Solar-Powered Device Pulls Water from Thin Air

SCIENCE You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water molecules from air, even in low humidity. (Science) How else is solar energy being harnessed? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The great Science article … Continue reading Solar-Powered Device Pulls Water from Thin Air

10 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … under Hawaii’s starry skies, there is a fight over sacred ground. So, we know what’s going on on top of Mauna Kea. What’s going on below? Where else are indigenous groups protesting for greater sovereignty?   … humans can only live about 115 years. … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!

4 Billion People Face Water Scarcity

ENVIRONMENT Water shortages are affecting two-thirds of world’s population for at least month every year, a statistic far worse than previously thought. (The Guardian) Use our lesson plan to answer the question: Will There Be Enough Fresh Water? Educators, scroll down for a quick list of resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research identifies areas and populations impacted by water scarcity. What is … Continue reading 4 Billion People Face Water Scarcity

5 Things to Know About California’s Water Crisis

ENVIRONMENT Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions. Here are five things you need to know about California’s water situation. (Nat Geo News) Learn all about drought with our encyclopedic entry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including why this matters to people outside California. Discussion Ideas Read through the short … Continue reading 5 Things to Know About California’s Water Crisis

Huge Aquifers Discovered in Kenya

ENVIRONMENT Water sources discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya could supply the country for 70 years, the government says. (BBC) Use our resources to better understand the long, strange history of the Turkana region. Discussion Ideas Enormous aquifers were discovered in northern Kenya, one of the driest places in sub-Saharan Africa. Why in the world are water resources so scarce when the … Continue reading Huge Aquifers Discovered in Kenya