Economic World Revision Year 11

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Could this be the biggest environmental catastrophe of our life time?

The massive oil slick threatening the US could in the words of Barak Obama be a “potentially unprecedented” environmental disaster. Have a look here for maps and graphics which show what caused the slick and also to see the massive extent of the slick.

73 baths full of water to make a pair of jeans! (thats the same for really bad jeans)

Embedded water is the amount of water needed to make things. Its frightening how much water is needed to make some products and is something we all take for granted.

  •  10 litres of water to make 1 piece of paper
  • 70 litres of water to grow an apple
  • 140 litres of water to produce a cup of coffee
  • 440 litres of water to make a loaf of bread
  • 3875 litres of water to produce 1 beef steak
  • 10850 Litres of water to make 1 pair of jeans

 Water is finite (there is only so much of it) and clearly this is an unsustainable way of using a very precious resource. Read on to find out more and think about your water consumption. Before you order another steak just think it took over  25 baths full of water to produce!

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Machu Picchu to reopen

After heavy rains washed away a railway line Machu Picchu will reopen. This means an extra $1,000,000 a day for the Peruvian economy. Year 11 read on to find out more about just how important this site is for Peru. Think carefully about the impact of the number of tourists on this ancient site.

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Saving an endangered tribe

Tourism is threatening the very existence of a tribe of people known as the Jarawa. As recently as 20 years ago this tribe would kill any outsiders that they come into contact with but recently they have been exposed to tourists and settlers due to the building of a new road. This is a fascinating article which raises some big questions about what should happen to this tribe. There are currently only 320 Jarawas left in the world. The tribe are found in the Andaman Islands have a look here to find out where that is or here to find out why tourists want to go there.

Beijing turns orange!

It’s not only Bahrain that suffers from extreme dust storms; China’s capital is currently covered in orange dust. These apocalyptic storms are caused by environmental damage. Read on to find out more or have a look here to examine what causes these massive dust storms.

Photo: Paul Kawachi