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?
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25, while Jews celebrate a holiday, Hanukkah, around the same time. Hanukkah is traditionally thought of as one of the less important holidays, yet it has become more popular in the West over the years, perhaps in part because it falls near Christmas. Hanukkah (HAH-nih-kuh), also … Continue reading Geography in the News: Hanukkah, A Jewish Celebration
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM As a prelude to winter 2014, extremely strong winter storms hit the eastern half of the United States in November. Cold interior conditions can lead to strong coastal storms throughout the winter, bringing bitter cold, high winds, rough seas and heavy snows to New England. These intense coastal storms are called nor’easters. Skiers in … Continue reading Geography in the News: Nor’easters, Love or Loathe?
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM A new kind of hunter is lurking in our woods and parks, in our parking lots and shopping malls. This hunter is called a geocacher and is usually part of a team (most likely his or her own family) using a hand-held global positioning system (GPS) unit to locate a hidden stash or cache. … Continue reading Geography in the News: Geocaching
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Europeans have dreamed of a Northeast Passage through the Arctic Ocean since at least the A.D. 1000s. Efforts to open a year-round Northeast Passage along the Siberian margins of the Arctic Ocean made news in 1998 when an international team used icebreakers in the successful attempt. In 2013, Russia gave permits to 431 ships … Continue reading Geography in the News: The Arctic’s Northeast Passage