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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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Tourism Falling Off in Africa, Far Beyond the Ebola Zone

Tourism Falling Off in Africa, Far Beyond the Ebola Zone | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
A recent surge in tourism to Africa has come to a grinding halt.
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Beaten, trapped, abused and underpaid – migrant domestic workers in the UAE

Beaten, trapped, abused and underpaid – migrant domestic workers in the UAE | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch urges UAE to protect workers by ending kafala visa system after report exposes shocking exploitation
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Oldest and Youngest Populations

Oldest and Youngest Populations | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before. Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.' The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa. Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed. On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."
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APHG-U2

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Unit 2

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The extremely young median age seen across Africa hints at the problems found throughout the continent. This demographic factor suggests that there are other political, economic, and cultural problems that are influencing these young ages. It shows that most people do not live long lives, and even the older countries on the continent are younger than most other places. The only other place with low ages are the Middle East and Central Asia, and even their populations are several years older than the African continent.

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Scientists to ‘fast-track’ evidence linking global warming to wild weather

Scientists to ‘fast-track’ evidence linking global warming to wild weather | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Scientists are to challenge the climate-change sceptics by vastly improving the speed with which they can prove links between a heatwave or other extreme weather event and man-made changes to the atmosphere.
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China's One Child Policy: Infographic

China's One Child Policy: Infographic | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
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Infographic on China's One Child Policy and its implementation. #geographyteacher

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Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa'

Aids origin 'was 1920s Kinshasa' | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced back to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.
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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

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"The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards."


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Making sense of poverty.

 

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"Access"--North America Unit

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APHG-U2 & U6

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Tourism key to conservation-poverty reduction link - SciDev.Net

Tourism key to conservation-poverty reduction link - SciDev.Net | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Previous studies showed that protecting wildlife cuts local poverty, and a Costa Rican study now shows why.

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Heat, Drought Linked to Violence Worldwide - weather.com

Heat, Drought Linked to Violence Worldwide - weather.com | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Worldwide, shifts in climate are strongly linked to human violence, researchers concluded.
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You Think You Know How Much We Depend On Fossil Fuels, But You Have No Idea

You Think You Know How Much We Depend On Fossil Fuels, But You Have No Idea | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds. Caution: brainsplosions likely.
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Tracking the development of fossil fuel use, globalisation and development across 300 with sensible suggestion for future sustainable growth.

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MDGs: facing up to the limitations of global goal setting

MDGs: facing up to the limitations of global goal setting | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
What's the point of new development goals that don't learn from the limitations of the current agenda? Sakiko Fukuda-Parr suggests the MDGs core strengths are also their weaknesses

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Climate change threatens Gulf monarchies' survival

Climate change threatens Gulf monarchies' survival | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Qatar-based author Mari Luomi says the Persian Gulf monarchies will have to change to be sustainable in the era of climate change. But reaping the benefits of the fossil fuel economy has blinded most of them to that.
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What are the world's largest oil producers doing to combat the threat of global climate change driven by the huge consumption of fossil fuels?

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Living life to the extreme

Living life to the extreme | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
What can we learn from 'extremophiles': the creatures that survive in the world's most hostile environments?
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How do animals adapt to extreme environments? 

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China's obsession with vertical cities

China's obsession with vertical cities | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
By the end of next year one-in-three of the world’s 100m+ buildings will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza
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How do we live to 100 and enjoy it?

How do we live to 100 and enjoy it? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
“ The ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), based at the University, will launch the exhibition ‘How to get to 100 and enjoy it’ in the West Quay shopping centre, Southampton (20-26 October). Prof...”
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Coming to the Lowry, Salford Quays 11-14 November.
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'Pacific Climate Warriors' blockade Newcastle harbour – in pictures

'Pacific Climate Warriors' blockade Newcastle harbour – in pictures | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
Guardian Australia: Protesters from 12 Pacific nations launch kayaks and other vessels into coal port’s harbour to highlight their concern about climate change
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Some fascinating reading on the tensions between global climate change and the pressures in indigenous communities.

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Gunther, Christine and Otto

Gunther, Christine and Otto | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
How a man met a woman and they set off on an epic journey across six continents in one amazing, unbreakable car.
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World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities - weather.com

The World's Most Densely Populated Cities - weather.com | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.
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What chance does a young girl have?

What chance does a young girl have? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
When a young girl starts out in life, where will her journey take her? The BBC's 100 Women season takes a look at the challenges facing half the world.
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Critical viewing for our Population Dynamincs unit.

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Is climate change making tornadoes worse?

Is climate change making tornadoes worse? | Geography @ Stretford | Scoop.it
On Monday a massive and devastating tornado struck Moore, Okla., bringing death and destruction to the community south of Oklahoma City. Almost immediately, on the weather blog where I was chronicl...
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Changing the culture of toilets in India

http://www.worldbank.org/india - An initiative by the Indian government geared at changing people's behavior when it comes to using toilets has been a succes...
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Development projects that hinge on access to fresh, clean water supplies and basic sanitation. Good back ground for our water units as well our global development units focusing on India.

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