan earthquake: Aerial footage show damaged landscape - BBC News

Japan earthquake: Aerial footage show damaged landscape - BBC News | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Drone footage shows the devastation to the remote towns of Minamiaso and Mashiki caused by last week's earthquakes that hit southern Japan.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 23, 4:09 AM
Geomorphology hazards Contemporary hazards
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Flooding in Asia's Megacities | In Asia

Flooding in Asia's Megacities | In Asia | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
My colleagues in The Asia Foundation's Environment Program recently returned from Bangkok, where the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum they were
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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 23, 2015 5:49 PM

Addresses one of the challenges of megacities in the Developing world.

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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 | Geography in the classroom | 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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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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Editorial: Urgent space-saving measures are needed

Editorial: Urgent space-saving measures are needed | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Green spaces will be more, not less important as the city develops.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 23, 4:10 AM
Australia's urban future
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Aerial imagery captures Barangaroo’s evolution since 2010 | Architecture And Design

Aerial imagery captures Barangaroo’s evolution since 2010 | Architecture And Design | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A series of aerial photographs documenting the transformation of the Barangaroo precinct since development began in 2010 have been released.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 8, 2015 11:46 PM

Great study of Urban Renewal in sydney at the Barrangaroo site.

 

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Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?

Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A liveable city has become the highest form of praise we can give to a city space. But we need to discuss what that means and who gets to participate in the process of governing and shaping a city.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 16, 2:38 AM

Investigate the criteria used to measure the liveability of the world's cities - and the current city rankings.

Examine variatiions in the criteria used to assess liveability. Identify  features of liveability considered important for the average person - such as affordability - are not included in global indices. 

 

Choose studies from  Macmillan Geoworld 7 NSW  to investigate the mesasurement of liveability. For example 

 

Chapter 6: Liveability: Perceptions and influences

Individually or in groups students can examine reasons people live in places many would consider  "unliveable". They can develop their own criteria for liveability and apply those criteria to make choices.

Chapter 7: Liveability: measurement and evironmental factors.

Investigate ways of measuring liveability including global world city indices, access to energy (electricity), transport, shelter,  employment and cultural amenities. Assess the influence of crime and safety, environmental quality and climate change on liveabiloity. 

 

 

Kristina Lemson's curator insight, April 16, 10:48 PM
This is a must read starting point for your project. It summarises some important conecpts and issues that you need to consider. 
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China Drops One-Child Cap After Three Decades to Lift Growth

China Drops One-Child Cap After Three Decades to Lift Growth | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
China’s ruling Communist Party will abandon the one-child policy introduced in the late 1970s to defuse a demographic time bomb that threatens to choke growth in the world’s second biggest economy.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 3, 2015 5:45 PM

Great account of teh changed of china's population policy.

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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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Climate Change Threatens an Iconic Desert Tree

Climate Change Threatens an Iconic Desert Tree | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s not just the polar bear. Animals and plants in Earth’s other extreme environment—the desert—are endangered by rising temperatures.
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Tiny Island Nation's Enormous New Ocean Reserve is Official

Tiny Island Nation's Enormous New Ocean Reserve is Official | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The nation of Palau in the western Pacific just protected 80 percent of its ocean.
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The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest

The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The final unit of the year in our ninth-grade English classes is on Mount Everest. I thought it would be useful to our school's teachers and to this blog's readers (and to me!) to try to compile th...
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Australian 'baby bundles' cut maternal deaths in PNG province by 78%

Australian 'baby bundles' cut maternal deaths in PNG province by 78% | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Exclusive: program started by Australian doctor distributing essential items to expectant mothers in Papua New Guinea had a ‘dramatic effect’, research finds An Australian initiative distributing “baby bundles” to women in a Papua New Guinea...
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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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Global Cities

"The evolving role of cities and regions presents planning challenges as urban areas are work to achieve particular social, economic and environmental goals. This video explores a range of cities to examine how fully integrated planning, design, engineering and management capabilities can help to improve cities."

 

Tags: urban, planning, urbanism, architecture.


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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, November 15, 2015 7:41 PM

An advertisement but interesting

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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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Deadly mudslide at BHP mine in Brazil, at least 17 killed

Deadly mudslide at BHP mine in Brazil, at least 17 killed | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil that is owned by BHP Billiton and Vale has burst, killing at least 17 people.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 16, 8:38 AM

Geomorphic hazards: Landslides

 

Geoworld 7 NSW

Chapter 5

5.10 Landslides change landscapes

5.15 Geographical inquiry: Nepal's landslide 

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Woolloomooloo's historic Finger Wharf celebrates 100 years

Woolloomooloo's historic Finger Wharf celebrates 100 years | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Wooloomooloo's historic Finger Wharf helped Australia ride to prosperity on a sheep's back, farewell troops to two world wars and welcome migrants to a brave new world.
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Cleaning up Hickson Road industrial legacy

Cleaning up Hickson Road industrial legacy | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Barangaroo.com News - Two remediation projects are to be undertaken in Sydney to clean up contamination from the former Millers Point Gasworks, which closed almost a century ago.
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As drought looms, the Murray-Darling is in much healthier shape – just don't get complacent

As drought looms, the Murray-Darling is in much healthier shape – just don't get complacent | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
As El Nino looms, the Murray-Darling is facing another drought. But after almost a decade of investment in water trading and other policies, its prospects are better this time around.
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Watch Europe's Migrant Crisis Escalate in This Animated Map

Watch Europe's Migrant Crisis Escalate in This Animated Map | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A new interactive data viz shows flows of refugees seeking asylum as whizzing dots.
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DON'T PANIC — Hans Rosling showing the facts about population - YouTube

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Published December 2014.

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China's growth taking a toll on the environment - YouTube

Kristie Lu Stout explores how China may reform environmental policy with Qi Ye of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 6, 2015 6:21 PM

Consequences of urbanisation

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Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells

Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The suburb that's set to become the most densely populated in the country is going to be bigger than previously thought, fuelling concerns about the congestion issues already plaguing Green Square.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 7, 2015 5:36 PM

Urban dynamics of change operating in Sydney as a large city in developed world are evident in this article. This also relates to an urban dynamic operating in a suburb.

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Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 23, 2015 6:30 PM

Global challenges