Saturday, 31 May 2008

Year 11 - DME

Those of you resitting the DME might like to have a look at the resources that Mr Rackley from Framingham Earl High School has put together

(Remember, as with the mock paper you did in January, the practice paper is only a suggestion of what MIGHT come up - NOT a copy of the paper you will get on 12th June!!)

Friday, 23 May 2008

Little Boxes!!

My dad used to sing this song to us on the way to visit my grandparents...

I don't think I realised the geographical significance at the time!

Thanks to Alan P for the trip down memory lane...

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

CAP Health Check

Yr11 might like to have a look at the "health check" of the Common Agricultural Policy and also this related article from the BBC.

Friday, 16 May 2008

The Amazon in Graphics

Those of you resitting the DME might like to have a look at The Amazon in Graphics - an excellent set of maps, graphs, etc. from the BBC, looking at the Amazon Rainforest, deforestation, and the future.

There's also a number of articles worth looking at, including the Amazon Paradox Q&A and a lot of links on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Eco-tourism in Benidorm?

Benidorm might not be the obvious choice if you are looking for an environmentally-friendly holiday...

But according to this rather interesting article from the BBC, it might be better than you think! Particularly useful reading for Yr11!

China earthquake toll could reach 50,000

The rescue efforts in China are still continuing, and the latest reports suggest that the death toll might now reach 50,000.

The BBC have lots of updated reports, and also an interactive map showing the areas affected by the earthquake:

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Yr11 - DME and Sustainable Development

The blog post I mentioned earlier, with the link to the story about the logging company using GPS technology and working with tribes in the Congo is here.

There's also a story from the BBC about the Amazon which is useful reading for those of you resitting the DME.

The website of Excellent Development - the organisation we looked at in the morning's lesson - is here and is well worth you having a look at.

China Earthquake

You will, I imagine, have heard about the earthquake in China. Large areas were devastated by the 7.8 earthquake, which was felt over 900 miles away from the epicentre, and the death toll currently stands at 12,000. Rescue efforts are ongoing - hindered by heavy rainfall, and it is thought that there are a further 18,000 people trapped in one town.

The BBC have a Special Report which has lots of up-to-date information, video footage, etc..

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Burma Cyclone

I've not seen much in the way of news since my last post on Sunday afternoon, so I've just been horrified to see that since then the death toll has now risen to more than 20,000.

This is the worst natural disaster to hit the area since the 2004 tsunami, and there are suggestions that the extent of the damage might be on a similar scale.

Also worrying is that Burma's military rulers said initially that they did not need - and would not accept - international aid. They do now seem to have accepted that they will not be able to cope without overseas help.

The latest report from the BBC is here and there are lots of links from the report to maps, photographs, video clips and other reports.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Volcanic eruption in Chile

More from the BBC here... And "In Pictures"...


I haven't explored this properly yet, but MapTube looks interesting...

Thanks to Mrs K for the link!

Multi-lingual Animaniacs!

Most of you will have seen the Animaniacs "Nations of the World" by now... For those of you who've finished learning the song in English and need a new challenge, try the German, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian or 5 Languages versions!

Thursday, 1 May 2008