1. Watch Hans Rosling of Gapminder fame explain the Development myth and global population movement on Channel 4 News.
2. One for year 12: net migration to the UK hits 336,000 in the year to June.
3. Year 13 – a visual reminder of the geopolitical brawl that is the Syria conflict, courtesy of The Economist
4. Rhone Glacier drone footage shows ice retreat –
Read this article from The guardian on the UK’s new energy policy. Note the reliance on subsidised nuclear and the move away from government backing of renewables.
Can ISIS draw Russia and the west together against a common foe?
Let’s see how many of you can discuss these points next Tuesday….
Following our discussion of ISIS and their recent actions in Paris, Beirut and Sinai, these are the articles I made reference to:
What ISIS really wants – This is free to access from The Atlantic and provides a very interesting analysis of the group.
The Foreign Affairs article that was linked to in yesterday’s weekly links is free to access once you have registered. It is worth going as FA is a very good publication.
Alternatively, ask me for a print out tomorrow :-).
1. Russia’s use of cruise missiles to target ISIS in Syria is a show of force to the West.
2. What costs £54 billion and rising? The cost of cleaning up Sellafield. This short channel 4 news report outlines the issues.
3. Informative video outlining China’s increasing interest in claiming territory in South China Sea. Foreign power projection
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.
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:
A relevant article for your superpower revision on non state actors and IS’s geopolitical position in the Middle East.
Read for Wednesday’s lesson.
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.