Thursday, 23 July 2009

Little Britain: If the UK was a village of 100 people...

If England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were condensed to a single community of 100 people, what would that community look like?
The Daily Mail has trawled acres of spreadsheets and data-sets published by government and other statistical authorities to produce a snapshot of Britain in the 21st century. Here are just a few statistics:
  • EACH person would generate 495kg of waste every year. The village would generate 163kg of waste every day, of which just 47kg would be put out for recycling.
  • THE villagers would have 118 mobile phones among them (66 of which would be pay-as-you-go).
  • TWENTY-ONE villagers would have watched Andy Murray beat Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon this year; 32 people would have watched Susan Boyle lose Britain's Got Talent.
  • THIRTY people would have a Facebook account.
  • THERE would be a total of 74 voters, but only 26 of them would have gone to the polls at this year's European elections.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Breathing Earth

I had forgotten about this great site until I saw it mentioned on Funky Geography. It is a simulated world map showing the CO2 emissions and birth and death rates by country happening in real time.

New Zealand moves closer to Australia!

A massive earthquake last week has brought New Zealand closer to Australia, scientists say. The 7.8 magnitude quake in the Tasman Sea has expanded New Zealand's South Island westwards by about 30cm (12in). New Zealand frequently suffers earthquakes because it sits on the meeting point of the Australian and Pacific continental plates.

See the full BBC report here.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

650 million years in one minute!

A great find, ideal for the first lesson of the new GCSE starting in September 2009!

650 Million Years in 1 Min. and 20 Sec. - Watch more Funny Videos

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Coastal Management at Sidmouth

A good local example...what forms of coastal management can you see??

Sidmouth seafront west in England