BUSINESS Tech companies launched a coalition aiming to reduce the illegal online trade in ivory and other wildlife products by 80% by 2020. (National Geographic) What else will it take to stop wildlife trafficking? Find out from Nat Geo Explorer Juliana Machado Ferreira. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new program unites international technology … Continue reading Tech Giants Unite, to Fight Wildlife Crime Online
UNITED STATES A San Francisco television station has reported it’s obtained a letter that may have been written by one of the inmates who escaped from Alcatraz more than a half-century ago in one of the most notorious jailbreaks in U.S. history. (UPI) How did inmates escape from Alcatraz? Let our fun little article tell you. (Spoiler: Arts and Home Ec.) Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Escape from Alcatraz?
POLITICS It took six months of hard work for Mexican authorities to track down notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzmán, popularly known as “El Chapo. Now, it could take years of hard work to extradite him to the United States. (USA Today) Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to see which jurisdictions have indicted Guzman, and where he may stand trial. Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading Will ‘El Chapo’ Be Extradited to the U.S.?
TRAVEL Scrawling your name on an ancient monument is usually condemned—except when it isn’t. (The Guardian) Are graffitists “guerilla geographers”? You decide, but don’t try this at home. Discussion Ideas The Great Wall of China now has a section where graffiti is allowed and even encouraged. Do you support this decision? Do you think it will discourage graffiti on other parts of the Great Wall? … Continue reading Graffiti Leaves Its Mark
GEOGRAPHY Oakland: Robbery Capital of the U.S. Oakland, California, endures more robberies than other American cities. However, law-enforcement experts discourage reliance on such crime statistics. Why? Discussion Ideas: Oakland, California, is the “robbery capital of the United States.” Robbery is less invasive than burglary, where criminals enter a person’s home or business. It is less violent than murder or assault. After reading the Oakland Tribune … Continue reading Oakland: Robbery Capital of the U.S.