Year 12 – East End London regeneration, Stratford links

To help with your research on whether the Olympics has been a successful regeneration project for Stratford:

Government Index of Multiple Deprivation map. Search for Stratford (postcode starts with E20) The area in question is around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.

Zoopla gives you an idea of house prices. Again, search for Stratford. Remember to compare house prices with other London areas. They may look expensive to you but put the prices into context with the London housing market!

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.

Year 13 – relevant article for the Middle East energy security issues we were discussing today

This article addresses both energy and geo-political concerns and suggests that the USA should rethink it’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Also An updated map of IS and air strikes against them:


Think of the synoptic links between energy access, control and wider geo poltical tensions around the world.

Year 12: Taster day opportunity, Christ’s College, Cambridge

There is an opportunity for a small number of pupils to attend a Geography specific taster day at Christ’s College, Cambridge on Tuesday 10th March:

‘Nominated students should be on track to achieve A*AA at A level in relevant subjects. Full information and on-line booking forms are available at

If you are considering studying Geography at University and Cambridge in particular please see Mr Mitchell or Mr Monteith for further details.

The closing date is Monday March 2nd.



Geography links for the week ending the 25th January

*The most dangerous building in Europe is a short journey north of Ulverston.

*The world and wealth explained in 60 seconds

*Immigration is likely to be a key issue in the run up to the general election. At least we get the right ‘type’ of migrant – young and keen to work

*A group of MP’s have called for fracking to be band. The Government plans to go ahead in harnessing this unconventional energy source below our feet.

Geography links for the week ending 18th January

  • It looks like country that puts the I in the MINTs (Indonesia) is currently on course to grow and develop over the next few years if their current President keeps on reforming.
  • If the UK wants to avoid oil and gas price hikes in the future we need to recognise the importance of wind…. From the organisation that promotes wind power….

Geography links week ending 11th January

– 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