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A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change

A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change
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Nature Is Speaking R.I.P. California (1850-2016): What We’ll Lose And Learn From The World’s First Major Water Collapse Last week when NASA announced that California is on its death bed and has only 12 months of water left, the news hit like a punch to the gut. “Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir,” writes Jay Famiglietti of NASA. Famiglietti adds: “Statewide, we’ve been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Tensions are high in the state, and small conflicts are breaking out as people are beginning to steal water from others. So what will happen when California turns into a dust bowl?

AP Science Practices | Advances in AP | The College Board AP science revisions focus on seven overarching practices that capture important aspects of the work of scientists. Science practices describe the knowledge and skills that students should learn and demonstrate to reach a goal or complete a learning activity. Science Practice 1 The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems. Science Practice 2 The student can use mathematics appropriately. Science Practice 3 The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course. Science Practice 4 The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. Science Practice 5 The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence. Science Practice 6 The student can work with scientific explanations and theories. Science Practice 7

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BBC Hawaii | Message in the Waves | No More Plastic Bags Photos du journal - Itä-Uudenmaan poliisilaitos “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map Finland: land of the Moomins, Santa Claus Village, and exceedingly simple metro lines. A series of maps comparing the municipal subway layouts in major cities around the world has been tickling some net users who just can’t get enough of Helsinki’s metro design. Some are calling it proof that Finns like to keep things simple–and you’ve got to admit, when you see the image stacked up next to a map of Tokyo’s metro system, they may have a point! Perhaps because the population of Finland’s capital, Helsinki (621,863 as of November 2014), is dwarfed by some of the other major cities around the globe, its exceptionally uncomplicated metro system is worlds apart from the intimidating, tangled-up monstrosity known as the Tokyo Metro. I remember staring blankly at all the squiggly lines the first time I ever saw a map of Tokyo’s subway system, and then almost fainted when I realized there was a whole other network of trains above ground as well. Not too bad, right? ▼ Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Metro

Classification 1: Classification Scheme Photo Credit: Science NetLinks Purpose To show students that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features to decide which things belong to which group and that classification schemes will vary with purpose. Context This lesson is the first of a two-part series on classification. Classification 1: Classification Scheme is intended to supplement students' direct investigations by using the Internet to expose students to a variety of living organisms, as well as encourage them to start developing classification schemes of their own. Classification 2: A Touch of Class extends this thinking by exposure to the idea that a variety of plants and animals (organisms) can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes. Planning Ahead Motivation Ask questions such as: Ask students: Development Assessment Extensions

NASA Targets ‘Climate Kids’ With New Global Warming Website NASA, the government agency that put a man on the moon and sent robots to Mars, is turning its focus around and working on spreading information among the public about the earth’s apparent impending doom. A new agency website dubbed “Climate Kids” has “NASA’s eyes on the earth.” The website specifically targets young kids with games, movies and other interactive tools that present debated theories as facts. For instance: Additionally, the website tells kids that dinosaurs are in their gas tanks and that polar bears are dying as a result. ClimateQuotes.com reports: These are obviously two very contentious points with only one side presented. The planet is warming up fast–faster than at any time scientists know about from their studies of Earth’s entire history. This is flatly untrue. The site also tackles issues like the greenhouse effect, effects on wildlife (like the polar bear), ocean acidification, and offers kids advice to answer the question, “What can we do to help?”

Top 10 New Species of 2014 Forty years ago, Ringerl the olinguito had a problem: Her human matchmakers kept setting her up on bad dates. How bad? They weren't even males of her own species. That indignity was belatedly righted last year when her species—a raccoon relative unique to the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador—was properly identified at last as Bassaricyon neblina: the first new carnivorous mammal species described in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years The realization also earned olinguitos a spot on the 2014 Top 10 New Species list, published today by the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International Institute for Species Exploration. Unusual Suspects This year's list includes a lineup of startling creatures notable for their scrappiness, weirdness, thrift, and sloth. And then there's a fierce-looking, well-camouflaged gecko (Saltuarius eximius) that sports an odd, broad, flattened tail that resembles a leaf or lichen. A Drop in the Bucket World of Wonders

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes. For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for education policymakers and experts. Now, the country is changing the way it teaches students. Going forward, Finnish schools will be placing less emphasis on individual subjects like math and history, and will instead focus on broader, more interdisciplinary topics. Here are three things you need to know about Finland’s changing education system: 1. Finnish schools will begin reorganizing their classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year based on the country's new National Curriculum Framework. “We are often asked, 'Why improve the system that has been ranked as top quality?' “It is great if you’re good in math or in music, but it’s not good enough,” says Halinen. 2. 3.

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