Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A Message from Father Christmas

I just found this on the BBC website, and thought you might be interested in what Father Christmas has to say about climate change. Have a good Christmas - and to quote another member of the Geography Department, climate change doesn't stop for Christmas! (You can listen to Mr Regan's climate change song, by clicking here.)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Faces from the Frontline

Today's Guardian magazine is devoted to looking at the impacts of climate change around the world. If you click on this link, you can see how people are being affected all around the world now.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Bhopal - 25 yeas on

Students in Years 10 and 11 have looked at the cyanide gas leak that happened in the Indian city of Bhopal in 1984. It is a good case study of all the negative aspects of multinational companies. This week saw the 25th anniversary of this dreadful industrial accident, and many of the victims have received very little compensation. People are still being affected because the area, and in particular, the water supply, has not been cleaned up. This article tells you all about it.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Copenhagen Summit 2009

This conference which runs from the 7th to the 18th December in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been labelled as the last chance to save the planet from the worst effects of global warming. The conference is likely to be given huge amounts of media coverage because of its importance. The BBC has a lot of articles and up to date material here, and the Guardian has information here. GCSE and A Level students need to be up to date with what's going on at this conference - your new text books are out of date already!

Cumbria Floods November 2009

The BBC Cumbria website has a large amount of resources on the recent floods, including many, many photos which you can access here. You can read about the weather that caused the flooding here.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

A Week of Natural Disasters

This week has seen a number of major natural disasters hit East Asia. You can read about the tsunami that his Samoa on Tuesday here - this page has links to information on which countries were hit, and an animated guide to tsunamis. This article is about a surfer who survived the tsunami by staying out at sea.

On Wednesday, two major earthquakes hit Indonesia - a magnitude 7.6 followed by a 6.8. So far, the death toll stands at 1 100. You can read about the earthquake and its aftermath here - again, there are many links to other related articles and sites on this page.

Earlier in the week Typhoon Ketswana hit Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines, where many people were affected by heavy rain, strong winds and landslides. You can read about it here. Today, the Philippines is being hit by Typhoon Parma, although the capital city, Manila looks like it will escape the worst of it. The BBC report of this typhoon is here.

Away from Asia, the city of Messina on Sicily (Italy) has been badly affected by heavy rain and mudslides. Information and film of this can be found here. So far, the death toll stands at more than 50.

All of these events can be used as case studies for GCSE and A Level. Think about the causes of the disaster, the consequences (social, economic, environmental, political) and the responses (local, national, international).

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Join the 10:10 Campaign - and get your friends to sign up too!

This week, a grass roots campaign started to encourage people to do their bit in the face of global warming. It's called the 10:10 campaign, and asks you to try to cut your carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010. You can read about it here and at this website, there are ways you can help to reduce your emissions. In case you're wondering why you should bother, read this article about what's happening in the Arctic right now. On this page, you can see what lots of people are promising to do in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Changing attitudes in China?

After enforcing the One Child Policy for several decades, are attitudes finally changing in the world's most populous country? Read about what's happening in Shanghai here.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Solutions to Climate Change?

Today's Guardian contained practical suggestions about how to deal with climate change - what do you think of these ideas? You can read about these solutions here. You can watch video clips on each of them here, and vote for your favourite idea here.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Africa - a land of contrasts

These links might help year 7 with their Africa assessment:

Click here for a useful visual summary of contrasts in Africa.

Virtual tourist here (but remember this might not show you everything about Africa, only the bits for tourists!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

A New National Park for England

Today the Government confirmed that the South Downs are to become the 10th National Park in England. You can read about why it is being protected and the implications of it becoming a National Park here.

There are some pictures of the area here.

Too Many People?

This article on the BBC website may be useful for A2 (Population and Resource Management) and GCSE (Food and Water Supply, and Population Change).

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Earth Hour

Tonight between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, take part in WWF's Earth Hour. We're all being asked to turn our lights out for an hour, to raise awareness about climate change and global warming. There's lots you can do on this website. Watch the video here, too.


For those of you in Year 11 (and U6?) who are struggling with an Ecotourism case study, try this from today's Guardian Travel section.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Birth and deaths in real time

Look at www.breathingearth.net which shows birth and death rates by country in real time. It also shows CO2 emissions. Its quite hypnotic really!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Spotlight - part 2 - exam questions

Here are the exam questions for the spotlight group (and everyone else in Mrs Smith's and Mrs Nurton's groups!)
Spotlight Practice Questions

Sunday, 22 February 2009

AS web links

This school does the same AS course as us and there are loads of useful website links listed. They don't do the 'Health' human option (which we do) but there are loads of useful links for all the other topics.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


There is a good overview of gentrification here.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Why are there 3000 abandoned cars at the airport in Dubai?

This article from the New York Times details the mass exodus of foreign workers (who make up 90% of Dubai's population) due to the global economic downturn. Definately worth reading for an up-to-date example of migration!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Case study instructions

Case Study Instructions Jan09

Case study card

Use this blank to do your case studies on. Remeber, you can alter / amend some of the sub-headings depending on the specific case study. To download it click on the 'ipaper' word at the top of the document.
GCS Case Study Card

Year 11 Case Studies

The case study you are making this week is on the volcanic eruption at Mt St Helens, Washington, USA in 1980. Mrs Smith's group need to hand in the work on Tuesday 20th Jan, Mrs Nurton's group on Wednesday 21st Jan.

Useful websites can be found here and here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Future of the Maldives

The Maldives are a group of low lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean that rely on tourism to keep their economy going. The islands and the people who live their are likely to be some of the first casualties of global warming - it will create many environmental refugees here. The President of the Maldives is trying to plan for the future. You can read about what he is trying to do here. You can listen to his proposals here.

Our Increasing Life Expectancy

I found these maps on the BBC website which show how longevity (people living for a long time) has spread north throught he UK. You can see the article and the maps here. What implications does this have for our society in the future?

Monday, 15 September 2008


I've mentioned this little handy tool to a few people.....snippy. Lets you copy a selection of a web page or document easily.
Click here for more information and to download it.

10 Ways to Google-up your coursework

Ten ways to use Google Earth to improve your coursework - some fabulous ideas from Noel Jenkins at Juicy Geography. I've just told all my group to draw desire line maps..... how about doing it in Google Earth?

Click here to see all 10 suggestions.

Thanks to Noel Jenkins for sharing this!

Friday, 12 September 2008

Atlantic Hurricanes

2008 was forecast to be a busy hurricane season. You can see the predictions that were made in August here. The hurricane currently wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and threatening Texas, is Hurricane Ike - this one has already hit Cuba and Haiti, and is now heading for the USA. You can see the damage it has already done in the Caribbean here, and video footage of the enormous waves lashing Texas as the hurricane approaches, here. Accounts of the devastation that Ike has caused in Haiti, the poorest country in the Caribbean, can be found here. Haiti has already been hit by several tropical storms this season. You can follow the progress of this season's hurricanes on the National Hurricane Center website.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Olympic medal winners

Keep up to date with the location of Olympic medal winners

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Mission Explore!

What are you going to do over the Summer? You should get out more!
Go to Mission Explore and take on a challenge this summer......

Friday, 30 May 2008

Global Food Crisis

All this week, the Guardian newspaper has been doing special reports on the global food crisis. There are some excellent case studies, and useful information for A2 students - Year 11 should look too, as this is all relevant to the Food and Water Supply unit. The website is here - there is a particularly good interactive guide here.