SCIENCE Researchers say methane bubbling to the surface of the ocean could explain the sudden loss of ships in the western North Atlantic. (Guardian) Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find the Bermuda Triangle. If you dare. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Some scientists think bubbly … Continue reading ‘Burps of Death’ in the Bermuda Triangle?
ENVIRONMENT As countries seek to comply with the new UN climate accord by slashing emissions, both gas flaring and leaks remain persistent problems. (Nat Geo News) Use our great activity evaluate the environmental effects of extracting natural gas. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why is methane leaking from oil and natural gas drilling sites? … Continue reading The World Is Hemorrhaging Methane
ENVIRONMENT No sooner had the Interior Department released new fracking rules for public lands than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.” (Nat Geo Great Energy Challenge blog) Use our activity to understand hydraulic fracturing. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity “Extracting Natural … Continue reading New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides
WORLD Seven countries lay claim to parts of the South and East China Sea, the strategic waters through which 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage passes, and under which vast deposits of oil and gas may lie. Taiwan is pushing its first-ever mapping project to back up its own claims—which are as large as mainland China’s. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our MapMaker Interactive to … Continue reading Pixel by Pixel, Taiwan Maps Its Maritime Claims
POLITICS Voters in three Colorado cities and one in Ohio passed ballot measures this week banning or temporarily halting fracking within their borders. Another Colorado suburb rejected the moratorium by just 13 votes. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand fracking. Discussion Ideas “Fracking” is the nickname for the process of hydraulic fracturing. Watch our “media spotlight” video on “How Hydraulic Fracturing Works.” … Continue reading Mixed Results on Fracking Initiatives