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Cairo building collapse kills 17

Cairo building collapse kills 17 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Rescue teams are searching for survivors in the rubble of a block of flats that collapsed in Egypt's capital Cairo, killing at least 17 people.
Paul Battens insight:

Mega city - challenges, housing.

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Plan to let miners extract billions of litres of groundwater 'threatens Great Barrier Reef'

Plan to let miners extract billions of litres of groundwater 'threatens Great Barrier Reef' | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Queensland is set to enact water legislation that environmental groups have warned will pose serious risks to the reef and coastal waterways.
Paul Battens insight:

GBR negative human impacts - I think there'll be one or two very good bits of detail in here to use - a stat or two.

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'Mumbai is on the verge of imploding'

'Mumbai is on the verge of imploding' | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Residents of this overburdened and polluted megacity are held hostage by a politician-builder nexus that allows rampant ‘development’ to fuel its descent into urban hell
Paul Battens insight:

Mega city challenges

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It's official: Parramatta Road will get 60,000 new apartments by 2050

It's official: Parramatta Road will get 60,000 new apartments by 2050 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The draft plan has been release ahead of schedule and shows 10,000 more homes than previously thought.
Paul Battens insight:

Future of urban planning in Sydney. Nature of residential land.

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Who wins in Australia-China free trade agreement?

Who wins in Australia-China free trade agreement? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Several Australian industries stand to benefit from the free trade agreement signed with China. Here’s a quick summary of some of the key winners.
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Tourism - future directions (political factors - tariffs and agreements)


"China is shifting from an industrialisation nation to a consumption nation, meaning there will be greater demand for education, tourism, as well as hospitals and aged care ..."


Australian service providers can construct, renovate and operate whole Australian-owned hotels and restaurants in China


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Queensland premier tells Obama he is ‘solid’ on protecting Great Barrier Reef

Queensland premier tells Obama he is ‘solid’ on protecting Great Barrier Reef | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
US president raises concerns on health of the reef, but Campbell Newman says fears about its future are the result of a ‘campaign of misinformation by green groups’
Paul Battens insight:

Ecosystem GBR, management strategies, amongst other.

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The Data of Death: Sydney's longest living suburbs

The Data of Death: Sydney's longest living suburbs | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
A sharp division between standardised death rates in Sydney's coastal and western areas has been revealed.
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Sydney, social structure and spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage

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Can tourism help save Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta nature reserve? – audio slideshow

Can tourism help save Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta nature reserve? – audio slideshow | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – recently declared the world's most irreplaceable nature reserve – is under threat. Now it is hoped a new initiative, allowing visitors to explore the area with guides from local tribes, will go some way to preserving this precious and unique environment, says Kevin Rushby
Paul Battens insight:

Ecosystems in general - management and protection illustrative example.

Also Tourism - ecotourism, environmental and social impacts.

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Public transport at Wentworth Point will ease traffic woes: developer

Public transport at Wentworth Point will ease traffic woes: developer | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
But residents of Wentworth Point say the solution is to stop building more units.
Paul Battens insight:

Illustrative example for Sydney sustainability, future

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Big four audit firms behind global profit shifting

Big four audit firms behind global profit shifting | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, tax gurus at PricewaterhouseCoopers helped Caterpillar, the American heavy equipment maker, move profits produced by its lucrative spare-parts business from the United States to a tiny subsidiary in Switzerland.
Paul Battens insight:

Profit shifting fits in with economic factors explaining nature, spatial patterns, and future directions of economic enterprises.

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Residents trapped in 'high-rise hell' at Wentworth Point

Residents trapped in 'high-rise hell' at Wentworth Point | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Traffic is regularly at gridlock around Wentworth Point and that is before most people have moved in.
Paul Battens insight:

Wentworth Point urban consolidation could lead to impacts on ITWBP - "the original scheme to accommodate about 11,000 people in a low-rise haven has become a "high-rise hell" with plans for 45,000 people in 20 towers of up to 25 storeys."

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Great Barrier Reef - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Great Barrier Reef - UNESCO World Heritage Centre | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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Quote: "the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem" - UN sees it as one ecosystem!


This is pretty good overview of spatial patterns: "The latitudinal and cross-shelf diversity, combined with diversity through the depths of the water column, encompasses a globally unique array of ecological communities, habitats and species".

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Guardian Cities in Mumbai – day one

Guardian Cities in Mumbai – day one | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Guardian Cities team is in Mumbai all this week, exploring every aspect of the city in association with NDTV.com. Follow this live-blog for the latest stories, films and, at 1.30pm GMT / 7pm IST, a live-streamed debate on what life is like for women in Mumbai
Paul Battens insight:

Mega city (+ world city), has some good links to interesting pieces.

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Ross Gittins on Australian home truths: why high property prices are here to stay

Ross Gittins on Australian home truths: why high property prices are here to stay | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The pressures of urban geography in Australia's largest cities are likely to stave off possible market collapse.
Paul Battens insight:

Sydney - spatial advantage and distadvantage - some info on why there is a price gradient (in general) of distance away from CBD, in house prices.

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Health and hospitals top list of issues that will influence voters

Health and hospitals top list of issues that will influence voters | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Voters have indicated that health policies will heavily influence the election result.
Paul Battens insight:

Sydney, advantage and disadvantage - health and hospitals is most important issue to state voters according to poll, showing 26% over education at 17%

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Julie Bishop criticises Barack Obama over Great Barrier Reef comments

Julie Bishop criticises Barack Obama over Great Barrier Reef comments | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has taken a highly unusual swipe at US President Barack Obama over his comments about the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Paul Battens insight:

Ecosystems at Risk - negative human impacts and contemporary management.

 

There are so many related issues here - including retorts, responses, reactions.

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Bays Precinct redevelopment expected to include 16,000 homes

Bays Precinct redevelopment expected to include 16,000 homes | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The state government wants to build 16,000 new homes in Sydney's inner harbour, a figure seized on by critics as proof the government's summit on the future of the Bays Precinct is "nothing more than a sham".
Paul Battens insight:

Plans for government urban renewal and consolidation in inner west of Sydney.

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Four die in Texas chemical leak

Four die in Texas chemical leak | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
DuPont workers exposed to methyl mercaptan in accident at plant near Houston that makes agricultural pest control products
Paul Battens insight:

A quick one linking to ITWBP - what chemicals can do. How bad they can be.

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Rent rises of up to 125 per cent are the dark side of the housing boom

Rent rises of up to 125 per cent are the dark side of the housing boom | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Speculation by investors in Sydney's west has created a nearly uninterrupted belt of disadvantage of skyrocketing rent and falling home ownership in battler suburbs.
Paul Battens insight:

Sydney, patterns of advantage and disadvantage. Content and a map showing swathe of rental disadvantage.

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Ten cities every traveller must visit

Ten cities every traveller must visit | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
For travellers, particularly those who glory in the sense of chaos and anonymity there are special cities to visit and enjoy.
Paul Battens insight:

Tourism - spatial patterns.

Plus some World Cities.

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Hello darkness, my new friend: Tunnels to be the new normal for commuters

Hello darkness, my new friend: Tunnels to be the new normal for commuters | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Road tunnels are being touted as a cure-all for congestion in Sydney, but residents and public health experts want air quality issues to be reassessed.
Paul Battens insight:

Illustrative snapshot overview of Sydney, sustainability, future

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India’s urban youth are angry. Unlike their parents, they have little to lose

India’s urban youth are angry. Unlike their parents, they have little to lose | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Aditya Chakrabortty: A generation schooled in social media and with little deference for authority is ready to fight injustice
Paul Battens insight:

Mega city - responses to challenges - urban protest.

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Plans for an extra 50,000 homes on Parramatta Road

Plans for an extra 50,000 homes on Parramatta Road | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Homes for about 100,000 extra residents will be built along Parramatta Road in the next few decades, according to an ambitious plan being developed by the state government's property development arm.
Paul Battens insight:

Sydney growth, consolidation: 

It is "unclear how far from Parramatta Road UrbanGrowth NSW wants to promote high-rise and medium-density developments.
"The Metropolitan Strategy, the government's blueprint for managing population growth over the next 20 years, is expected to be released soon, after being delayed for about a year."

 

A spokesman for Ms Goward (Planning Minister) said: "Renewing the Parramatta Road corridor is being made possible because we're building the country's largest road project to lift congestion on Parramatta Road.

"We have always said Sydney needs a mix of housing – new homes on greenfield sites and urban consolidation."

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Targeted shark captures rise over previous year

Targeted shark captures rise over previous year | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Three time more sharks were caught in beaches to the south of Sydney compared with the north, according to new figures revealing the number and location of sharks caught in NSW.
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Dr Peddemors, a specialist in shark-human interactions, said "The shark nets [on the NSW coast] really do protect a multi-million dollar tourism industry."

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10 steps to save the Great Barrier Reef

10 steps to save the Great Barrier Reef | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
James Woodford: Destruction and regeneration are the reef’s two great constants – the problem is that the reef no longer has the resilience it once had
Paul Battens insight:

CREGBR - human and natural change, vulnerability and resilience.

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