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News round up July 2015

A selection of geographical stories that have made the headlines this month.


  1. Calais migrant crisis caused by 'swarm' of people trying to reach Britain
  2. The French port of Calais has been described as a 'battle zone' with at least 3,500 migrants trying to reach Britain in two days. Lorries and the Channel Tunnel faced delays as extra measures were put in place to try and control the situation. Up to 10,000 migrants are thought to be living in 'the jungle' in Calais: a series of tents and dwellings which house the migrants looking to make their way into the UK.

  3. 13 million people in Yemen struggling to find enough to eat, Oxfam says
  4. A new report from Oxfam suggests that 6.5 million Yemeni people are facing imminent starvation as a result of conflict in the country and a new level of humanitarian and refugee crisis is likely to be felt. As well as food, water and medicine are also scarce and disease continues to threaten thousands of displaced people.

  5. Nepal's farmers struggle to overcome terrible legacy of earthquakes
  6. Two and a half months after Nepal suffered two devastating earthquakes, farmers throughout the country are struggling to make a living, having lost vast quantities of livestock, crops and agricultural equipment. The fear of landslides with the oncoming monsoon weather is also preventing farmers from using the rice terraces that occupy some mountain lowlands.

  7. Young people are driving the 'urban renaissance' of city centres - report
  8. The think tank Centre for Cities has found that the number of urban dwellers in their twenties nearly tripled for English cities between 2001 and 2011. This is thought to be due to the increase in highly skilled jobs the cities are able to offer as well as the increased take up of housing stock by students.

  9. Arctic deal bans North Pole fishing
  10. Five countries, including the USA and Russia have signed an agreement that sees commercial fishing banned from the Arctic territory. Though the region currently does not hold fish stocks, the agreement is in place for the future fish that are likely to be found in the area as climate change affects the extent of polar sea ice there.

  11. Designers create the impossible zero-carbon house
  12. A zero-carbon house has been designed at Cardiff University that not only exports more power to the grid than it uses but also costs less to build than an average social housing home. Its eco-credentials include insulated render and an air heating system that uses the power of the Sun.