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Climate change, urban renewal, typhoons, land redistribution: enjoy this selection of material courtesy of the St Alban's College library
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▶ 36 Hours in Central Park, New York | The New York Times

Published on Sep 18, 2014
With its endless trails, hidden nooks, museums and nearby night spots, Central Park is that rare tourist destination that is also a pleasure ground for locals.

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Odile: The Still-Swirling Storm That Keeps on Giving, Bringing Torrential Rains and Severe Flooding Risks

Odile: The Still-Swirling Storm That Keeps on Giving, Bringing Torrential Rains and Severe Flooding Risks | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

18 Sep 2014

Heavy downpours from the still-swirling remnants of Hurricane Odile could bring life-threatening floods and mudslides from southeastern Arizona across southern New Mexico and into western Texas and the panhandle through Saturday

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▶ Hurricane aftermath in Mexico - YouTube

Published on Sep 18, 2014
The luxury town of Mexico's Los Cabos moves into recovery mode after it was slammed by Hurricane Odile, amid reports of looting and shortages of basic necessities

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▶ I'm for climate action - United Nations

Published on Sep 15, 2014
Activists, celebrities and policy makers from around the world show their support for climate action in this UN Climate Summit video.

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▶ kNOw Nukes: A Look At Nuclear Power - Full Program

Published on Sep 17, 2014

When listing clean renewable energy sources, solar, wind, and geothermal come to mind. But thanks to new reactor technologies, there’s a transformation afoot. Some of the most ardent foes of nuclear power now believe it must be a large part of the energy mix to solve the world’s climate woes. Join pioneering nuclear engineer Yoon Chang and renowned climate scientist James Hansen in this exploration of the science and rationale behind giving nuclear power a second chance.

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Terrifying before and after images of the Kashmir floods

Terrifying before and after images of the Kashmir floods | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

15 September 2014

It has been difficult to get a sense of the frightening scale of the destruction that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed since torrential rains began pounding down more than 10 days ago. “Kashmir Valley was like an ocean,” an Indian Air Force officer said on Sunday. Sourced from Google Crisis Map on September 13, these satellite images show how Srinagar has been ravaged by the worst floods in over a century.

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Do 40 000 whites own 80% of South Africa?

Do 40 000 whites own 80% of South Africa? | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

15 September 2014

Land ownership in SA remains heavily skewed across racial lines 20 years after apartheid. But is 80% of it in the hands of 40 000 white families?

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▶ Sowing the seeds of a new world order - Al Jazeera

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The fight over who runs the world's food supply has stepped up. The global seed market has been for a long time controlled by just a handful of multinational companies. But now, a group of scientists and activists in the US are challenging the corporations' monopoly.

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▶ Families use slums to build dreams in Mexico-Al Jazeera

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Millions of people from Mexico's countryside come to the capital to build settlements and slums, adding to the ongoing expansion of one of the world's biggest cities.

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▶ Air pollution exceeds WHO limits - YouTube

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Durban - Environmental activists say air pollution in industrial hubs is more than double than what's accepted by the World Health Organisation. They say South Africa is currently the biggest source of emissions in Africa.

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▶ Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja California peninsula - YouTube

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Hurricane Odile whipped through the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, causing damage to the area with uprooted trees and downed power lines.

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▶ What exactly happened in Napa during earthquake? - USA Today

Published on Aug 24, 2014

KXTV's meteorologist explains what exactly happened during a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit California's Napa Valley early Sunday morning.

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▶ Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City - YouTube

Published on Sep 10, 2014

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan—to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.

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The Great Fracking Forward: Why the World Needs China to Frack Even More | WIRED

The Great Fracking Forward: Why the World Needs China to Frack Even More | WIRED | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

18 Sep 2014

China's coal addiction threatens the planet. But can it handle a natural gas revolution? This fascinating report and five-part video series from the people at Climate Desk unpacks the reasons why China is so dependent on coal and how they are pushing the fracking agenda to deal with both this addiction and the accompanying severe pollution.

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▶ Waterlogged in Serbia - YouTube

Published on Sep 18, 2014
Rescue and cleanup operations continue in eastern Serbia where villages and towns have been hit by flooding caused by massive rainfall.

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China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

15 Sep 2014

If the world's biggest polluter doesn't radically reduce the amount of coal it burns, nothing anyone does to stabilize the climate will matter. Inside the slow, frustrating — and maybe even hopeful — struggle to find a new way forward

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▶ Germany’s Offshore Wind Push | The New York Times

Published on Sep 17, 2014

The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over.

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Google Expands Public Maps Collection, Adds Resources for Educators and Students

Google Expands Public Maps Collection, Adds Resources for Educators and Students | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps. "Now, information ranging from this World War II veteran's journey through the war to this description of how local governments are responding to climate change is available for everyone to explore. This expanded, publicly contributed information can give students a new way to visualize, understand, and get excited about a broad range of topics," according to Google.

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Techo: Earthquake

Techo: Earthquake | Geography resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

Poverty is a daily catastrophe, together we can fight it." A powerful series of public service announcements which highlight the fact that you don't need a natural catastrophe to create a human one.

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▶ Why Earth's Magnetic Shield Matters - YouTube

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The sun has two planets in its Goldilocks zone: the Earth and Mars. The crucial difference: a magnetic field that protects us from the sun’s radiation and makes liquid water - and life - possible on Earth

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▶ Rebel Architecture: Working on water-Al Jazeera

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Architect Kunle Adeyemi sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria's waterside slums.

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▶ Tall Obnoxious French Stranger: "Power of Wind"

Uploaded on Feb 8, 2011

A 2007 German commercial for Epuron.Cannes Golden Lion 2007

Badly behaved. Not as bad as you think.Such a clever ad on the value of wind energy.

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Aurora borealis: Breathtaking views - YouTube

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Enjoy views of the aurora borealis from around the world in today's one-minute escape.

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▶ Ozone layer 'shows signs of recovery' - BBC News - YouTube

Published on Sep 11, 2014

The Earth's protective ozone layer is starting to repair itself, according to a panel of United Nations scientists. The main reason behind its recovery, they say, is the fact that certain chemicals, such as those used in aerosol cans, were phased out in the 1980s.

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▶ Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a tiny forest anywhere

Published on Sep 4, 2014

A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

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