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A new era for Footscray as apartment towers go up and younger people buy in

A new era for Footscray as apartment towers go up and younger people buy in | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The decades-long drought broke and a sea of red, white and blue poured onto Footscray's Whitten Oval to celebrate. A long-awaited football win for the Western Bulldogs is not the only sign of change in the once proud blue-collar neighbourhood. The suburb itself is transforming — and quickly.
Paul Battens insight:
Melbourne example of gentrification (Yr11?), consolidation changing economic character of residential land.
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Sydney's suburbs need more than just terrace houses

Sydney's suburbs need more than just terrace houses | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The great terracing of Sydney should be welcome relief for those warily attracted to urban living. But it's not quite there yet.
Paul Battens insight:
Sydney culture of place. Historical suburbanisation (straight to lower medium density). Urban village. e.g. Paddington. Consolidation future trend.
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Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Analysts love to talk about GDP, now the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, argues Michael Green, it's also misleading.
Paul Battens insight:
Yr11 base for Yr12.  Development indicators. 
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Experts reveal HSC exam tips on Geography exam, other exams

Experts reveal HSC exam tips on Geography exam, other exams | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
GEOGRAPHY expert Glyn Trethewy has a special tip for HSC candidates on how to read the paper and then work through it.
Paul Battens insight:
HSC exam craft. Ecosystems at risk, tourism, urban places.
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Parramatta light rail costs blow out to more than $3.5 billion

Parramatta light rail costs blow out to more than $3.5 billion | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The cost of Mike Baird's signature public transport promise for western Sydney has ballooned to more than $3.5 billion - $2.5 billion above what has bee
Paul Battens insight:
Sydney economic character, Parramatta as 2nd CBD. Also development of public transport - issues.
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Redefining Global Cities | Brookings Institution

Redefining Global Cities | Brookings Institution | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The world's largest metropolitan areas concentrate the drivers of global prosperity, but there isn't one way to be a global city—this report defines seven types of global cities, providing a valuable lens through which to understand an evolving global economy.
Paul Battens insight:
Nature and character of world cities. (Syllabus definition is of world cities / global cities).
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The world's vanishing wild places are vital for saving species

The world's vanishing wild places are vital for saving species | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Wildlife in wilderness areas have more genetic diversity, which is better for their survival.
Paul Battens insight:
Ecosystems at Risk. G of HUGIN. The world's vanishing wild places are vital for saving species via @ConversationEDU
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Inside China's 80 Million Person Urban Megaregions

Inside China's 80 Million Person Urban Megaregions | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The next wave of urbanization in China is going to see already large megacities consolidated into massive megaregions. But what do these 80+ million person urban conglomerations really look like? It may be different than you think.
Paul Battens insight:
Mega cities, China, future directions especially. China is a special case study of the developing world - as it is now the 2nd largest economy in the world. It is a one-party state government, who have the power to do much more than other governments around the world, because of their system and their economic size.
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Gourmet Traveller to launch Chinese edition - Mediaweek

Gourmet Traveller to launch Chinese edition - Mediaweek | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Bauer launches Chinese language edition of Australian Gourmet Traveller for 2016
Paul Battens insight:
There was a great interview just now on ABC 702 radio on Gourmet Traveller magazine now printing in Chinese in Australia. Of itself, interesting look at cultural factors affecting tourism. Also some good stats: Chinese tourists spent $6 billion in Aust in 2015, far bigger than any other group (total and average per visitor). Chinese tourists spend a lot on luxuries.
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Nightmare before Christmas: Siberia plans to cull 250,000 reindeer amid anthrax fears

Nightmare before Christmas: Siberia plans to cull 250,000 reindeer amid anthrax fears | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
One third of world’s largest reindeer herd could be killed in an effort to prevent the spread of the ‘zombie’ disease in the Russian tundra
Paul Battens insight:
Management of, and vulnerability of tundra ecosystem to human-induced modification - human accelerated climate change.
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Housing boom boosts The Hills

Housing boom boosts The Hills | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Hills sixth in Sydney for residential construction, according to state government.
Paul Battens insight:
Suburbanisation, Sydney, urban dynamics, Hills District (north west of Sydney).
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The Reef 2050 Plan | Department of the Environment and Energy

The Reef 2050 Plan | Department of the Environment and Energy | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The Reef 2050 Plan is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef from 2015 to 2050.
Paul Battens insight:
The Australian and Queensland governments' Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan provides an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef. Ecosystems at risk. GBR.
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In the Wild, Goldfish Turn From Pet to Pest - NYTimes.com

In the Wild, Goldfish Turn From Pet to Pest - NYTimes.com | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Paul Battens insight:
Ecosystems at risk. Human-induced modifications. Vulnerability. Management illustrative example (not very successful).
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Brexit: leading banks set to pull out of UK early next year

Brexit: leading banks set to pull out of UK early next year | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Anthony Browne, head of the British Bankers’ Association, warns that major lenders are poised to hit relocate button
Paul Battens insight:
World Cities, economic, London example, Brexit as threat to its strength. "banking is the country’s biggest export industry by far, and the current trajectory threatens it". Industry focused on London.
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Terraces coming to a quarter-acre block near you

Terraces coming to a quarter-acre block near you | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Strathfield, Lidcombe and Punchbowl are among a swathe of suburbs across Sydney's middle belt that could soon embrace an inner-city style of living, under a ne
Paul Battens insight:
Sydney urban dynamics, consolidation, lower-medium density. Future trend.
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Where 20 years of Sydney housing supply is tied up

Where 20 years of Sydney housing supply is tied up | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
As astronomical house prices shatter the home ownership dreams of many Sydneysiders, government research has found where the equivalent of 20 years of housin
Paul Battens insight:
Sydney economic character, nature and location of residential land. Urban dynamics, suburbanisation and consolidation. 
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VIDEO: France blames $1.1b tourism slowdown on terrorism

VIDEO: France blames $1.1b tourism slowdown on terrorism | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
France has blamed its tourism industry fallout on terrorism, saying nearly 10 million fewer tourists visited the country this year out of fear.
Paul Battens insight:
BEESTOP factors affecting tourism. Terrorism. Good stats on France in particular.
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Brexit fallout sends pound to 168-year low

Brexit fallout sends pound to 168-year low | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The fallout from the United Kingdom's Brexit vote has lead to the British pound falling to its lowest level against the Australian dollar in three years, and o
Paul Battens insight:
Factors affecting tourism, economic. The video in this website in particular is strong looking at currency fluctuation - in particular a currency going down in value, and how that benefits tourism to there.
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TripAdvisor to Stop Selling Tickets to Many Animal Attractions

TripAdvisor to Stop Selling Tickets to Many Animal Attractions | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to attractions like elephant rides and dolphin swims, a decision that could reshape how booking sites approach animal welfare.
Paul Battens insight:
Tourism, environmental impacts. Animal welfare concern, undoing what is arguably a wrong - abuse of animals like elephants and dolphins for human entertainment.
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Geography - Online Multiple Choice

The Board of Studies serves 100,000 teachers and a million students in New South Wales, Australia. It serves government and non-government schools, and provides educational leadership by developing quality curriculum and awarding secondary school credentials, the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate.
Paul Battens insight:
HSC, exam, Skills. These used to be somewhere else (CSU), now found here.
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Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City

Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Our new ranking puts the Big Apple firmly on top.
Paul Battens insight:
Economic authority of world cities. Lots of lists and metrics.
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'Orphanage tourism': fears of child exploitation boom as Myanmar opens up

'Orphanage tourism': fears of child exploitation boom as Myanmar opens up | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
As more foreigners visit the country, institutions that exploit children for money and also abuse are becoming more widespread, Unicef says
Paul Battens insight:
A very bad Social impact of what is intended as positive tourism
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Starbucks' Howard Schultz Doesn't Sleep—But Don't Blame the Coffee

Starbucks' Howard Schultz Doesn't Sleep—But Don't Blame the Coffee | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The coffee chain's long-time CEO talks about his hopes for the company's future in Asia—and Italy. 
Paul Battens insight:
Cultural authority of world cities, illustrative example of Starbucks run out of San Francisco - and example of Hong Kong being gate way into China. For China example, listen from 15.40 min for about 40 seconds
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Top 15 Most Popular Travel Websites | September 2016

Top 15 Most Popular Travel Websites | September 2016 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Here are the top 15 Most Popular Travel Sites ranked by a combination of continually updated traffic statistics.
Paul Battens insight:
Tourism. Global economic activity. Technology BEESTOP. Nature and future directions. e.g. 40 million unique monthly users for booking.com
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Great Barrier Reef: Unesco pushes for tree-clearing controls

Great Barrier Reef: Unesco pushes for tree-clearing controls | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
UN agency recognises ‘importance of strengthening our vegetation protection laws’, Queensland’s Jackie Trad says
Paul Battens insight:
Ecosystems at risk. GBR. Management strategies - stop tree clearing in catchments. Potential part of "reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan". A few other good points. e.g. 22% of reef killed in 2016 bleaching event. 
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