Task 1: Bar chart
The chart below shows the GDP growth per year for three countries between 2007 and 2010. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
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The diagrams depict three nation's annual GDP growth in the years from 2007 to 2010. Overall, it can be observed that Japan's GDP grew significantly whereas Tunisia substantially decreased and Ecuador fluctuated throughout the period.
Japan had the lowest overall GDP growth in 2007 at 2% while Tunisia ranked the highest at well over 6% and Ecuador stood between the two at just over 3%. In 2008, Japan soared and doubled to over 4% and Ecuador increased markedly to nearly 5% but Tunisia tumbled down to 4.5% GDP growth.
Japan's GDP growth continued to rise in 2009 to well over 5% and ended in the highest position at approximately 6.5% in 2010. Meanwhile, Tunisia continued to fall to slightly over 3% in 2009 and ended up at exactly 3% in 2010. Lastly, Ecuador plummeted from nearly 5% in 2008 to almost 1% in 2009 before recovering at about 2.3% in 2010.
In summary, Japan started with the lowest annual GDP growth and ended with the highest while both Tunisia and Ecuador shrank in GDP growth over the period.
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Task 2: Traffic and housing problems could be solved by moving large companies, factories and their employees to the country side. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
There is currently substantial pressure on cities due to the amount of people living in and moving into urban centers. Finding enough housing for urban residents and mitigating traffic jams have become serious issues and some feel moving companies, employees, and infrastructure to rural areas would help solve this conundrum. I completely disagree and I will expound upon this in more depth.
The problem with urban population pressure and the quandaries it brings is one of disorganization. Firstly, cities must become more vertical in their planning and development. Residences and companies should all be built vertically and combined whenever possible. An example of this is a shopping mall that also doubles as a residential high rise complex. It provides both a business and housing solution and the need to move around in order to attain life's material necessities is lessened for residents. Laws must be enacted to force all development upwards so that land is not wasted with low rise horizontal development like it is in many cities in the United States.
In conjunction with vertical development there is a need to further develop public transport. To begin, public transport must be available to cover all areas of a metropolis and metro trains and buses can properly fulfill this need. Examples can be seen in many cities in China such as Shanghai and Europe such as Paris where anyone can go anywhere via trains and buses. In my experience, I do not need a vehicle whenever I am in a city with properly planned public transportation.
All in all, there is absolutely no need to move urban populations and infrastructure to the countryside and if insightful vertical development is legally implemented along with properly planned public transportation, then urban traffic and housing problems will cease to exist. If society heeds these kinds of ideas, the world will be a better place.
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