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The rise and rise of American carbon

The rise and rise of American carbon | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Shale gas fracking has helped US carbon emissions to fall. But American carbon extraction is still rising, undermining progress and increasing emissions overseas
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Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360

Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish.
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Where on earth have you been? Create a custom map to show your life's travels

Where on earth have you been? Create a custom map to show your life's travels | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Use our world map interactive to find out what percentage of countries around the globe you've visited and compare and share your personal map. Plus, discover suggestions for the top 10 places you haven't visited yet
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This could be used to produce some interesting maps, based on almost anything you have national level data for.

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In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops and Timber Coexist by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360

In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops and Timber Coexist by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As an ambitious program in Colombia demonstrates, combining grazing and agriculture with tree cultivation can coax more food from each acre, boost farmers’ incomes, restore degraded landscapes, and make farmland more resilient to climate change.
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On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane by Roger Real Drouin: Yale Environment 360

On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane by Roger Real Drouin: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
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Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360

Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia?
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New UN Report Is Cautious On Making Climate Predictions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

New UN Report Is Cautious On Making Climate Predictions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The draft of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the world faces serious risks from warming and that the poor are especially vulnerable. But it avoids the kinds of specific forecasts that have sparked controversy in the past.
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Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for Mario Molina On Climate Science’s PR Campaign

Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for Mario Molina On Climate Science’s PR Campaign | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter — from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain — is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as the world warms.
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How the north ended up on top of the map | Al Jazeera America

How the north ended up on top of the map | Al Jazeera America | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
A cartographic history of what’s up
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Link is suitable for TOK discussion about maps

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George Monbiot canoes across the UK floods – video

The environmentalist floats across the flood plains in Hurley, Berkshire, one of the villages worst hit by the floods
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Changes of land use in upper part of Thames catchment contribute to serious flooding downstream

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Monitoring Corporate Behavior: Greening or Merely Greenwash? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Monitoring Corporate Behavior: Greening or Merely Greenwash? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Companies with bad environmental records are increasingly turning to a little-known nonprofit called TFT to make sure they meet commitments to improve their practices.
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Indian Microgrids Aim to Bring Millions out of Darkness by David Ferris: Yale Environment 360

Indian Microgrids Aim to Bring Millions out of Darkness by David Ferris: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Powered by solar panels and biomass, microgrids are spreading slowly across India, where 300 million people live without electricity. But can these off-grid technologies be scaled-up to bring low-carbon power to tens of millions of people?
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Solar Geoengineering: Weighing Costs of Blocking the Sun’s Rays by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360

Solar Geoengineering: Weighing Costs of Blocking the Sun’s Rays by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
With prominent scientists now calling for experiments to test whether pumping sulfates into the atmosphere could safely counteract global warming, critics worry that the world community may be moving a step closer to deploying this controversial...
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Could Google save the uncontacted tribes? Online maps monitor Amazon

Could Google save the uncontacted tribes? Online maps monitor Amazon | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Missouri team has already used Google Earth images to assess the demographic health of a village of isolated people on the border between Brazil and Peru.
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UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming.
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Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360

Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia?
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Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows by Jo Chandler: Yale Environment 360

Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows by Jo Chandler: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
A sophisticated and challenging experiment in Antarctica is the latest effort to study ocean acidification in the polar regions, where frigid waters are expected to feel most acutely the ecological impacts of acidic conditions not seen in millions of years.
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How the Amazon Warehouse Works

How the Amazon Warehouse Works | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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The future is here! Robotic "pods" move inventory around inside massive warehouse.

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On Ravaged Tar Sands Lands, Big Challenges for Reclamation by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360

On Ravaged Tar Sands Lands, Big Challenges for Reclamation by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The mining of Canada’s tar sands has destroyed large areas of sensitive wetlands in Alberta. Oil sands companies have vowed to reclaim this land, but little restoration has occurred so far and many scientists say it is virtually impossible to rebuild these complex ecosystems.
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Near-real-time global forest watch

Near-real-time global forest watch | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight? by Judith D. Schwartz: Yale Environment 360

Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight? by Judith D. Schwartz: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change.
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G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa

G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Critics say landmark initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty favours big business to the detriment of small farmers
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Many of the proposed "investments" are for non-food crops.

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This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.
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Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a 'power grab' by wealthy elites
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a staggering statistic !

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Drowning in money: the untold story of the crazy public spending that makes flooding inevitable

Drowning in money: the untold story of the crazy public spending that makes flooding inevitable | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Every year billions are spent in Britain and Europe on policies that wreck homes and lives through flooding
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Great intro to how government policies can have unintended impacts, and why all government policy makers should study more geography!

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