Monday, 24 May 2010

Himalayan balsam again....

Looking for some bits and pieces on the Peak District website for Year 10, and I came across this.... So if you're bored of revision over half-term, go and help get rid of one of those invasive species you've been learning about!!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Yr13 - Biodiversity

Two very interesting and useful reports from the Guardian about the importance of biodiversity:

and an editorial here.

Make sure you investigate the links within the articles as well as the articles themselves.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Yr13 - a couple of Ecosystems bits and pieces...

News article from the BBC about urban trees helping migrating birds (link to the wildlife corridor concept) here.

And after my comment on Twitter about hoping that you lot were watching the One Show last night, I am now being followed by an environmental consultancy who seem to like eating Japanese Knotweed. Make of that what you will. Their website is here.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Good luck!!

First of the summer's Geography exams tomorrow....

The very best of luck to you - not that you will need it!!

Remember, read the questions carefully, understand and follow the command words, use the resources, plan your time carefully - a mark a minute, don't feel that you have to answer the questions in order (and DON'T answer questions about coasts or energy...) and check your work!!

See you in the morning... :)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Shell seeks to drill in Arctic seas...

Interesting article here about Shell's proposals to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico... A nice extra little "golden nugget" for those of you doing GEOG1 on Friday! :)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Yr12 - Bangladesh flooding

Apologies that I forgot to post the link to the Bangladesh flooding documentary that I told you about on Thursday. It's here. For some reason, it stops very abruptly near the end, but there is still plenty of detail before that point.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Yr12 Flooding and Flood Management

The Environment Agency's Flooding pages have lots of useful information about flood risk, how to prepare for a flood, and about what they are doing to manage flooding. You can also access summaries of their Catchment Flood Management Plans - the one that covers Boscastle is the East Cornwall CFMP.

You might like to have a look at the Met Office's "Past weather events" pages too - useful stuff here about the meteorological conditions behind various interesting weather events as far back as 1990, but including Boscastle, the 2005 Carlisle and North Yorkshire floods, the 2007 floods that affected much of the country, and the Cumbria floods of 2009.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Savanna Grasslands

Tomorrow we will be having a look at the savanna grasslands of Tanzania, and considering the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The Serengeti National Park website has lots of information about the conservation and management of the area and the conflict between the different interest groups involved.

Amazon Conservation/Sustainable Development

Another useful link here, focusing on the Mamiraua reserve - will add a bit more specific detail to the info you have already from the textbook.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

An oakless Britain?

Interesting article from the BBC about our disappearing oak trees...

Does it matter?

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

More rainforests...

The article we talked about this morning about condoms "saving the world's forests" is here.

The essay question that you'll be answering either on Friday or next week is "Development, biodiversity and sustainability in the tropical rainforest biome are incompatible goals. Discuss." You don't need to write anything before I see you next, but be having a think about it...

Monday, 3 May 2010

Yr13 - Rainforest Action Network

Thanks to Ellie for this link

Yr13 - Amazon tribes using technology to protect rainorest

Just come across this article about Amazon tribes using technology to protect the rainforest through "cultural mapping"...

(I found this via The Prince's Rainforests Project page on Facebook - worth a look as there seems to be lots of other potentially useful stuff on there too!/rainforestSOS.)