Alfie Shaw

239 Flips | 2 Magazines | 5 Following | 1,127 Followers | @alfieshaw96 | Undergraduate reading Geography at Oxford. I post about geopolitics, international relations, and (broadly!) Human Geography. Twitter: @shaw_alfie

Mapped: where is Ukip's support strongest? Where there are no immigrants

What happens when you put a map of Ukip voters next to a map of immigrants in England and Wales? It turns out the two have very little in common<p>Do those who oppose immigration actually know any immigrants?<p>And, conversely, do those who sing its praises ever feel its effects?<p>These are questions at …

The incredible shrinking megacity: How Los Angeles engineered a housing crisis

<b>(trekandshoot via Shutterstock)</b><p>Los Angeles used to be the promised land for America’s homeowners. Now it’s tearing at the seams<p>Henry Grabar<p>April 5, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Los Angeles is at capacity.<p>The Los Angeles-Santa Ana-Long Beach Metro Area is now, by one measure, the most expensive big-city region …

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.<p>"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social …

Balloon mapping False Creek

Changing Planet<p>False Creek, a narrow inlet bordering downtown Vancouver, is a site of multiple histories and fluctuating shorelines. Today, the banks of the creek are lined with public art, residential neighborhoods, a science museum, re-zoned sites for real estate development and a network of …

Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century

<i>This essay is adapted from the Rede Lecture, which was</i> <i>delivered, earlier this year, at Cambridge University.</i><p>A hundred years ago this past August, Europe exploded in a conflagration that came to engulf the world in a new kind of war. The Great War, it was called, until a subsequent and even more …

When Did the Human Epoch Begin?

The duties of the Anthropocene Working Group—a thirty-nine-member branch of a subcommission of a commission of the International Union of Geological Sciences—are both tedious and heady. As the group’s chairman, Jan Zalasiewicz, whom Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about, in 2013, says wryly, “People do not …

The End for Iraq and Syria?

Last week British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the struggle against Islamic State was 'effectively Iraq’s last chance as nation state'.<p>That …

Starting behind: Low birth weight in the United States

Children are born into starkly unequal environments; they are also conceived in them. As my colleagues noted in a recent blog, a large number of …

Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict.<p>A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a …

A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine

The sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and Europe for its interventions in Ukraine have worked much faster and inflicted much more damage on the …

The #1 reason people die early, in each country

You're probably aware that heart disease and cancer are far and away the leading causes of death in America. But globally the picture is more complicated:<p>The above map shows the leading cause of lost years of life by country (click to see a larger version). The data comes from the 2013 edition of …

Heart Disease

The right kind of immigrant

All large political parties agree: there has been too much immigration into Britain. More people now tell Ipsos MORI, a pollster, that immigration is …

Moon Jae-in

10 Keys to Being a Good Photographer

Human Journey<p><b>Training:</b><p>Although photography is considered an art, and many people are born with the skills and talent to achieve good photographs, training in any field is essential. As David Griffin, the Director of Photography at National Geographic said in a speech in Washington, <i>nowadays everyone</i> …

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”, summarised in four paragraphs

It is the economics book that took the world by storm. <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>, written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

Field research

ON NOVEMBER 4th voters in Colorado rejected a ballot initiative that would have required special labels for foods made with genetically modified (GM) …

Korean Peninsula

Airport screening isn't about stopping Ebola – it's about controlling borders

In 1728, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI ordered that a 1,200-mile fortified chain of guard posts along the entire eastern boundary of his lands be …

West Africa

Salton Sea Restoration Project Proposed

Help may be on the way for California’s suffering Salton Sea.<p>Due to increasing salinity and changes in water appropriations of the Colorado River under the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the Salton Sea is increasingly more like a dustbowl than a lake. A historical lack of government funding …

Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — And One Example From A College Professor Tells You Why

Democratic nations are no longer buying the argument that hosting the games is a wise investment. Every potential 2022 host city with a democratic government eventually pulled out of the bidding, many over economic concerns, leaving Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the IOC's only two …

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

Changing Planet<p><b>Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo</b> <b>© WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong)</b><p>By <i>William F. Laurance</i><p><i>Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance</i><p>In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? …

Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads

Roads help farmers get their crops to market and their children to school, says Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn.<p>When I was a 26-year-old, brand-new American foreign service officer, my vision of a diplomatic career was of chandeliered ballrooms in London or Paris.<p>Instead, I was assigned as a district …

Aids: Origin of pandemic 'was 1920s Kinshasa'

<b>The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.</b><p>An international team of scientists say a "perfect storm" of population growth, sex and railways allowed HIV to spread.<p>A feat of viral archaeology …

How to visualise social structure

Visualization is often about stories. Good stories are about seeing things differently. In my new book, I have tried to write a story as a way of introducing new ways of visualizing people in places.<p>The visualization of spatial social structure means, literally, trying to make visible the …

How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity

The global economy hasn't just opened up new markets for humans, it's been a catalyst for bringing species to into habitats where they don't belong. …

Why did Ebola Spread in West Africa? - Rosling's Factpod #2

West Africa