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Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)

Elaborations
  • discussing the concept of sustainability in relation to environmental functions
  • identifying human-induced environmental changes (for example, water and atmospheric pollution; loss of biodiversity; degradation of land, inland and coastal aquatic environments) and discussing the challenges they pose for sustainability
  • evaluating the concept of ecosystem services and the importance of these services for sustainability of biodiversity
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Pollution,  Environmental sustainability,  Climate change,  Biogeochemical cycles,  Biodiversity

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Environmental fears over proposed barramundi farm

Managed fish farms are often touted as a sustainable solution to the problem of overfishing. However, a proposed sea cage barramundi farm near Darwin has drawn criticism from environmentalists as well as local fisherman. These groups are concerned about the farm's environmental impact, citing damage caused by similar projects ...

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Damming the free and mighty Mekong

The Mekong has been a rare thing: a largely untouched and free-flowing river. Stretching for nearly 5,000 km from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, it has provided a way of life for millions of people and been an important trading route between south-western China and south-eastern Asia. In this clip from ...

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Wild rivers conundrum

Whether to develop or conserve is a common dilemma across the Australian landscape, and opinions are divided on the issue of Queensland's Wild Rivers legislation. The state government is considering a repeal of this legislation, which protects a number of important river catchments.

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Hawkesbury River: tourism and river health

The Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment provides a useful example of river management issues. This clip shows conservationist canoeists completing their journey along the Hawkesbury River in the 'Source to Sea' project. See what's being done to protect a fragile ecosystem of the river: seagrass. Find out how increased demand ...

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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The environmental price of China's growth

The world has marvelled at China's recent economic growth. Growth has, however, come at a price. China is the one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases due to its heavy dependence on coal-fired power. As you will see in this clip, there are some people in China who deny that the nation has a pollution problem, ...

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Yucatán Peninsula: Cancún-style tourism

See what has made south-eastern Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and in particular its city of Cancún, a popular tourist destination. Listen to different viewpoints on large-scale tourism in the region - one that presents its economic benefits and others that point to its environmental impacts.

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Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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Show me the water!

Where does the water in your tap come from? Fresh water accounts for only 3% of the earth's water supply and only 1% of that is available to us in lakes and rivers or in the atmosphere. But how much do we use for drinking water and what else do we use fresh water for? Watch this video to find out how NASA's Global Precipitation ...

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Ellison Reef: has it been saved?

Ellison Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Mission Beach in North Queensland. In 1981, after years of court battles, the entire Great Barrier Reef became a protected World Heritage Site. But, after three decades of protection, the reef is still dying. What action is required to save one of ...

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Images of Change - iTunes app

Features images showing the changing landscapes of landforms and urban areas over time such as water ways, and cities. Satellite images of a range of landscapes can be selected from a range of categories such as extreme events, water and human impact. Images showing this landscape in the past and in recent times can be ...

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Renewable energy islands

Do you know what an energy island is? Watch this clip to find out what it is, who is working to create one, and how it will produce renewable energy. As well as interviews with its Australian co-inventor and a CSIRO oceanographer, you will see computer-generated models of an energy island and how it will work.

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Melting permafrost: a sign of climate change?

Until recently, evidence led scientists to think that Arctic permafrost was melting at a much slower rate than is the case now. During climate change talks, a stark warning was sounded that permafrost thawing could push the Earth's climate past a tipping point. In this clip, find out a bit more about permafrost melting ...

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Join the Numbat Taskforce!

Numbats are native Australian marsupials that can be found in Western Australia and South Australia. Unfortunately, their numbers are declining rapidly. What are the causes? What can we do to combat this and protect these unique Australian animals? Find out what one community group, the Numbat Taskforce, is doing to help ...

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Koalas and climate change

The koala population in rural NSW has been declining over the years due to drought and heatwaves. What causes some of the temperature extremes experienced in this region? Dr Mella believes koalas normally get most of the moisture they need to stay hydrated from eucalyptus leaves. What has changed in recent years that means ...

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Are ocean waves increasing in size?

Evidence suggests that our climate is changing, potentially affecting our world in different ways. This clip explores a growing interest in the relationship between changes in atmospheric circulation patterns and the height of ocean swells around the world. Find out how a variation in wave heights may affect Australia's coastline.

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Climate science analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of articles about climate science. It includes articles about modelling, explanations about heat trends, predictions about sea level rise, and why the science about climate change is clear. The articles are written in plain language and are authored by experts from universities in Australia and around ...

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Exporting uranium and threats to the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is facing many threats, and a new uranium mine in Queensland might add to the pressure. This clip from early in 2013 looks at what uranium exports from a proposed uranium port in Townsville could mean for the Reef. It presents views about the management of pressures placed on this World Heritage Site ...

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Proposed coal mine raises environmental issues

Explore the possible benefits and impacts to the environment and community of a proposed new coal mine, called the Wallarah 2 Coal Project. In this clip from late June 2013, find out some viewpoints that landowners, community members, mine representatives and politicians present about the proposed underground mine.