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 ...

Return of the Bison to the Netherlands

Some eighty years since they were hunted to extinction in Europe, a small herd of wild European bison have been successfully reintroduced to the coastal dunes of the Dutch coast. It could lead to them being reintroduced elsewhere in Europe. The European bison is the largest land-living animal in Europe. It has been extinct in Europe since 1927, and from the Netherlands for hundreds of years. There were attempts to breed the species in Poland in the 1950s, but the European ...

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 ...

Improvements in Sanitation and Hygiene in Bangladesh

Among the world’s poor people diarrhoea is a killer. Up to 500,000 children are thought to die every year from enteric diseases, such as cholera and dysentery. Repeated infections also weaken them, laying them open to attack from other killers such as pneumonia. Diarrhoea can affect a person’s size and shape. Indian children are often shorter than sub-Saharan African children from families of similar incomes, partly because they fall sick more often. In Bangladesh deaths from diarrhoea and other enteric diseases ...

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 – ...

New Release: IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Study & Revision Guide

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, this revision guide offers succinct coverage of the whole syllabus for Environmental Systems and Societies, with extensive self-test material to help students prepare for mocks and final exams. Clearly structured to match the curriculum, it offers exam tips and original case studies.   Here’s what author Adrian Palmer said about his book: I have ...

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. ...

Re-foresting the West

Across much of the Republic of Ireland, conifer plantations appear to be on the increase. This is partly to do with the easy returns from converting farmland to woodland. During the 1920s, when Ireland first became independent, woodland covered about 1% of the land—just 90,000 ha of forest. Although forests have been widespread in the country, centuries of deforestation had occurred to create farmland and for fuel. From the seventeenth century onwards, trees were cut to build ships or for ...

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 ...