Geography links for the week ending…. 14th December

* 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.

met office 2014

*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.

Year 12 – Los Angeles mega city case study

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:

pull factors LA

Useful links:

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.

Geography links for the week ending…. 7th December

  • Geography geek photos of the week: Year 13, name the process evident in the photos below; they were taken on Red Screes in the Lake District at the weekend. The processes are often found in periglacial environments on a larger scale.



Year 12 *must watch* Channel 4 News report: migrants looking to Europe as a safe haven from conflicts.

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.

Year 13 – Period 6, Wednesday 3rd December. Work to complete.

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)

Geography links for the week ending…… 30th November

*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.

Year 13 – more articles for your report

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.

Information, resources and links for A level and GCSE geographers at UVHS. Some of the content has been adapted from resources on the Edexcel Geography Ning and from Schoology – we are exceedingly grateful and hope this blog works to provide ideas and support for other Geography teachers as well as pupils.