IB Geography (Dip...
Follow
Find
4.3K views | +0 today
IB Geography (Diploma Programme)
Resources for IBDP geography
Curated by Tony Burton
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water.

A United Nations report has recommended a massive recovery initiative, but so far the Nigerian government has shown few signs it will agree to the cleanup project.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geospatial Technology News (including Maps, GPS, GIS, Lidar, Augmented Reality)
Scoop.it!

Simple and Beautiful Population Density

Interactive display of world population density. 


Via geoparadigm
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Climate change challenges
Scoop.it!

Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it'

Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it' | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Climate Change 'boosts plants at first and then quickly stunts it'...

"The plants and animals around us repeatedly serve up surprises," Saran Twombly, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research, said.

"These results show that we miss these surprises because we don't study natural communities over the right time scales. For plant communities in Arizona, it took researchers 10 years to find that responses of native plant communities to warmer temperatures were the opposite of those predicted," Twombly said.


Via Cathryn Wellner
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Pay Gap Between Women and Men (USA)

Pay Gap Between Women and Men (USA) | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

On average, women are still paid less than men for working comparable jobs (in the USA). Is it getting better? Interactive graphic shows how salaries between the genders have changed over the past nine years.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

State of the World 2012 Symposium | Worldwatch Institute

State of the World 2012 Symposium | Worldwatch Institute | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity is the latest publication in the Worldwatch Institute’s flagship State of the World series, which remains the most recognized and authoritative resource for research and policy solutions on critical global issues. State of the World 2012 builds on three decades of experience to offer a clear, pragmatic look at the current state of global ecological systems and the economic forces that are reshaping them—and how we can craft more-sustainable and equitable economies in the future.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Regional Geography
Scoop.it!

Healthcare Problems in Developing Countries

Useful for Food and Health option:

Abstract: Developmental and reproductive health indicators in developing countries are still deplorable, and adverse health consequences have been linked to poor socio - economic growth and development.
Healthcare problems in developing countries are multifaceted and result from a combination of factors, socio - cultural, economic, political as well as poor planning and/or poor implementation of health policies and programmes. Also, there is the problem of availability, accessibility, affordability, sustainability of services and weak referral systems.

These problems are reviewed and practical suggestions made on the way forward.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geospatial Technology News (including Maps, GPS, GIS, Lidar, Augmented Reality)
Scoop.it!

Perpetual Ocean, shows ocean surface currents around the world.

This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007.


Via M. Roman, geoparadigm
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Yale Environment 360: Natural Wastewater Treatment Gains Favor in Nepal, With Nearly 30 Plants

Wastewater managers in Nepal are increasingly turning to natural, decentralized wastewater treatment to prevent the mass discharge of raw sewage into urban water bodies and rivers. Almost 30 systems have been constructed in the last 15 years, and recent efforts to institutionalize decentralized treatment may see these numbers rise.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Cities
Scoop.it!

Is this the structure of New York City?

Is this the structure of New York City? | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Broadway as the spine is not difficult to believe. Data from the Twitter streaming API (10000 points, 30000 vectors).

Via axelletess
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

In Fight to Save Coral Reefs, Finding Strategies that Work by : Yale Environment 360

In Fight to Save Coral Reefs, Finding Strategies that Work by : Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
In four decades as a marine biologist, Nancy Knowlton has played a key role in documenting the biodiversity of coral reefs and the threats they increasingly face.

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she assesses the state of the world’s corals and highlights conservation projects that offer hope of saving these irreplaceable ecosystems.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

U.S. Fossil Fuel Boom Dims Glow of Clean Energy by Keith Schneider: Yale Environment 360

U.S. Fossil Fuel Boom Dims Glow of Clean Energy by Keith Schneider: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
A surge in gas and oil drilling in the U.S. is helping drive the economic recovery and is enhancing energy security.

But as the situation in Ohio shows, cheaper energy prices and the focus on fossil fuels has been bad news for the renewable energy industry.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Development studies and int'l cooperation
Scoop.it!

I Finally Visited a Millennium Village: Some Reflections » Global Development: Views from the Center

I Finally Visited a Millennium Village: Some Reflections  » Global Development: Views from the Center | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

I finally visited a Millennium Village, the Koraro Cluster, in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia (estimated regional population is 4.5 million people). 

 

For the few in the development community who don’t already know: the idea of the Millennium Villages is to demonstrate Sachs’s longstanding contention that with enough money to fund adequately enough interventions (agriculture, health, schooling, water, protection of natural resources) in the poorest parts of the world, the poverty and other Millennium Development Goals can be achieved by 2015.

 

Koraro thrilled and discouraged me. My priors about the Millennium Village project were partly upended and partly confirmed.


Via Paola Rattu
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
One of the most widely accepted alternative theories of world inequality is the geography hypothesis, which claims that the great divide between rich and poor countries is created by geographical differences.

 

This article is an excerpt of the forthcoming book "Why Nations Fail" that should serve as an ideological counterweight to the book "Guns, Germs and Steel."  The authors argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy, meaning that political institutions are more relevant to economic success and development than physical geographic resources. 

 

For more on this upcoming book and it's hypothesis see this NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/magazine/why-countries-go-bust.html


Via Seth Dixon
more...
mb's comment, March 20, 2012 10:23 AM
the authors write a blog as well: http://whynationsfail.com/
Tony Burton's comment, March 20, 2012 10:38 AM
Thanks for the link!
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Dried Out: Confronting The Texas Drought, A Drought of Historic Proportions

Dried Out: Confronting The Texas Drought, A Drought of Historic Proportions | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
In 2011, Texas endured the worst single-year drought in its history. Learn more about its impact on the state and explore options for dealing with Texas’ water challenges in the future — and share your stories.

This case-study of a drought in Texas would form a sound basis for the hazards topic of P2. It is accompanied by excellent graphics.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery

European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

This website houses the past research, images and future missions of the European Space Agency. The greatest scientific knowledge we have gained through the space program is actually about our home planet. Space-age technologies literally give geographers a chance to step back and put the Earth in better perspective. Images from this site are fantastic resource use to teach the thematic content, but also it is a great resource to show the relevance of geospatial technologies.  I love this particular image of Venice.  For more see: www.esa.int  


Via Seth Dixon
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

Containerization Shaped Globalization

Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove...

 

The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, faciliated the era within which we live today. 


Via Seth Dixon
more...
Blanca Bernabé García's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:01 AM

Una amena historia de la globalización 

Donald Dane's comment, December 10, 2013 7:06 AM
this video was probably the most interesting to me from class. it went to the root of this increase in shipping and broke it down to its bare structure and helped you see the true evolution of shipping around the world. starting from wooden ships traveling all the way around the southern tip of Brazil ending up stacking freight boats which travel through the panama canal. it went into depth about how the inventor of freight stacking thought of his idea. first by being a shipper himself but from a truck stand point and showed his evolution to designing to doing to mastering. now this idea and method is the only and fastest way for all shipping routes from Asia to americas from Europe to Africa.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 7:12 AM

The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, facilitated the era within which we live today.

Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360

The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Large-scale industrial agriculture depends on engineering the land to ensure the absence of natural diversity. But as the recent emergence of herbicide-tolerant weeds on U.S. farms has shown, nature ultimately finds a way to subvert uniformity and assert itself.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

Texas Storm Was Over Eight Miles High

Texas Storm Was Over Eight Miles High | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The astonishing power of Mother Nature....

 

3D NASA images show the magnitude of last week's storm in Texas was immense, vertically towering 8 miles above the Texas landscape.  The storm "spawning 14 tornadoes and golf ball sized hail was immense...[NASA's] Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite watched the storm develop and measured its cloud height at above eight miles high." 


Via Seth Dixon
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Where are the Men? A third problem with Gender and Development.

Even if the goal were strictly to improve the situation of women, it’s clear that at some level men will have to be involved, and an approach that ignores men (or worse insults them) is unlikely to win allies.

This is the third in a three part series looking at some of the "problems" associated with "Gender and Development".

The links in the comments about this post offer examples of how men/boys are now being given more prominence in aid organizations' work.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events

IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

"In recent years, extreme weather and climate events have taken many lives and caused billions of dollars in economic losses. Is climate change leading to increases in the number and severity of extreme events? How do social and environmental factors interact with weather and climate events to create disasters? And what can be done to make societies more resilient to extremes?"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map

Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is the world on a site - but how can you show the millions of articles written in each language?

This is a fascinating interactive map, an ideal starting point for discussions in P3 higher level extension.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Yale Environment 360: Brazil Policies Helped Drive Decline in Deforestation, Report Says

Yale Environment 360: Brazil Policies Helped Drive Decline in Deforestation, Report Says | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Brazilian conservation policies were responsible for about half of the 70 percent decline in deforestation within the Amazon rainforest from 2005 to 2009, according to a new study. In an analysis conducted by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), researchers found that a series of government policies — including stricter monitoring and enforcement of land use laws, the expansion of protected areas, and stronger incentives for local governments to meet environmental standards —

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Yale Environment 360: Common Herbicide a Threat To Great Barrier Reef, Report Says

A popular herbicide used widely in coastal regions of Australia has been found at dangerous levels in the Great Barrier Reef, posing a toxic threat to the world’s largest coral reef system. The chemical Diuron, which is used largely by sugar cane farmers along the Queensland coast...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Tony Burton
Scoop.it!

Earthquake tests 25 years of Mexican engineering

Earthquake tests 25 years of Mexican engineering | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

"The earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Tuesday 20 March rattled buildings and nerves in the capital, Mexico City, but thankfully caused little damage and no deaths. At magnitude 7.4 it was the strongest quake in the city since the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 9,500 people."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Tony Burton from Development studies and int'l cooperation
Scoop.it!

Why are children missing from WHO targets on non-infectious diseases?

Why are children missing from WHO targets on non-infectious diseases? | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Children die from cancer, heart disease and other non-infectious diseases but they are in danger of being forgotten as global targets for action are drawn up, say health groups...

Via Paola Rattu
more...
No comment yet.