This link is a good source for World Issue topics. It may have a limited perspective; however, if may start the inquiry process for students.
A good audio recording to address the Geographic Concepts of Thinking, particularly Geographic Perspective
Critics say Keystone Pipeline will keep Canada from hitting 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets
Canada has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by the year 2020. But with the Keystone XL Pipeline edging closer to approval, some researchers expect a jump in oil sands production will make it impossible to meet the Copenhagen targets.
Monday, November 17, 2014 | http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/
A good article to address the Geographic Concepts of Thinking, particularly Geographic Perspective and Spatial Significance
Project seeks to harness – and harvest – the force of Fundy
HALIFAX — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, 10:50 PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, 10:50 PM EST
Five years ago, the Irish company OpenHydro installed a 10-tonne, multimillion-dollar tidal turbine on the floor of the Minas Passage – a narrow body of water dominated by the magnificent basalt cliffs of Cape Split that connects the Minas Basin to the Bay of Fundy.
This was a historic first in North America and a test to see if the renowned Fundy tides, known for being the highest in the world, could be harnessed to produce electricity.
The real story of US coal: inside the world's biggest coalmine
Despite Obama’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, production at North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming is booming - and climate change is off the agenda. Suzanne Goldenberg gets a rare look inside the biggest coal mine in the world
Report by Suzanne Goldenberg and video by Mae Ryan in North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming theguardian.com, Monday 10 November 2014
Watch Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano exploding - video
Spectacular footage shows explosions at Bardarbunga volcanic system in Iceland. The footage was taken using a DJI drone and a GoPro to record activity in the centre of the area's Holuhraun lava field. The Bardarbunga volcano has been steadily emitting lava for the last month and the eruption could last for up to a year
Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows
Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track
This image shows ozone concentrations above Antarctica on 11
September 2014. Photograph: Nasa
Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?
As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. Turn your sound up to hear the introduction to the map
· theguardian.com, Tuesday 23 September 2014 05.00 BST
Click on the Link below for the interactive map.
From the Council of Canadians:
Animated video highlights Energy East threats to Canadian waterways and climate
The link below is an interesting video of some possible problems of new pipeline development in Canada.
National Geographic, Mapmaker Interactive.
The tool has pre-made layers that can be added to a base map to be edited, printed, and saved. The platform is very similar to ArcGIS On Line so it works as a nice transitional tool. Mapmaker Interactive is very useful for starting the discussion What is Where? Why There? Why Care? This tool is ideal for all levels of Geography.
Canada’s oil sands
The Economist Sep 6th 2014
The steam from below
New technologies are being used to extract bitumen from oil sands
How Wolves Can Alter the Course of Rivers- Video
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix titled, 'How Wolves Change Rivers'.