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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it

"After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself. Our blue and green world is becoming greyer by the second. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world with up to 2.8bn tonnes."

 

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3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Human activity is causing disruption across the natural world - from areas as large as the Great Barrier Reef to as small as the parasites inside a crab's shell.
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Greenland map captures changing Arctic in fine detail

Greenland map captures changing Arctic in fine detail | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
The British Antarctic Survey produces an exquisite new printed sheet map of Greenland and the European Arctic.
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From cheeseburgers to coral reefs, the science of decision-making can change the world

From cheeseburgers to coral reefs, the science of decision-making can change the world | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
As public crises like obesity and environmental destruction continue to worsen, behavioural science is more vital than ever to policy-makers.
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World Population Growth

World Population Growth | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
In the 20th century the world population increased from 1.5 billion to 6.1 billion. Now closing in on 8 billion, population growth is slowing. How has population growth varied across the world? How has population changed over our history? See global and country-level data.
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Antarctic Ice Loss 2002-2016

Antarctic Ice Loss 2002-2016 | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Between 2002 and 2016, Antarctica shed approximately 125 gigatons of ice per year, causing global sea level to rise by 0.35 millimeters per year.
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Queenstown, New Zealand tourist tax: Locals vote for bed tax to help with overcrowding

Queenstown, New Zealand tourist tax: Locals vote for bed tax to help with overcrowding | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Faced with a flood of sightseers each year, the residents of the poster-child town of New Zealand's tourism boom have overwhelmingly called for a tax on tourists.
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The end of the Arctic as we know it | Environment | The Guardian

The end of the Arctic as we know it | Environment | The Guardian | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Less oxygen and ice, more acid and heat. Jonathan Watts joins an expedition studying what this means for the planet
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Chernobyl welcomes the tourists – ‘a messy and morally queasy experience’ | Travel | The Guardian

Chernobyl welcomes the tourists – ‘a messy and morally queasy experience’ | Travel | The Guardian | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Interest in the site of the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster has grown hugely in the wake of the HBO series – but it is a long way from being a place of solemnity and reflection
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Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon surges to record high | Environment | The Guardian

Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon surges to record high | Environment | The Guardian | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Environmentalists fear 2019 will be one of worst years for deforestation in recent memory
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Habitat loss doesn't just affect species, it impacts networks of ecological relationships

Habitat loss doesn't just affect species, it impacts networks of ecological relationships | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
New research has found that different types of habitat loss can change the stability of whole plant and animal communities.
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Climate Smart Mining: Minerals for Climate Action

Climate Smart Mining: Minerals for Climate Action | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
The renewable energy transition is going to be mineral intensive. The World Bank is developing policy and regulatory frameworks to mitigate mining's impact.
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What's happening to Greenland will affect the whole world - and our leaders need to understand why

What's happening to Greenland will affect the whole world - and our leaders need to understand why | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
We're sending 20 of our Young Global Leaders north to see how viewing the shrinking ice sheet will inspire them to rise to the climate crisis.
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Congestion on Everest leads to backlog of climbers in 'death zone' | World news | The Guardian

Congestion on Everest leads to backlog of climbers in 'death zone' | World news | The Guardian | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Death of three people linked to delays at summit as climbers queue for hours in freezing temperatures
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Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study | Environment | The Guardian

Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study | Environment | The Guardian | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Study shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen man-made problem
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Overtourism in 2019: How can popular cities cope with tourist hordes?

Overtourism in 2019: How can popular cities cope with tourist hordes? | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
The high tourism season hasn't started yet, and there are already signs that landmarks in Europe are bursting at the seams.
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Plant extinction 'bad news for all species'

Plant extinction 'bad news for all species' | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a study.
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Interactive: Everything you need to know about Adani – from cost, environmental impact and jobs to its possible future

Interactive: Everything you need to know about Adani – from cost, environmental impact and jobs to its possible future | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know – where it is, the environmental impact, Indigenous land rights issues and actual profitability – of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in one simple interactive.
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Disappearing sea ice is changing the whole ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean

Disappearing sea ice is changing the whole ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Algae at the bottom of the Arctic food chain relies on sea ice.
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London population: Why so many people leave the UK's capital

London population: Why so many people leave the UK's capital | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
The UK's capital has grown rapidly, yet more Britons leave the city than arrive.
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How Australia became one of the worst deforesters in the world 

How Australia became one of the worst deforesters in the world  | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
And what you can do to help.
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5 reasons to protect mangrove forests for the future

5 reasons to protect mangrove forests for the future | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
They store carbon, protect against flooding and create breeding grounds for fish. But these verdant, lush ecosystems are under threat.
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Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems | Science

Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems | Science | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it

Abnormally high temperatures have led to unsafe travel conditions, uncertain ecological futures and even multiple deaths
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Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map]

Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map] | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Most of the world is divided neatly into distinct nations with clearly defined borders. This map is about the locations that do not fit that model, territories that are claimed by more than one country / occupying force. The conflicts range from major wars whose impact is felt around world (e.g. Islamic State) to minor disagreements over remote, uninhabited rocks (e.g. Rockall Island).
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Ghana is set to be the world's fastest growing economy this year, according to the IMF

Ghana is set to be the world's fastest growing economy this year, according to the IMF | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
Oil reserves are boosting GDP, but they aren’t the only factor driving the West African nation’s growth spurt.
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Running out of children, a South Korea school enrols illiterate grandmothers | SBS News

Running out of children, a South Korea school enrols illiterate grandmothers | SBS News | NSW Senior Geography ( Current syllabus) | Scoop.it
As the birthrate plummets in South Korea, rural schools are emptying. To fill its classrooms, one school opened its doors to women who have for decades dreamed of learning to read.
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