ENVIRONMENT Australia and South America are among the hardest hit as rising temperatures could drive the extinction of one in six species worldwide. (Nat Geo News) Use our educator guide to learn more about teaching climate change. Discussion Ideas According to the Nat Geo News article, “animals and plants in South America and Australia [are] particularly hard hit” due to climate change. Why do you … Continue reading Where Are Animals Most Likely to Go Extinct Due to Climate Change?
SCIENCE On one side of the Atlantic is one of the driest splotches of land on Earth. On the other side is one of the wettest and most fertile. Despite the miles of open ocean separating the Sahara and Amazon, the two locales do share a commonality—nutrient-rich dust. (UPI) Take a look at a satellite photo of the so-called Sahara dust layer. Teachers, scroll down … Continue reading Watch the Sahara Fertilize the Amazon
SCIENCE More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean, archaeologists think they may have discovered the vessel’s long-lost remains—lying at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. It’s likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries. (The Independent) Use our resources to learn more about shipwrecks and underwater archaeology. … Continue reading Columbus’ Lost Ship May Have Been Found
HEALTH Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. (BBC) Use our resources to better understand how communities are adapting to the threat of malaria. Discussion Ideas The BBC article, based on research published in the journal Science, says that malaria, typically a tropical disease, is being documented in higher altitudes. Take a look at the map above, which shows areas … Continue reading Malaria Reaches New Heights
ENVIRONMENT An expedition has discovered 60 new animal species in the remote rain forests of southeastern Suriname. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand rain forests, and the weird and wonderful creatures that live there. Discussion Ideas Look at our 1-Page Map of Suriname. The expedition described in the Nat Geo News photo gallery took place at sites along the Paloemeu River. Specifically, … Continue reading Rain Forest Expedition Finds 60 New Species