This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. TDIGH: First Meeting of the Security Council The United Nations Security Council, which is tasked with the responsibility of “maintaining international peace and security,” … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22

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. ( Use our interactive activity to better understand “Electricity: Sources and Challenges.” Discussion Ideas The great interactive map from displays the three leading sources of electric power: fossil fuels, nuclear, … Continue reading What Powers the World?

Key Points in the Iran Nuclear Deal

WORLD World powers led by the United States have announced a framework to deal with Iran limiting its nuclear program. So what did they finally agree to? Here are six key points. (CNN) Use our resources to understand the process, potential, and problems of nuclear energy generation. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map, … Continue reading Key Points in the Iran Nuclear Deal

Can Nuclear Power Slow Global Warming?

ENVIRONMENT Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to combat global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of nuclear power as one way to cut fossil-fuel pollution. (Associated Press) You Have the Power! Play our fantastic new game to balance your town’s energy portfolio. Will you incorporate nuclear power to safely, efficiently, and economically … Continue reading Can Nuclear Power Slow Global Warming?

Russia Floats Plan for Arctic Nuclear Plants

WORLD Russia is moving ahead with plans to build a vessel that would contain a pair of small nuclear reactors capable of generating enough electricity for a city of 200,000 people, as well as heat and desalinated water. But it is clear that a major impetus behind the effort is Russia’s drive for oil and gas exploration in remote reaches of the Arctic. (National Geographic … Continue reading Russia Floats Plan for Arctic Nuclear Plants