100 Wild Islands, NS – great ecotourism potential

Spectacular, Caribbean-like vistas and clear water define this wild and little-known corner of Nova Scotia. But with increased media attention, and more and more people looking for unspoilt places to visit, hopefully the islands can have the proper safeguards in place to keep them natural.

100 Wild Islands website

CBC article: The secret Caribbean vistas right off Nova Scotia’s coast

CBC article: Nature trust ‘astounded’ by response to 100 Wild Islands campaign


IB DP Geography

This is my second year teaching IB DP Geography. As luck would have it, the syllabus has changed beginning this year. Here are the IB links to:

Above, you will see a menu item for the course, with sub-headings for each unit. I will be adding resources here as I come to them.

The IB DP Geography syllabus is an excellent, robust course. Having taught World Issues in Ontario, A level Geography in England and now the IB DP Geography course, I am greatly enjoying the depth and breadth of geography covered by the IB DP course. The fieldwork component, alone, makes it a far superior course to the others I have taught. A level Geography is almost as robust; the Ontario World Issues course (CGW4U) lags behind both. It’s clear to see why the IB and A level coursesearn students university equivalents.

I must admit, I prefer the structure of the former syllabus, using very clear-cut command terms to specify the depth required for each topic and sub-topic. The new syllabus is not as specific – perhaps that will be a good thing in that it allows for some interpretation, but… given the exams are specific, it would be helpful to have some specificity in the syllabus.

Ancient world’s uncovered as Siberian permafrost melts

A fascinating glimpse of thousands of years of climate data and biota is being revealed as the world’s largest mega slump or thermokarst develops in Siberia. The Batagaika Crater is north of Irkutsk, Russia and is exactly what climate scientists have been predicting from the increased warming in the Arctic – and is a classic example of positive feedback.

Read more at ScienceAlert.com