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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities - weather.com

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The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.
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Geography @ Stretford
Extended reading from the Geography Department at Stretford High School, Manchester, UK. Aimed primarily at our students but also a space for wider geographical debate about our ever changing planet.
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Six reasons why mass tourism is unsustainable

Six reasons why mass tourism is unsustainable | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Global tourism is destroying the environment and cultural identities - and doesn't make good business sense. Anna Pollock argues that destinations should be protected and celebrated
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How Britain could be powered by Icelandic volcanoes

How Britain could be powered by Icelandic volcanoes | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
David Cameron is poised to launch an ambitious project that could see Britain harnessing the power of Iceland's volcanoes within the next 10 years. The plan would involve the construction of 750 miles of undersea cabling, allowing the UK to exploit Iceland's long-term, renewable geothermal energy. Teeming with volcanic activity, Iceland reportedly meets around 95 per cent of its own electricity needs using geothermal sources - but its remote location has made exporting it almost impossible.
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Here's Why Developing Countries Will Consume 65% of the World's Energy by 2040 - The Atlantic

Here's Why Developing Countries Will Consume 65% of the World's Energy by 2040 - The Atlantic | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
China and India hold the world's fate in their hands as energy use skyrockets in poorer countries. 
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BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Development indices

BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Development indices | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE Geography on the varying levels of development in different countries.
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From ancient castles to mega-yachts: what history teaches us about the super-rich

From ancient castles to mega-yachts: what history teaches us about the super-rich | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Our fascination and frustration with this era’s wealthy 1% is nothing new. They have always been with us. How do they think, operate and make their money? By John Kampfner
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Life after Christmas – how old trees and your time are helping to protect Formby’s sand dunes

Life after Christmas – how old trees and your time are helping to protect Formby’s sand dunes | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Old Christmas trees might not be the most obvious answer for helping to protect sand dunes, but that's just what National Trust Rangers are using to improve the stability of Formby's sand dunes. Ov...
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The Mediterranean's migrant survivors - BBC News

The Mediterranean's migrant survivors - BBC News | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Two young migrants tell of their long and terrifying journey from Africa to Europe.
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UK prepares for solar eclipse impact on electricity grid

UK prepares for solar eclipse impact on electricity grid | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Event expected to trigger huge downturn in power demand as people go outside to watch, as well as sudden removal of solar power from electricity supply
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New nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C is approved

New nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C is approved | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Energy Secretary Ed Davey gives the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict – and it will trigger more war in future

Climate change key in Syrian conflict – and it will trigger more war in future | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Climate change was a key driver of the Syrian uprising, according to research which warns that global warming is likely to unleash more wars in the coming decades, with Eastern Mediterranean countries such as Jordan and Lebanon particularly at risk.
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Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist

Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Surge in wind power sees share of electricity from renewable sources double between 2010 and 2013, driving down carbon emissions
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Motorsport Valley – the home of Formula 1

Motorsport Valley – the home of Formula 1 | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
BBC Sport takes a look at what attracts many of the F1 teams to 'Motorsport Valley', as they prepare for their 'home' grand prix.
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Are North Koreans really three inches shorter than South Koreans? - BBC News

Are North Koreans really three inches shorter than South Koreans? - BBC News | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
It's often been reported that North Koreans are a few inches shorter than their counterparts south of the border. Is that true?
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Hinkley Point nuclear reactor: insurance for the future or expensive gamble?

Hinkley Point nuclear reactor: insurance for the future or expensive gamble? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Does the price per MW hour, which will increase in line with CPI, agreed by the government with the energy companies represent good value for British households?
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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four - YouTube

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BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Case study: Uneven development within Brazil

BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Case study: Uneven development within Brazil | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE Geography on how development in different countries can be uneven.
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Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report

Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Credit Suisse study shows inequality accelerating, with NGOs saying it shows economic recovery ‘skewed towards wealthy’
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Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies - BBC News

Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies - BBC News | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Rescue efforts in Nepal intensify after nearly 2,000 died in the country's worst quake in more than 80 years, as a powerful aftershock hits the region.
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Research Assistant, Volcanic Hazards, Elaine Smid @lavabombs: A Day in the GeoLife Series - Rock-Head Sciences

Research Assistant, Elaine Smid, describes her volcanic hazards work in New Zealand.
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Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island

Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A volcanic eruption in Tonga in January leads to the creation of a new island in the Pacific, some 500m across and 250m high.
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UK energy mix: Where does our power come from?

UK energy mix: Where does our power come from? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
We are using more and more sources of energy to provide power in the UK, but what are they and how have they changed over time?
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World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.
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Los Angeles Gets Serious About Preparing for the "Big One" - Eos

Los Angeles Gets Serious About Preparing for the "Big One" - Eos | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A large earthquake in southern California could devastate Los Angeles. To help reduce the city's risks, one scientist spent last year working in the LA mayor's office.
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Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it

"I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:

People and cultures are different all over the world.People and cultures are the same all over the world.

These points may seem like a contradiction, but when put into proper context they teach important truths about culture."


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Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:48 PM

Unit 3:

Shines insight on stereotypes that are commonly used throughout the world. Reading this article really made me think about stereotypes that are so commonly used they are considered acceptable. It's a ridiculous idea to think that all people under a culture act and behave the same way. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 2015 12:06 PM

UNIT 3 CULTURE

This article is written to compare and contrast various ways to teach young school children about global cultures. On one hand, we can relate all cultures to each other, due to their common goals and views. For example, all families around the world aim to do what's best for each other, love and cherish one another, and try their hardest to succeed economically. On the other hand, cultures are extremely different around the world, with different music, clothing, and underlying views on life. We can continue to say that popular culture has diffused so greatly, with advanced technologies and means of transportation, so it has influenced and homogenized our landscape quite a bit. Folk culture is obviously still a powerful force, but popular culture does have some effects around the world. I believe that children need to understand the importance of maintaining diversity thy preserving folk culture but they also need to acknowledge the pros and cons of the global diffusion of popular culture and how it connects us at a global scale. 

Danielle Smith's curator insight, April 12, 2015 12:21 AM

I think Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference is a helpful article for teachers to read. This article considers ideas I constantly come back to, whilst collecting resources and ideas for teaching students about cultural diversity and identity. How do I teach students, that ‘people and cultures are different all over the world’ (Dixon, 2015, April 2), but also the same?

Dixon suggests that we need to teach that people and cultures worldwide are the SAME and DIFFERENT simultaneously.  In this way, students can appreciate the rich diversity of cultures and societies, whilst at the same time learning values of humanity and empathy, which unite us all.

 

I believe by recognising and appreciating the rich cultures of students in the classroom, we can explore and learn about cultural diversity in an honest, rich and non-stereotypical way and allow students to feel valued at the same time. In addition, as students know each other, this helps them relate to ‘people from other places, who speak other languages’ and follow different religions to their own (Dixon, 2015, April 2). Furthermore, this should help increase intercultural understanding in the classroom by developing a ‘socially cohesive’ environment that ‘respects, and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity’ (MYCEETA, p. 7).

 

References

Dixon, S. (2015, April 2). Teaching cultural empathy: Stereotypes, world views and cultural difference. National Geographic. Retrieved April 7, 2015, http: http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/04/teaching-cultural-empathy-stereotypes-world-views-and-cultural-difference/

 

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs. (2008, December). Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians. Melbourne: Author.