ENVIRONMENT A new sky atlas reveals the worsening state of light pollution. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn a little about light pollution. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a citizen science project perfect for those summer nights and today’s MapMaker Interactive map of the world’s “Lights at Night.” Discussion Ideas A new atlas maps the … Continue reading Nearly 80% of U.S. Populations Can’t See the Milky Way
ENVIRONMENT As climate change ups the risk of extreme weather, a student-built house that can withstand storms wins this year’s Solar Decathlon. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about solar architecture. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Watch this super-short video to see the winning design from New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. Discussion … Continue reading World’s Best Solar Homes
SCIENCE A new, cutting-edge concept for solar panels started with two tools: paper and scissors. (Nat Geo News) Watch our video to see how solar panels work. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas According to Nat Geo News, the Japanese art of kirigami inspired a cutting-edge design for solar panels. What are solar panels? Watch … Continue reading Art Inspires Energy Efficiency
POLITICS In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. The Republican mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, rejects that idea: “We perceive certain things when we hear ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’—preconceived ideas of what Republicans or Democrats think on issues—when in fact, it should come down to what do we as citizens think on these issues,” he says. “It’s … Continue reading Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics
ENVIRONMENT Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to combat global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of nuclear power as one way to cut fossil-fuel pollution. (Associated Press) You Have the Power! Play our fantastic new game to balance your town’s energy portfolio. Will you incorporate nuclear power to safely, efficiently, and economically … Continue reading Can Nuclear Power Slow Global Warming?