Brazil Suspends Amazon Dam Project

WORLD Plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon have been put on hold due to concerns about its impact on the indigenous community in the region. (Guardian) Use our fantastic hi-res map to find the proposed site of the São Luiz do Tapajós dam and an array of other human activities in the Amazon Basin. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list … Continue reading Brazil Suspends Amazon Dam Project

3 Reasons the World Could Bid Adieu to Fossil Fuels

ENVIRONMENT The new climate accord aims to accelerate the shift toward clean energy. Now comes the real challenge: powering a world without fossil fuels. (Nat Geo News) Use our lesson plan to better understand our energy choices. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Many environmentalists (like Nat Geo Explorer David de Rothschild) are critical of … Continue reading 3 Reasons the World Could Bid Adieu to Fossil Fuels

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?

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Lost and Found: Solar Energy

Is the U.S. a bigger powerhouse in solar energy than previously thought? New data presented by Greentech Solar states that the U.S. generates a lot more solar energy than data initially indicated! This new research shows that the U.S. government may be underestimating the amount of solar energy that we generate each year. Where was all the missing solar energy? The Energy Information Association (EIA), the … Continue reading Lost and Found: Solar Energy

Will Huge Batteries Save Us From Power Blackouts?

TECHNOLOGY In projects across the United States, batteries are providing backup power and integrating renewable energy into the nation’s electric grid. (Nat Geo News) Use this activity to learn more about grid modernization. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity “Conserving Energy through Grid Modernization.” Apply its central questions to the energy … Continue reading Will Huge Batteries Save Us From Power Blackouts?