* 2014 is shaping up to be the warmest year, around the world and the UK, on record. It was also very wet for the UK. Here is the climate detail from the Met Office that you need to know. The graph below is from the article link above. Note the number of years from the 21st Century that make the top ten hottest years on record.
*The UK was hit by a ‘weather bomb’ or explosive cyclogenesis to give it its full name. It’s basically a strong storm.
*I bang on about this every week, but for Year 13 it’s particularly relevant: Why the price of oil is falling . This is a useful link for your OPEC homework!
*Video of the week: skiing, base jumping and an avalanche thrown in for good measure.
For Tuesday, 16th December:
- BRIEF history of Los Angeles development as a global city.
- REASONS for development – Economic, political, physical (location)?
- Brief outline of current and past development data e.g population growth, average wages, life expectancy. Inequality data?
- PULL factors to LA from USA and rest of the world.
Consider, also, the push factors away from the city to the suburbs and smaller surrounding towns:
Why LA is a global city
Details on quality of life, economic development and crime statistics in LA.
One residents view of life in LA
Use the Mumbai case study you completed in class as a guide.
From June 2011. Please complete for Friday.
This is a powerful, and emotional account of 4 survivors from a ship wreck in September who were part of an original group of 500 migrants trying to enter Europe from the Middle East by boat to escape war and persecution. 11 survived.
The report is 15 minutes long and provides a real insight into what drives people to make such a hazardous journey. It also provides a human element to individuals who we often refer to as simply ‘illegal’ migrants.
A very useful clip for the migration section of the globalisation module. The news report is called ‘Dying to get here’ and was aired on the evening edition of Channel 4 News on the 2nd December.
I mentioned in Mr Mitchell’s class that I will not be in for Wednesday’s lesson. In my absence:
This is the link to the UVHS Google Drive site which includes a Powerpoint on Energy Geopolitics and an Economist article on the link between Europe and Russia’s energy security.
I will go through the PPT in detail on Friday. But have a look through it and familiarize yourself with the details and maps. Some of the graphs/maps could be updated with more recent data. Can you find anything more recent?
Then read through the Economist article and answer the following questions. Bring these with you on Friday!
1. How is Europe vulnerable to any change to Russia’s supply of gas to the Ukraine?
2. Download the map above. Describe which countries are linked to Russia through existing pipelines. Using information from page 2, outline how many countries in Eastern Europe are dependent on this complicated gas connectivity.
3. What alternative countries or regions could Europe import gas from to by-pass Russia? (pages 3-4)
4. Could shale gas be exported from the USA to bolster Europe’s energy supply? (page 5)
5. In what ways could Europe and the USA use gas as ‘leverage’ against Russian aggression and use the natural resource as a geopolitical weapon against the country? (pages 6-7)
The University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences Open day. Monday 8th December
The Earth and Environmental Sciences Departments have an open day for prospective students. Details in the letter below. See Mr Monteith if you would like further information.
*An Economist opinion piece on the damage immigration restrictions could be doing to the UK’s reputation with highly skilled Indian migrants.
*Migration TO the UK increased to 260,000 in the year to June. The Prime Minister wanted to keep the figure below 100,000 by 2015, this could prove difficult.
*The price of oil keeps on falling. The reason? Well globalization is partly to blame. Useful article for year 13!
*Turns out that they kept the undamaged reactors in Chernobyl running well into the 90’s , but as this video shows it is going to take a long time to make safe reactor number 4 which exploded in 1986.
The Economist on how North America’s energy revolution in shale oil and gas will impact emerging and developed economies in Asia.
Compare the previous article with this one from Foreign Policy. Same topic, but there is a far more pessimistic outlook that focuses on the impact of having too much LNG.
This article identifies the energy demand of the G20 countries and projected increases. The focus is on the projected growth of energy demand in emerging economies. Good links to the globalisation and superpowers topics. It’s a two page Pdf doc.
*Modern slavery affects more than 35 million people, report finds
*People in LICs and MICs are storing their cash in anything but banks. Why?
*Video of the week. The UK’s airspace is a busy place. Just how busy is shown by this graphic showing the movement of every plane over the UK. The RAF fighter jet trails are particularly impressive!