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Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Just think of them as the Coca-Cola and the Pepsi of viticulture

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Just think of them as the Coca-Cola and the Pepsi of viticulture | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand - Pacific Standard

Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand - Pacific Standard | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand Pacific Standard The willingness to migrate for affordable housing considerably expands the geography of supply. The result is sprawl. Sprawl bad.”
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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on.”
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Europe at Night

Europe at Night | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ NASA's night lights imagery published in the Earth Observatory provides a stunning view of our impact on the planet. The following map of Europe at night is an extract of my gridded population proj...”
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The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary

The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is gathering in Yokohama, Japan, to explore the array of impacts climate change is having on the natural world. For one of Earth's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, the situation is stark – emissions must be cut radically, and quickly, if the ecosystem is to survive”
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What Can We Learn From Pictures of People and Their Trash?

What Can We Learn From Pictures of People and Their Trash? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ A photography project meets public service campaign aims to raise awareness about what we throw in the trash in just one week”
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Interactive Wind Map

Interactive Wind Map | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Mesmerizing.”
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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:30 PM

Stunning interactive wind map.

Richard Thomas's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:23 PM

Excellent for visual learners.

K_Lynam's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:43 PM

The Ides of March definitely BLEW into our area!  Perfect timing to find @Seth Dixon's Scoop of this interactive Wind Map!

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Unesco warns Australia over reef

Unesco warns Australia over reef | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Unesco has threatened to list the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage in Danger site, amid controversy over a plan to dump dredged sediment.
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Google Maps dives to coral reefs

Google Maps dives to coral reefs | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Panoramic images of several coral reefs have been added to Google's Street View service in its maps, allowing users to navigate their way around the sites. The material was gathered by the Catlin Seaview Survey - a project studying the health of the reefs, including the impact of global warming. The programme's director said the effort would help scientists analyse ecosystems and raise general awareness. It is also a publicity coup for Google at a time of growing competition. Google has previously offered computer-generated views of the sea floor terrain, but this is the first time it has incorporated underwater photographs into its mapping product. "We want to be a comprehensive source for imagery that lets anyone explore anywhere," Jenifer Foulkes, Google's ocean programme manager, told the BBC. "This is just the next step to take users underwater and give them the experience of an area that most people have been been to - seeing sea turtles, seeing manta rays, crazy pencil urchins and beautiful fish." Locations added to the service include Australia's Great Barrier Reef near Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island and Wilson Island, as well as Hawaii's Hanauma Bay and Molokini Crater and the Philippines Apo Island. Underwater cameras But while Google's engineers provided technical support to the project, the actual photography and stitching together of the images was carried out by a scientists funded by the Catlin Group, a Bermuda-based insurance firm. To do so, they developed a submersible fitted with three wide-angle lenses designed to take high resolution images in low light conditions. The equipment took a 24-megapixel photograph from each lens once every four seconds to provide 360-degree views, as the rig moved over the reef at about 2-3km/h (1-2mph). "The main reason is to record reef environments on an unprecedented scale and reveal them to the world," explained Richard Vevers, the project's director. "It's about creating a global reef record - something that has been missing and something that is very much needed. We simply don't have historical records to monitor change on a broad scale. "Scientists from around the world will now be able to study reefs remotely and very clearly see how they are changing." Previous studies have suggested pollution, destructive fishing practices and climate change have already caused major damage to many of the colonies of sealife colonies that were built up over thousands of years. To analyse the new material, researchers at the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute are using image recognition software to identify the creatures recorded in the photographs, and 3D-modelling programmes to monitor how the habitats change over time. "It's analysing the health of the reef in terms of species distribution, and mapping that against the structure of the reefs to discover what reefs are important," said Mr Vevers. "When we start working with those two data sets it could prove to be hugely valuable in working out which are the areas that need to be protected." He added that the survey intended to add images from reefs near Bermuda at a later stage. Map wars The launch provides Google with a fresh opportunity to publicise the range of its mapping products at a time its rivals are gaining ground. Amazon recently struck a deal with Nokia to use the Finnish company's mapping technology on its Kindle Fire tablets, despite the fact they run on Google's Android software. Nokia's technology will also be used by Microsoft on its upcoming Windows Phone 8 system. Apple has ditched Google's service in its default Maps app in the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system. The move has attracted criticism because of inaccuracies in Apple's replacement service, but has also been recognised as a strategic move that should make the iPhone maker less reliant on its rival. "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours, but what do I know?" said Google's chairman Eric Schmidt earlier this week in Tokyo. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." At present they must instead access the product via a web browser if they wish to continue using it.
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Can We Replace Lost Coral Reefs with 3D Printed Versions?

Can We Replace Lost Coral Reefs with 3D Printed Versions? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are pushing the ocean’s coral reefs to the brink of extinction. Depending on the region, average declines in coral reef cover can range from 40 to 80 percent.”
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Typhoon Haiyan Before & After

Typhoon Haiyan Before & After | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.”
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Cities are for People: Turning Underused Spaces into Public Places

Cities are for People: Turning Underused Spaces into Public Places | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Metrocable, architect Urban-Think Tank. Image © Omar Uran It begins with a fundamental premise: Buildings occupy only a fraction of land in cities.”
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EarthTalk: The Importance of Preserving Wetlands

EarthTalk: The Importance of Preserving Wetlands | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Providing biodiversity and ecosystem services, wetlands are under siege despite their important in the hydrological cycle and as a vital global ecosystem”
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Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' - KTAR.com

Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' - KTAR.com | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' KTAR.com Whether you're a Geography Bee champ or a Social Studies chump, Google has a map for that. Utilizing its Maps feature, Google has created a game called "Smarty Pins," The Verge reported.”
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An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Watch the commuting patterns of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”
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We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects – in pictures

We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects – in pictures | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ From pedestrian bridges to city centre waterslides, sculpture parks to public pianos, here are the smartest and wackiest crowdfunded projects for urban improvement (RT @boydcohen: RT @ehooge: A great selection of crowdfunded urban projects”
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Air Pollution Linked to 1.2 Million Deaths in China

Air Pollution Linked to 1.2 Million Deaths in China | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Air pollution was the fourth leading risk factor for deaths in China, accounting for the loss of 25 million healthy years of life from the population, a study said.”
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64% of World's Extreme Poor Live in Just 5 Countries

64% of World's Extreme Poor Live in Just 5 Countries | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ According to the World Bank, nearly two thirds of global poverty exists in India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
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Geography: One subject, one community – time for one vision? - Geography Week and National Curriculum reform - TES Geography - TES Community

Geography: One subject, one community – time for one vision? - Geography Week and National Curriculum reform - TES Geography - TES Community | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun (Is the future of Geography to get rid of 'physical' and 'human' divide. Comments here...”
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Coral Sperm Frozen to Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef - Voice of America

Coral Sperm Frozen to Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef - Voice of America | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“Voice of America Coral Sperm Frozen to Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef Voice of America SYDNEY — Coral sperm in Australia's Great Barrier Reef is being cryogenically frozen to protect some of the animal species from extinction.”
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Proposed 'Coralbots' would use swarm intelligence to repair coral reefs

Proposed 'Coralbots' would use swarm intelligence to repair coral reefs | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland are developing a new type of undersea robot they're dubbing "coralbots." The goal is to create multiple robots that will work in a "swarm" to repair the cold-water coral reefs that have been damaged by fisherman, re-cementing the broken pieces together. Theoretically, the the robots could be deployed immediately after the damaged occurred, which would allow scientists to "rebuild the reef in days to weeks, instead of [the] years to centuries," according to Dr Lea-Anne Henry. Currently, similar work is done by human divers, but they can't work at the same depths or for as long as robots. “ ” The team tells the BBC that the plan is to adapt robots already created in another department that are about a meter long with video cameras and small arms. The "swarm intelligence" allows for a group of robots which each individually only require simple instructions, but would work together to rebuild the reefs. It's still early days — the team needs to develop the software to recognize coral fragments and the "micro-rules" that would govern each robot's behavior — but if fully funded, the first coralbots could be put into action in less than a year.
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Beautiful Underwater Panoramas are Being Used to Help Scientists Save Coral Reefs

Beautiful Underwater Panoramas are Being Used to Help Scientists Save Coral Reefs | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
“ Stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, take your pick, any number of adjectives would work to describe the world’s coral reefs. But, sadly, another word would work as well: disappearing.”
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The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars

The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
What happens when you build mobility systems entirely around safety? I found out the morning I arrived in Houten, a design experiment set amid the soggy pastures of the Dutch lowlands. I stepped off the train, eyes blurry with an Amsterdam-size hangover, and found a bustling downtown without a car in sight--just throngs of white-haired senior citizens wheeling past on bicycles, their baskets loaded with shopping. I was greeted at Houten’s city hall by the mild-mannered traffic director, Herbert Tiemens, who insisted that we go for a ride. He led me down Houten’s main road, which was not actually a road but a winding path through what looked like a golf course or a soft-edged set from Teletubbies: all lawns and ponds and manicured shrubs. Not a car in sight. We rolled past an elementary school and kindergarten just as the lunch bell rang. Children, some of whom seemed barely out of diapers, poured out, hopped on little pink and blue bicycles, and raced past us, homeward.
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The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Cities are the laboratories where the most innovative ideas for surviving in the future can be tested. These 10--from New York to Tokyo to Bogota...

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oyndrila's curator insight, September 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Inspiring information on innovative techniques implemented by cities around the world to be sustainable.The cities featured here belong to the developing and the developed world. So, more cities in the developing world must work towards being sustainable.