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Inside the Voyager of the Seas

Inside the Voyager of the Seas | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The largest ever cruise ship to be based in Australia returns to Sydney after an $80 million makeover and fitted with a shopping mall, surf machine and an ice-skating rink.
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Video - tourism (nature, future directions). The cruise ship has a surface machine!

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Life behind the latte line: not everyone in Mosman is wealthy

Life behind the latte line: not everyone in Mosman is wealthy | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
It has more artisanal sourdough per square kilometre than Melbourne and more MAMILs per square metre than the Tour de France. But life isn't always a cup of tea in Australia's second most advantaged area.

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Urban dynamics, Large city in developed world, Sydney, social results
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After 20 years of uneasy peace, the forest wars are back | Environment | The Guardian

After 20 years of uneasy peace, the forest wars are back | Environment | The Guardian | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Agreements meant to protect forests and create a sustainable timber industry are about to expire, and both sides are preparing for new conflict
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Ecosystems at risk. Human impacts. Management.
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How to save Sydney

How to save Sydney | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Say you wanted a walkable, zero-carbon city centre, a genuine city of villages. What would you do?
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Sydney urban dynamics including culture of place, opinion piece - Elizabeth Farrelly is always really interesting, and forthright in her opinions.
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The Sydney suburbs set to see big changes in 2018

The Sydney suburbs set to see big changes in 2018 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Don't be surprised if housing stock in these areas generates significant chatter in the coming months.
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Sydney urban dynamics, suburbunisation, consolidation
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A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

This is an introduction to Our World in Data – the web publication that shows how global living conditions are changing.
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A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are ge
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Background (Yr11 development/population) to mega cities and challenges.
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Using the 'Latte Line' to reshape Sydney, a city of haves and have-nots

Using the 'Latte Line' to reshape Sydney, a city of haves and have-nots | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
''Sydney's fundamental, wicked problem is the issue that our jobs are in the east, and our housing development is in the west.''
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Sydney urban dynamics, social structure
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Map Shows Every Country's Tourism Slogan

Map Shows Every Country's Tourism Slogan | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
This map shows the every country’s tourism slogan*. From the straightforward (‘Travel in Slovakia – good idea’) to the dramatic (‘Colombia is magical realism’) these slogans are an insight into the ways tourism departments in countries across the world sell their countries to visitors. There are 9 exclamations used (Lithuania’s previous slogan used three with ‘See …
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Tourism, marketing slogan for all countries, character, organisational factor affecting (countries advertise themselves)
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Green fields and blue sky

Green fields and blue sky | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

...next week the only pub in the New South Wales town of Henty, population 900, will close. The much-loved local has been on the market a while – offers over $300,000 – but the owner’s had enough."

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Changing role of regional centres and decline of small towns. Discussion linked to fast train between Sydney and Melbourne.
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Putting on the Ritz-Carlton: The Star heralds return of luxury hotel

Putting on the Ritz-Carlton: The Star heralds return of luxury hotel | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Sydney skyline is set to be transformed with the development of the new $500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel, including apartments and an update
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Pyrmont, renewal, "Our vision is for a beautifully sculpted architecture, that will seem to grow from the great sandstone of Pyrmont. "It will be a unique tower, shaped organically in relation to the local environment and character."
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Slumscapes: How the world's five biggest slums are shaping their futures

Slumscapes: How the world's five biggest slums are shaping their futures | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
900 million people live in slums - the U.N. says it's time we understood them
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Mega cities, character, challenges, responses
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Great Barrier Reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO

Great Barrier Reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The government's latest report to UNESCO on the Great Barrier Reef paints a rosy picture.
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Ecosystems at Risk, management, human impacts, nature and rate of change.
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Education Resource: The mountain pygmy-possum: On the edge | NSW National Parks

Education Resource: The mountain pygmy-possum: On the edge | NSW National Parks | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The mountain pygmy-possum: On the edge teaching resource is for Stage 6 geography students to learn about the mountain pygmy-possum in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Ecosystems at risk, illustrative example, management, vulnerability, HUGIN, biophysical interactions. 
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Sydney homebuyers need to move west if they want a house

Sydney homebuyers need to move west if they want a house | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Australian dream of owning a house is only going to become "increasingly difficult", NSW Deputy Labor Leader claims.
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Urban dynamics, Sydney, counter urbanisation.
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The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers | Cities | The Guardian

The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers | Cities | The Guardian | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Cities can be dense without being overpopulated. But in the world’s most crowded city, the drains can’t cope – creating a grim new job
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Mega cities, challenges, Dhaka case study
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The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? | Cities | The Guardian

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? | Cities | The Guardian | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain
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Mega cities. Lagos as opening example.
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The Great Barrier Reef from the sky – in pictures

The Great Barrier Reef from the sky – in pictures | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Photographer Joshua Smith’s latest project The Reef is an aerial exploration ofhis experience with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
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Ecosystems at Risk case study, GBR, lovely set of oblique aerial photographs
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Global Megacities

40 cities worldwide are projected to have at least 10 million people by 2030, via @BBGVisualData
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Mega city growth, projected.
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Four ways Chinese tourists will change Australian travel in 2017

Four ways Chinese tourists will change Australian travel in 2017 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
There couldn't have been a greater contrast in the relations between China and the US and China and Australia this week.
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Nature of tourism, political factor affecting tourism
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Where is Sydney's housing development happening? Just look at this map ...

Where is Sydney's housing development happening? Just look at this map ... | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
This is the chart the NSW government says is evidence of the strength of Sydney's housing market.
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Sydney, location of residential development
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Driverless tractors changing life on the land

Driverless tractors changing life on the land | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Remote-controlled tractors will bring about a seismic shift in Australian agriculture by making farms a hell of a lot more productive and reducing farmer stress, agricultural consultants believe.
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Decline of small towns. This technology would lead to even less farm workers, impacting small towns.
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Terrorism Is Killing Tourism

Terrorism Is Killing Tourism | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The global travel map has been reshaped following attacks in France, Egypt, Turkey, and other popular destinations.
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Tourism, socio-cultural factors affecting, Cairo (mega city)
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It's official: Bankstown is no longer part of western Sydney

It's official: Bankstown is no longer part of western Sydney | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
In local government terms, the break has become official. Bankstown is no longer western Sydney.
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Sydney social structure, issues related to growth.
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Great Barrier Reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO

Great Barrier Reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The government's latest report to UNESCO on the Great Barrier Reef paints a rosy picture.
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Ecosystem
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Howard Schultz Says Goodbye to His Starbucks Empire - The New Yorker

Howard Schultz Says Goodbye to His Starbucks Empire - The New Yorker | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Vauhini Vara on Howard Schultz’s decision to step down as the C.E.O. of Starbucks and his influence on the company over the years.
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World cities, culture, Starbucks out of Seattle. Also Yr11 Cultural integration.
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Great Barrier Reef progress report: We have to do better on water quality, says Australia

Great Barrier Reef progress report: We have to do better on water quality, says Australia | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Efforts to curb tree clearing have failed, the government admits in its update to Unesco on work to save the world heritage site
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Ecosystems at risk, human impacts, management.
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