Earthquake rocks Nepal

Read more about it @ http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-32461412

A powerful earthquake has rocked central Nepal, causing extensive damage to buildings and dozens of injuries and deaths on 25 April 2015. The quake measured 7.9 and struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, as far afield as Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighbouring India, as the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports.



Read the article on Channel News Asia on the impacts and some of the short-term response which are critical in reducing the number of casualties. Search for victims, setting up shelters, medical and food.  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-quake-death-toll/1809230.html

A 6.8-magnitude quake hit eastern Nepal in August 1988 killing 721 people, and a magnitude 8.1 quake killed 10,700 people in Nepal and India in 1934.

Why is the area prone to earthquake? Are there ways to mitigate the impacts of earthquakes?

The death toll exceeded 4000 on 28 April 2015. More on the short-term response @
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepalis-spend-third-night/1811070.html

Rescue operation, shelter, food and medical aid are critical immediately after a natural disaster. 

Why is this so?
What can be done?
Who can help?
Where would the help be needed?
When must this help be rendered?
How is the rescue work carried out?

What are the measures to reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters in the long-term other than the immediate help given?


International efforts:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/international-aid-efforts/1811096.html

As @ 30 April, death toll exceeded 5000 - the survivor rioted against the unavailability of relief from the government. Read the following article and explain why short-term response is critical.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-quake-survivors/1815550.html

Read this article on 5 May 2015 on more short-term responses - rescue team, medical and food aid, immunization etc.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/about-100-bodies-found-in/1825452.html

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Chile volcano eruption

Look at the video clip below and look at the extent of the eruption.

  • What is the type of volcano shown?
  • Where is the volcano located?
  • When did it last erupt before the eruption on 22 April 2015?
  • Who are the people affected?
  • Why do volcanoes erupt?
  • How do the people respond to the eruption?
 
Read more about the eruption on the BBC website which also shows a map of the location - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32425370

Read about the eruption on Channel News Asia which mentioned that the volcano is located on the Pacific rim of fire - found out more @ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/volcano-erupts-in/1802270.html

The negative economic impact of the eruption:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/chile-volcano-eruption/1811196.html

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Extreme weather creating havoc in New South Wales

Refer to the link below for pictures showing how NSW is affected by the extreme weather.
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/20/16/09/wet-and-windy-weather-hits-parts-of-nsw
You have learned about global warming and the impacts of global warming. Is this a results of global warming?

As you watch the video clip below on the NSW storms, think about the following:
Where are the areas affected?
When did this happen?
Who are affected?
What are the impacts of the storms?
Why is New South Wales experiencing more and stronger storms now?
How can we help to mitigate climate change?

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Efforts by STB to attracts more tourists

A look at past STB campaigns since STB launched its first branding campaign  in 1984
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/stbs-other-promotional-campaigns-20140409

In 2014, there are 15.1 million tourists who visited Singapore - a dip of 3 per cent from 2013. The Singapore Tourism Board  announced on 7 Apr 2015 a new $20 million campaign to pull visitors into Singapore.  Find out what is included in the campaign to attract more tourists.
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/new-20m-fund-attract-tourists-singapore-number-visitors-

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E-book 'Ocean fury"

Download the ST Stars e-book from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sph.ststar&hl=en  Download the e-book "Ocean's fury" for free.
Some extracts from the e-book on ocean's fury below:














Points to ponder:
  1. What cause a tsunamis?
  2. What are the impacts of a tsunamis?
  3. What are the short-term and long-term responses?
  4. How do they prepare for tsunamis?


A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday and triggered a tsunami warning. Find out from the news article below the impact. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tsunami-threat-has/1755694.html







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Singapore's 3rd desalination plant at Tuas

Singapore's 3rd desalination plant will be opened at Tuas. To prepare for “a future where dry spells may become more prolonged”, more desalination plants may be built to enhance water security, says the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video/singapore-s-3rd/1709508.html


Read the news on
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-3rd/1708758.html

1. How does the opening of more desalination plants help to increase the water supply in Singapore?
2. How can water demand be managed?


What are the 4 National taps of Singapore?
Refer to the map and locate them.

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Impact of global warming on Aquatic life

Is global warming responsible for the death of fishes?

Read this article on Straits Time and find out more about the impacts of global warming in Singapore and Malaysia.
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/environment/story/plankton-bloom-causing-fish-deaths-likely-recur-20150309


Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/straitstimes.com/files/20150309/PlanktonNEW09.jpg

After reading the article, reflect on the following questions:

What are the physical and human impacts of global warming mentioned in the article?
Are there ways which we can help to mitigate climate change?

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More extreme weather for Singapore?

You would have read the news that dry weather is expected to last for 2 more weeks at least last Monday on the Straits Times 2nd March 2014:
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/environment/story/dry-weather-expected-last-2-more-weeks-least-20150302

How has the weather affected us? 
How has the climate change affected Singapore?

Watch the news on how extreme weather has affected us in 2014: 




1.  What do you think is the main cause of the climate change?
2.  What is the more extreme weather caused by climate change in Singapore?
3.  What are the physical and human impacts of such extreme weather on us?


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Fewer tourists visited Singapore in 2014 but receipts hold firm

Fewer tourists visited Singapore last year compared to 2013. International visitor arrivals totalled 15.1 million last year, a 3.1 per cent dip from 2013's 15.6 million, which was a record in visitor arrivals. The drop last year was especially prominent in the China market. The number of Chinese visitors last year fell 24 per cent from 2013.  


The STB said the drop was likely due to factors such as the implementation of China's Tourism Law, regional socio-political issues and recent aviation incidents in the region.
But despite the dip in the total number of visitors, each visitor spent marginally more compared to 2013, with tourism receipts for 2014 holding steady at S$23.5 billion.
On the back of a stronger Korean won against the Singapore dollar, 14 per cent more South Koreans visited Singapore last year compared to 2013. The Hong Kong and Vietnam markets also saw an increase in visitor arrivals of 17 and 11 per cent, respectively, compared to 2013.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/fewer-tourists-visited/1650980.html

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Heavy rain from NE Monsoon

Heavy rain brought by NE Monsoon caused flooding in Malaysia.
Watch the video clip and reflect on the following:
1. What causes the formation of the NE Monsoon?
2. Why does the NE Monsoon bring heavy rain to Malaysia?
3. What are the impacts of the heavy rain?

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Leading cause of death in 2013

A map for the students to ponder -
What caused the difference in the reasons for deaths globally?
Is it connected to development?
Is it connected to food?

Source": http://www.vox.com/2015/1/2/7474995/map-years-lost-life…

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