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The Latest Articles from Geography Review

Geography Review, April 2023

What causes labour migration? The case of the Philippines: This article takes a detailed look at the infrastructure which supports and promotes labour migration from the Philippines to the rest of the world. This article supports your unit on Population and the environment.

Desertification: a Spanish case study: To what extent do humans increase the rate of desertification? This artucle considers the range of human and physical factors that are driving contemporary desertification through a case study of the Tabernas Desert in Spain.

Geography works: new horizons: public policy and urban agriculture: I studied geography at university from 2012 to 2015. It was my worst A-leel result, so obviously, I chose to do a degree in it! I grew up in a West Devon village of 120 people, and so moving to university in a big city undoubtedly shaped my specific areas of geographical interest: cities and sustainability, with a particular focus on urban agriculture.

Updates: global governance: is it time for an Earth Constitution? Would an Earth Constitution allow more rapid and effetcive governance of our global environmental commons? Some people believe so. This article supports your unit on Global systems and governance.

New horizons: centrepiece: the geography of Eurovision: The fundamentals of Eurovision, the econmics, the culture, the politics, a map showing participants over the decades and a map showing winners by the number of successes.

Atmospheric hazard management in the USA: This article compares the USA’s response to four recent hazard events: Hurricane Katrina, Hurrican Ida, the Moore tornado and the Ohio Valley tornadoes. This article supports your unit on Hazards.

Geographical skills: making the grade: textual analysis of different source materials: How do geographers approach texts? And what is a ‘text’ anyway? Textual analysis is a broad term for various research methods used to describe, interpret and understand texts.

New horizons: making connections: climate grabs: This Making Connections explores ‘climate grabs’ – a shorthand expression for land grabs that are a result of climate change mitigation strategies.

Homeless spaces, hybrid places: a case study of Las Vegas: This article focuses on the lived experience of homeless people in Las Vegas.

Economies before human rights? Do developed countries do enough to tackle human rights abuses around the world? Or are decisions to intervene made for economic reasons? This article supports your study of Global systems and governance.

New horizons: the big picture: China’s bicycle graveyards: This arresting drone image, taken in April 2018, shows a ‘graveyard’ of thousands of bikes in the Chinese city of Wuhan. These bikes were taken out of service from bicycle share schemes and the graveyards are graphic illustrations of multiple planning failures and show waste on a colossal scale.

Geography Review, February 2023

The causes and consequences of household air pollution: This article explores the sources of poor indoor air quality, identifies who is most at risk, and considers what can be done to improve air quality in homes.

Making the grade: geographical skills: measuring components of the water cycle: Tips and support for conducting A-level fieldwork on a local water cycle.

Conflict in Eastern Europe: the struggle for political influence between Russia and NATO: This article demonstrates the links between superpowers, their spheres of influence and what happens when these spheres are contested by other actors.

Geography works: new horizons: facilites manager: Tim works in the Estates and Facilities department at the University of Manchester. They manage the university’s campus with responsibility for building maintenance, cleaning, gardening, construction projects and environmental sustainability.

Updates: water and carbon update: feedback loops in the climate system: Variations in solar radiation and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions can change our climate, but climate feedback mechanisms can have an even greater impact than initial forcings.

NEA ideas: making the grade: hand-drawn maps of changing places: This brief article discusses conceptualisations of home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

New horizons centrpiece: Storm Arwen: Explore a recent weather hazard event.

Mapping home during Covid-10: children and young people’s conceptualisations of home at a time of crisis: How have children and young people made sense of their homes during the Covid-19 crisis? How have they engaged with the places where they live through repeated lockdowns? We can use hand-drawn maps to explore these questions. This artcle supports your unit on Changing places.

Making the grade: question and answer: changing coastlines: This issue’s Question and Answer uses the 2020 Pearson Edexcel Paper 2 (physical geography) examination paper. Questions focus on both coastal processes and management and range from 6 marks to 20 marks. This Question and Answer could be used either in class or as a homework activity, bearing in mind differences in question style and focus.

Everybody’s talking about… updates: inequality, left-behind places and the poverty premium: How can we use geography to explore and explain inequlaity in the UK?

Climate change, deglaciation and landscape change: What will happen to landscapes as they transition from glacial to postglacial?

Making connections: new horizons: President Trump, Greenland, Australia, and the mining of rare earths: In this issue we consider a newsworthy topic that highlighs connections between global governance, global systems, place and climate change.

New horizons: the big picture: artificial snow in the Alps: More than half of Switzerland’s ski slopes are now only viable with artifical snow. From Colardo to Davos, climate warming and decreasing snowfall represent existential threats to the multi-billion dollar skiing industry and the regional economy it sustains.

Geography Review, November 2022

Weather records and climate change: This article describes that importance of long weather records in the study of climate change, using data from two of the UK’s longest-running weather stations.

Updates: global governance: global cooperation to tackle climate change: the role of United National COP meetings: Each year, most of the world’s countries meet to consider their collective actions to tackle antopogenic climate change. These so-called Conference of Parties (COP) meetings now attract a lot of public attention. This Global Governance update explains their role in multi-lateral climate policy.

Southeast Asia in the global land rush: human rights, environment and politics: This article examines the impact of a land rush in Southeast Asia since 2000.

Making the grade: geographical skills: using historical maps and imagery: How can you use old maps, postcards, paintings and other images to investigate place and quantify landscape change? This article supports your unit on Changing places.

Geography works: new horizons: independent agroforestry consultant: Since graduating with a degree in geography, I have had the pleasure of working with farmers around the world to create thriving, sustainable agricultural systems.

New horizons: centrepiece: the global geography of internal migration: This Centrepiece presents data on internal displacements from the 2022 World Migration Report.

Tropical peatlands of Central Africa: This article explores a little-known but globally important carbon pool in the fight against climate change by the CongoPeat Early Careers Researchers Group.

Making the grade: question and answer: changing places: This issue’s Question and Answer uses questions similar in style to the 2019 AQA Human Geography Paper 2 exam paper. The questions are focused on the Changing Places topic, specifically related to factors affecting the characteristics, perceptions of and experience of places. Questions range from a 4-mark point-marked question up to a challenging 20-mark essay.

Making connections: new horizons: risk and probability: The concept of risk features throughout geography, from your study of natural hazards, to the risk assessment you must do before your NEA.

Home, place and Covid-19: How have your ideas and experience of home changed during the Covid-19 pandemic? How did government lockdowns and restrictions alter yuor relationships with the place where you live? Have places – and their connections with other places – changed?

New horizons: the big picture: solar canals: tackling water and energy security in arid lands: In July 2021 researchers from the University of California published a paper that set out the potential benefits of coering all of the states irrigation canals with solar panels.

Geography Review, September 2022

Footpath erosion: Why is footpath erosion a problem? And how can it be controlled or repaired?

Everybody’s talking about… population 8 billion: Are there too many people? This article supports your unit on Population and the environment.

The role of macropores in the water and carbon cycles: In this article we examine fast flow paths in the soil known as macropores. This article supports your unit on Water and carbon cycles.

Geographical skills: making the grade: questionnaires and interviews revisited: part 3: It’s the turn of interviews. This article foucses on how to gather and analyse interview data.

Glacial lake outburst floods: a growing hazard in a warming world: Most of the world’s glaciers are retreating. Their meltwater is creating unstable lakes in mountainous areas, putting commnities at risk. This article supports your unit on Hazards.

Centrepiece: the April 2021 Nefyn landslide and earthflow: Explore a recent coastal landslide event caught on camera. This article supports your unit on Coastal systems and landscapes.

Making the grade: question and answer: what are exams for anyway? This issue’s Question and Answer takes an overview of A-level exams. It is not aimed at any one specification, but rather provides an explanation of what A-level geography exams are trying to do.

Tracking the spread of Covid-19: This article tracks the early stages of the global diffusion of the Covid-19 pandemic, and assesses its rate of spread through the Worldwide Air Transportation Network (WAN). This article supports your unit on Population and the environment.

Water and carbon update: groundwater abstraction: Much of the world’s population relies on groundwater supplies, in both developed and developing countries. Careful management is critical to ensure sustainable use. This article supports your unit on Water and carbon cycles.

Geography works: flood risk management consultant: Geography has been my favourite subject for as long as I can remember, so it was not a difficult choice when I was deciding what I wanted to study at university … … Choosing what to do after I had finished my degree was much more difficult.

NEA ideas: making the grade: soil pipes: In this edition of Geography Review, Joseph Holden has written about soil pipes and the important role they play in delivering water, carbon and potentially pollutants to stream channels. A study of soil pipes is possble in places where erosion has revealed a cross section of the soil.

Fair trade: why we need it more than ever: What the the economic drivers behind the fair trade movement? And can fair trade make a real difference? This article supports your unit on Global systems and global governance.

Making connections: place, politics and Covid-19: This Making Connections examines how relatively small-scale places where the Covid-19 pandemic has had significant impacts. Each location has a distinctive geography due to historical political decisions in their respective areas.

The big picture: remnant houses: This image comes from China. It shows a so-called ‘nail house’ which has been surrounded by new roads and a canal. ‘Remnant’ houses like this can be found throughout China.