GDP has had its share of ups and downs recently, both in real terms and as an indicator. If economy was the only thing worth measuring, then a case can be made for GDP, but it’s not. The World Economic
Articles and geography information in support of the IB Diploma Program Geography course.
A fascinating, yet soberingly unfortunate geologic event that deserves some coverage here. BBC has some excellent insights: Indonesian tsunami: death toll rises from Anak Krakatau rises as well as The Guardian: Indonesian authorities raise Anak Krakatau threat level
Article from The Guardian Plastic bottle deposit scheme in UK proving hit with shoppers We must start somewhere. While it would be better to reduce plastic to zero, the goal is not realistic. Plastic bottles are much lighter than the
A NY Times article on birth tourism in Canada – where it’s legal. A good debatable question, too. Should it be? ‘Birth Tourism’ is legal in Canada. A lawmaker calls it unscrupulous. More Birth Tourism sources: Wikipedia: Birth Tourism Canada:
Mass Tourism is plaguing the planet. With a burgeoning world middle class, more and more people want to take advantage of cheaper flights (yes, Canada! 🙂 ) and accommodations to see the vast and varied world around them. Iceland is
Canada desperately needs to raise the density of our urban areas to protect the surrounding farmland and natural areas. We’ve been living in this dreamworld of never-ending land (and resources) and need to really begin planning for restrained growth. This
Have a look at the work of Alasdair Rae via ’The Conversation’ on teasing apart the nuances of population density to allow more meaningful comparisons: https://theconversation.com/think-your-country-is-crowded-these-maps-reveal-the-truth-about-population-density-across-europe-90345
Air pollution results in 7,700 premature deaths in Canada each year, report says (and costs Canadians $36 billion annually) (CBC) Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says (BBC) Imagine if a war caused between 5.5 million
The Toronto Star has created an excellent web-based, visual “project” describing how temperatures will increase and the effect of those increases on habitats and species. Take a moment to explore it: The Great Global Species Shake-up.
John Quiggin, professor of Economics at the University of Queensland states, For the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment. But do we have the will? This world is enough is a must-read essay