Forced Marriages in Britain

According to the Guardian newspaper, over 3,500 reports of forced marriage were made to the police during a three-year period. Charities believe that there are thousands more victims living in conditions of modern slavery in homes across the UK. Data from the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation recorded 3,546 reports between 2014 and 2016. However, some experts believe that this is merely the tip of the iceberg. During the same period, a UK helpline run by a different NGO received ...

Migration from Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing the worst migration crisis in recent Latin American history. Migrants are fleeing from food shortages, hyperinflation, a collapsing economy, disease and violence. The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has gone relatively unnoticed. According to the UNHCR 5,000 migrants are leaving every day: if this rate continues some 1.8m people, more than 5 per cent of Venezuela’s population, will depart this year. Venezuela’s implosion has been building for some time and is becoming an international disaster. For decades, Venezuela was ...

Live Stream Through a Google Map

Did you know that in the same way that you can add a video to a Google slide, you can insert video into a Google Map? (and, of course, you can add a simple web link if the video you want is not on YouTube, but on another source.) Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to create new maps on Google Maps, using the creation of a WW2 Key Events map as an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=54&v=rV6u1IQcvrM Live stream images combined with ...

Whaling and the Faroe Islands

Whale hunting in the Faroe Island normally causes global outrage. Now Mike Day has released a documentary, which took four years to film, The Island and the Whales, that shows the complexity of the issue. Traditionally, the islanders’ annual slaughter of pilot whales is virtually the only occasion when the lives of 50,000 Faroese are noticed by the wider world. The documentary tells of a disappearing way of life, a population who are now affected by the results by globalisation – ...

Trafficking Women in China

According to the International Labour Organisation some 15 million people around the world are living in marriages into which they were forced, including some who were abducted. In China the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. The imbalance was aggravated by a one-child-per-couple policy, which operated between 1979 and 2016, which prompted many to abort females before they were born. The Chinese Academy ...

Cape Town Is Running Dry

Cape Town is at risk of becoming the world’s first large metropolis to run out of water after a three-year long drought. Dams are at 17% of capacity and at some point in April this year – on or about the 21st according to the latest estimates – Cape Town will wake up to ‘Day Zero’, when toilets and taps will run dry. If that happens, 4 million residents will need to queue at standpipes to receive their 25 litres ...

Mass Extinction

About 2 million species of plants, animals and fungi are currently known to science. There may be another 2 million left to discover, possibly 100 million. Nobody knows. However, even as thousands of new species are discovered each year, thousands more are becoming extinct in what is being called the sixth mass extinction. However, to establish that we are in a sixth mass extinction, scientists need to establish the number of species that exist, the rate at which species are currently ...

The Development of the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East before the outbreak of war in 2014 between the Houthi rebels and government forces. Since then Yemen has experienced the largest outbreak of cholera in the modern world and is on the brink of the harshest famine the world has seen for decades. Over 20 million people (out of a population of 28 million) are in need of help. The fighting involves many groups of people and goes back many years. ...

Rise in Infections Due to Chickens

The rising trend of raising backyard chickens in US cities and suburbs is bringing with it huge increase in the number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, at least one of them fatal. Between January 2017 and October 2017, over 1,100 people contracted salmonella poisoning from chickens and ducks in 48 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Almost 250 were hospitalized and one person died. The rate was four times higher than in 2015. The CDC estimates that the actual ...

Electric Vehicles in China

China wants to lead the world in the manufacture and use of clean-energy cars, and to achieve this it will need to ensure research and development in battery production. Batteries have become vital to the manufacture of clean energy cars. As part of China’s industry development plan (April 2017), the government pledged to promote research and development of key battery cell parts and improve management structures in the industry. Batteries are at the heart of clean energy vehicles because they are ...