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Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

I circumnavigated Iceland on expedition as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in July 2017, not long after the announcement that the United States planned to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. Back home in the U.S. at that time, there was a lot of political debate about involvement in the agreement and the value of combating global warming at home. Meanwhile in Iceland, I came face to face with the effects of global warming as we visited spectacular landscapes threatened by the warming climate. Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

When it comes to winter, those of us who reside in chilly regions welcome snow days as a break from reality. After snow falls, the world is transformed into a different place. When snow covers everything, nothing seems dirty, nothing seems disturbed. But underneath it all, something is disturbed. Climate change impacts where and when snowfall happens, and also where snow accumulates and stays for … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

Switzerland Protects the Alps with a Blanket

ENVIRONMENT In the Swiss Alps, efforts to stop glacial melting have become commonplace. Each year, for example, a group of residents makes its way to the Rhône Glacier to cover up the ice in huge white blankets. (Smithsonian) Adapt our activity to learn more about how light-colored surfaces have a cooling effect on Earth. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in … Continue reading Switzerland Protects the Alps with a Blanket

Alaska is Melting

ENVIRONMENT A new study suggests that Alaska’s permafrost is unleashing an increasing amount of carbon dioxide as it thaws. (Washington Post) What is permafrost? Use our super-short reference to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study suggests thawing permafrost is contributing to climate change. What is permafrost? Take a look at our … Continue reading Alaska is Melting

To Believe or Not To Believe… That is the Question

HI! It’s Olivia from OMG here. Let me start off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and by saying thanks for relying on Nat Geo and the many guest bloggers for staying abreast of the latest news. Well, it’s a new year, and all indications are that the environmental movement’s outlook will be challenging, to say the least. As many of you know, the … Continue reading To Believe or Not To Believe… That is the Question