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What’s the deal with Antarctica and the Arctic?

What’s the deal with Antarctica and the Arctic? | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it

"Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding is that the Arctic and Antarctic are similar. One’s in the north and the other is in the south; but other than that, they’re the same, right? No, this couldn’t be more wrong. These polar opposites are literally polar opposites.
For starters, the Arctic is a small, shallow ocean surrounded by land: Eurasia, Greenland, Canada and the United States. It’s only about 5 ½ million square miles, which is five times smaller than the Atlantic and 11 times smaller than the Pacific. Antarctica, on the other hand, is a continent surrounded by the entire Southern Ocean.

This may seem like no big deal, but it makes all the difference in the world. It takes a lot of energy to change water temperature compared to what it takes to change land temperature, which means Arctic seawater isn’t as cold as the continental ice sheet covering Antarctica. So, the Arctic sea ice (frozen sea water) is about 10 feet thick, whereas the Antarctic ice sheet (compacted freshwater ice) is over a mile thick."

 

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, November 12, 2014 9:05 PM

It would be nice to keep both

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:51 PM

If we are

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Malala offers an example for the world

Malala offers an example for the world | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Malala Yousafzai may not have received the Nobel peace prize, but she was a moral victor on Friday, and as her gracious acknowledgement speech ended, bringing to a close the second International Day of the Girl, the free-thinking world swelled with...
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Don't abandon us: Bangladeshis

Don't abandon us: Bangladeshis | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's poorest garment workers have pleaded with Australian companies to remain in the country, as retailers consider pulling orders from the beleaguered garment industry in the wake of the country's worst-ever industrial accident.
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Top firms' tax haven links revealed

Top firms' tax haven links revealed | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Almost two-thirds of Australia’s top 100 companies listed on the stock exchange have subsidiaries in tax havens or low-tax jurisdictions, a new report shows.
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Apple defends 'Holy Grail' of tax avoidance

Apple defends 'Holy Grail' of tax avoidance | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Apple chief Tim Cook faces a grilling over "sham" subsidiaries and "convoluted" strategies to shift profits offshore, but denies the company uses "gimmicks" to cut taxes.
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Textile workers' deaths 'avoidable'

Textile workers' deaths 'avoidable' | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
The death of more than 200 workers at a Bangladeshi garment factory has led to renewed calls to improve safety standards in the country where textile workers are the lowest paid in the world. (Fashion to die for?
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Bargains for the West, disaster for Bangladesh

Bargains for the West, disaster for Bangladesh | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
The West's demand for "bargain-basement" clothes is causing factory disasters such as this week's Bangladeshi building collapse, labour activists say.
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Zara hit by slave labour allegations

Zara hit by slave labour allegations | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
HIGH Street fashion chain Zara is under investigation over the use of sweatshops and child labour, it was revealed last night.

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Mostly Bolivian labourers, including children, were made to work up to 16-hour days without breaks and were prevented from leaving the factories without permission, according to investigators.

Laura's curator insight, April 12, 2013 5:22 PM

This this for an example of a contemporary sweatshop.

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Factory owner ignored warnings

Factory owner ignored warnings | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
The cracks that suddenly emerged on Tuesday afternoon in the Rana Plaza building were large enough to send workers fleeing outside.
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OK, Haters, It's Time To Admit It: The World Is Becoming A Better Place

OK, Haters, It's Time To Admit It: The World Is Becoming A Better Place | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
People love to complain about how horrible...
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Kmart to reveal global factory locations

Kmart to reveal global factory locations | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Kmart Australia has promised to reveal the locations of all of the factories that make its clothes, becoming the first major Australian chain to pledge complete transparency of its once secretive clothing supply network.
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'Right now we have nothing'

'Right now we have nothing' | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's low-skilled workers are at the end of the line, write Ben Doherty in Dhaka and Sarah Whyte.
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Island allure: The tax secrets of big business

Island allure: The tax secrets of big business | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
With many of Australia's largest companies owning offshore subsidiaries in exotic locations, there are fears the structures are being used to minimise tax.
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Apple uses firms outside US to avoid tax

Apple uses firms outside US to avoid tax | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
APPLE Inc employs a group of affiliate companies located outside the United States to avoid paying billions of dollars in US income taxes, a Senate investigation has found.
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Oxfam warns local labels over Bangladesh

Oxfam warns local labels over Bangladesh | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
It is only a matter of time before the label of an Australian clothing brand is found in the rubble of a collapsed Bangladeshi garment factory building, says Oxfam Australia.
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Globalisation (with image) · Hicksy_ted

The Mysteries surrounding Apple (Globalisation http://t.co/SB5CbfkcnF #storify)
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Just about all of us are linked to Bangladeshi factory tragedy

Just about all of us are linked to Bangladeshi factory tragedy | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
Some of humanity's tragedies stand out because they inflict wantonly futile suffering; others awake the persistent tug of collective conscience. The calamity in Bangladesh did both.
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'sweatshops' thrive despite accidents - NDTV

'sweatshops' thrive despite accidents - NDTV | globalisation Year 8 | Scoop.it
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Bangladesh started making clothes for export three decades ago and has successfully promoted an industry which has overcome its association with "sweatshop" labour.
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