Geography resources for South African teachers
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Climate change, urban renewal, typhoons, land redistribution: enjoy this selection of material courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School  (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at avanzyl@phs.org.za)
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How Climate Change is Exactly Like Game of Thrones | Earth Your While I SoulPancake

Published on Aug 14, 2017
Zach Anner, a self-proclaimed "climate change idiot" is here to find out what the hell climate change is and what people across America are doing (or not doing) about it! In "Earth Your While," join Zach as he talks with climate change experts who have a variety of opinions on climate change, what causes it, and whether we actually need to be thinking about it. In this Earth Your While adventure, Zach talks with three kids from My Children's Trust, a non-profit organization that is suing the federal government for climate change.

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Q. What is BidiBidi? Ans. The largest refugee settlement in the world. | Oxfam GB

Published on Aug 15, 2017
Bidibidi in Northern Uganda is the largest refugee settlement in the world - home to over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees.
In Bidibidi Oxfam and it's local partners have been providing clean drinking water to 70% of the entire settlement - around 200,000 people.
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Nepal floods: Farmland and food wiped out I Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 15, 2017
Days of heavy rain have led to flash floods that killed at least 173 people across Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. In Nepal, search-and-rescue missions are still going on with more than 90 people dead.
Important farmland has also been wiped out. Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha visits Nepal’s Saptari village where people say much of the disaster could have been avoided.

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Our home, our treasured planet | WWF

Published on Aug 2, 2017
It’s our time to give back. Join us and let’s change the world.

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Protests in Bolivia against renewed plans for Tipnis rainforest highway I Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 13, 2017
Bolivia’s indigenous people are protesting against plans for the construction of a highway, which would cut through Tipnis National Park. Residents are concerned about the effect the project would have on the region and the mostly indigenous residents that live in the area.

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Climate Change Report vs. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt | The New York Times

Published on Aug 9, 2017
A draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies directly contradicts statements by Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, that human contribution to climate change is uncertain.

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Landslides hamper rescue efforts after quake hits China's Sichuan province I Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 9, 2017
At least 19 people have were killed and hundreds injured when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part of China’s Sichuan province, according to officials.

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A New Multi-dimensional View of a Hurricane I NASA

Published on Jul 25, 2017
NASA researchers now can use a combination of satellite observations to re-create multi-dimensional pictures of hurricanes and other major storms in order to study complex atmospheric interactions. In this video, they applied those techniques to Hurricane Matthew. When it occurred in the fall of 2016, Matthew was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in almost ten years. Its torrential rains and winds caused significant damage and loss of life as it coursed through the Caribbean and up along the southern U.S. coast.

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When is water safe to drink? - TED-Ed

Published on Aug 7, 2017
Water is refreshing, hydrating, and invaluable to your survival. But clean water remains a precious and often scarce commodity – there are nearly 800 million people who still don’t have regular access to it. Why is that? And how can you tell whether the water you have access to — whether from a tap or otherwise — is drinkable? Mia Nacamulli examines water contamination and treatment.

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How does fracking work? - Mia Nacamulli I TED-Ed

Published on Jul 13, 2017
Deep underground lie stores of once-inaccessible natural gas. There’s a technology, called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that can extract this natural gas, potentially powering us for decades to come. So how does fracking work and why is it a source of such heated controversy? Mia Nacamulli explains the ins and outs of fracking.

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Giant Iceberg breaks off from Antarctic ice shelf I Al Jazeera

Published on Jul 12, 2017
One of the largest icebergs in history has just broken off from an ice shelf in Antarctica. At 6,000 square kilometres, it's the size of the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Scientists fear the ice shelf itself might break up, and add to a rise in global sea levels.

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Using Cell Phones to Save the Rain Forest - A Cleaner Future

Published on Jul 25, 2017
Cell phones have powerful computers inside them. This company is using old ones to save the rain forests.

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Sinkhole Rapidly Grows, Swallows Central Florida Homes I NBC

Published on Jul 15, 2017
A sinkhole rapidly grew from a small hole into a small lake as it consumed two homes in a central Florida neighborhood, and forced the evacuation of at least 10 other homes.

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Arctic Losing Its Ice Sheet I VOA

Published on Aug 14, 2017
Each summer, climatologists and ship captains, as well as Inuits living in the Arctic, have been reporting that the ice cover is getting smaller and smaller. This may be good for Arctic tourism and fishing, but it's very bad for polar bears. VOA's George Putic reports.

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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone mudslides I Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 15, 2017
At least 205 people have been killed and more than 600 reported missing following mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. CNN's Farai Sevenzo reports.

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Will the ocean ever run out of fish? - TED-Ed

Published on Aug 10, 2017
When most people think of fishing, we imagine relaxing in a boat and patiently reeling in the day’s catch. But modern industrial fishing -- the kind that stocks our grocery shelves -- looks more like warfare. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet explain overfishing and its effects on ecosystems, food security, jobs, economies, and coastal cultures.

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These skyscrapers suck pollution from the air I The Verge

Published on Aug 9, 2017
Welcome to the season premiere of Home of the Future, a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed. We take you inside Milan's Bosco Verticale, a pair of residential high-rises designed by Stefano Boeri with greenery designed to suck pollution out of the air.
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More than 100 million trees destroyed in California forests

Published on Aug 12, 2017
Wildfires have caused plenty of damage to forests in the US.
Scientists in California say a plague of beetles is a worrying new factor that's killing trees on a scale never seen before.

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Hong Kong palm oil spill 'an environmental disaster' I Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 9, 2017
Hong Kong is struggling to clean up 9,000 tonnes of palm oil spilled into the ocean after two vessels collided. The spill is polluting water and beaches nearby. Environmental groups say it is a disaster for wildlife.

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Building a Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean I NASA

Published on Jul 25, 2017
For decades, NASA researchers have helped refine our understanding of hurricanes and tropical storms. To better understand the Atlantic hurricane season, they use the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS-5) model run by supercomputers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt Maryland.

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Earth, Two Degrees Warmer I SciShow

Published on Aug 4, 2017
A new report on climate change is pretty grim, but there is still a little hope.
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Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? I TED Talk

Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? I TED Talk | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

April 2017

Climate change is real, case closed. But there's still a lot we don't understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part? There's a small hope that they could buy us some time to fix things ... or they could make global warming worse. Climate scientist Kate Marvel takes us through the science of clouds and what it might take for Earth to break its own fever.

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How to Fix Traffic Forever I Wendover Productions

Published on Jul 18, 2017

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The price of palm oil in Sierra Leone | DW English

Published on Jul 15, 2017
From cookies and ice cream to soap and shampoo: every second product in supermarkets contains palm oil. New oil plantations grab land and destroy the environment in e.g. Sierra Leone. But there is a fair and environmentally friendly alternative way.

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Landslide kills three people in China I Al Jazeera

Published on Jul 6, 2017
Several days of heavy rain brought down a hill in China’s Mao Lu village, killing at least three people, destroying houses and wiping out many farmers’ harvest.

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