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.

Year 13 – Energy research project

Details of the research task to be completed and handed in on Wednesday 26th November.

Using the sources in your pack and from your own independent research produce a report to illustrate the following:

Demand for energy is growing globally, and at regional and local scales, especially in developed and emergent economies such as India and China.

All data, information etc must be cited and you must use a variety of sources ranging from TV, news articles, web sites, magazines. Include infographics and graphs of energy use in your report.


  • P17-23 in Parrot
  • P12-26 in green Edexcel A2

Some websites to get you started:

Email me any other useful nuggets of energy you find and I will share them on the blog

Mr Monteith

Geography links for the week ending……. 16th November

  • How much is the average UK household spending on essentials and luxurious? Are we getting richer or poorer? This infographic from the Office for National Statistics reveals all.


  • The G20, one of the major global groups that brings developed and emerging economies together, met  in Australia last weekend. Russia aggression and climate change was on the menu.

Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 9th November 2014

  • It was the service of Remembrance on Sunday. This infographic from The Economist puts the casualties of war into perspective. It was truly devastating:



Year 13 – Glacier distribution

Antarctic glaciers

This is a good science blog on glaciation that is worth following. Click on the link above. The information below is taken from the most recent blog entitled ‘Mapping the world’s glaciers’

There are 198,000 glaciers, (or about 400, 000 if you include those smaller than 0.1km2) according to the Randolph Glacier Inventory.

Together, these glaciers cover 726,000 km2. The region with the most ice is the Antarctic and Subantarctic, with 132,900 km2, closely followed by Arctic Canada North (104,900 km2)….. Glaciers cover 0.5% of the Earth’s land surface


This map shows the global distribution of glaciers. The diameter of the circle shows the area covered. The area covered by tidewater glaciers is shown in blue. The number refers to the RGI region. source.