Monday, 28 September 2015

Map of the Arctic ocean

From The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC): On September 11, 2015, sea ice extent dropped to 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum in the satellite record. This appears to be the lowest extent of the year

So.........the Geography of the Arctic is changing......

A Update with this Map of the Arctic ocean with each country’s respective claim, the melting ice and new possible shipping routes

Friday, 25 September 2015

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

In a Nutshell Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From the founders of Tomtom .

A mapcode represents a location. Every location on Earth can be represented by a mapcode. Mapcodes were designed to be short, easy to recognise, remember and communicate. They are precise to a few meters, which is good enough for every-day use

Mapcodes are a free, open way to make every house or location on Earth addressable by a short code. With nothing else except your mapcode, for instance, a navigation system will bring someone to within meters of your front door.

By example: my workadress:   
-  latitude/longitude 52.363323, 4.912090
-  mapcode: NLD 4N.0Q 

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Where Are the Syrian Refugees?

Hans Rosling from the Gapminder Foundation After the tragic crisis in Syria, more than half of all Syrians have left their homes. Where are they?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Malaysia closes schools caused by smoke from Indonesia

Malaysian schools have been ordered to close as a worsening haze from Indonesian forest fires blankets the capital and neighbouring Singapore.

South-East Asia has suffered for years from annual bouts of smog caused by slash-and-burn practices in Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands, but governments in the region have failed to address the problem.

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NASA sattelite images >>>

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Explosive eruption Japanese Volcano

Aso, one of the more dangerous volcanoes in Japan, had an explosive eruption this week. Based on webcam (see above) and news footage of the volcano, Aso produced a large, dark-grey plume of ash and volcanoes gases.

 Read more on Wired >>>
Does Japan's Mount Aso Eruption Affect Global Weather? >>>

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Syrians fleeing war find new route to Europe – via the Arctic Circle

Dozens of Syrian migrants have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with Norway Up to 20 Syrians a month are crossing into the tiny Norwegian town of Kirkenes, where the average daily temperature hovers just below freezing.

 They tried the shores of Libya, the islands of Greece, and the plains of the Balkans.

Now it has emerged that Syrians fleeing civil war have found another route to the safety of Europe: the Arctic Circle.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Life on a tea plantation in India


The BBC's South Asia correspondent, Justin Rowlatt encountered obstruction from management when he tried to access a tea plantation in India. Several of the world's biggest tea brands including PG Tips, Lipton, Tetley and Twinings have said they will work to improve the tea estates they buy from in India after a BBC investigation found dangerous, disgusting and degrading living and working conditions. Harrods has stopped selling some tea products in response. The joint investigation by Radio 4's File on Four and BBC News also found that some tea estates break the law by restricting public access to workers' living areas..

Monday, 7 September 2015

How Big The Refugee Crisis Has Grown Since 2011

This GIF shows just how much the number of refugees seeking shelter and asylum in Europe and the Middle East has grown since 2011, when the Syrian civil war broke out.

The red dots show the surge of Syrian refugees into neighboring countries since 2011. The blue dots represent the total number of refugees and migrants that have attempted to enter Europe through the Mediterranean or the Balkans during that same time.

Source BuzzFeedNews >>

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Why Boat Refugees Don't Fly!

Hans Rosling from the Gapminder Fondation This shows you why the refugees crossing the mediterranean by boat, can't just fly to Europe.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Doggerland’s lost world

During the last Ice-age Great Britain was directly connected to the European continent.

About 100 km northwest of the Dutch coast we find today "The Doggersbank". A seabank in the middle of the Nortsea. An that is all what's left from Doggerland, essentially an entire prehistoric European country.
Looking at the area between mainland Europe and the eastern coast of Great Britain, you probably wouldn’t guess it had been anything other than a great expanse of ocean water. But roughly 12,000 years ago, as the last major ice age was reaching its end, the area was very different. Instead of the North Sea, the area was a series of gently sloping hills, marshland, heavily wooded valleys, and swampy lagoons: Doggerland.
However as a result of the sea level rising in the Holocene Doggersland disappeared beneath the North Sea.

National Geographic Education Has now produced a interesting map of Pleistocene Europe


 The Map with explanation >>>

More information about Doggerland >>>>