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Political Geography and the causes of conflict.
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Something The Entire World Should See – Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware

Something The Entire World Should See – Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware | Nature and Conflict | Scoop.it
North East of Hawaii, the ocean currents form a giant whirl pool of debris from around the Pacific, the scientific name is called the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising of millions of square kilometres. Today it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of […]

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September 23, 2013


North East of Hawaii, the ocean currents form a giant whirl pool of debris from around the Pacific, the scientific name is called the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising of millions of square kilometres.

Today it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia where there is approximately one million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the ocean. Drag a net in any area of this part of the ocean and you will pick up toxic, discarded plastic.

Photographer Chris Jordan has documented this phenomenon.


I had been studying for quite a while the phenomenon called the Pacific garbage patch. I was looking for a way to visualize it, it was really surreal to land on Midway, seeing that my worst hopes of what I would find there are true. These are all albatross chicks, hatched out of their eggs and the very first meal they got was deadly to them. What happens is, when the eggs hatch one of the parents goes out and flies looking for food. They search over this vast area of the pacific and when they come back with is a belly full of toxic plastics, and they feed that to their babies. They die of starvation, malnutrition and chocking. Simply allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel about this, without jumping to the way to solve it. Because I think we really need to feel these things, even if the feelings are uncomfortable, because those are the feelings that will turn into the fuel and drive passionate action – Chris Jordan


The desire to change these things will put the human race on a journey to do so, and we are in the midst of it. Ultimately it is our choice as to whether or not we take the time to educate ourselves about our choices and begin doing things in a manner that cares for our environment and home more than our materialistic needs.

What can we do about this problem now? As much as possible, support eco-friendly products. Avoid being wasteful and purchasing new products each time a new version comes out simply so we can be up to date with the latest greatest. Create awareness about this issue and pass it onto your friends and family. Awareness has been key in changing various aspects of our world and so often we give it little credit. It is much more powerful than we think.

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Bill Gates predicts almost no poor countries left by 2035 in annual letter - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The Big Dig - Mongolia - YouTube

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Eight things you need to know about South Sudan - The Age

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Federal Government approves Qld coal and gas expansion amid new rules to protect Barrier Reef - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Exit Syria – Diaries from Za’atari

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Za'atari Diaries - Life as a Syrian Refugee is an interactive real-time diary which takes you right at the heart of the world's second largest refugee camp, currently at crisis point.
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Amazing and objective insight into the lives of those displaced by the disasterous war in Syria.

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Miserable looking Australian blobfish outpolls NZ's kakapo to be named world's ugliest animal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Get out of our way on huge mines, Abbott told | theage.com.au

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask - The Washington Post

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#Lebanon Syrian Refugee Relief in the Hands of the World Bank

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The Lebanese government could not convince even one donor to pay a single cent toward the estimated half a million US dollars needed to provide humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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#Lebanon Syrian Refugee Relief in the Hands of the World Bank

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Published Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Lebanese government could not convince even one donor to pay a single cent toward the estimated half a million US dollars needed to provide humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The alternative: a credit fund management by the World Bank. This entails several risks and could end up as a loan adding to the public debt – or worse.

None of the donors would grant funding to the Lebanese government directly. This is due to their experience following the July 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon and the destruction of the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in 2007.

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The Lebanese government did not consent to the establishment of refugee camps for political reasons. However, the situation has become critical, with 10 informal Syrian refugee settlements set up in the Bekaa and Akkar.

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Lateline - 17/07/2013: Exodus from Syria compared to Rwanda

Lateline - 17/07/2013: Exodus from Syria compared to Rwanda | Nature and Conflict | Scoop.it
The United Nations has compared the number of Syrians fleeing from their countrys civil war to the refugee crisis of the Rwandan genocide 1 8 million Syrian refugees are registered by the UN
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Syria forces 'committed crimes'

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Syria's security forces have committed systematic "crimes against humanity" in their crackdown on anti-government protesters, a UN report says.
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Myanmar Emerges: Myanmar’s emergence was one of the most important economic, political and cultural stories of 2013.

Myanmar Emerges: Myanmar’s emergence was one of the most important economic, political and cultural stories of 2013. | Nature and Conflict | Scoop.it
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Wars in the World - Guerre nel Mondo - Google Maps

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Fears of CAR humanitarian crisis

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▶ Crisis in the Central African Republic: Dispatch Two - YouTube

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5 part series by Vice. Gives a fairly good overview of the conflict in Central African Republic. Some violence, particularly in part 3.

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Morrison outlines government's asylum seeker policy

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Scott Morrison says the new government has terminated plans for a detention centre at Singleton and redeployed funds to offshore processing.
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Mapping Marine Ecosystems

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Students investigate different marine ecosystem types, identify examples of these ecosystems and their characteristics, and locate the ecosystems on a map of the world's oceans.
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Ten myths around asylum seekers arriving on boats in Australian waters

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DO you believe that thousands of illegal boat people are swamping our shores in unprecedented numbers and threatening Australian jobs and the economy?
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How to Become an Environmentally Safe Diver - DIVE.in

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With an increase in people taking up scuba diving there has also been an increase in eco problems. However divers can become environmentally friendly.

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THE LUCKY COUNTRY: Index Shows Australians Need To Work Least To Buy A Big Mac

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Kevin Rudd to send asylum seekers who arrive by boat to Papua New Guinea | theage.com.au

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U.N. Draws Up List Of Syrian War Crimes Suspects

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GENEVA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - United Nations investigators said on Monday they had expanded a secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes during the 18-month-old conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and his opponents.

The human rights investigators, led by Paulo Pinheiro, said they had gathered "a formidable and extraordinary body of evidence" and urged the U.N. Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Britain and France said the time had come for Syria to be referred to the Hague-based U.N. war crimes court, but diplomats noted this would require acceptance by veto-wielding Russia and China, which have blocked all previous efforts to condemn Syria.

"Gross human rights violations have grown in number, in pace and in scale," Pinheiro told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. "There is no statute of limitations on these crimes."

He did not say if any Syrian rebels were among the names on the list, which updated a confidential one his independent team submitted to U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay in February.

Pinheiro presented the team's latest report, issued a month ago, saying Syrian government forces and allied militia have committed war crimes including murder and torture of civilians in what appears to be a state-directed policy. ....


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