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From Bollywood to Hollywood, what are the top 10 films set in Mumbai?

From Bollywood to Hollywood, what are the top 10 films set in Mumbai? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The leading Indian film critic Anupama Chopra reveals her 10 favourite Mumbai/Bombay-based films here - but which of your own favourites has she missed out? Let us know!
Paul Battens insight:

Mumbai as world city - cultural authority - (unconventional argument). Biggest international films to come out of Bollywood.

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HSC Study Guide 2014 - Geography

HSC Study Guide 2014 - Geography | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Geography students will need to apply their core skills to unfamiliar situations, writes Carolyn Boyd.
Paul Battens insight:

Nothing too special here. Just consolidating a few of the things we talk about. E.g. stay up to date.

Reading time strategy - chat about some.

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Green Square's launch too popular to go ahead, organisers say

Green Square's launch too popular to go ahead, organisers say | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
So it turns out you can have too many friends.
Paul Battens insight:

Sydney consolidation / urban renewal - Green Square is developing slowly for some reason, as shown by this article. Only one apartment in this complex ready to go at this launch event - even though there were many many potential buyers.

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Paris-Cityscapes-l.jpg (1200x600 pixels)

Paris-Cityscapes-l.jpg (1200x600 pixels) | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Paul Battens insight:

A beautiful photo of Paris - its cultural and even economic authority are evident.

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Suspended sediment prolongs larval development in a coral reef fish

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Test of the effects of different levels of suspended sediment on larval growth and development time in Amphiprion percula, a coral reef damselfish. In the highest sediment treatment, some individuals had a larval duration twice that of the median duration in the control treatment. 

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The Capital City

The Capital City | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Mumbai has its commercial roots in drug money. A profile of the City
Paul Battens insight:

Character of mega cities AND world cities.

A lot of wealthy people in Mumbai,

but still mega city challenges (e.g. water supply).

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Domestic tourism to benefit from sliding Australian dollar

Domestic tourism to benefit from sliding Australian dollar | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The plummeting Australian dollar may be causing woes for intrepid Australians travelling abroad, but for the domestic tourism industry it is good news.
Paul Battens insight:

Global changes in tourism impacting local tourism enterprise:


"The dollar slid to a near four-year low against its American counterpart, partly because of the US's gradual economic recovery. Since September 1, the dollar has fallen from US93.29¢ to as low as US86.84¢. 7 per cent fall in the dollar's value"

"Data from Tourism Australia suggests that a domestic holiday is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Its 10-year forecast expects the number of domestic nights to rise from  293.2 million in 2013-14 to 316.4 million in 2022-23."

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New 35-year sustainability plan for Great Barrier Reef

New 35-year sustainability plan for Great Barrier Reef | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
A new 35-year plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, which satisfies a UN requirement, is released.
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Includes 2 min video.

 

GBR Contemporary management + human impacts:

 

"The Federal and Queensland Governments today released their Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan to address concerns from Unesco about the cumulative impact of threats on the World Heritage site.

Unesco said the reef was under threat from poor water quality, and port and other coastal developments, and that it would decide next year whether to list it as "in danger".

As previously announced, port developments would be limited to five priority areas and development and dredging would be banned outside those ports within 10 years."

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Survey finds Great Barrier Reef coral losing strength

Survey finds Great Barrier Reef coral losing strength | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The skeleton hand of ocean acidification has been found at work near one of Australia's most exotic tropical destinations, Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Paul Battens insight:

GBR Human Impacts: "Australian Institute of Marine Science study in 2009 tracked an 11.2 per cent decline over 15 years in calcification... These lower rates are consistent with predictions that take into account the increase in carbon dioxide uptake in the ocean"

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Chinese investors are pushing into Melbourne and Sydney

Chinese investors are pushing into Melbourne and Sydney | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Investment from China in Australian real estate shows no sign of slowing. Is that a problem or a solution?
Paul Battens insight:

Results of urban dynamics (consolidation) in Sydney.

>> Changing economic character, nature and location of residential land.

>> growth, development, future trends 

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Sydney's new home boom triggers urgency in addressing transport, jobs and schools

Sydney's new home boom triggers urgency in addressing transport, jobs and schools | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Are Sydney's schools, transport and jobs market equipped to deal with residential growth that will come with a surge in home building approvals?
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Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland

Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
As Sydney house prices skyrocket and traffic congestion worsens, some enterprising workers are moving north to seek the lifestyle they want in Queensland while continuing their careers in NSW.
Paul Battens insight:

Future trends? Economic character (so expensive!). Hmmm.

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There goes the neighbourhood

There goes the neighbourhood | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Once one of Australia’s most infamous suburbs, Redfern is rapidly gentrifying as the hipsters move in. Stephanie Wood finds out what the locals, old and new, think about its future.
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Convert Carlingford rail line to light rail, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee says

Convert Carlingford rail line to light rail, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee says | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee, is pushing for the state government to convert the Carlingford rail line to light rail, as part of a new connection between Parramatta and Epping and Macquarie Park.
Paul Battens insight:

Light rail -> Sydney urban dynamics, consolidation (+ decentralisation, to Parramatta of big transport projects of CBD connection type).

* Sydney's development, future trends and ecological sustainability (more efficient use of energy in transport).

* Sydney's spatial patterns of advantage (transport).

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Bored of Studies - Student online community, resources, notes, past exams, UAI Calculator, ENTER Calculator, HSC, VCE

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Resources of varying quality.

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Brother, can you spare some rupees? Marathon runners lost, forced to beg for fare to finish line

Brother, can you spare some rupees? Marathon runners lost, forced to beg for fare to finish line | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
A marathon in Bangalore, India, last weekend turned into a fiasco as motorists ignored race cordons and runners became lost.
Paul Battens insight:

Challenges in mega cities: traffic infrastructure in Bangalore.

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Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study

Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Researchers find that larvae development is significantly stunted by murky water and increased sediment
Paul Battens insight:

Newspaper reporting on journal article (see below): 

Suspended sediment prolongs larval development in a coral reef fish 
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Space tourists will change the world, says Sir Richard Branson's head of mission - Telegraph

Space tourists will change the world, says Sir Richard Branson's head of mission - Telegraph | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

Man behind Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic mission to send tourists into space says they will come back determined to change our fragile planet for the better

Paul Battens insight:

Nature of tourism

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What the Garbageman Knows

What the Garbageman Knows | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
As Sayyid Ahmed collects trash in Peter Hessler’s Cairo neighborhood, he reveals the contradictions of life in modern Egypt.
Paul Battens insight:

The zabaleen - excellent illustrative example for mega cities.

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Thailand to promote 'martial law tourism'

Thailand to promote 'martial law tourism' | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Officials in Thailand say they are preparing to add martial law to a list of tourist attractions.
Paul Battens insight:
Tourism BEESTOP factor - political: 

Thailand says military rule is a tourist attraction

Tourist arrivals dropped 7% in September 2014 from the previous year, following a drop of 11.9% in August. 

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Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority

Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Coral reef expert says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site
Paul Battens insight:

GBR Contemporary management + human impacts:


Former Australian Institute of Marine Science chief scientist Dr Charlie Veron says

the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility (it gave permission for millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil to be dumped by North Queensland Bulk Ports in the marine park as part of a project to expand Abbot Point coal port - but now unlikely due to federal intervention),

and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site ($2.8m was cut from its budget, leading to the loss of 17 staff, including five directors).

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Property makes Australians the world’s richest, says Credit Suisse

Property makes Australians the world’s richest, says Credit Suisse | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Thanks to their houses, Australians are the richest people in the world, according to the investment bank Credit Suisse.
Paul Battens insight:

Economic character of Sydney.

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All change, finally, at Green Square

All change, finally, at Green Square | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The first residential building at the long-awaited town centre is about to hit the market.
Paul Battens insight:

Some excellent stats on urban consolidation in Sydney in this article.

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✈Sydney, Australia ►Vacation Travel Guide

Sydney, Australia ▻Vacation Travel Guide.
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Floodgates tested as global factors push Australian dollar below US90c

Floodgates tested as global factors push Australian dollar below US90c | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Australian dollar broke below US90¢ for the first time in six months on Monday afternoon, as global factors kept the currency under pressure.
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