11 Things We Learned this Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … the World Nomad Games are SPECTACULAR. The World Nomad Games are being held at Lake Issyk-Kul. Find the lake on our map of Kyrgyzstan! Take a look at some of the sporting events at the World Nomad Games. What sports most intrigue you? One … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned this Week

What Powers the World?

WORLD Flick the switches to see where the world would go dark without fossil fuels, which countries rely the most on nuclear, and who is using entirely renewable power to keep the lights on. (GoCompare.com) Use our interactive activity to better understand “Electricity: Sources and Challenges.” Discussion Ideas The great interactive map from GoCompare.com displays the three leading sources of electric power: fossil fuels, nuclear, … Continue reading What Powers the World?

Which Cities Are Fossil-Fuel Free?

ENVIRONMENT Across the globe, cities are tackling climate change by shifting away from fossil fuels. Yet a survey shows they’re now at very different stages. (Nat Geo News) See how difficult it is to balance a city’s energy portfolio. You have the power! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to … Continue reading Which Cities Are Fossil-Fuel Free?

Byproduct of Middle Eastern Conflicts: Cleaner Air

WORLD Civil unrest and humanitarian crises can now be detected from space—because of, somewhat surprisingly, cleaner air. (New York Times) Customize our map of the Middle East to identify where (reduced) air pollution has corresponded to conflict. This is a great way to get your students thinking holistically about current events, geography, and the environment. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading Byproduct of Middle Eastern Conflicts: Cleaner Air

Energiewende? Energy what?

ENVIRONMENT Germany’s relentless push into renewable energy has implications far beyond its shores. By creating huge demand for wind turbines and solar panels, it has helped lure big Chinese manufacturers into the market, and that combination is driving down costs faster than almost anyone thought possible just a few years ago. (New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about renewable energy. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Energiewende? Energy what?