Educator Spotlight: Designing Solutions to Conservation Challenges

Kimberly Waite guided her students through a design challenge inspired by a collaboration with National Geographic Explorer Erina Molina. Students gained background knowledge of the dugong, an endangered marine mammal, through interdisciplinary learning projects. Then, they designed a prototype of a net and boat with the goal of preventing dugongs from being caught as bycatch.   Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Designing Solutions to Conservation Challenges

Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life

ENVIRONMENT Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish—a boon to the communities that rely on it. (National Geographic) Use our resources to learn more about how the Aral Sea was written off for dead to begin with, and why it won’t ever fully recover. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers … Continue reading Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life

Tracking the Footprints of Global Fisheries

ENVIRONMENT Using satellite data and machine learning, scientists have mapped activity in fisheries around the world. (National Geographic) Use our activity on “Fisheries and Seafood Consumption” to help make sense of the new mapping data. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas New research maps the footprint of industrial fishing in the world ocean. What … Continue reading Tracking the Footprints of Global Fisheries

Deforestation in the Amazon is Devastating Fish Stocks

ENVIRONMENT When it comes to deforestation, wood and water are often looked at in isolation. However, there is a significant link between deforestation and reduced fish catches. (Geographical) This current event pairs beautifully with our activity on the effects of deforestation in the Amazon. Use it! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research has … Continue reading Deforestation in the Amazon is Devastating Fish Stocks

New Agreement Prohibits Fishing in the Arctic

WORLD Climate change is so quickly melting the far north that nine nations and the European Union just agreed to prohibit commercial fishing in the high seas of the Arctic for at least 16 years. (National Geographic) Familiarize your students with the Arctic using our activity and reference resources. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading New Agreement Prohibits Fishing in the Arctic