Monthly Archives: April 2009


‘Ecomigrants’ are on the move. The president of Kiribati, a Pacific lowlying archipelago, is exploring places to move his 100,000 citizens to in the face of a steadily rising ocean. At the other end of the geographical and economic spectrum a guy in Maryland USA has sold his car, his home and moved his family […]

Mexican Swine Flu – Beginnings Of A Catastrophic Pandemic?

Most people think of influenza as nothing more than a bad cold. Nothing could be further from the truth. Influenza is a highly contagious air-borne disease caused by a virus that mutates rapidly, thereby rendering most vaccines obsolete within a short period. Some strains are also highly lethal. The 1918 influenza pandemic (sometimes referred to […]

The problem is Leinster…

Quoting the geographical imagination of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly: “See, I think the problem is actually Leinster […] I just happened – by complete fluke – to see a map of it the other day and you wouldn’t believe the counties that are actually in it. We’re talking Wicklow. We’re talking Meath. You know there’s even a […]

The costly legacy of ignoring economic geographies

A piece in the New York Times discusses prospects for the housing market in the US. It offers little hope of any impending recovery in the US housing market, despite all the talk of “green shoots.” As a consequence, it expects further pressure on the banking industry and the financial markets as increasing numbers of […]

Erin go…

Geography can lay some claim to Paul Krugman’s fame (he recently was awarded a Nobel Prize) because geographic issues have been at the heart of his innovations in Economic theory. Krugman’s “geographical imagination” has attracted some attention in the last few days after his influential Op-Ed piece in the New York Times looked at Ireland’s […]

Geography, the bludget, and the bad bank

All the talk in Ireland right now is on the government’s latest ‘bludget’ and the creation of a so-called ‘bad bank’ into which taxpayers will place billions of euros worth of ‘toxic’ assets. It’s all thoroughly geographic! Take, for example, the geography of these toxic assets. Minister for Communications, Eamon Ryan, announced yesterday that around […]

England and Ireland’s common ground?

An article by George Monbiot of the Guardian remarks on the historical irony in Britain’s National Trust renting out 1000 allotments for people to grow vegetables (a very peculiar recession mania this). The National Trust is notable for representing England’s Great Houses and Gardens in a sanitised and Laura-Ashleyised state. Monbiot refers to one such […]