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Cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro


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3.3 Leisure Activities & Tourism

Objective: To be able to explain the growth in the leisure and tourism industries and to study the positive and negative impacts of tourism in Bali.  In the 1970's, Bali became very popular with a...

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dilaycock's curator insight, October 30, 2014 4:43 PM

Great resource on tourism. Lots of resources on other topics. I would like to thank the author, but was unable to find his name.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues

Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef.


Environmental change has caused the loss of more than half the world's reef building corals. Coral cover, a measure of the percentage of the seafloor covered by living coral, is now just 10-20 percent worldwide. The Great Barrier Reef, once thought to be one of the more pristine global reef systems, has lost half of its coral cover in only the last 27 years. Overfishing, coastal pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions leading to increased temperatures and ocean acidification, as well as other human impacts are all affecting the delicate balance maintained in coral reef ecosystems.


Now, in a new study that aims to project the composition of the future Great Barrier Reef under current and future environmental scenarios, researchers found that in the long term, moderate warming of 1-2 degrees Celsius would result in a high probability of coral cover declining to less than 10 percent, a number thought to be important for maintaining reef growth.


In the short term, with increasing temperatures as well as local man-made threats like coastal development, pollution, and over-fishing, the study found that corals—tiny animals related to jellyfish—would be over-run by seaweed which would, in effect, suffocate them. In the longer term, interactions among reef organisms would lead to dominance by other groups, including sponges and soft corals known as gorgonians.


The study, now in pre-print online in the journal Ecology, uses a multivariate statistical model and includes quantitative surveys of 46 reef habitats over 10 years of data from 1996-2006.


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, January 31, 2015 7:26 AM

A good time to be growing some of those pretty species now under pressure before its too late. Barramundi Cods I think are spotted ones~

 

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Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Earthwatch scientists and volunteers monitor the health of the coral reefs that form Australia's Great Barrier Reef. http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/recove...

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GBR management.

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Sustainable Use of the Great Barrier Reef

The Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) is part of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Program (CERF), an initiative of the...

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The 15 big issues affecting the travel landscape in 2015

The 15 big issues affecting the travel landscape in 2015 | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

What are the big issues that will shape the travel landscape in 2015? What does the future hold for the dollar, airfares, connectivity and climate? The lure of travel is as strong as ever and savvy travellers know to anticipate the unexpected. This article places 15 macro trends of 2015 under the spotlight, including the rise of social media and curated travel and the shift of sustainable tourism from an alternative life add-on to a basic consideration for many travellers. This article touches on trends impacting upon aviation, cruising and accommodation - how will these changes impact upon your business in 2015? Click here to learn more. 


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Julie Bishop steps up lobbying to stop Great Barrier Reef being listed 'in danger' - The Guardian

Julie Bishop steps up lobbying to stop Great Barrier Reef being listed 'in danger' - The Guardian | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Australian foreign minister to use Lima climate talks to warn other nations that downgrading the reef’s world heritage status would set a ‘dangerous precedent’
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Map iPhone Users In a City, And You Know Where The Rich Live

Map iPhone Users In a City, And You Know Where The Rich Live | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

"Our stuff often says a lot about us, whether we own a hybrid car or a station wagon, a MacBook Pro or an ancient desktop.  Among other things, cell phone brands say something about socio-economics – it takes a lot of money to buy a new iPhone 5 (and even more money to keep up with the latest models that come out faster than plan upgrades do). Consider, then, this map of Washington, D.C., which uses geolocated tweets, and the cell phone metadata attached to them, to illustrate who in town is using iPhones (red dots) and who's using Androids (green dots)."


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Would Sydney show these trends?

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 26, 2013 7:27 PM
Lara where do you live that your phone was free?
Mary Everhart's comment, June 26, 2013 10:59 PM
I keep wondering what impact commuting has on the patterns shown on the maps.
Timothy Roth's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:38 PM

This just amazes me! The information that geography relates to us will never cease to amaze me.

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Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?

Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Green roofs sprouting across Mexican capital not only purify the air but aid recovery of hospital patients, says environment chief”
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Megacities pose serious health challenge

Megacities pose serious health challenge | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Researchers call for stringent air-quality control during rapid urbanization.”
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Megacities pose serious health challenge

Megacities pose serious health challenge | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Researchers call for stringent air-quality control during rapid urbanization.”
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The Rise of Megacities

The Rise of Megacities | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.” Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. Tags: urban, megacities.
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Where China’s future will happen

Where China’s future will happen | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 22, 2014 10:44 AM

An insightful article that examines the process of urbanisation in China.

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Daintree Rainforest Australia Information - Learn About The Daintree Rainforests of Queensland

Daintree Rainforest Australia Information - Learn About The Daintree Rainforests of Queensland | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

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The Daintree, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 8:40 PM
Students are to use this information site to research human impact on the Daintree. The website presents four key human practices that have had a detrimental effect on the Daintree and some key facts about the practice. Students are to work in groups of 4, selecting one detrimental human practice, and create a poster that explains the impact of the chosen practice. These posters will be presented to the class at the end of the allocated time to create it. This would be a good means to assess the classes combined understanding of the unit before the final assessment.
“The effective use of resources is central to good teaching. Good resources improve teaching effectiveness, engage students and assist their learning.”(Winch, G. Johnston, R. March, P. Ljungdahl, L. Holliday, M. p 224, 2010) This website allows students to conduct their own collaborative research, leaving the students with a choice lets them feel in charge of their own learning. Student cantered activities are central to student progress. Tasks that provide students with independence, and always “take children seriously” (Meeks, M. 1988) will always boast strong outcomes.
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., Holliday, M. (2010). Literacy: Reading writing and children’s literature (4th ed).: oxford university press
Meek, M. (1988) How Texts Teach What Readers Learn. Stroud, Glos.: Thimble Press.
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:17 PM
This task has a strong association with literacy, notably visual literacy, as students are asked to create a poster.
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UNESCO details of Barrier Reef threats

A UNESCO report says port expansions could damage the Great Barrier Reef, but the Queensland Government has promised developments will be sustainable.

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Threats to the GBR.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef In Danger

U.N. warns conservation status of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be downgraded, Australian government pledges action. Full story: The Australian govern...

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Issues on the GBR.

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Protecting the Reef from oil spills

In 2010 the fragility of the Great Barrier Reef was illustrated when a cargo ship ran aground. Oil spilled from the stricken vessel the Shen Neng 1. Huge por...

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Social media and technology determines the global travel cycle! - Travelandtourworld.com

Social media and technology determines the global travel cycle! - Travelandtourworld.com | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The travel cycle of potential travelers is determined by the increasing use of social media and the impressions found in those social forums. (#Social media & #technology determines the global travel cycle!

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The impacts of social media on tourism.

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Anup Kumar Keshan's curator insight, June 25, 2013 7:45 AM

great insight if social media in world travel industry

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A makeover for 'Slumdog Millionaire' slum?

A makeover for 'Slumdog Millionaire' slum? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Cramped, self-made huts line stretches of narrow and dirty lanes, accompanied by the smell of open sewers and towers of garbage. Welcome to Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world.

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Megacities: challenges ans responses

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Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014

Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014 | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Work has begun on stage one of The Goods Line Project, a railway-turned-urban park project connecting Sydney’s Central Station to Darling Harbour.Located in inner Sydney, the project includes a pedestrian and cycle network, creating a new urban hub and connecting more than 80,000 students, residents and visitors to the harbour’s recreational and pedestrian precinct.The new corridor is being compared to the High Line in New York City, a public park and walkway constructed on a historic freight train line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s lower west side...
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 19, 2014 3:07 AM

Strategies to improve urban places and liveability 

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Health, Pollution and Traffic Conditions Within Mega Cities

Health, Pollution and Traffic Conditions Within Mega Cities | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ These megacities take up approximately only 2 percent of the Earth's land surface, yet they account for roughly 75 percent of industrial wood use, 60 percent of human water use, and nearly 80 percent of all human produced carbon emissions.”
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Global cities of the future

Global cities of the future | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.” In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas.
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The Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate | IGAC Project

The Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate | IGAC Project | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

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Global cities of the future

Global cities of the future | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.” In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas.
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