Posted on April 28, 2010 by erlaurie
Climate change, whether anthropogenic (man made), natural or both can accelerate processes such as desertification, coastal erosion and flooding. Here are some pictoral examples of where this is happening around the world:
Filed under: Environmental Change, Fourth Form Geography, IB Core: Patterns in Environmental Quality & Sustainability, IB Core: Populations in Transition, IB Geography, IB HL Extension - Global Interactions, IGCSE Population & Settlement, Population Dynamics, Sustainable Futures | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 27, 2010 by erlaurie
As anyone who has travelled on them can attest, travelling on India’s roads can be an interesting experience. India is beginning to emerge as a powerful economy, but for a long time, poor infrastructure has held back progress. At the beginning of 2010, the Indian government announced the expansion of investment in infrastructure, to $1 trillion.
This includes an ambitious road building plan:
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Posted on April 26, 2010 by erlaurie
Named in honour of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft, which sailed across the Pacific in 1947 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki), Plastiki is made mostly from recycled plastic bottles and aims to highlight the damage that non-recycled plastic waste does to the marine environment. In the USa ~38 billion plastic bottles are thrown away each year. The expedition seeks to encourage us to recycle more. You can find out more about their expedition here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8540299.stm & here: http://www.theplastiki.com/.
Plastics in the Pacific Ocean end up as tiny pellets which are floating in a huge mat about 5 times the size of the UK. You can find out more about the dangers of plastic pollution here: https://dlgb.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/how-dangerous-is-plastic-pollution-in-our-seas/
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Posted on April 20, 2010 by erlaurie
Most people recognise that actions in one part of the world can have unintended consequences much further away. Now a group of Andean Bolivians want an international court of environmental justice to be established, in the hope that it will recognise that their livelihoods are being damaged by climate change and compensate them. You can read more about their plight here:
Filed under: Environmental Change, IB Core: Disparities in Wealth & Development, IB Geography, IB HL Extension - Global Interactions | Tagged: Bolivia | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 13, 2010 by erlaurie
Timbuktu, in Mali, has UNESCO world heritage status due to it’s ancient heritage and iconic status – http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/119. However, it is listed as being at risk due to advancing desert sands.
Recently, islamic terrorism has affected tourism to the region and this has had a knock on effect on the economy:
More about Timbuktu here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu
Filed under: IB Extreme Environments, IB Geography, IB HL Extension - Global Interactions, Political Outcomes | Tagged: Mali | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 23, 2010 by erlaurie
Following the accession of Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia to the EU in 2004, there was a large influx of migrant labour from those countries into the UK and other EU nations. Their arrival had many effects, including putting strain on education resources and boosting church attendances. Some of the predicted problems did not materialise and the UK public generally found the migrants to be a welcome addition to the job market, filling a range of gaps from low skilled farm labouring, such as harvesting, through to more skilled posts, such as plumbing and building work. Many returned home again after a few years, particularly as the impact of the “credit crunch” hit them hard.
This link shows where migrants from the A8 countries arrived in the period from 2004 to 2007:
Filed under: IB Core: Populations in Transition, IB Geography, IB HL Extension - Global Interactions, Sociocultural Exchanges | Tagged: EU | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 6, 2009 by erlaurie
Mining is often a useful way for LEDCs to gain finanancially from their natural resources. However, large global mining companies and governments in developing countries often do not enforce the same planning, social and environmental standards as they would in MEDCs. Here are a couple of examples of the allegations that have been made:
A Canadian mining firm operating in Guatemala:
A British firm operating in Peru:
Filed under: Development, Economic Interactions, Environmental Change, Fourth Form Geography, Globalisation, IB Core: Disparities in Wealth & Development, IB Core: Populations in Transition, IB Geography, IB HL Extension - Global Interactions, Sociocultural Exchanges | Tagged: Guatemala, Peru | Leave a comment »