This week, we learned …
The U.S. and other nations might need to find a home for more than 122 million tons of plastic by 2030.
Photograph by Gary Miller, Environmental Protection Agency, courtesy the National Archives
Planet or plastic? Take the pledge.
As ice melts and the load on the crust lightens, the bedrock beneath West Antarctica is rising rapidly—potentially protecting the ice from the warm seawater that is melting it from below.
Photograph by Maria Stenzel, National Geographic
How does ice “melt from below”?
The depletion of marine mammals means that Andean condors are now forced to make 150-kilometer-long flights inland to find food on the eastern side of the mountain range.
Photograph by Pedro Szekely, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.0
How far do California condors fly for food?
Interstellar space is filled with grease, dust, soot, and sand. Most of the carbon comes in the form of greasy aliphatic carbon or gaseous naphthalene, the stuff used in mothballs.
Photograph by ESA/Gaia/DPAC
Use our activity to construct a comet and deal with greasy (interstellar) kid stuff.
So, the Babylonians developed a “proto-borscht.” Did they develop proto-trigonometry, too?
How are Native Americans saving their living languages?
Urban forests don’t get much prettier than Central Park, New York.
Photograph by Simon Roberts, National Geographic
Find ideas for enjoying urban forests and other big-city nature spots with our idea set.
Spoiler: It’s Slovenia. Color it green.
Learn how students are combining sustainability and innovation in projects all over the world.
Can your students pick up on unspoken social and emotional learning cues?
Consider the straw: “The straw has always been dragged along by the currents of history, soaking up the era, shaping not its direction, but its texture.”
Photograph by rkit, courtesy Pixabay. Public domain
Join the One Less Straw campaign.
In Puerto Rico, historic buildings and infrastructure were devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Photograph by Dr. Michael Izard-Carroll, courtesy U.S. Army
Where were the most endangered places last year?