Monthly Archives: August 2009

Remoteness today

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has produced a fascinating map showing remoteness in today’s world (below) According to the researchers, darker areas on the map are more remote than lighter areas. So, for example, look at Australia’s coast versus its interior; or, check out the northern tip of Britain versus its southern areas. Their […]

The geographies of ghost estates

Ghost estates – half finished, mostly empty, still for sale. They are one of the most visible legacies of the Celtic Tiger, and they are littered across the Irish landscape. This new website shows the emerging geographies of ghost estates, with concentrations in the contracting commuter belts of Dublin, Galway and Cork. This, we suspect, […]

Unusual giant waves in Mexico

An equatorial marine counter-current is causing problems for beach-bound tourists and locals along the pacific coast of Guerrero state, western Mexico. “On Saturday, on Icacos beach at the tourist resort of Acapulco, two women were swept away by a wave when they were walking along the sand. On Friday, at El Carrizal beach in Coyuca […]

A sugar shortage in India

The planting decisions of small-scale farmers are increasingly bound up with the vagaries of the global commodities markets. So what happens on the land in a place such as India – where the agrarian economy is central to the lives of half of its 1.1 billion people – is closely connected with what happens in […]

Territory, territoriality, and the ‘Thomas Cook tactic’

The geographer Robert Sack famously (well, ‘famously’ in the geography world, at least) named territoriality as acts intended to influence the content of a territory. ‘Territories’, which have boundaries and various human and non-human comings and goings, come in all shapes and sizes. Some territories are immense: think of the United States of America, say. […]