Friday, 30 October 2015

China announces that the One Child Policy is to end

China's Communist party has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades 
In the late 1970s, the Chinese government introduced a number of measures to reduce the country's birth rate and slow the population growth rate. The most important of the new measures was a one-child policy, which decreed that couples in China could only have one child.

More resources:
The One Child Policy in a  Timeline >>>
The One Child Policy in a BBC Case study  >>>
China's One Child Policy explained >>> 
China one-child policy: Trauma and sympathy shared online >>
The China Population Pyramid >>>

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The flow towards Europe

Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Based on data from the United Nations, we clarify the scale of the crisis. More >>>>

Monday, 26 October 2015

Earrthquake Pakistan

USGS: Earthquake of 7.7 magnitude has struck northern Pakistan - witnesses report shaking buildings in Kabul and across northern India.

A powerful earthquake struck Badakshan Province in Afghanistan today and also affected a large area of Pakistan. According to the US Geological Service the magnitude 7.5 quake struck at 09:09 UTC (UTC), was 196 kilometers (121 miles) deep, and the epicenter was 82 kilometers southeast of Feyzabad, Afganistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Considerable shaking was felt in Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Punjab, and Balochistan as well as in the capital Islamabad.

More about this earthquake >>>
Live updates >>> 
The effect of this earthquake >>>
Why earthquakes in this area >>
Earthquakes in the region (a animation) >>>
Afghan quake: The corner of a continental collision >>>
Teachable Moment presentation (PPT) by IRIS Portland University >>>

Friday, 23 October 2015

Hurricane Patricia

Category 4 Hurricane Patricia Threatens Major Mexican Resort Cities; Hurricane Warnings Issued

News >>>
WNYC Hurricane Tracker >>>
NOAA about Patricia >>>
Storm track Patricia >>>
Windpattern Patricia >>>

Extra resources
The formation of a Hurricane (Geo-animation) >>>
The formation of Tornadoes (a pearsons animation)  >>>

History of immigration to the US

In 1607, the English established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Over the coming centuries, millions of people from around the globe were attracted to this New World that came to be the US for a chance at a better life. Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands. This video with Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Five migrant stories from Greece

Almost 600,000 refugees and migrants have made their way across the Mediterranean to Europe this year and the majority of those have landed on the Greek islands closest to Turkey.

Migration experts say the numbers arriving on the islands have surged recently to as many as 7,000 a day, trying to reach Europe before the weather worsens. The biggest numbers arriving in Greece are from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and some of the new arrivals on the island of Lesbos told BBC News their stories.

More on the BBC website >>>

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volumes 1979-2015

This is an animated visualization of the startling decline of Arctic Sea Ice, showing the minimum volume reached every September since 1979, set on a map of New York with a 10km grid to give an idea of scale. It is clear that the trend of Arctic sea ice decline indicates that it'll be ice-free for an increasingly large part of the year, with consequences for the climate. The rate of ice loss in the Arctic is staggering. Since 1979, the volume of Summer Arctic sea ice has declined by more than 80% and accelerating faster than scientists believed it would, or even could melt. Based on the rate of change of volume over the last 30 years, I expect the first ice-free summer day in the Arctic Ocean (defined as having less than 1 million km² of sea ice) to happen between 2016 and 2022, and thereafter occur more regularly with the trend of ice-free duration extending into August and October. Source >>>>

Friday, 9 October 2015

Drone footage: Massive Indonesian forest fires

Forest fires ravaging Indonesia’s rainforests will likely release far more carbon dioxide this year than the entire United Kingdom. Exclusive footage from Greenpeace Indonesia, captured by a drone with a GoPro, shows just how big – and bizarre – the fires and fumes are.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

It has been raining for much of the week in at the US East Coast.......South Caroline, but a weather system connected to Hurricane Joaquin in the Caribbean is expected to make the situation worse. The storm is not expected to hit the eastern US, but the moisture associated with it is contributing to heavy rainfall, particularly in South Carolina.

 More on the BBC website >>>

The ESRI Public Information Flooding map >>>

Hurricane Joaquin on the world windmap >>>

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Glacier flood on Iceland

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has announced that the eastern Skaftárketill caldera in Vatnajökull glacier is emptying into the Skaftá river.

Large amounts of water collect in the calderas under the glacier due to volcanic and geothermal activity which melts the glacier above. The calderas have emptied on average every two years, causing massive flooding in the Skaftá river.

The Glacier flood may reach the Iceland national ring road

 More about the Glacier flood >>>