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Geography from a different angle

Geographical stories in the news that provide a new and exciting way at looking at your favourite geography themes and topics


 Articles

The Geography of Horror (November 2013) Where's the scariest place in the world? See where more than 200 of the top-rated horror films of all-time took place
Fast Food Geography (November 2012) How McDonald’s has learned to embrace globalisation and glocalisation
Physical Geography and Facebook (June 2012) Why are global media TNCs locating in cold environments?
Yuletide logging (December 2005) Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? What are the true costs of buying real and artificial Christmas trees?
Rowling back the years (December 2003) How is the creator of Harry Potter helping to conjure up the ancient Dark Forests of Scotland?


Online lectures

The crossing of Antarctica, Dr Huw Lewis-Jones (January 2015)

Historian and polar guide Huw explores the epic first crossing of Antarctica in 1958. Led by Vivian Fuchs and Ed Hillary, this great expedition finally fulfilled Shackleton’s dream

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Walking home from Mongolia, Angus McDonald (December 2014) Hong Kong-based writer, traveller and teacher Rob describes the highs and lows of his mammoth 3,000-mile walk through the heart of China, from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong.

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On the trail of Genghis Khan, Tim Cope (November 2014) Tim shares his epic three-year journey through the land of the nomads, from Mongolia to the Danube, across the great Eurasian steppe with three horses and his dog

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Maplines, Nicholas Crane (October 2014) Drawing on journeys and film-shoots ranging from the Hindu Kush to Tibet and from the Pyrenees to the Pennines, writer and broadcaster Nicholas Crane explores the way maps open the door to geographical enlightenment

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Escape to the city (June 2014) Around 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. What impact is urban living having on our wellbeing? What can we learn from cities around the world? And how can we balance rapid urbanisation with quality of life?

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Big data, big impact? (November 2013) We are living in a data explosion where we generate and consume data faster than we can keep track of and secure. This volume of new data presents us with additional challenges: what are we going to do with it? How are we unlocking its potential? And how are we making it work for society?

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Feeding the 9 billion (October 2013) Our global food system is under increasing strain. We need to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to a population which is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. How are we meeting this challenge with new technology as well as new thinking?

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Heart of the hero: the remarkable women behind polar exploration, Kari Herbert (April 2013) Author Kari Herbert presents a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the world's most famous polar explorers through the eyes of the women who inspired them to achieve great things.

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Brazil, Michael Palin (December 2012) In an illustrated talk, Michael covers the making of his BBC television series Brazil, which took him to every part of this fascinating country, from Roraima in the north to the Iguacu Falls in the south.

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Hugging the coast, Johanna Wadsley and Duika Burges Watson (November 2012) Neville Shulman Challenge Award recipients Johanna and Duika talk about their exploration by sea-kayak of the remote Sangihe Archipelego in Indonesia and of the interconnections between the lives of local seaweed farmers and global issues

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Archaeology from the air: Europe and Jordan, Bob Bewley (October 2012) Bob looks at how the bird's eye perspective of aerial imagery can make new and major contributions to understanding and protecting our past in vastly different locations, from Britain to the Middle East

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Chasing the devil, Tim Butcher (April 2012) Best-selling author Tim Butcher describes his recent 350 mile trek of discovery through Sierra Leone and Liberia along a trail blazed in 1935 by Graham Greene

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Challenging countries - challenging perceptions, Jane Labous and Helen Findlay November 201 Two of the Society's grant recipients - one a journalist and one a field scientist - each report their findings from two very different places - the Arctic and Mali

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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everst, Wade Davis (October 2011) Wade recounts the epic attempts to scale Everest in the 1920s and goes beyond the mountain, to the trenches of World War One to show how the Everest expeditions became a symbol of Britain's national redemption

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Can the UK ever be sustainable? (December 2010) Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, but how realistic are visions of a sustainable future? How can business, politics and the creative industries help create a sustainable future?

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From Borneo to Bejiing: An Ecologist's Journey, Sir Gordon Conway (December 2009) Sir Gordon's personal and scientific journey, which begins in the rainforest in North Borneo and ends in the Chinese corrdior of power. Along the way are the Chiang Mai and Hunza vallyes, the slums of Mumbai and Dar, and the Loess Plateau

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Resources

KS3: Impossible places Sustainability and human impacts on environmental interaction and place
KS3: Geography: The language of Europe Connecting geography and modern foreign languages
KS3: Adventure landscapes Exploring physical geography and environmental interaction through adventure
KS3: Fantastic places Stimulating an interest in and a sense of wonder about places
KS3: Paradise lost Tourism in contemporary Thailand


Ask the Experts

Comic books and alternative views on geopolitics (July 2015) Dr Jason Dittmer, Reader of Human Geography, University College London
Digital mapping (March 2013) Ed Manley, PhD Student, University College London
MapAction (May 2010) Nigel Woof, Chief Executive of MapAction

GIS (March 2010)

Richard Waite, Managing Director, Esri (UK)


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