Developing Countries Lead the Way in Renewable Energy Development | devongeography

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A decade ago, it was the world’s wealthiest countries that accounted for the bulk of investment in renewable energy. However, since then, developing nations are today leading the way in a world where electricity demand increases while technology costs fall. The locus of clean energy activity had shifted noticeably from “North” to “South”, from OECD to non-OECD countries.

A recent report ‘Climatescope’ – produced by energy researchers Bloomberg NEE – has studied 80 indicators such as clean energy policies, emissions, and installed capacities for 103 different countries, and…

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China and India to Overtake the USA Economy? | devongeography

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According to the UK multinational bank Standard Chartered, China is likely to become the world’s largest economy by 2020, with India overtaking the USA and moving into second place by 2030.

In its report, the UK bank suggests that: “India will likely be the main mover, with its trend growth accelerating to 7.8% by the 2020s” . It recognizes that ageing populations are likely to weigh on global growth, but India, home to the world’s largest group of young people, will remain unfazed. Half of the country’s population is under the age of 25.

However, a young…

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China and India to Overtake the USA Economy? | devongeography

Photo: World Bank
According to the UK multinational bank Standard Chartered, China is likely to become the world’s largest economy by 2020, with India overtaking the USA and moving into second place by 2030.

In its report, the UK bank suggests that: “India will likely be the main mover, with its trend growth accelerating to 7.8% by the 2020s” . It recognizes that ageing populations are likely to weigh on global growth, but India, home to the world’s largest group of young people, will remain unfazed. Half of the country’s population is under the age of 25.

However, a young demographic…

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Depleted Water Reserves in South West England | devongeography

I have been a little concerned recently about my woodland pond. It is not stream-fed, and the water level always varies a little with the seasons – but it has never been as low as this during winter months.

I am aware that rainfall in my area has been below average over the winter, so I thought I would investigate the state of water reserves for the south west to see if there might be any more general issues going forward.

I consulted the web site of my local water authority at:

http://bit.ly/2BhCcB6

Here, I…

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Depleted Water Reserves in South West England | devongeography

I have been a little concerned recently about my woodland pond. It is not stream-fed, and the water level always varies a little with the seasons – but it has never been as low as this during winter months.

I am aware that rainfall in my area has been below average over the winter, so I thought I would investigate the state of water reserves for the south west to see if there might be any more general issues going forward.

I consulted the web site of my local water authority at:

http://bit.ly/2BhCcB6

Here, I…

Continue reading at:

http://bit.ly/2Tosgg5

USA Weather Extremes in the Classroom | devongeography

 

The recent extreme weather conditions in the USA have thrown up some fantastic resources on the web and via social media for use in the classroom – like the wonderful temperature map above – courtesy of Grant Tremblay (@astrogrant)

However, some teachers might like to approach this subject from a rather different angle. Why not use one of these image as a lesson starter to get a reaction from the students?

Firstly, this frozen  ‘Jeans Scene’ taken by Sarah Schneewind in Minnesota:

Or perhaps this extract from a Sky news bulletin showing what happened to a woman in Iowa who…

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World Bank Review of 2018 in Charts | devongeography

 

The World Bank has produced an interesting review  of 2018 that summarises the major future challenges faced by our planet in 14 charts.

Each chart is accompanied by some useful extra data and information, and they cover:
Extreme poverty at its lowest ever level
Extreme poverty in sub Saharan Africa
Record number of displace people
Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees
Environmental quality
Open dumping and burning of waste
child malnutrition
Education in developing countries
Rising demand for advanced skills
Employment barriers for women
Borrowing surge in low and middle…

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