• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Geography in the News

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Script Harvey: As you know, in recent weeks there have been large bouts of snow throughout the UK. These Snowstorms are said to be the worst in 18 years, compared to the usual light snow showers we have once a year. Conor: But why was the Snow so bad? The snow we had was far worse than expected, with snow up to a foot and higher falling on some areas in England, Scotland and Wales. Alex: More importantly, why wasn't Britain prepared for the chill and why did it cause such economical and social havoc. Jack: Was the snow blown out of proportion by the media and what were the international response? Several countries criticised our reaction and how many people had the day off work and School. Compared to some countries snow, our country had a light shower. Harvey: These are some of the questions we will address in the Presentation. Firstly, we should look at how the snow formed in Britain. Conor: Snow forms in clouds and begins as water vapour, which is how any normal precipitate cloud forms. More and more water makes these water droplets increase in size. Alex: Cold air then freezes these water droplets into ice crystals, which have six branches and look like the typical flake in the picture shown. Jack: It must be below freezing for these crystals to form. ...read more.

Middle

Alex: Russia blames us for weak preparation and says its own schools are almost always open, we need to toughen up to weather like this as with higher levels of Uneven weather patterns, global warming will take its toll in years to come with worse weather. Jack: Although Schools were badly affected, this was mainly down to lack of travel, which was hit with a bombshell of breakdowns, accidents and other hindrances. Harvey: Travel services were in ruins, as the weather in Britain is not like this normally, our vehicles, roads and speed limits are not built around it naturally causing mayhem. Conor: Icy roads made travel to and from work or school or in fact anywhere near impossible in most places, with Grit on the roads diminishing fast, smaller roads were left snowy so several people were literally trapped in their houses. Alex: On top of this, even public transport failed. On the first day six million bus passengers were left waiting for a bus never to come, nearly all bus services in London were halted due to dangerous conditions and in Birmingham the bus services continually switched timetables and routes. Jack: In London, every tube line and train line was suspended at least partially except Victoria. Harvey: With hundreds of mainline commuter rail services closed, people were stranded and many unable to get to work. ...read more.

Conclusion

Conor: Aside from business losses, the British economy lost around �500 million a day due to the weather; with consumers stuck at home the industry was useless during the week of snow. Alex: There were warnings sent out to around three thousand companies across Britain saying they would have to close if profits did not pick up due to massive losses during the time off. Around 80% of Britains business suffered bad losses due to the economic chill. Conor: There was even a teenage boy treated for Hypothermia in Worcestershire. He was walking and slipped into a freezing lake alone, he spent around 15 minutes in the water before being heard by two kindly walkers, who aided the boy and called an ambulance. In the severe weather, the boy is lucky to be alive as a few more minutes in the water could have killed him. Alex: The Boy made a full recovery in a Hospital in Redditch luckily, had it not been for the walkers he may not have been so lucky. These harsh weather conditions are clearly to harsh for our economy to stay in a solid state, which is bad reflectively on the government, the country needs to learn from its mistakes and take on board advice from places like Siberia. Harvey: With uprising Global warming, these conditions may not have been a one off, meaning our country could be in trouble unless we react in a better way. Jack: Thank you for listening. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Physical Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Physical Geography essays

  1. An Investigation Into Kingston Area Shopping Centres and Their Patterns of Use

    From graph 5, Kingston Town Centre, the largest shopping centre with 572 shops has the largest average travel time of 1521 seconds, which complies with the trend that the size of the shopping centre is directly proportional to the average travel time.

  2. 2009 Year 4 Geography Term 3 Week 3 Assignment

    This will mean that during the summer period, air gains heat rapidly, while during the winter period, air is also lost quickly. This will result in an enormous difference of temperature during the two seasons. This is a characteristic of places that are inland.

  1. To delimit the edge of the Central Business district of Nottingham along a transect ...

    This leads me to believe that the break point for this Hypothesis is between zone 3 and zone 4. Hypothesis 3 - I predict that the environmental quality will deteriorate away from the CBD towards site 1 and zone 1.

  2. Is Hong Kong a normal city?

    I would say that the inner city has smaller buildings but there are more people occupying the available space in the city. However, if you are looking at the ideal layout of a city then, as a geographer, I would say that Hong Kong is not normal in terms of building heights.

  1. Shops and services Affecting House Prices

    In order to determine whether a business is a shop or a service, a few factors are considered: how common are these in Northwood and other settlements; what do they provide. The survey map will help me know exactly what I find on the transect, and then what exists in Northwood's CBD.

  2. Flooding in Yorkshire.

    Businesses have to make repairs. But most of the small business can't afford for the repairs. Stocks in the business have been ruined or swept away by the floods or floating in the floodwaters. In future years to come you will find out you have to pay more insurance money than what you are paying now.

  1. Globalization - discuss the integration of the worlds economy.

    II HISTORY Historians have dated the onset of globalization at various points. Taking the longest view, we could say that globalization began a million years ago with the first transcontinental migration of the human species out of Africa. Alternatively, we could date the start of globalization from the 5th and

  2. Physical Geography Earth revision notes

    The rate of coastal retreat along the Lincolnshire coast is also being increased because there is less material being added on . 4. Spurn Head is at risk of being eroded away because there is less material being added on .

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work