- Met Office data suggests that this winter has been one of the sunniest on record. A stark contrast to winter 2013/14 – one of the wettest….
- Household incomes are above what they were before the recession…. But only if you’re over 60. Always investigate the data!
It was International Women’s Day on Sunday. Here’s an example of how women are outpacing men in terms of University enrollment around the world.
*The winter of 2014 was the stormiest on record for the UK. This excellent Met office webpage summaries the impact and examines the causes.
*Costing the Earth is a BBC radio 4 programme. This episode looks at the impact of climate change on Iceland and its biodiversity specifically. Worthy of a listen for year 13’s in particular.
*The Greek exit, or ‘Grexit’, explained by the BBC through the analogy of a kebab.
*Renewables provided 15% of the UK’s electricity in 2013. We also import nearly 50% of the energy we use. Scary.
*The USA is a superpower in every way, not least militarily. This is why:
*Lots of geography connections in a 5 minute clip.
*We study Mumbai and the Dhavari slums in year 12. This video shows how hip-hop is alive and well even in the most deprived parts of the city.
*The storms of winter 2013/14 really were ground breaking, in more than one way: 1,350 cubic meters of cliff face was eroded along a 300-meter stretch of coastline in just two weeks.
– Oil prices are STILL falling. Here is an explanation of why, how will it affect you? If the graph below is correct, has the link between economic growth and oil consumption been severed?
– Anti immigration support isn’t just limited to UKIP in the UK, a right wing German group is also gaining support.
2014 was the warmest year on record for the UK, and the warmest going back to records from 1619.
– If we are to avoid significant climate change we are going to have to leave a lot of oil and gas in the ground and not burn it
* 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.
Each week during term I will try to post links to relevant, interesting articles related to geography, as well as some cool clips. As everything is linked to geography it should be an easy task……
- London has gone 3D in google maps. Have an explore here
- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Spanish plume. Find out the how this weather phenomena works in this excellent BBC weather clip.
Have a good holiday!
In Mr Monteith’s lesson on Wednesday we briefly reviewed the key factors that influence climate before examining the climate characteristics of three cold environment locations: The European Alps, northern Siberia, and Antarctica.
I mentioned Google Earth which I would strongly recommend all of you install on a computer. Alternatively the school computers should all have Google Earth installed.
A few layers which are worth investigating and saving in Google Earth:
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has a range of different layers showing ice extent in the polar regions and pictures of cold environments around the world.
BRITICE – This is a very exciting project led by a team from Sheffield University. They are attempting to bring together glacial landforms and features created by the ice sheet that covered the British Isles in the last glaciation and present the data in downloadable KML files for use in Google Earth. You can also view the landforms in PDF format. We will be using this site in future lessons.
NOAA ocean currents map – This is the direct link to the KML file that we opened in class that projects global ocean currents in Google earth. It is a useful reminder for the ocean/atmosphere circulation work we looked at in the previous week.
Earth Wind map – Although this is not a Google earth file it is a very interesting website that displays current weather, ocean circulation. By clicking on ‘Earth’ in the bottom left of the page you bring up a control panal. You can change the altitude that is projected by clicking on the numbers next to the height line. Altitude is projected in hPa – Hectopascals, a measure of air pressure, so lower pressure equals a higher altitude.
I want you to come to the lesson next week having accessed at least one of these links or websites.