Archive for the ‘Geography DP’ Category

Electric Cars in Amsterdam

25 Apr

Here is a story that talks about Amsterdam’s commitment to Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Nuclear Effects from the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

07 Apr

I just wanted to share these two articles about how minimal the nuclear effect is.

This one talks about how that Tokyo’s current radiation level is actually less than many other major cities around the world.

This article from NPR talks about how one environmentalist has become Pro-Nuclear because this was a horrible situation, but yet no one has died due to the nuclear meltdown.  He compares this to the deaths associated with coal mining each year.

Japanese Earthquake

12 Mar

First of all, I hope that all of your friends and family are safe.

For my Geography 12 students, considering our current unit, We will be looking at Friday’s quake and whether or not is a Disaster.  We will also assess vulnerability and risk.  We will also be looking at short term and long term response.

Please blog this by Tuesday.

Hazards and Disasters Exam

15 Feb

You will be responsible for the characteristics for each hazard that we studied: drought, hurricane, earthquake and human induced.

You will also be responsible for vulnerability and risk.

The command terms on the exam are:

1. Examine

2. Compare and contrast

3. Describe

4. Discuss

5. Identify

6. Explain

There are few questions that fall outside the command terms, but those questions are asking for very basic information.

Remember there are six questions, so you must allocate your time wisely.

Good luck!

Risk and Risk Assessment

11 Feb

Using the study guide on Risk and pages 344-347 from the text, answer the following questions:

1. What is the relationship between the concept of vulnerability and risk?

2. What are the differences between indirect and direct effects of hazards?

3. Why do people underestimate the probability of a hazard event?  What effect does that have?

4. What helps and hinders a person’s perception of risk?

All of these will be discussed during the last half of the class on Tuesday, February 15th.

Volcanic Lightning

01 Feb

Lightning crackles over Japan on Friday as ash and lava erupt from Shinmoedake peak, one of the calderas of the Kirishima volcano complex.

Shinmoedake began erupting Wednesday, coating nearby villages and farms with ash and prompting authorities to ask for voluntary evacuations within a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) radius.

Volcanic lightning is still a mystery, though it may be that electrically charged silica—part of magma—interacts with the atmosphere when it flies out of a volcano, Steve McNutt of the Alaska Volcano Observatory told National Geographic News in February 2010. – From National Geographic


01 Feb

1. What are the causes of vulnerability?

2. Who is vulnerable? Why?

3. To what extent is vulnerability a demographic and socio-political phenomenon?  Give reasons and examples.

4. Examine your case study.  Who is vulnerable and why?

Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity Data for Countries

10 Nov

This link just has ecological footprint.

This is some great data on both ecological footprints and biocapacity on the Andean Community:  Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity in Andrea Community

This link has ecological footprint and bio-capacity.

Milennium Development Goals

23 Sep

Hao found this article about the MDGs.  Have a look.

Also, here are two more stories from NPR (National Public Radio) about the UN meeting that is looking at the MDGs. The file should download directly into your itunes.

U.N. Leaders Assess Global Poverty-Reduction Goals

Measuring Progress On Global Development Goals

Internal Capital Formation

22 Sep

A large percentage of a LEDCs’ population spends their income on the basic necessities and has little left over to save in banks.  Therefore, there is little funding available  for investment.  This helps to increase disparity between LEDCs and MEDCs as it is difficult to get loans that would help people develop the country from within.

A way of reducing this disparity can be found through Microloans.  Here people in MEDCs (or really any country) can financially support people and business in other countries (most often LEDCs).  Kiva is an excellent example.  Check it out!

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