Category Archives: Global warming

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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U6 and L6 – Solar power in Jordan

A must see documentary for both classes!

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2013 the 4th hottest year on record

NASA report that last year was the 4th hottest year ever.  Find out more here:


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L6 – GW essays for Tuesday

January 2012

8b) Explain why many scientists believe that human, rather than natural causes, may be more to blame for recent climate change. (15)

January 2009

8b) Explain why some governments are more willing than others to help tackle climate change. (15)

AND do the climate change A essay question from last week’s test.


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L6- Is a mini ice age about to happen because of the lack of hotspot activity?

The Sun’s activity is at its lowest for 100 years, scientists have warned.
They say the conditions are eerily similar to those before the Maunder Minimum, a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit, Freezing London’s River Thames.
Researcher believe the solar lull could cause major changes, and say there is a 20% chance it could lead to ‘major changes’ in temperatures.

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L6 holiday work!

I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

So, in between all the festive celebrations please find some time for some Geography:

1.  A3 Summary notes on the ‘Effects of Global Warming ïn the Arctic’.

žP 52-54 Philip Allan
žP 46-47 Pearson and on CD ROM
žP 38-40 Oxford – photocopy



Arctic climate assessment

Record minimum sea ice 2013

Permafrost in the North

Methane and permafrost – in pictures

WWF and Arctic

2.  A3 Summary notes on the ‘Effects of Global Warming ïn the Africa’. Remember to include information about the environmental, social, economic and political effects.

žP55-56 Philip Allan
žP45-46 Pearson and on CD ROM
žP 41-43 Oxford

These websites may help:

World Bank – Effects of climate change in Africa

The Impact of Climate change in Africa

WWF and coastal East Africa

3.  Read the photocopied pack on climate change and write some notes on it (for your own use).

4.  Extra reading of Geography in the news that is related to you such as:

US and China on climate change

The ultimate Frequently Asked Questions on climate change

Everything you need to know about climate change

And many others on your page for World at Risk on this blog!!!  The more effort you put into your reading the better you will do in the AS Level exams in the Summer.

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L6 – Watch this from Discovery channel about global warming

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