1. Some scientists think earth is entering it’s 6th period of mass extinction. The cause? Humans.
2. 640mm of rain reported in 48 hours in Gujarat, India. This is more rain than London sees in a year.
3. A lot can happen in a second.
A reminder of the link to the keywords file we are trying to collaboratively complete.
We’ll review progress in Thursday’s lesson….
1. Solar power gains in global energy mix
2. A fantastic interactive resource on energy exploitation in the Arctic via The Guardian
3. Glocalisation: Burger Kings goes red
Pope’s plea to save the planet
1. Is this the solution to the traffic problems of the Lake District National Park?
2. Is a £200 million tidal barrage on the Wyre a forward thinking, sustainable approach to energy generation or a damaging proposal for the local environment?
3. A mobile phone business that looks to turn ‘switched off’ places ‘switched on’
4. Fracking in Lancashire, and the UK, has moved one step closer.
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’
9. Vladamir Putin has accused the US of pushing for a Uni polar world.
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.
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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Deadline is this Friday, 12th June.
1. The top ten countries that spend the most on defence. There’s a clear leader…..
2. A fascinating insight into the possible changes in ethnicity in some parts of England
3. The G7, the global group of 7 industrialised nations, meets on 7-8 June. Climate change is high up the agenda.
We are going to start a new module on Superpowers this week. In anticipation of our first lesson on Thursday I want you to carry out a bit of research and come up with some ideas on the following questions:
1. What countries do you consider to be ‘Superpowers’ in the present day?
2. What criteria do we need to consider when deciding whether or not a country should be considered a Superpower?
Bring your findings to Thursday’s lesson!