Podcast recommendation: Edible Economics by Ha-Joon Chang
Edible Economics by Ha-Joon Chang, is a book adapted for BBC broadcast, and includes a really interesting, contemporary explainer about the economics of the banana in this episode. It's relevant...
What’s Ocean Plastic Pollution Got To Do With Climate Change?
I have lost count of the number of younger students who have conflated marine plastic pollution with the climate crisis. So annoying!
Thriving and declining cities from globalisation
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, major cities are thriving. Deeply linked with one another, they have become magnets for increasing flows of wealth, talent and foreign investment....
Melting icebergs feed a trail of phytoplankton in their wake
Concern at large blocks of ice-sheet breaking off from the perimeter of Antarctica and icebergs calving off glaciers emerging from the Greenland ice-sheet are worrying indicators of rising global...
What is Renewable Energy?
A short and accessible introduction to renewable energy here from National Geographic.
How Satellite Images Expose Our Global Footprint
A jaw-dropping use of time-lapse satellite imagery here to demonstrate five ways in which human activity is damaging the planet.
A useful video here from Mashable explaining the San Andreas Fault and asking whether Californians are ready for the next earthquake.
Is Flooding in Essex Linked to Antartica?
Canvey Island in Essex is very low-lying and increasingly prone to flooding - much to the distress of home-owners there. How might this be linked to rising sea levels and Antartica? This short BBC...
It's the largest animal on the planet, but the blue whale's food involves hundreds of thousands of shrimp-like krill. While the southern ocean is full of these crustaceans, their winter food source...
Listening to what a record-breaking wildfire sounds like
The 2016 wildfire that devastated the town of Fort McMurray in Canada is the focus for this BBC Radio 4 'Costing the Earth' audio programme.
Do you know your BRICs from your MINTs?
Economist Jim O'Neill coined the acronym BRIC economies in reference to the potential might of Brazil, Russia, India and China as dominant economies of the twenty-first century. But in these radio...
Who wins, who loses from Globalisation?
President-elect Trump has said it’s gone too far. Many of those who voted for Brexit think it damaged British industry; those who voted Remain claim if it’s not there it could damage both the...
Women. Work. Climate.
This is the title of an article by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Climate Change Adaptation group outlining how the global agency is trying to improve the lives of some of the...
Leicester City as an example of globalisation forces
Leicester City – you know, that small-ish, never-done-anything-much, didn’t-Gary-Lineker-support-them-or-something…. - well they made history yet again last night. They played their first European...
"It's not that we've started breeding like rabbits; we've just stopped dying like flies", wrote Peter Adamson back in 1974 to explain the surging growth in world population. Ironically, the world...
Is the world's population going up or down? Well, both - the total population is going through its fastest phase of growth, but the growth rate is starting to show signs of decline, in fact we may...
Tectonic activity in Iceland
The processes occurring at a constructive plate boundary are constantly changing
Making It Rain - In the Desert
With annual rainfall of just 3 inches, Abu Dhabi needs to do all it can to maximise whatever rainfall might be possible.
Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tropical Cyclones - Explained!
A clear and concise explanation here from this Met Office video about the differences between hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones.
Why Wildfires are Necessary
This excellent new animated video from TEDEd explains the key benefits of wildfires.
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