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 ...

Visual Arts and the M Word (“MEANING!”)

Recently I’ve been in correspondence with a friend and colleague, discussing the way that some students incorporate meaning into their art. My friend refers to this as the M word. His concern relates to the way that some students place too much value and importance on the meaning that they place on their art. Of course, art has meaning. Artworks can contain and communicate a huge variety of meanings, some intentional and some unintentional (and at this point this could stray into a ...

Europe’s last primeval, virginal forest

Poland boasts the last primeval, virginal forest in Europe, which covers 1,500 square kilometres on the eastern side of the country bordering with Belarus. Reporter, Rajan Datar went to visit what is now a world heritage site and home to a great deal of wildlife, including 500 bison who had faced extinction. I think we sometimes get caught up in the notion that primeval forests are a feature of places that sound rather distant and in sunnier climes. Worth appreciating and celebrating ...

Peta race for artificial meat.

"People are surprised to learn that PETA is interested in lab-grown meat, but we have overcome our own revulsion at flesh-eating to champion a breakthrough that will mean a far kinder world for animals. One million dollars is a lot of money, but it's a small price to pay for something that has the potential to save about 1 million lives every hour." oDCmLya-lZc Using stem cells, scientists are attempting to produce commercial quantities of “cultured” meat, thus replacing the world’s reliance ...

precautionary principle

When teaching the Precautionary principle its important that students are able to clearly articulate the concept. I show the video below emphasising that the principle holds that those who wish to continue producing greenhouse gases should prove that there are no harmful effects before continuing. Clearly the counter argument is why invest money in new techniques to reduce greenhouse gases if scientists don't know for certain that an enhanced greehouse effect is going to be harmful to the environment Points to emphasis regarding ...

The Arctic Portal

Combining "Earth Week"  with an interactive study of the Arctic and Antarctic ,why not give your students an opportunity to get a real feel for their ecology through this excellent web site from the Arctic Species Trend Index.   Besides being a highly informative website the interactive combines an overview of world temperatures and populations with topology, permafrost, ice shelves satellite imaging, territorial claims etc in a fast easy to comprehend manner. Follow the links below to find further rich sources of information relating ...