Where Are Europe’s Fairytale Forests?

ENVIRONMENT Dense clusters of old-growth forests exist in patches of the Amazon basin, Southeast Asia, and the Arctic taiga. Slivers of Europe are still luxuriant with trees, too, and very old ones at that. But they’re dwindling. (Atlas Obscura) What does Europe’s land cover look like? Use our map layer to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s … Continue reading Where Are Europe’s Fairytale Forests?

Sacred Sites Can Be Hotspots of Conservation

ENVIRONMENT Sacred natural spaces can offer biodiversity and great opportunities for conservation. (Smithsonian) How do spiritual landscapes differ from other cultural landscapes? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study examines biodiversity in sacred natural sites. What are sacred natural sites? Sacred natural sites (SNSs) are locations, natural landmarks, or natural geographic features that … Continue reading Sacred Sites Can Be Hotspots of Conservation

Why Kilauea’s Eruption Makes Volcanologists Nervous

SCIENCE It’s not exactly the sudden explosion that many Americans imagine when they hear the words volcanic eruption. But for exactly that reason, “it’s the kind of eruption that makes volcanologists nervous.” (The Atlantic) Use our activity to help students investigate how Kilauea’s erupts. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas The great big Kilauea … Continue reading Why Kilauea’s Eruption Makes Volcanologists Nervous

Five Myths about the ‘Migrant Caravan’

WORLD With all the myths circulating about the caravan at the Mexico-US border, let’s separate fact from fiction. (CNN) Use our resource to learn a little about the border between the United States and Mexico. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is the “Migrant Caravan”? The Migrant Caravan describes the annual, coordinated journey of … Continue reading Five Myths about the ‘Migrant Caravan’

Island of No Return. Literally.

ENVIRONMENT Thousands of South Pacific islanders will leave for permanent resettlement as one of the most active volcanoes in the world gets ready to rumble. (Guardian) Why is the South Pacific erupting? Use our resource to learn a little about the Ring of Fire. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Manaro Voui is a … Continue reading Island of No Return. Literally.