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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Unexpected Consequences of climate change

Unexpected Consequences of climate change | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Climate change has numerous casualities: the melting of the Arctic Sea ice is one such environment nightmare that's a result of global warming. But like all global processes, not all places are impacted equally.  Even in an economic recession, some find fortune while the majority flounder.  Same is true with the melting of the Artic; the melting might potentially opening up the fabled Northwest Passage and create new, seasonal shipping lanes.  Who would benefit from this?  Who would suffer?  To see a short video on this, see: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/09/melting-arctic-sea-ice-and-shipping-routes  


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Africa Takes Off

Africa Takes Off | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Ask this question: Which region of the world currently is the home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies?  Most people (myself included) would be surprised to hear that the region is sub-Saharan Africa.  While Sub-Saharan Africa is still the least economically developed region with some very significant challenges, too often Africa is only taught as a region of problems and negative patterns.  

 

Trade between Africa and the rest of the world has tripled in the last decade.  Since 2005, Africa is officially receiving more private foreign investment than official aid.  With many counties "skipping the landline phase" and going straight to cell phone technologies, the rapid acceleration of technology means that they Africa's economic infrastructure has the potential to increase quickly.      


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Earth As Art

Earth As Art | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  Even if you don't vote, the images are spectacular and great examples of the Earth's physical landscape.


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Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.
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Water: a local resource, a global problem

Water: a local resource, a global problem | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Water resources are a renewable resource, or they can be. However, all over the world groundwater sources that have developed over thousands of years are being mined to depletion in mere decades, and surface water resources stretched beyond their limits."

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Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion

Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism will wreck the wonders of the Galápagos – where animal and plant life is being wiped out by the arrival of aggressive new species – unless action is taken soon, writes Carole Cadwalladr.

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Western Australia's catastrophic forest collapse

Western Australia's catastrophic forest collapse | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Recent, unprecedented, climate-driven forest collapses in Western Australia show us that ecosystem change can be sudden, dramatic and catastrophic.
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Going greenbusters: environmental savings rejuvenate community

Going greenbusters: environmental savings rejuvenate community | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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UNESCO's Great Barrier Reef report: experts respond

UNESCO's Great Barrier Reef report: experts respond | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A damning UNESCO report has criticised management of the Great Barrier Reef and warned that the area could be downgraded to a world heritage site “in danger” unless Australia makes major changes to its…...
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BUILDING BIG

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BUILDING BIG: A PBS miniseries on megastructures, hosted by David Macaulay. This website has useful information on bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. Also has interactive activities for students.

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Under pressure: UNESCO's report card on GBR

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Can China's urbanisation save the world?

Can China's urbanisation save the world? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Last year marked a milestone in China’s several-thousand-year history: for the first time, more people lived in cities and towns than in the countryside.The country’s 690 million urban dwellers now account…...
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Old Ways Disappearing In The New Mongolia

With desertification, drought and a booming mining industry, Mongolians are leaving the traditional life of herding. Herdsman Bat-Erdene Badam says he will be the last in his family to tend livestock. 

 

How is globalization changing the traditional pastoral society of Mongolia?  As China's industrial production was ballooned, their need for mineral resources has need towards more mining jobs in Mongolia.  For more information and pictures on this topic, see: http://www.npr.org/series/152995168/mongolia-booms


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Everest's fatal traffic jam: 150 climbers scramble for top

Everest's fatal traffic jam: 150 climbers scramble for top | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Climbers have reported seeing another body on Mount Everest, raising the death toll to four for one of the worst days ever on the world's highest mountain.... They were part of what was a "traffic jam" by Everest standards - an estimated 150 climbers who rushed to use a brief window of good weather to try to reach the top on Friday and Saturday.

 

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Australia creates world's largest marine reserve network

Australia creates world's largest marine reserve network | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Australia has created the world's largest network of marine reserves and will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food.
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Australia to create world's biggest marine reserve

Australia to create world's biggest marine reserve | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Australia will create the largest network of marine parks in the world, protecting waters covering an area as large as India while banning oil and gas exploration and limiting commercial fishing in some of the most sensitive areas."

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Balancing population growth and resources

Balancing population growth and resources | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The attainment of 7 billion world citizens is cause for both optimism and concern."

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Mumbai: The minimum city

Mumbai: The minimum city | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Mumbai has perhaps the most extreme statistics of any metropolis. Its land mass is small, stuck like a crooked blade into the Arabian Sea. It has poor transport links, so people who work in the city live near it. That in turn means it has the highest population density of any big city. But it is also low-rise. Panama City has a taller skyline."

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State of the future: challenge one; sustainable development and climate change

State of the future: challenge one;  sustainable development and climate change | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Millennium Project identifies 15 global challenges facing humanity. They include sustainable development and climate change, democratisation, bridging the rich-poor gap, improving women’s status and tackling transnational organised crime.

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Tourism Australia targets China

Tourism Australia targets China | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia has the launched the next phase of its global advertising campaign in China. The updated "There's Nothing Like Australia" campaign video is being rolled out in 25 countries in 17 languages.

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The Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads

The Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Last Friday the World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a report on the state of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest World Heritage Property…...
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Mabo given life in claim over half the state

Mabo given life in claim over half the state | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

MORE than half of NSW is under native title claim since two applications covering some of the state's richest mining and farming lands passed tough hurdles to become registered.

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Google World Wonders Project

Google World Wonders Project | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Google World Wonders Project is a platform that brings World Heritage Sites of the modern and ancient world online.

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UNESCO report scathing of Great Barrier Reef management

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Climb every mountain: visualising the world's 50 most prominent peaks

Climb every mountain: visualising the world's 50 most prominent peaks | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Data scientist Robert Mundigi has created a multi-faceted visualisation of the world's 50 most prominent peaks.
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Troubled waters: too many fishers in the sea

Troubled waters: too many fishers in the sea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

A ''bold stroke'' involving a huge restructure was needed to address the problems faced by the NSW fisheries, which cover more than 2100 kilometres of coastline, inland waters, rivers, estuaries and open sea.

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