Geography

Africa’s portable solar revolution is thwarting thieves | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

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More secure supplies of electricity are helping to spawn new industries in rural Africa by enabling reliable refrigeration and irrigation

Source: Africa’s portable solar revolution is thwarting thieves | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Where Concorde once flew – DRC (Zaire) Development Disaster

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Fifty years on from Mobutu Sese Seko’s ascent to the presidency of Congo, David Smith explores what’s left of his personal Xanadu, Gbadolite

Source: Where Concorde once flew: the story of President Mobutu’s ‘African Versailles’ | Cities | The Guardian

Maternal deaths worldwide drop by half, yet shocking disparities remain | Science | The Guardian

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Study in Lancet shows a woman’s lifetime chance of dying from childbirth is one in 36 in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to one in 4,900 in richer countries

Source: Maternal deaths worldwide drop by half, yet shocking disparities remain | Science | The Guardian

Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests | Environment | The Guardian

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Satellite data shows ice was close to last year’s record low confirming a long-term downward trend towards ice-free Arctic summers

Source: Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests | Environment | The Guardian

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From elephants and albatrosses to coral reefs, extinction is the bycatch of consumerism: we assert the right to consume, and ignore the consequences

Source: We’d never kill an albatross or gorilla: but we let others do it on our behalf | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

China’s Nail Houses

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China Nail Houses

This is a wonderful collection of images from China about people who have stood in the way of development.  What’s quite enlightening is that it clearly shows that there is no such thing as compulsory purchase in China and the individual does have the right not to have their house bulldozed.  Real life examples for the film UP.

Geography Cuff Links!

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These were the cuff links my former geography department at Bodmin College bought me when I left in December 2012. Love them!

Thirst for knowledge

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Great pictures illustrating the thirst for knowledge in young people in many parts of the world

Reshared post from +Mazin Kalil

UK Internal Migration GCSE Geography Case Study

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Iron Cove, near Padstow Cornwall

London Eye

A student emailed me with a request for a case study on internal migration in an MEDC. This got me thinking about the reasons people might leave beautiful Cornwall for busy London/South East.  There are a range of push and pull factors.

Remember

  • PUSH Factor = The reasons why people leave a place
  • PULL Factor = The reasons why people are attracted to a place

“Push” factors from Cornwall – Why People Leave

  • Only seasonal tourism jobs available – Think of all those lifeguards, restaurant workers, souvenir shops only open for 6 months of the year. Newquay’s population soars from 25,000 to as much as 100,000 between Easter and September
  • Low paid jobs – minimum wage and little overtime –  Average salary – £17,628 – Good if dated article here –  BBC 2005
  • House prices too high – Second home ownership is pushing up the price of homes in COrnwall – See this BBC article here
  • Fewer opportunities – Not the range of jobs available
  • Not as many services e.g. specialised hospitals, entertainment, sports facilities (Cornwall has no League football team! – The nearest is Plymouth Argyle)
  • Fairly isolated and lack of a motorway – Only the A30 which is only dual carriageway until Truro

“Pull” factors of South East/London – Why People are attracted to London

  • Well paid work – Average salary is £33,634 – See the graph here
  • Greater number of jobs and opportunities
  • Good communications – motorway links, airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, City)
  • Cultural / Social attractions (galleries, theatres, restaurants etc… especially in London)

Negative effects on Cornwall:

  • Less money in local economy
  • Brain drain of educated individuals
  • Services closed
  • Crime increase
  • Ageing population – Many young people leave 

Positive effects on Cornwall

  • More jobs for those left
  • Government assistance – cheaper for new businesses to set up in Cornwall

Negative effects on South East:

  • Overcrowding
  • Traffic congestion
  • Higher house prices

Hope this helps!  Any more suggestions are welcome!

 

Our Changing World

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World Money & Happiness

World Money & Happiness

This interesting map from FedEx takes an interesting Topological look at a variety of development statistics.  I like the Happiness Index and the fact that Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world.  It might have something to do with the fact that it has no armed forces.  Having lived in San Jose and worked as a teacher there for a couple of years and had a truly amazing time, I can really agree with the idea of ‘Pura Vida’ which roughly translates as ‘Full of Life’.  The picture below is of a sloth on electrical lines in the beautiful village of Cahuita.  No link really but it reminds me so much of the laid back lifestyle!

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