Wheels of Change in Baltimore

By Lacey Hankin, National Geographic Education Baltimore is both famous and infamous for its Inner Harbor waterfront. The city draws thousands of tourists to its historical harbor attractions, but the water is so polluted that you need to keep a safe distance. The harbor consistently receives a failing grade in its annual Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which has spurred citywide efforts to improve the state of the … Continue reading Wheels of Change in Baltimore

EPA Puts Mine on Hold

ENVIRONMENT Citing threats to the salmon population and watershed health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put on hold plans for a massive open-pit copper mine in Alaska, invoking Clean Water Act rules. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand the debate surrounding the Pebble Mine. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Watch our … Continue reading EPA Puts Mine on Hold

How Safe is Your Water?

ENVIRONMENT A West Virginia chemical spill brought attention to a broader national problem. “We often don’t think about where our water comes from,” or how it could be contaminated, say conservationists. (National Geographic News) Watch these “pictures of practice” to see how students and teachers understand water pollution and water purification. Discussion Ideas “We often don’t think about where our water comes from,” says Steve … Continue reading How Safe is Your Water?

The Old Man and the River

ENVIRONMENT Powerful Montana Sen. Max Baucus (D) is working with his state’s other Congressmen on a bipartisan bill to protect the North Fork Flathead River. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to explore the North Fork and better understand watershed ecology. Discussion Ideas The bill supported by Sen. Baucus is called the North Fork Watershed Protection Act. Are students familiar with the concept of a … Continue reading The Old Man and the River