Monthly Archives: April 2014

U6 – Japan’s tsunami 2011


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U6 – MDG podcast….must listen for Unit 3 synoptic exam

The MDG expire in 2015.  What have they achieved and where are we headed?  Find out more by listening here

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U6 – Arctic oil now being exploited by Gazprom

After months of delays, Russian state-owned oil and gas companyGazprom has announced that the first ever shipment of oil from offshoreArctic waters has begun the journey to Europe.

 This is the oil from the rig that the Arctic 30 went to jail for peacefully protesting against. It has been logistically challenging. Extracting even small amounts of oil in extreme Arctic conditions has taken them longer, and cost them more, than the company had planned.

 But Gazprom has done it and claims first place in the race to exploit the melting Arctic sea ice for more of the fossil fuels that caused the melting in the first place. It is a defining moment for Vladimir Putin‘s Russia, heralded with great fanfare as a new source of power and profit for years to come.

 Thankfully, most of us recognise the madness of celebrating a new source of fossil fuels in the Arctic. And, just as importantly, the last few months have shown us just how important it is that we cut our dependence on fossil fuels from Kremlin-controlled companies.

 The Ukraine crisis has led Europe’s leaders to demand an “energy independence” plan. In June this year, EU leaders will meet to decide their approach.

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The shirt on your back

Over this holiday period it is worth just spending a few minutes to look at this interactive article and videos from the Guardian newspaper about where our clothes come from.  More clothes need to be made ethically!!


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Filed under Development gap, Globalisation, Urban Disparities

U6- Jimmy Doherty’s GM food fight

Interesting BBC documentary about GM crops (and my school friend is married to Jimmy Doherty!)  Relaxed revision!!


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Tectonics in the news

Chile earthquake 2014 with tsunami warning and evacuation (Iquique earthquake)

Tsunami warning and thousands evacuated after earthquake in Chile

2014 Iquique, Chile earthquake

Chile relieved at low level of casualties




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East Africa – bridging the development gap

What happened with the terrorist attack at the West gate mall in Nairobi?

The West gate shopping mall attack in September 2013, Nairobi

BBC video Kenya West gate Mall attack – what we know

Farming in Africa

Now – droughts in the Turkana region of Kenya

Giving green loans to small farmers to protect the environment in Kenya

Farm Africa – what they do to help farmers help themselves in East Africa

Farm Africa videos

Ethiopia seedbanks

Biodiversity and tourism

Should Kenya declare poaching a national disaster?  (short clip)

Energy and development

Kenya to produce over half its electricity from solar power by 2016 

Social issues

Bloomberg to help with population planning in Uganda

Life imprisonment for practicing homosexuality in Uganda (new law signed)

Guardian Why Africa is the most homophobic continent

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