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?

Sluggish Gulf Stream Reaches Slowest Rate in More than 1,000 Years

ENVIRONMENT Call it the Great Gulf Stream Slowdown: An Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate has reached a 1,000-year low, according to two new studies. (NPR) Use our video resource to help students better understand how the Gulf Stream and other ocean currents contribute to climate. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Sluggish Gulf Stream Reaches Slowest Rate in More than 1,000 Years

Orange Snow in Eastern Europe

WEATHER Sand storms in the Sahara influence snowfall over the Black Sea. (Smithsonian) What else makes for “strange rains”? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas View this post on Instagram Марс атакует 🌔 #smurygins_family_trip A post shared by Alina Smurygina (@sinyaya_ptiza) on Mar 23, 2018 at 11:55pm PDT Take a look at the photo above. … Continue reading Orange Snow in Eastern Europe

This Week in Geographic History, January 2 – 8

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Wednesday, January 4 TDIGH: Euro Makes its International Debut Though the euro became the official currency of the European Union in 1999, today only … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 2 – 8

What does the Brexit vote mean, and what happens now?

POLITICS In a historic referendum held on June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. People in Britain, Europe, and the world are bound to be affected, but only time will tell exactly how. (BBC) Wait, let’s back up: What is Brexit again? See our first Current Event Connection on Brexit. Let’s back up even more: What is the EU? Educators, scroll down … Continue reading What does the Brexit vote mean, and what happens now?