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Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted

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Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

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Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:19 AM

This is perfect for a unit on climate change and global warming. I would definitely recommend this in geography classes because it is a wake up call. Students can see the effects of climate change and draw their own conclusions about what they believe about this. I would use this with in coorelation with a video about global warming, or even use this as a webquest activity. 

Brian Hammerstix's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:29 PM

#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:15 PM

Aside from the mass devastation i think it would be pretty cool of all the ice melted. As the interactive map shows there would be in inland sea in australia which i can turn into the AUs great lakes. Also imagine the possiblility of being able to take a vacation to antartica and not having to dress for absurdly negative tempatures, all the undiscovered land and preservated fossils. It would be a interestling link to the past that only in the future we could experience.

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Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

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Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country's maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 11:12 AM

Canada, Russia and Denmark (Greenland) are all seeking to expand their maritime claims in the Arctic.  Globally speaking, the retreat of Arctic sea ice can be seen as a unmitigated disaster, but disasters for the many can open up new economic opportunities for the few.  When trapped under ice, extracting resources is cost prohibitive, but the melting sea ice will make the Arctic's resources all the more valuable (including the expanded shipping lanes).  This fits in with the APHG new course outline which includes political ecology (the study of the political and economic principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another and to the environment).
 

Tagseconomic, environment, political, resources, water, sovereignty, coastal, environment depend, territoriality, unit 4 political, Arctic, climate change, political ecology.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 18, 5:41 PM

Environmental ecology. What do we need to know about conserving the Arctic?

Kevin Barker's curator insight, August 19, 8:53 AM

Canada and Russia have at least one way they will benefit from a warming climate and both are eager to see that they take advantage of it.  Using remote sensing is a way to identify and formalize where is their legitimate claim to territory and resources.  What problems might arise with the retreat of the arctic ice?

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Angling for sustainability

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There aren't always more fish in the sea. Growing community concern about over-fishing has prompted scientists to investigate the health of populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of other fish being caught accidentally.

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Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

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Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.

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Colombia's Herd of Hungry Hippos

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"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 26, 10:33 PM

An important idea in biogeography is the concept of invasive species. An invasive species is an organism that is not indigenous to an area but causes great economic or environmental harm to the new area as it quickly adapts and alters the ecosystem.   Colombia's hippopotamus herd certainly qualifies as an interesting example to share with students of unintended ecological consequences that occur through human and environmental interactions.  For further explorations into invasive species, see this National Geographic lesson plan.   

 

Tags: biogeography, environmentecology, Colombia, National Geographic.

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Australia courting danger with the Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has announced it will allow the dumping of three million cubic metres of dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port redevelopment within the marine park’s boundaries…

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Victory for Loggerhead Sea Turtles: Vast Area of Habitat Gains Protection

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Today, the federal government designated thousands of miles of beaches and open ocean around the southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles. The area, w

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Wild rivers conundrum

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Whether to develop or conserve is a common dilemma across the Australian landscape, and opinions are divided on the...
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Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting

Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Industrial dust and soil, blown thousands of miles, settle on ice sheets and add to rising sea level threat

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Developing World Cities and Population Density

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Without a question, we are living in an urban era. More people now live in cities than anywhere else on the planet and I’ve repeatedly argued that cities are our most important economic engine. As a result of these shifts, we’re seeing megacities at a scale the world has never seen before.

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Fathie Kundie's curator insight, June 27, 12:05 PM
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Sally Egan's curator insight, June 29, 9:31 PM

Mega cities and the challenges they face for the future is focus in this article. Great statistics on populations and urban densities are also included.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:47 PM

APHG-U6

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Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
In 19 of the 51 largest U.S. metros, including knowledge centers like New York and Austin, the city grew faster than the suburbs last year.
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Water, Water, Everywhere

Water, Water, Everywhere | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Edward Burtynsky’s photo project “Water” shows where water comes from and how it is distributed, used, and wasted.
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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic] | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it

Option: Inland waterAs the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”

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Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet

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This daily dose of satellite photos helps you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things humans have constructed--as well as the devastating...

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 15, 8:58 AM

Amazing.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, June 15, 11:19 AM

Great images for giving students a global perspective.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 17, 9:33 AM

unit 1

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The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond

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Two landmark reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef have outlined the pressure it is being put under by climate…

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.

 

A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.

 

Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:32 AM

Perception!

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Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

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APHG-U7

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Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation

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Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday.

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Donut Holes in Law of the Sea

Donut Holes in Law of the Sea | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it

"Sovereignty over land defines nation states since 1648. In contrast, sovereign right over the sea was formalised only in 1982. While land borders are well-known, sea borders escape the limelight."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 8, 9:28 PM

These maritime borders mark the economic area is defined by its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a 200-nautical mile-wide (370 km) strip of sea along the country’s national coast line.  This regulation, which was installed by the ‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ in 1982, grants a state special rights to exploit natural (such as oil) and marine (for instance fish) resources, including scientific research and energy production (wind-parks, for example).  This interactive map of the EEZs also shows the 'donut holes,' or the seas that are no state can claim that no state can claim.  Given the number of conflicts that are occurring--especially in East Asia--this map becomes a very valuable online resource for teaching political geography. 


Questions to ponder: how does this series of buffer zones around the Earth's land masses impact politics, the environment and local economies?  Where might the EEZs be more important to the success of a country/territory than other regions? 


Tagseconomic, environment, political, resources, water, sovereignty, coastal, environment depend, territoriality, states, conflict, unit 4 political.

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APHG-U4

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Ethiopia's Dam Problems

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"Ethiopia is three years from completing a dam to control its headwaters, and while Egypt points to colonial-era treaties to claim the water and to stop the project, the question remains as to who own the Blue Nile."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 10:44 AM

units 4 and 6

dilaycock's curator insight, July 21, 9:09 PM

Useful example to illustrate the interactions and tensions between natural resources and political systems.

Kate Buckland's curator insight, July 26, 10:38 PM

At least the Murray-Darling Basin is within one country - even if it covers 4 states!

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Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level

Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it

"The largest reservoir in the U.S. falls to its lowest water level in history, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill title and issued a press release on July 8 calling for an 'independent scientific and economic audit of the Bureau of Reclamation’s strategies for Colorado River management.'"


This week’s history-making, bad-news event at Lake Mead has already triggered lots of news stories, but almost all of these stories focus on the water supply for Las Vegas, Phoenix and California. But what about the health of the river itself?


Tags: physicalfluvial, drought, water, environment.


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 12, 3:09 AM

Consequences of urbanisation 

Tom Franta's curator insight, July 12, 11:40 AM

Many geographers are aware that future water resource issues in the American Southwest will have political, cultural, and social impacts.  What do you believe to be some approaching concerns after reading this article?

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Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health

Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Why is the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment a useful example for an exploration of river management issues? The needs...
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IUCN - From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

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Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World

Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, is a 'sick city', due largely to rapid urbanization. But planning and other measures can nurse it into a sustainable urban environment.

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Protecting Our Air Is Protecting Our Oceans

Protecting Our Air Is Protecting Our Oceans | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Whether it be for actions taken by the EPA or the State Department, congratulations to the Obama Administration are due for leadership on both carbon emissions and marine conservation. Let these efforts be the first of many....

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▶ WATERMARK Trailer | New Release 2013 | Festival 2013 - YouTube

Following their acclaimed collaboration Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in...
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Drift Gillnets: Overview

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In the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast, mile-long driftnets are used to capture swordfish and thresher sharks. But that’s not all they catch. When the nets are deployed in the evenings to soak ov

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