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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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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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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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Some are more equal than others

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FOR many migrants who do not live in factory dormitories, life in the big city looks like the neighbourhood of Shangsha East Village: a maze of alleys framed by...
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This is very interesting article. I think it fits nicely into IB Geography in more than one way. The obvious links are to Populations in Transition and Disparities in Development & Wealth. I'm sure it be used in the optional themes of Urban Environments and Hazards. The article raises a lot of questions. For example,

 

How do cities cope with high levels of rural migrants?

Whose responsibility is to take are of these people?

 

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What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study)

What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Firstly, I want to be clear about one thing. I have long been very vocal in my belief that the International Baccalaureate is the best system of education that exists on the planet we call Earth. I...

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International Baccalaureate: Are we ready for the toughest exams in the world?

International Baccalaureate: Are we ready for the toughest exams in the world? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
"We're talking about an international exam which is the best in the world," says the speaker as we discuss what will happen now that the GCSE appears to be in terminal decline. "Why are we not bringing it in?

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Interesting. Last week I visited a state school in NZ that has started IB this year. I starting teaching IB Geography/ESS this academic year. While it's early days yet, I am increasingly convinced of the IB's rigour. It is a very demanding course of work. As governments in countries such as the UK, NZ, Australia etc. continually tinker with education (essentially trying to appease big business), I ownder if IB will become more & more attractive to parents who want their children to be ready for the new world that awaits them?

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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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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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What countries around the world give their citizens for having children

What countries around the world give their citizens for having children | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Almost half of the world faces the same demographic problem: not enough babies are being born to keep up with an aging population. As a result, countries have been trying all kinds of measures to get their citizens in the mood for procreating. Japan is spending about ¥3 billion ($29.3 million) on matchmaking events and robot babies that might inspire couples to want...
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Useful for IGCSE & IB population studies. 

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Mount St. Helens before 1980

Mount St. Helens before 1980 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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I think I've shared stuff from these guys before. This is really cool. Great for IB Geography Hazards. 

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Are we ready for the big one? - National - NZ Herald News

Are we ready for the big one? - National - NZ Herald News | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
It starts with an earthquake.
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Seismic risk in NZ. This is a very interesting topic for the risk management section of IB Geo Hazards option. Great scope for using GIS to make planning decisions.
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Google Maps Mania: Asteroid Impacts on Google Maps

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This is quite interesting. Not sure if it completely fits the IB Geography Hazards topic:)

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