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Year 13 – New pre-release and Unit 3 links to read.

Pre-release links

1.The GeoFact sheet in the Unit 3 master document is well worth a read for background information.

2. Good article about how Iceland and China are becoming economically and politically closer: Energy, fish and transport.

Unit 3 energy and superpowers

3. A very useful read from Economist on the geopolitics of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia as the regional power and the need to move away from dependency on oil.

4. BBC documentary outlining how Islamic State has risen to be a formidable non state actor in the Middle East. Very useful for providing a background to conflict in the Middle East for the Superpower topic and the role of oil in funding the regime.

5. India is an emerging power. This article outlines what The Economist believes India will need to do over the next 10 years to cement its rise.

27th May links

6. Good outline of the recent modest rise in oil prices, useful for energy and superpowers.

7. Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are ‘deeply troubling and dangerous’

8. Interesting piece on the need to end fossil fuel subsidies

9. Vladamir Putin has accused the US of pushing for a Uni polar world.

6 June

10. A very interesting set of graphs outlining the impact of conflicts in the Middle East on oil prices over time. Links to the original article.

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12. Article on the global growth of solar power. Outpacing nuclear….

13, A convincing (although unbalanced) set of points as to why the USA remains the only real Superpower. 

14. How many countries in Africa are leap frogging fossil fuels and building up their renewable energy infrastructure.

15. The rise of ISIS in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Interesting example of the spread of a non state actor to another region.

16. From the Financial Times – A planning decision on Monday could result in the first significant fracking site in the UK, just outside Blackpool:

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Geography links for the week ending 24th May

1. Conservation contrasts: the Lake District begins its formal bid for World Heritage status, whilst on the same day an EU report highlights the decline of the UK’s biodiversity.

2. India is set to become the world’s largest country in terms of population size by 2020. A lot needs to happen to it’s economy before then

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3. China is looking to rapidly expand the number of nuclear power stations in the country, but are they prepared for a Fukushima type accident?

Year 13 Pre release for Unit 3 and 4.

Email Uvhsgeography@gmail.com if you can’t access.

I have started the Google Drive links for Unit 3 and Unit 4 pre-release.

Both folders can be found through THIS LINK.

Please make sure you add  research you conduct over the Easter break to the folders. This could be PDF’s, maps, web-links, videos, documents.

There are two master documents with the questions on and a few notes. Please continue to add and annotate details and links to these questions.

Year 13 – Links to the two articles on conservation

This is George Monbiot’s original article calling for radical changes to the way the land is managed in the Lake District. Read it in conjunction with his wider calls for ‘re-wilding’.

Then compare it with Rory Stewart, the Penrith and Borders MP, response defending the Lake District’s environment and culture.

Draw up a comparison table of the different perspectives to managing and conserving the Lake District. Think of the conservation approaches we have been discussing in class, such as protectionist or modern collaborative management.

For first Wednesday back.

Year 13 – Two very relevant news articles today that are worth reading.

First, the recommendation by a group of MPs who make up Parliament’s Environment Audit Committee that fracking is banned in the UK as it could have negative consequences for the UK’s climate change targets.

Second, Barack Obama wants to designate a significant amount of Alaska as a wilderness area. If approved this could make future fossil fuel exploration very unlikely.

Useful for cold environment AND the energy topic.