IB DP Geography Flipboard Magazine

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! Focusing upon #ibgeog11 'Patterns and Change' + 'Global Interactions' and #ibgeog19 'Global Change' + 'Global Interactions'.

Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump'

Thailand has been swamped by waste from the west after Chinese ban on imports<p>At a deserted factory outside Bangkok, skyscrapers made from vast blocks of crushed printers, Xbox components and TVs tower over black rivers of smashed-up computer screens.<p>This is a tiny fraction of the estimated 50m …

Electronic Waste

Two-thirds of world population will live in cities by 2050, says UN

Two-thirds of people in the world will be living in cities by 2050 and the boom will be concentrated in India, China and Nigeria, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday.<p>The world’s rural population will peak in a few years then decline by 2050, according to the report by the …

Geography

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level

<b>Updated at 8:48 p.m. ET</b><p>The birthrate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1987, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in …

Demographics

You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

MagazinePlanet or Plastic?<p>Do these six pain-free things, and you’ll help reduce the impact plastic is having on oceans and other waterways around the world.<p><b>In a world that can seem</b> overwhelmed by potentially eternal plastic waste, are biodegradables the ultimate solution? Probably not. But it’s …

Pollution

Number of children in Japan shrinks to new record low

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> The number of children in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year in a row, a sign the country's attempts to offset the country's severely aging population are failing.<p>As of April 1, 2018, there were 15.53 million children under the age of 14 in Japan, down 170,000 from the …

Demographics

Access to banking services is spreading throughout the developing world

IN 2017 the number of people without access to banking services fell to 1.7bn, down from 2.5bn in 2011, thanks largely to the rise of mobile-payment …

Banking

TOO MANY MEN

Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.<p>The consequences …

'Plastic is literally everywhere': the epidemic attacking Australia's oceans

While heading down the Brisbane river, Jim Hinds once pulled aboard a drunken half-naked man just seconds from “going down for the last time”.<p>But on this day, like most other days for Hinds, it’s back to the horribly predictable as he launches his boat into the Nerang river on Queensland’s Gold …

Pollution

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Civil Rights

The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers

Cities can be dense without being overpopulated. But in the world’s most crowded city, the drains can’t cope – creating a grim new job<p>After decades cleaning the sewers of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital, Sujon Lal Routh has seen plenty of misery. But the tragedy of 2008 was the worst. After a …

Mega Cities

Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, 1990-2017

Explore origin and destination totals of migrants from 233 countries between 1990 and 2017.

World’s largest desert has grown even larger due to climate change

The Sahara Desert has grown significantly over the past century, and climate change is largely to blame, according to a new study.<p>Analysing data …

Rapid rise in mortality in England and Wales in early 2018 – an investigation is needed

In the first seven weeks of 2018, over 10,000 (12.4%) more people died in England and Wales than was usual for the time of year. No official …

Geography

The changing shape of Australia's immigration policy

If the increasing numbers are well managed, it can be a ‘win-win’ situation, says professor<p>How many and whom? Australia is – again – seized by a debate about migration to this country, its size, shape and character.<p>Related: As a citizen of Melbourne, don't I have the right to question immigration? …

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Submarine Cable Map 2018

This tanker is the first to sail across the melted Arctic in winter

Container ships using the Northern Sea Route across the top of the world can cut the length of voyages by 40% compared with travelling via the Suez …

Climate change soon to cause movement of 140m people, World Bank warns

Climate change will result in a massive movement of people inside countries and across borders, creating “hotspots” where tens of millions pour into already crowded slums, according to the World Bank.<p>More than 140 million people in just three regions of the developing world are likely to migrate …

World Bank

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet | Kim Stanley Robinson

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Urbanization

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?

Set deep in the Valley of the Sun, the lush and sprawling ‘megapolis’ has a problem – the rivers<p>Jennifer Afshar and her husband, John, pushed their bikes across the grass and paused to savour the sunshine, while their two boys went to look at the duck pond. Other kids were playing soccer or doing …

world's

Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.<p>The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and civilisational threats unless actions are taken to reduce …

Water

Is the way we think about overpopulation racist? | Fred Pearce

Half the world lives in urban areas, yet environmental concerns about megacities often focus on developing economies. But consumption is as important as population<p>It is just 50 years since the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb galvanised the global discussion on overpopulation. …

Geography

China's government may be moving away from its two-child policy as birth rates continue to plummet

China announced plans to scrap the commission charged with managing the country's two-child policy on Tuesday, as part of a large restructuring of its ministries.<p>The National Health and Family Planning Commission was the agency responsible for managing the country's birth limits and fining parents …

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts

Climate change is forcing indigenous people to find new ways to survive as a remote village of 600 grapples with rapid erosion<p>At the edge of an imperiled Alaska town, Dennis Davis sent a drone over a patchwork of ice covering the Chukchi Sea.<p>“Some people think it’s a toy, but a lot of people know …

Global Warming

This urban population is leading the world in life expectancy

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Skyscrapers for as far as you can see, people walking toward you from all angles on densely packed streets, lights flashing almost everywhere and a subway that typically gets you where you want to go in under 30 minutes.<p>This is life with more than 7 million people living on a …

Hong Kong

Zero Waste iPhone? That's Complete Garbage

South Korean women on 'birth strike' as children come with too high a cost

According to an old South Korean myth, a childless couple came to Jumunjin Beach in Gangneung, sat in front of a rock and prayed for a son.<p>With a …

No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It

Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change: Should I have children?<p>It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging. And while few, if any, studies have …

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They’re Waiting Longer, but U.S. Women Today More Likely to Have Children Than a Decade Ago

The share of U.S. women at the end of their childbearing years who have ever given birth was higher in 2016 than it had been 10 years earlier.