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This is really very good. For people familair with Stratalogica, this is an excellent FREE alternative. I am looking forward to seeing what my guys can do with it!

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The great sprawl of China

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IN ANCIENT times, Beijing built towering city walls that helped to prevent undefendable sprawl. These days it builds ring roads, stretching built-up areas ever...

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CD - The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region

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Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed wa...
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This is just a little bit scary. While they don't mention it, I think Australia is moving into similar territory. Just a few years ago, the reservoir that supplies my hometown (amongst others) had fallen to 4% of its capacity. Luckily then rains came (eventually!) and things are ok for the time being. Until the next severe drought. I think this article hits the nail on the head when it makes the point that "Modern humans will not acknowledge reality until it slaps them hard in the face." There needs to be a very serious readjustment of how we use all resources, not just water. But we already knew that. Didn't we?

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Stop Trying to Save the World

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Big ideas are destroying international development.

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This is really interesting article. It would seem that international aid is similar to education in that it is trying to find the 'one big idea' that will solve everything. It's just not going to happen like that. People don't need to think outside the box so much as work with what is in the box already. The big dreams are important as an ultimate goal, but we need to understand that to reach that ultimate goal is going to take time. And that's ok as long as there work being done to get there.

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Why "International Development" needs a rethink.

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Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again

Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

About 30 years a program to transform the dead heart of Melbourne began that was to become so successful that the city is now hailed as the world's most liveable.

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I thought this was very interesting. Trawling through data collected in their surveys would make for interesting reading. This fits the IB Geography topic Urban Environments nicely.

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When did globalisation start?

When did globalisation start? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by...
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Good article for IB HL Geography Global Interactions.

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable future
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This is an interesting set of maps. I'm sure Geography teachers will find it very useful. Enjoy:)

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The world's 20 oldest cities - Telegraph

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This These are the world's oldest continously inhabited places - although not all of them are currently welcoming visitors

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This series of photographs is quite interesting. I'm sure there would a lot of debate about the cities in the list. However, I think this could be great discussion starter about several topics - location, characteristics that lead to longevity amongst many others. I think I am going to get my Year 13 Geographers to plot them on a map to see what patterns are created. Should be interesting!

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Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience

Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Singapore has roughly 5.4 million people crammed into 716 square kilometers (276 square miles), making it the most densely populated country in the world. This country—whose area is less than a quarter of that of Rhode Island—does not have enough room for agriculture and thus imports over 90% of its food from other countries all over the world.
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This is perfect for the IB Geo theme Urban Environments! SO glad I found this today as I want to focus on sustainability this coming week! 

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A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods

A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This case study describes the factors that have enabled 200,000–300,000 hectares (ha) of degraded land in Burkina Faso to be brought into productive use through the application of improved traditional farming techniques. It draws out important lessons regarding the diffusion and adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies, effective social organisation and the role of finance in supporting and promoting progress in sustainable agriculture.
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Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

South Korea may be doomed. A recent study, conducted by the National Assembly Research Service in Seoul, predicts that the country will reach zero inhabitants by 2750.

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A very interesting article that would generate some nice discussions for population studies in geography. Some of the reader comments are interesting as well and would be good discussion starters in themselves, especially in ToK and Global Perspectives classes.

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Asia today echoes divided Europe of 1914

Asia today echoes divided Europe of 1914 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Have we learnt anything from the mistakes of the past? Perhaps not, as modern Asia shows signs of falling into the same traps that triggered World War I.
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A short, quite interesting piece on the geopolitical similarities between Europe in 1914 and Asia in 2014. As stand offs over the South China Sea develop and the crises in the Middle East continue to fester, I seriously wonder if we are on the brink of another global conflict. What do other people think?

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Urban population boom poses massive challenges for Africa and Asia

Urban population boom poses massive challenges for Africa and Asia | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
UN report predicts that two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050
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Good discussion starter for population studies.

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Treasure hunt

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IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from...
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This is very interesting. And it confirms suspicions I have had for the last 6 months or so. I teach quite a lot of Chinese & South Korean kids. Many of them (maybe 50%?) have visited Japan in the last 12 months. Very timely as my first year IB Geographers move into our optional theme on Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

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How McDonald's conquered India

How McDonald's conquered India | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.
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This is a very interesting article. I know it's about McDonalds and lots of people don't care for McDonalds. However, it is a good explanation of how TNCs go about adapting their products to fit in to a new market with a very different culture. This is a really good example to use to explain the differences between globalisation and glocalisation. 

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Home - gisrecord2014

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This is a really cool idea! I am looking forward to participating next week. 20000+ students from 160+ schools around the world. Can't wait to see the data generated.

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Our ageing population not necessarily bad news

Our ageing population not necessarily bad news | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Politicians and economists have been banging on about the ageing of the population for ages, but how much do we actually know about the likely economic consequences? Not much - until now.
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This is an interesting angle on what is traditionally seen as a negative phenomenon. 

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The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

The hidden force in global economics: sending money home | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
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Shared with me by a colleague (thanks @edtechbailey) this morning. My Year 12 Geographers have started looking at Migration. Absolutely brilliant timing:) 

 

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Epidemics Are Not Natural

Epidemics Are Not Natural | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why.
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This is very interesting. Most work on (over)population comes from a Malthusian (i.e. economic) point of view. The use of an ecological point of view here is refreshing. I especially like the population & carrying capacity diagram.

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The globalisation of work - and people

The globalisation of work - and people | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Thanks to our connected world, now employees have become globalised, not just the companies they work for, writes Prof Lynda Gratton (BBC News - The globalisation of work - and people http://t.co/7YQSQ6Jvww)...

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This raises lots of issues. Perfect for the HL Geography core units on Globalisation & Time-Space Convergence.

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Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer

Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Governments dither on the solution to global warming – but the Montreal protocol is a reminder of a time when they took their hands out of their pockets
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Why Asia is probably poorer than we think

Why Asia is probably poorer than we think | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Jayati Ghosh: Asia’s ‘success’ in reducing poverty uses a flawed system for measuring income and ignores food insecurity
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Scientists may have solved the giant Siberian crater mystery - and the news isn't good

Scientists may have solved the giant Siberian crater mystery - and the news isn't good | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Researchers have long contended the epicentre of global warming is also farthest from the reach of humanity.
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This is quite interesting. Obvious links to Geography, ESS etc.. Could also use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.

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Secret of sandstone shapes revealed

Secret of sandstone shapes revealed | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.
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This is really interesting. Great for weathering & erosion in IGCSE Geography

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