The Environment and Resource Management

Indonesia Has Declared a State of Emergency as Borneo Oil Spill Spreads TIME


Inquiry: What is required to ensure events like this do not happen in the future? Who might be responsible for this event and how might they be held accountable? What might accountability look like in this event?

Activity: Gather data on the spill and and create a spatial journal of the event. Conduct an issue analysis to develop a structure of responsibility. Create an action plan to deal with the situation and create a story map to communicate your results. 


If we don’t protect the ocean, humanitarian disaster awaits

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic PerspectiveInterrelationships

Inquiry: What might be need to engage stakeholders enough to take action on this issue that will evoke real change?

Activity: Gather resources regarding ocean/water pollution. Create a spatial journal of regions and industries that contribute the most to this global problem. Conduct an issue analysis to evaluate stakeholders positions and develop a plan of action that may solve the problem. Create a story map to convey the potential solution.


Oil vessel off the Newfoundland coast spills 250,000 litres of crude Malone Mullin · CBC News · Nov 16, 2018 



Inquiry: What might be needed to ensure these "accidents" stop happening? How will communities be impacted by future drilling plans?

Activity: Gather data on oil drilling off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador to create a spatial journal. Collect information on the stakeholders to conduct an issue analysis.  Develop an action plan to communicate a potential solution and create a story map to communicate the result.

Related stories: 

All offshore oil rigs shut down in N.L. after Husky Energy spill: board

Poor weather prompts temporary shutdown of all N.L. offshore rigs


#Travelgoals: why Instagram is key to understanding millennial tourism

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Spatial SignificanceInterrelationshipsGeographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might increased Instagram use impact travel/tourist destinations?

Activity: Gather data on the top destination before instagram (April 2012) and create a spatial journal. Collect data on sites that instagram has made popular and add this to your spatial journal. Observe for patterns and trends. How might spatial significance impact the popularity? Conduct an issue analysis of to develop a plan of action to maintain the location. Create a story map to communicate your results.


These will be the world's megacities in 2030 World Economic Forum

Concepts of Geographic Perspective:
Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: What might be the global impacts of these mega cities

Activity: Gather information on mega cities. Create a spatial journal of the cities to help determine spatial significance. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a plan to help reduce the environmental impacts of mega cities and communicate via story map


Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

Concepts of Geographic Thinking:

Inquiry: How might the issue of air pollution be better addressed so that 400, 000 people do not need to die? Where else might people be a risk?



Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a plan of action. Conduct research in to Europe's air pollution and around the world. Catalogue current strategies to deal with air pollution. Determine areas that most at risk and create a spatial journal. Develop an implementation plan that can be communicated via story map.

How to dispose of human waste on Mount Everest  Oct 25th 2018 | GORAKSHEP, The Economist

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: InterrelationshipsPatterns and TrendsSpatial Significance

Inquiry: How might human waste be managed in a sustainable manner on the mountain?

Activity:  To develop an understanding of the issue conduct an issue analysis. Then conduct some research into human waste disposal methods.  Determine a method the would be appropriate for the spatial significance of the region and map out the most appropriate location in a spatial journal. Develop a plan to help implement the appropriate method that will help maintain the ecological sensitivity of the area. Communicate results via story map.


Explosion at Saint John refinery raises questions over how information was shared with public By 

Geographic Concepts of Thinking: InterrelationshipsSpatial SignificanceGeographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might this explosion impact communities? 

Activity: Gather information on the oil refinery to determine the life cycle of the oil coming into the refinery. Create a spatial journal to identify some of the location Irving Oil gets it's resource from. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a strategy to help deal with future issue regarding oil transportationCommunicate results via story map.


New Eye Means Hurricane Florence May Get Stronger Before Slamming into the US 

By  | 


The IEA’s first Global Energy and CO2 Status Report – released in March 2018 – provides a snapshot of recent global trends and developments across fuels, renewable sources, and energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in 2017.  

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this trend impact communities around the world .

Activity: Conducta an issue analysis to gain insight into the stakeholders perspective.  Create a spatial journal to show where some impacts may be felt. Create a story map to communicate findings.


First yellowtail farms to be ASC certified are Japanese


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic PerspectiveInterrelationship

Inquiry: How might this certification impact ecosystems? 

Activity: Research fish farms and their impacts on the environment. Create a spatial journal of fish farms. Conduct an issue analysis of the stakeholders to develop a plan to create sustainable development of fish farms. Communicate plan via story map.


2017 Was Another Record-Busting Year for Renewable Energy, but Emissions Still Increased EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT 

                   

Inquiry: Why might emissions continue to increase even as renewable energy use is increasing?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of renewable energy and nonrenewable energy use. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a plan of action to get more countries reducing nonrenewable energy sources. Communicate results via story map

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts, killing 33 and injuring hundreds

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What made this eruption so deadly? How might the communities impacted move forward after this event?

Activity: Gather data on effects of volcanoes . Conduct an issue analysis of the stakeholders involved to help develop a plan of action. Create a story map to communicate the results of the research.


This Refuge May Be the Most Contested Land in the U.S. National Geographic



Inquiry: How might the US oil extraction impact Canadians? 


Activity: Gather data on fossil fuels in the region and create a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis to gain insight on the stakeholder. Develop a plan to deal with potential impacts and communicate via story map.

The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels

Inquiry: What might the impacts be with solar panel parking lots in Canadian?

Activity: Use Survey 123 to record data on parking lost in major cities in Canada as well as amount of sunshine in these places. Display results as a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis to develop a plan of action. Communicate plan of action via story map.


WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PLASTIC WE THROW AWAY?

Hamilton throws support behind Ingersoll's fight not to take Toronto's trash

Samantha Craggs · CBC News · 


Ash cloud from Hawaii volcano sparks red alert for aviation

Reuters Terray Sylvester4 MIN READ


INQUIRY: HOW MIGHT COMMUNITIES BE IMPACTED BY THIS EVENT

ACTIVITY: GATHER DATA  ON THE VOLCANO. CONDUCT AN ISSUE ANALYSIS TO UNDERSTAND THE STAKEHOLDERS
VIEWS AND BELIEFS. DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION THAT COMMUNITIES MIGHT IMPLEMENT TO BETTER DEAL 


WITH THE SITUATION AND COMMUNICATE VIA STORY MAP.

A smaller red wolf population might be easier to save, says federal agency

Inquiry: Why might the agency that is designed to protect this critically endangered animal suggest few numbers are better? How might this impact communities?


Activity: Gather data on the red wolf. Create a spatial journal to show the range of the species past and present. Conduct an issue analysis to gain understanding of stakeholder. Evaluate the stakeholders views and develop a possible solution using the geographic perspective. Communicate view story map.

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals Environment editor


Inquiry: How might these plastics entered the system? What might the impact be of these plastics?

Activity: Gather data on plastic fibers in water. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a potential solution. Communicate result via story map and communicate results. 


Could sprinkling sand save the Arctic's shrinking sea ice?


Inquiry: What might the result of spreading silica over the ice caps be? Are there alternatives that might be more practicile? How should communities proceed with the reduction of ice caps melting?

Activity: Gather data on ice caps melting. Create a spatial journal to identify locations of areas of concern, if there are any specific places. Conduct an issue analysis to compare potential solutions and determine the most appropriate solution. Communicate via story map.


UK may record hottest April day in almost 70 years

Concepts of Geographic Thinking:
InterrelationshipsPatterns and TrendsSpatial Significance

Inquiry: How might this episode impact the citizens of the UK? How might this impact other parts of the world? What might the connection be between Canada's weather?

Activity: Collect data of temperature over the last 70 years in the UK and globally to create a spatial journal of the data. What pattern can be observed? Conduct an issue analysis to help devise a plan of action and communicate via story map.

Renewables grew twice as fast as fossil fuels in 2017.


Inquiry: How might this trend impact future energy development projects?

Activity: Gather data regarding renewables from a variety of sources. Create a spatial journal to determine the role spatial significance plays in the production and type of renewable utilized. Identify the stakeholders and conduct an issue analysis. From the information gathered and mapped make a suggestion on how the world should progress. Communicate via story map.


Canadian teen tells UN 'warrior up' to protect water Melissa Kent · CBC News · 


Inquiry: How might water equity be achieved?

Activity: Gather data on fresh water in Canada and the world. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a plan of action to address the problem. Create a spatial journal to represent the data. Comunicate solution via story map.


Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN


Inquiry: How might people best prepare for such events in the future to help reduce the impacts?

Activity: Gather data on severe weather and where it happens to create a spatial journal that will identify patterns and trends and look for the spatial significance of these locations. Conduct an issue analysis to understand the interrelationships and then propose a plan of action from the geographic perspective. Communicate plan via story map.

More than a million Adelie penguins found thriving in Antarctic Peninsula By Damian Carrington, The Guardian, adapted by Newsela staff 03/09/2018


Inquiry: Why might this penguin population be so big? What impacts might these colonies have on the environment?

Activity: Gather data on the Adelie penguin such as habitat, diet, threats, etc. Create a spatial journal of the colonies to help determine impacts of these penguin colonies. Communicate results via story map.


European Green Crab DFO Canada


Inquiry: Why are the Green Crabs having an impact in Canada? How should this problem be dealt with? 

Activity: Gather data to determine place of origin. Create a spatial journal of the data collected. Conduct an issue analysis to determine how the crab may have become an issue analysis. Devise a plan to deal with this invasive species and communicate results via story map.

Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference The Guardian


Inquiry: Where else might this type of community action be necessary? How might this type of action look in your community? What might be a better solution for tackling global plastic pollution?

Activity: Gather data on the plastic pollution origins. Create a spatial journal of where plastic pollution is a problem. Conduct an issue analysis to develop an action plan. Create a story map to communicate action plan to an appropriate audience.


How Canada's high value resources are blockaded from the inside out Peter Tertzakian, FP,


Inquiry: How might Canada manage their natural resources in a way that benefits more Canadians?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of  data on resource management and distribution.  Conduct an issue analysis to help create a potential solution the the issue. Communicate solution to an appropriate audience via story map





Stronger storms mean new 'category six' scale may be needed



Inquiry: How might a category 6 storm impact communities? How might global warming impact these storms?

Activity: Gather data on storms to determine where they occur and at what frequency and create a spatial journal. Use some global warming data to evaluate its' impact on storm severity. Conduct an issue analysis and communicate results via story map.

Record jump in 2014-2016 global temperatures largest since 1900 ScienceDaily

2016 is officially the new warmest year on record, edging out previous record holder 2015 by 0.07°F, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2016 was the third year in a row that global average surface temperature set a new record.
Credit: NASA
Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Spatial SignificancePatterns and TrendsGeographic Perspective

Inquiry: How should communities react to these findings and plan for the future

Activity: Gather information on the effects of global warming and create a spatial journal to illustrate the role spatial significance plays. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop an action plan to address future changes. Communicate action plan via story map.

Unique oil spill in East China Sea frustrates scientists NEWS 

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Spatial SignificancePatterns and TrendsInterrelationships

Inquiry: How might this spill impact communities?


Activity: Create a spatial journal of the incident and add to it the wind and ocean current data. Make some predictions as to where the impacts may take place. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a plan to deal with the problem. Communicate via story map.

War isn't just bad for people — it harms wild animals, too The Washington Post, Karin Brulliard 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might communities be better protected? What might the long term impacts be from decades of war?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the current conflicts around the world. Add to it the environmental characteristics plant and animal of these locations. Conduct an issue analysis to help devise a plan to protect the plants and animals in these war zone, during and after the conflict. Create a story map to communicate your solution.

Note: Stopping the conflict before it happens would be best but this does not seem to be the pattern of human conflict.


Earth will likely warm way beyond the crucial tipping point that the Paris agreement was meant to avoid

Source: World Economic Forum
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and trends

Inquiry: How might communities react to these finding?

Activity: Create a spatial journal to indicate locations that are already are showing evidence of climate change. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a plan of action for the future. Create a story map to communicate the action plan. 


World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration 

 Economics editor Tuesday 12 December 2017 

 World Bank  should invest this money now. Communicate via story map.

Sir Richard Branson and BMR Energy Call for Renewable Energy Rebuild in the Caribbean

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Which alternative energy sources might be best suited for the region? How might other countries move forward with renewable energies?

Activity: Conduct research on renewable energy sources. Examine the the spatial significance of the Caribbean to determine where to place certain renewable energy source. Conduct an issue analysis to help determine a plan of action for the Caribbean. Communicate the plan via story map to an appropriate audience.  Do some further investigation to compare how this plan of action might compare to other countries or regions?

This map shows every ship at sea in real time Image: REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Concept of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why might these ships take these routes? What might these ships be transporting? What might the environmental impacts be with all this shipping?

Activity: Gather information on the ports of origin of the ships. GAther data on weather  and conduct an issue analysis  to determine when weather could impact shipping by making it to dangerous and create an action plan to deal with the situation i.e. alternate routes. Communicate via story map.


Scientist grades water risks from wildfires; Prairies at top of list By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might communities prepare for increased forest fires?

Activity: Determine what might be some of the problems faced by planners when redeveloping after a forest fire. Conduct an issue analysis to determine a path to rebuilding. Communicate results via story map.


16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2017

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be causing these right whales to die? What might be done to help this endangered species?

Activity: Collect data on recent right whale deaths . Create a spatial journal to illustrate how spatial significance may help understand the issue. Conduct an issue analysis to help determine the human interrelationship. Develop an action plan for a geographic perspective and communicate via story map which helps illustrate any patterns and trends that appear.


Life Goes On For Marine Ecosystems After Cataclysmic Mass Extinction 


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends,


Inquiry: How might these findings impact different regions? How might this Pattern and Trend be impacted by human activity? 

Activity: Gather data on coral reefs and create a spatial journal of areas that have been impacted by bleaching. Conduct an issue analysis to determine a plan of action. Communicate the plan via story map.

Credit: Arc Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies


California’s Wildfires Are Only Getting Worse TIME, Katy Steinmetz / San Francisco

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might communities deal with the aftermath of these fires?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the fires from the beginning to the present to identify communities that have been impacted by the fires. Gather information on rebuilding that may reduce the risk of fire damage in a community. Conduct an issue analysis to determine a plan of action. Communicate the plan via story map.

2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation 

Stockholm Environmental Institute Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:07
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might more people get access to basic sanitation?

Activity: Determine how spatial significance may impact accessibility to sanitation, a basic human right. Gather data and create a spatial journal to determine which areas need increased accessibility. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a plan of action that can be communicated via story map.


Controversial pesticides found in honey samples from six continents, Environment editor

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might these pesticide samples impact people?


Activity: Gather data related to the study and create a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis to develop a plan of action. Communicate plan via story map.

Trump say Puetro Rico is an island surrounded by big water.  Emily Shugerman New York
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might people know President Trump understands Spatial Significance?

Activity: Gather data from Presidents Trumps speeches and or actions that can be mapped to create a spatial journal. Review for any patterns and suggest corrections. Communicate via Story Map to the President.


How the use of antibiotics in poultry farming changed the way America eats. The Economist 
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, InterrelationshipInquiry:  Why might antibiotics be used in food? Activity: Gather research on the use of antibiotics in food. Conduct an issue analysis to determine the stakeholders.  Make suggestions and communicate via story map

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes: how these weather systems form

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this information be used?

Activity: Gather data on weather systems to help predict where these systems may occur and when. If populations are impacted devise an action plan to support the population. Create a story map to communicate results


What’s in the path of Hurricane Irma

 Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why might the path of the hurricane move in this direction?

Activity: Gather data on the factors affecting hurricanes and create a model using ArcGIS to make further predictions and recommendations. Communicate via story map.


Toronto noise levels prompt concern from city's medical officer of health By John Rieti, CBC News


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

#Inquiry: How might the noise level impact your community?

Activity: 1) Create a spatial journal to identify the noise levels. Evaluate for hot spot to determine areas of concern. Conduct an issue analysis to develop an action plan and communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.
2) Conduct a neighbourhood audit of noise levels to determine local noise levels. Communicate results and action plan to an appropriate audience.

Human-made chemicals found in higher quantities in deep ocean

By Frances Willick, CBC News Posted: May 28, 2017 6:01 PM AT
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance,
Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might these chemicals impact local communities?

Activity: create a spatial journal of the data.
Conduct an issue analysis to determine the impacts of the chemicals. Develop a proposal to support communities and communicate via story map.


Squeezed by gravity: how tides affect the groundwater under our feet. EGU Blogs 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, PAtterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might groundwater tides impact communities?

Activity: gather data on groundwater and create a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a strategy to meet the needs of communities now an into the future. Communicate results via story map to an appropriate audience

THE WORLD'S MOST ENDANGERED MARINE MAMMAL NEEDS YOUR HELP

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How has the vaquita become so endangered? How might this species be protected. 

Activity: Gather data on the vaquita. Conduct an issue analysis to evaluate perspectives. Develop a plan and communicate it to the appropriate audience via story map.


Toronto Islands residents bracing for lake levels to rise up to 25 cm in weeks ahead 

By Lauren Pelley, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might this water level increase impact this community and others?

Activity: create a map of the elevationcommunities, and water levels. Use the issue analysis to determine different perspectives. Decide what should be done and communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.


'Anything that is recoverable, will be': Husky oil spill clean-up resumes CBC News Posted: May 08, 2017 10:38 AM CT

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might this type of spill be best managed? How might this type of spill have been preventable now and in the future?


Activity: Map out where the oil spill has taken place as well as communities and add in physical features such as rivers and wetlands. Determine what might the impacts be. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a strategy to clean up the mess and a strategy to prevent oil spills in the future. Communicate via story map


Scientists have discovered vast systems of flowing water in Antarctica. And that worries them. By Chelsea Harvey
Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might these rivers impact the ecosystem of Antarctica? What might be the global implications of these rivers?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis and gather information on the ice flows. Make predictions from the data and communicate action to an appropriate audience via story map.


Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days 

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Interrelations, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might this drastic change impact communities. 

Activity: Gather landform data of river basins feed by glaciers. Create models of predicted basin change due to increased glacier melt. Conduct an issue analysis and communicate results to an appropriate audience via story map.

Famine Threatening 20 Million People  

April 12, 2017 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why might famine still be a major problem for the World with current food production capabilities?


Activity: Gather information on the current and past famines. Conduct an issue analysis of a current famine to develop a strategy that may prevent future famines. Communicate to an appropriate audience via story map




Geology and seepage in the NE Atlantic region  GEERT-JAN VIS
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: Why is seepage happening? How might the seepage impact communities in the North Atlantic and other parts of the world?

Activity: Gather data on seepage in the North Atlantic and create a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis and make prediction and develop a plan to deal with the situation. Communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.


Famine crisis: 4 countries that need help






































































Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this issue be resolved so it does not happen again, here or elsewhere?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis. Create an annotated map of the stakeholders. Evaluate stakeholders values and beliefs and develop a possible solution that can be  communicated to an appropriate audience via story map.

Sea Ice Extent Sinks to Record Lows at Both Poles  Maria-José Viñas NASA's Earth Science News Team


Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might communities in the north and south be impacted by the loss of sea ice? How can communities prepare for this loss?


Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to determine possible action that might be required. Communicate results via story map to the appropriate authorities.

Oceans at Risk 


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective
Inquiry: How might different stakeholder ensure the survival of the oceans?
Activity: Create an annotated map of active stakeholders and what they are doing. Conduct an issue analysis. Develop of plausible solution to the issue and communicate via story map.


Past Disasters Reveal Terrifying Future of Climate Change 



New map reveals the world’s most toxic countries by 
Concpets of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why do these countries have the toxic levels they do? How might countries best  reduce their levels?

Activity: Gather information of toxicity. Conduct an issue analysis and determine what might be done to reduce levels. Communicate results to the appropriate audience via story map.


'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water By Jennifer Choi, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this clean water be sustained? How might a water ban in almost 1000 communities in Canada be lifted? 

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis of the water ban. Evaluate the different perspectives of the issue and develop a plan to address the problem of clean water in First Nations communities. Communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.

Canada's Glaciers Are Causing Global Sea Levels To Rise The Huffington Post Canada  |  By

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this Glacier ice melt impact communities in Canada?

Activity: Gather information on Canadian glacier melt and communities and create an annotated map. Create a graph of data and analyse to make predictions as to what might happen if this pattern continues. Create a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience.

Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why might these toxins be of concern?

Activity: Gather information on ocean pollutants and create a spatial journal of the sources. Conduct an issue analysis to develop a possible course of action and communicate to appropriate audience via story map.

NASA Study Shows Global Sea Ice Diminishing, Despite Antarctic Gains

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the difference in sea ice impact communities around the world? How might this loss of ice best be addressed?

Activity: Gather data regarding sea ice. Chart information and observe possible patters and trends. Create maps or access maps showing sea ice. How might spatial significance impact sea ice? What should be done to help maintain the sea ice? Create a story map to communicate results.

The world’s wet regions are getting wetter and the dry regions are getting drier





Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might this pattern impact different communities around world.

Activity: Gather and organize the data and create a graph to interpret and evaluate the data. What prediction might be made? Create an annotated map to show where these evens are most likely to occur. Observe the map to determine the spatial significance of places impacted the most. Conduct an issue analysis to help evaluate for interrelationships. Communicate via story map.


Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

Jan Rocha for Climate News Network, part of the Guardian Environment Network
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry:  How might this situation impact surrounding nations?

Activity: Create an annotated map of the glaciers in the region and the countries that depend on them. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a solution to the problem. Communicate findings via story map to an appropriate audience.




 Bolivians in La Paz fetch water from a tanker truck provided by officials of the Bolivian public water company, Epsas. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink


Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be the best way to meet the need for oil and meet the need for conservation?

Activity: Use the concepts of thinking graphic organizers and conduct an issue analysis. Use this information to create a spatial journal to decide on how to move forward. Develop a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience.

Conservation Decisions Must Protect the Livelihoods of People Living in Africa 

By: 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might conservation interact with development?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis of one of the concerns in the reading. Use the concepts of thinking graphic organizers to clarify the problem. Create a spatial journal of different concerns. Develop a resolution and then communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.

Oil may hit ‘low-$40s’ if OPEC fails to deliver quota deal: Goldman Sachs 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the change in oil prices impact Canadians?

Activity: Gather data on world oil prices and the global economy. Create a spatial journal of key events. Make predictions as to what now might happen and communicate via a story map

Italy earthquake: 6.6-magnitude tremor rocks nation's center

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How could people prepare for such an event?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of past earth quakes in the region (patterns and trends). Conduct an issue analysis to develop possibilities to help the region. Communicate via story map.


Prescribed burns begin in Kananaskis Valley By Erika Stark, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the decision where to burn be made?

Activity: Gather relevant data and create a spatial journal. Conduct an issue analysis and determine where to burn and/or what other things might be done instead of prescribed burns. Communicate results via story map.

The Migration of Anatomically Modern Humans

Concepts of Thinking; Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry:Why might people have migrated? How might people have traveled? Why did people choose their routes? How might these routes relate to current migration routes?

Activity: Gather data on current migration (An other source). Create a proportional width arrow map indicating routes and numbers. Conduct an issue analysis and develop predictions to help meet the needs of future migrants. Communicate via story map

Arctic indigenous leaders from Alaska, Russia, and Canada to make historic London address on impacts of Arctic Ocean shipping Press release from Pacific Environment

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: Why might such an address be needed? How might this address impact the region? 

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis of the issue. Create a spatial journal to help understand the importance of spatial significance in the region. Evaluate the interrelationships and develop a plan that can be communicated to the appropriate audience via story map.

Diesel spill near Bella Bella an 'environmental disaster,' says nearby First Nation By Megan Thomas, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance,
Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might this spill impact the region? What might be the best way to deal with this situation? 

Activity: Create a spatial journal of this spill and the affected area. Conduct an issue analysis and develop a solution to the situation. Communicate results via story map

Haiti Health Conditions Worsen A Week After Hurricane Matthew

By The Associated Press
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be the best way to meet the needs of Haiti?

Activity: Gather information on Haiti's situation. Conduct an issue analysis to determine how to support Haiti. Communicate results as a story map.





Mariner's guide wants to reduce risk of shipping on Arctic wildlife. By Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might shipping impact local environments?

Activity: Create a route through the shipping lanes in the Arctic to reduce environmental impacts.Gather data on the arctic shipping. Create a story map to share findings/suggestions.

Delhi airport first carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might other airports react to this event?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the airports in the region. Investigate how airports might be concerned with the environment. Conduct an issue analysis to determine how more airports could be carbon neutral. Communicate suggestions via story map.




Expect a warmer-than-normal fall, says Environment Canada

CBC News Posted: Sep 22
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might the warmer fall impact look like? How could this weather impact different populations?

Activity: Research weather patterns in Canada. Create a spatial journal of weather from past to present. How might meteorologist be able to predict the weather How does this current weather prediction fit in? Make predictions of impacts based on the climate predictions. Communicate predictions and possible actions required via story map to an appropriate audience.


Are Canada’s marine protection plans at sea?

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, 

Inquiry:  What might it take for Canadian marine protection policies to be more meaningful?

Activity: Research what the Canadian policies actual are. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a decision and communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationship

Inquiry: What might the impacts be from the rising water levels impact local, provincial, national, and international populations.

Activity: Create a spatial journal of places that might be impacted the most form the rising sea level. Add human activities and conduct an issue analysis to determine impacts. Create a story map to communicate finds.

NATIONAL PARKS PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE THE WAY THE MILITARY PLANS FOR NUCLEAR WAR  natgeoed.org 

At Badlands National Park, home to this bison, rangers and other leaders are developing strategies to address diverse scenarios created by climate change.
Photograph courtesy Badlands National Park, National Park Service


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationship, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might the impacts of climate change influence how National Parks prepare for the future?

Activity: Conduct research on climate change and its impacts. Create a spatial journal of the National Parks and suggests strategies that are best suited for each National Park that can be communicated to an appropriate audience.

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth By Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent, 17 June 2016


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might human activity contribute to the state of the Dead Sea? What might be the best solution to dealing with the decrease water level of the Dead Sea?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the area taking not consideration drainage basinshuman settlement, human activity, and climate patterns. Conduct an issue analysis to evaluate perspectives. Determine a plausible solution and communicate via story map to an appropriate audience. 

Fort McMurray, still recovering from wildfire, dealing with flooding By Mack Lamoureux, Wallis Snowdon


Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, 

Inquiry: How might the fire have contributed to the flood? What might the new Fort McMurray be designed to better deal with these natural disasters? 

Activity: Gather infrastructure information on Fort McMurray. Create a story map of the of a potential city plan that would be able to best deal with potential natural disasters such fire and flooding.

This mind-blowing infographic shows the incredible depth of the earth's oceans 


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, 

Inquiry: How might we reach the bottom of the oceans? What might the impacts be of reaching the bottom?

Activity: Use current resource maps to develop an anticipated resource map at these depths. Evaluate potential costs of reaching these resource in a T-chart (Economic/Environmental/Social) and communicate how best to proceed via story map.


Bet You Didn’t Hear Shell Spilled a Bunch of Oil in the Gulf 
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: When might oil companies be able to stop these leaks from happening? What might be the cumulative impact of these types of oil spills, under the 100,000 gallon threshold of a major spill? How accurately do these companies report such leaks?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis and then create a spatial journal of the Gulf Mexico relating to this problem. Add data such as oil platformsoil spillsnatural habitats etc. Develop a plan that will be able to help increase the sustainability of this industry. Communicate via a story map and communicate to an appropriate audience.

India’s Severe Drought Causing Havoc

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How could these conditions have been predicted and/or prevented? How might India's drought impact other parts of the world?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis of the problem. Create a spatial journal of the stakeholders, physical and climatic factors. Evaluate graphs and charts of climate. Develop a potential solution to the problem and communicate via story map to the appropriate audience.

Boil water advisory in effect for Gatineau CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspectives,

Inquiry: How might the reaction to the Hull boil water advisory be different from the
Neskantaga First Nation of nearly 20 years?


Activity: Create a spatial journal of boil water advisories in Canada. Add community and infrastructure data. Conduct an issue analysis to gain regarding access to clean water. Communicate a plan to make clean water accessible to all Canadians via story map.

Map: Every Canadian hurricane landfall since 1866
Posted by  in Nature

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Why might hurricanes be most prevalent in these areas? Why doesn't this pattern continue year round? How might human activities in the region modify their practice because of this pattern?

Activity: Create a spatial journal similar to this using data to plot. Add to it human activity, shipping, and mining data. Develop a strategies regarding how might people prepare for the next "big one". Create a story map to communicate the plan.

   

Returning Fort McMurray residents face long road to recovery By Amy Husser, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might be the focus of Fort McMurray's redevelopment impact the future growth of the city?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the resources currently supporting Fort McMurray. Add possible alternative/new resource opportunities, natural features, and human activity data. Evaluate the map to develop a plan for redevelopment that could better protect the city from being a boom bust, one resource, based city. Communicate the plan to the appropriate audience via story map.

The boiling river in the Amazon 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be causing the water to heat up so much? Why is the location if such an extreme river not well known?  What might be some impacts if the location of this river becomes widely known?

Activity: Class discussion on what might be causing the water to be so hot. Investigate other location i.e. IcelandYellowstone National Park. Create a spatial journal of the plate tectonics, with geyser locations to determine the spatial significance. Observe the pattern and trend that appear. Locate the Peruvian part of the Amazon river basin. Is there a similar pattern of spatial significance? Could this be the location of the Boiling River? Conduct an issue analysis and determine what should be done with regards to this location to ensure its sustainability. Create a story map to communicate the results.

Self-sustaining eco-communities aimed at regenerating the world one village at a time   May 26, 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, 

Inquiry: How will the appropriate locations be selected to establish the eco-community? How could these communities impact local environments? 

Activity: Establish the criteria for location selection and map out the ideal locations for the eco-communities and create a map. Conduct an issue analysis  to evaluate the likelihood of these communities being established. Communicate recommendations to an appropriate audience via story map

Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention 

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might Australia's economic concerns be addressed at the same time as supporting environmental concerns?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis keeping in mind the Geographic Perspective. Create a map of stakeholder and develop a potential solution. Present your conclusion to UNESCO via story map.

Climate Change in Images

Concept of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic perspective

Inquiry: How might the world accommodate Environmental Refugees? What might be necessary to move all countries involved in the Paris accord to actually meet the Goals?


Activity: Conduct an issue analysis of the countries involved. Create a spatial journal of the stakeholders. Analyse any patterns or trends, evaluate the spatial significance and develop a implementable solution that can be communicated via story maps

Squids and octopuses — the ‘weeds of the sea’ — are on the rise  
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why might the "weeds of the sea" be on the increase? How might this increase impact local environments/human activities?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the squids and octopuses. Add to it human activity in these regions. Conduct an issue analysis to help determine impacts of this increase in squid and octopus population. How might different groups deal with this increase? Communicate results via story map.  Other resources

Not all wood pellets are carbon-neutral, says environmental advocate By Mitch Wiles, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2016 6:00 AM CT

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships,

Inquiry: Why are wood pellets being used instead of wood for burning? How can a carbon wood pellet be made carbon -neutral? Why might whole trees be used to create wood pellets?


Activity: Conduct an issue analysis and map out the stakeholders. How might spatial significance impact the type of wood pellet? Moving forward how should industries react to the findings that not all wood pellets are carbon-neutral? Communicate results via story map.

Rare wasp species found on New Brunswick beaches

By Kate Letterick, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the environment have changed for the wasps numbers increase? What might have caused their numbers to have dropped in the first place?


Activity: Create a spatial journal of the most recent range of the wasp. Add to it the new locations where has been found. What might the spatial significance be of these locations?  Communicate your results via a story map.

Five agricultural innovations in Canada
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance,
Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, interrelationship

Inquiry: Where might the best location be for these innovations? How might they contribute to the Canadian economy? How might these innovations impact the local environment?

Activity: Determine the criteria of each of the innovations to locate the possible places for these innovations. Create a spatial journal indicating the selected locations. Why patterns and trends develop? Compare the different types of innovations to determine the most likely to have the largest impact to Canada. Create a story map to communicate results.

WORLD’S SMALLEST PORPOISE IS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might gill fishing be stopped? How can the fishing of endangered species be allowed? How should governments and industries deal with this issue? What might some of the environmental issue be if this species becomes extinct?


Activity: Create a spatial journal of the issue by adding data of species rangehuman activity (fishing) and conduct an issues analysis to help determine a potential, doable, solution to the problem. Create a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience.

Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank 
 Economics editor
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Even the most Capitalistic corporations will be worried about that much loss to their work force and their bottom line so why do some corporations still pretend Climate Change isn't a problem?

Activity: Create a spatial journal indicating where the most at risk areas are to Climate Change. Add to it population data for further analysis. How does Spatial Significance fit into problem? Can any Patterns and Trends be observed? Conduct an issue analysis and communicate strategies to deal with the issue via story map.

Inside the world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Where might some destinations for the ship be? How might this type of tourism impact ecosystems?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of locations that this ship might be able to travel to. Determine some of the spatial significance of these location. What might some observations be regarding patterns and trends. Create a story map to communicate results.

Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities World Health Organization

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: What might be contributing to this trend? How will this trend impact the rest of the world? 

Activity: Collect data on cities which are contributing the most air pollutants and create pie charts showing pollution per capita data spatial journal. Add to it population data and climate conditions to make predictions on future global impacts. Conduct an issue analysis to determine a potential solution to the pollution situation and communicate via story map.

Lancaster Sound

An integral part of the Last Ice Area and an Arctic home for Inuit and wildlife

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends 

Inquiry: How might Climate Change impact this region?

Activity: Gather climate data for the region, add to it human activity and resource. Make some predictions as to what may happen as climate continues to change. Create a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience.

Genetic potential of oil-eating bacteria from the BP oil spill decoded Credit: Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might this research impact oil consumption around the world? How might the introduction of these "oil eating" bacteria into an environment impact the local ecosystem?

Activity: Create a spatial journal indicating where these bacteria can be found naturally. Add to the map areas where off shore oil drilling is taking place. Are these bacteria native to these ecosystems? How may they interact in these ecosystems?  Create a story map communicating results to an appropriate audience.

There is No Such Thing as a Blue Bird 

National Geographic


Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might Spatial Significance contribute to the structural variations that give off the colour blue?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of the locations where the "blue" birds can be found. What might be the observable patterns? Add location data to determine if there is any spatially significant pattern that appears. What might account for the unique protein structure of the feathers if not Spatial Significance? Create a story map to communicate results.

First damage assessment says 80 per cent of homes lost in Beacon Hill in Fort McMurray PAIGE PARSONS, EDMONTON JOURNAL

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How will the residence leave Fort McMurray? What might the impact of this fire be on the local economy? 

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to determine course of action to rebuild by the local government. Create a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience.

Zimbabwe’s Wild Animals For Sale: National Parks Forced To Sell Wildlife Amid Drought BY MORGAN WINSOR, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

CONCEPTS OF THINKING: SPATIAL SIGNIFICANCE, GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE, PATTERNS AND TRENDS

INQUIRY: WHAT MIGHT BE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO SELLING THE ANIMALS? HOW MIGHT SELLING OF THE ANIMALS IMPACT THEIR WELL BEING? WHEN MIGHT THE WEATHER CONDITION CHANGE TO SUPPORT THE ANIMALS?

ACTIVITY: CONDUCT AN ISSUE ANALYSIS TO HELP DETERMINE THE IMPACT OF SELLING THE ANIMALS AND MAP.  ADD TO THE MAP THE LOCATION OF THE ANIMALS TO BE SOLD AS WELL AS WEATHER PATTERNS AND TRENDS TO HELP MAKE A PREDICTION AS TO WHEN CONDITION MIGHT GET BETTER.  

Peak Oil Could Hit In Just 14 Years, But It Might Not Be What You Think 

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Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might peak oil be calculated? What might the impacts be of reaching Peak Oil?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis. Analyze mapsgraphs and charts to make predictions on the effects of reaching Peak Oil. Create a story map to communicate results to an appropriate audience.

The Mind-Boggling Scale of Mount Saint Helens's Crater


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: When might Mount Saint Helens's have as large an eruption as it did in 1980? What impacts might this new eruption cause?

Activity: Gather information on volcanic eruptions. Create a map of potential location of significant eruptions. Add to this map population data. Communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.

El Niño and the stratospheric polar vortex 

Author: Amy Butler

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: How might the vortex impact El Nino? How might human activities contribute to these environmental events

Activity: Create a map of the areas affected by each of these environmental events, human activities/development in the area. Use graphs and charts to make predictions of future events and map out results that can then be communicated to the appropriate audience via story map.

California plans to unleash fly to crush ivy invasion By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: What might have led to the increased ivy invasion? How might this form of weed control impact people?

Activity: Create a map of the origin of the ivy. Add to it the extent of which the ivy has grown into, human data and other species in the area. Make predictions as to what might happen if this project is successful or unsuccessful and communicate via story map.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching made 175 times likelier by human-caused climate change, say scientists 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might be a plausible
way of reducing the human impact?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis and map out the data as well as the extent of the bleaching along the Reef. Add to the map human data i.e. distribution, industry etc. Create a story map to communicate your results

Canadian waters getting safer, but research gaps limit full understanding of shipping risks

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: What might be needed to better understand the shipping risk?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis. Create a map of the stakeholders to help develop a solution. Create a story map showing a possible solutions to reduce shipping risks in Canadian waters.

Do fracking activities cause earthquakes? Seismologists and the state of Oklahoma say yes By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How could Fracking contribute to earthquakes

Activity: Create a map of where fracking is taking place. Add to it data about where earthquake epicentres are located as well as population information. Observe any patterns that may have appeared. Gather other information on fracking.  Decide weather fracking can contribute to earthquakes or not. Create a story map to communicate to an appropriate audience a solution to the situation.

Arctic Cruises Are Extinction Tourism By Another Name  

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: How might tourist enjoy the Arctic without destroying it? What have been solutions in other similar situations? Could these solutions work for the the Arctic?

Activity: Map out the areas of greatest impact. Conduct an issue analysis and add to map the stakeholders. Determine a best fit solution and communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.

Brazil Amazon dam project suspended over concerns for indigenous people 

 in Rio de Janeiro

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might the Brasil now meet their energy needs? How might other countries show they listen to the concerns of their indigenous people?

Activity: Create an energy map of Brasil, generation and distribution. Conduct an issue analysis. Determine an alternative energy source and communicate to an appropriate audience.

Hunger Map 2015   World Food Programme

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: In a world that is able to produce a surplus of food why are people still allowed to go hungry? How might a countries hunger rating change if only looking at domestic data (Canada as an example)?

Activity: Determine the stakeholder and conduct an issue analysis. Create flow map of the distribution of food. Add to the the flow of resource and aid countries around the world are involved in. Other data.  Do any patterns appear? What might be some conclusions that can be made about food scarcity and Geographic Perspective and or Spatial significance? Communicate results to an appropriate audience via story map.

30 years after Chernobyl, UGA camera study reveals wildlife abundance in CEZ

  
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How have these animals been able to survive with the increased levels of radiation in their habitat? How likely is I that humans will be able to thrive with the increased radiation rates?


Activity: Map the Chernobyl nuclear power plant location. Determine level of contamination by creating buffers to show the range of contamination. Add population data and other relevant data to make predictions for how long before the land might be safe for people to go back to a "regular" routine in the area.

Diesel cars' emissions far higher on road than in lab, tests show  and 
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might some of the consequences be to these increase levels? Where might these impacts be felt the most?


Activity: Create a map of the regions of the world that have diesel cars on the road. Add to the map air quality data and human patterns. Make some predictions of environmental impacts. Communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.

Receding ice causing longer swims for polar bears 
Posted by  in Wildlife on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, interrelationships

Inquiry: How might the increased swim distance impact the polar bears sustainability?

Activity: Create a map of the past and current range of Arctic Icepolar bear bear range and any other potential contributing factor. Make predictions as to how far the polar bears may have to swim in the future and determine the impact. Communicate to an appropriate audience possible solutions to this problem via story map.

RIDDLE OF THE RED DEER by 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the Red Deer get to the Scottish High Lands? 


Activity: Gather data on the red deer and create a map of their range. Incorporate glacier data  and other data that might have played a role in the migration of the red deer. Create a story map of the journey of the red deer that supports a theory of how the red deer came to Scotland.



Study finds moose are on the move as the north warms  Posted by  in Wildlife
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: What might some impacts be to the environment the moose are moving into and the environments the moose are leaving?

Activity: Create a spatial journal outlining the historical moose habitat. Determine the spatial significance of these areas. Using climate change data, make predictions how these spatial significant habitats may change.

How Geography Impacts Flu Outbreaks by  National Geographic


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends


Inquiry: How might Doctors be able to use Geography to manage flu or other illnesses?

Activity: Create a map of resent disease (zika virus) outbreaks to help identify patterns and trends. What might be the spatial significance of these areas? Make predictions on where the virus  may move to. Communicate results to an appropriate audience via story map.


Photos From Ecuador Show Devastation After The Deadly Earthquake

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might people best help the people who need help? Where might people go to get the aid they need?

Activity: Create a map of the area and the plate boundaries, fault lines and human patterns. Conduct an issue analysis to help determine what could be done. Communicate via story map to the appropriate audience.

Severe drought leaves millions relying on emergency aid

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationship, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: What might be the spatial significance of this region that contribute to the drought?

Activity: Gather data on droughts of the region and create a map to help observe patterns and trends. Conduct an issue analysis and add stake holders to the map. Create a story map to communicate results.

Scientists to resurrect the aurochs, an extinct beast By Jackson Landers, Washington Post

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be the ecological impacts of re-introducing an "extinct" species into an environment?

Activity: Map out the range of this Bull's ancestor. Determine the spatial significance required for this Bull species to thrive. Determine where this spatial significance may be located. Add to it demographic data to determine the feasibility of this animal living in the same spatial significant space.

Number of tigers in the wild rises for first time in over 100 years Associated Press

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why has the Tiger population been able to increase in size over time? How might what happened to the Tigers numbers happen to other species?

Activity: Create a map of the range of the tigers, forested areas, human areas, and other data that is available. Conduct an issue analysis of the issue. If current trends continue how might the landscape look? Make predictions on the tigers plight.

Maritime boat building 'boom' fuelled by lobster industry

By Paul Withers, CBC News
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance,
Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Why has there been such an "boom" in building lobster boats? What might be the impacts of increased production of lobster boats?

Activity: Gather information and data on lobster "fishing".  Conduct an issue analysis. Create a map of the extent of lobster fishing. Evaluate the human ans environmental impacts of increased lobster fishing to determine proper management of the resource. Communicate results to an appropriate audience via story map.

Massive deforestation found in Brazil’s Cerrado

 

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might agriculture in the rain forest be sustainable? 

Activity: Create a map showing the extent of rain forest deforestation over time. Conduct an issue analysis and add these groups to the map. Create a story map to communicate a solution to the problem.

Turbulent battle as Golden, B.C., fights to save local river rafting industry

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might rafting company ensure that the increased access will not increase environmental impact?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis and map out the the stakeholders and the site affected. Determine whether or not permission should be given and communicate to an appropriate audience via story map.

Yosemite's granite cliffs "breathe" and study finds heat can make them fall By Los Angeles Times, adapted by Newsela staff 04.05.16

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: What might be some of the contributing factors causing these rock formations to "breath"? How might this "breathing" impact human activity in and around such locations?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of potential location that have the same spatial significance as the Yosemite granite cliffs. Use the patterns to determine other potential sites. What might need to be done to ensure the safety of people living in and around such rock formations? Communicate result to the appropriate audience via story map

It's Expensive To Be Poor Water.org Logo

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Who owns the water? How is it possible that a culture would make the poorest people pay the most for water? What could the wealthy people, corporations, and governments do to increase fair access to clean water for everyone?

Activity: Complete an issue analysis to determine the different values and beliefs associated with the issue.Map out areas (local, regional, or global) of areas where access to clean/safe drinking water is not readily available. Observe patterns that may appear.  What could be done to alleviate the situation for people in need of clean/safe drinking water. Communicate to an appropriate audience.

Sea levels set to 'rise far more rapidly than expected 
Antarctica’s snowfall was expected to keep the ice sheet in balance but it is less stable than previously thought. Photograph: Steve Mandel / Barcroft Media

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the expertise make these predictions? How should carbon emissions be decreased?




Activity: Collect and map carbon emissions data to determine where the majority of carbon is coming from. How might spatial significance impact carbon emissions? How can  geographic perspective help influence carbon producers?

‘Burnt Hot Dog’ sea cucumbers raise red flags for threatened global fisheries

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How does Spatial Significance contribute to the health of the Burnt Hot Dog? What might be done to maintain a healthy Burnt Hot Dog population?

Activity: Create a map Burnt Hot Dog populations around the world. Distinguish between healthy and none healthy populations. Observe any patterns that may appear. How might spacial significance impact the health of the Burnt Hot Dog? 

More pain for Canada’s natural gas producers: U.S. drillers ready to pounce and reverse flow northward

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why might Canada be importing it's oil?

Activity: Graph the data of oil production and distribution. Map out the spatial significance of where the oil is coming from and going to. Communicate results to the appropriate audience via story map.


Mineral exploration spending expected to plummet this year in Nunavut, Yukon

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2016 7:23 AM CT


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might the reduction in spending impact different parts of the North?




Activity: Answer the inquiry question by: Determine the interrelationships of mining and the community/ the environment by mapping the mines locations and other human activities as well as environmental features (Lakes, rivers, wetlands, etc). Communicate to the appropriate audience solutions to this situation.

February continues streak of record low Arctic sea ice extent

By Natasha Vizcarra, National Snow and Ice Data Center

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this pattern of low Arctic Sea ice impact the different interrelationships?

Activity: Create a map to outline the extent of the Arctic sea ice, add other data such as human activity, climate conditions etc. to answer the inquiry questions.


Polar bears migrate north as rising temperatures hasten Arctic ice melt            for the Washington Post

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might the migration patterns of the Polar Bears changed? What might be the consequence of such change?

Activity: Create a map to outline migration patterns of Polar bears add other data such as human activity, climate conditions etc. to answer the inquiry questions.

How access to water changed the lives of these 4 women

This article was written by Morée Scofield, photos contributed by Benjamin Heath and under copyright in support of Water.org.
Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, 

Inquiry:  Why isn't water accessibility equitable? How might global access to safe water for all be accomplished?

Activity: Determine the spatial significance that contribute to reduced access to safe water via a spatial journal. Evaluate the different stakeholders views of the issue and devise a plan of action to improve water access.

Five reasons we need to protect the Peace-Athabasca watershed

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why might this delta be considered one of the most important features of this region?

Activity: Collect and analyse data of the region. Create a spatial journal to elaborate on the spatial significance of the region. Evaluate any patterns and trends that the research has divulged and make suggestions to sustain the watershed. Create a story map to communicate any suggestions developed.

Untapped loans double Canadian banks oil exposure to $107 billion

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might Canadian Banks play a leading role regarding Climate Change? 

Activity: Investigate where Canadian banks are investing and why. Compare that with other banks activities around the world. Create a spatial journal of banking activity around the world. Analyse the patterns and trends and communicate suggestions.



Ice road opens, with limits, to connect Northern Saskatchewan communities CBC News Posted: Feb 28, 2016 8:50 PM CT


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Why are these Northern communities connected by ice roads? How might Climate Change impact connecting the Northern communities in the future?


Activity: Map out the transportation methods of the Northern communities using. Transportation and population data. Create transportation routes when the lakes are covered. If ice roads will not work in the future due to climate change create new routes by adding in points/lines and polygons. Communicate the rational to an appropriate audience.

March 3rd - Climate Change & Agriculture PIR Live Event - Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might agricultural practices change due to changes in clime? Where might these changes have the greatest impact? What might some of the impacts be on different populations around the world?


Activity: Investigate the interrelationships of current agricultural practices. Evaluate the role spatial significance plays with regards to certain practices by creating a map in a spatial journal. Analyse the map for patterns and trends. Communicate results making predictions as to how agricultural practice may change due to climate change.


How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Posted by  in Nature on Tuesday, February 23, 2016



Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why does temperature change vary from place to place? How has temperature change impacted people in these different areas? How might this climate impact people in the future?

Activity: Create a map of spatial significance indicating places of greatest temperature change. Add data such as land use, human activity, environmental 
characteristic to help determine impacts and make predictions if patterns continue. Communicate a possible solution/result via story map.

5 amazing facts about the St. Lawrence River

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How has human activity contributed o the over all health of the river? Might might need to happen in order to improve the river systems health?

Activity: Create a map of the St Lawrence Waterway. Add to it human activity data to help determine how the rivers health has been impacted and develop a plan to help improve the health of the river system.

US, Canada aim to cut Lake Erie phosphorus runoff by 40%

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might have caused the levels of phosphorus to get to levels that need to be reduced? How might Canada and the US agree to reduce the levels? What might some implications be if levels do not return to normal?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a potential solution to the problem. Map the extent to which the algae bloom has grown. Use water current data to determine future implications.

Peru oil spill pollutes Amazon rivers used by indigenous group  BBC

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: Why might oil exploration in such sensitive areas have been approved? Who  might be responsible for this spill, the workers? the companies? the consumers?  How might this be thoroughly cleaned up?

Activity: Collect data on the spatial significance of the area, plot where it happened, add human activity in the area. Create buffers to determine how far the spill might impact and make predictions.Complete an issue analysis of the problem to determine a possible solution. Communicate predictions and solution in a story map.

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth 



Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Where might these rocks/mineral be located? Why might might these rocks and minerals be there? How might these rocks and minerals impact human activity?

Activity: Map out the spatial significance of where these rocks and minerals can be found. Add things like soil type, land form type and human activity to enhance the analysis. what might some of the interrelationships be with these rocks and minerals? Create a story map to communicate your results to an appropriate audience.

Decision on burying nuclear waste near Lake Huron delayed for more study

The Canadian Press 
Published Thursday, February 18, 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective,

Inquiry: How can nuclear waste be disposed of safely? What is where? How is an ideal waste disposal site selected? Why there? If not here then where should the nuclear waste be disposed of? Why Care? 

Activity: Collect information on the characteristics of a nuclear waste disposal site i.e. geology of an area and map out using ArcGIS Online. Add to it data such as population, water and other relevant data (dependent on audience). Do an analysis of the map, such as creating buffers, to determine an idea location to dispose of the waste. Complete an issue analysis and the communicate via story map to the appropriate audience.

US 'likely culprit' of global spike in methane emissions over last decade

Concept of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance. Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why has methane gas emissions in the USA increased so much? How might reducing methane emissions impact society?

Activity: Create an interactive map via ArcGIS Online to locate where emissions have increase and activities that contribute to increased emissions to determine the spatial significance of the issue. Can any patterns be observed? Communicate the patterns that are observed to an appropriate audience to create change. 

"Lead helps guard your health": How U.S. companies sold a toxic product

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might companies that contributed to the problem be held accountable to society? What might be the best solution to the lead contamination problem?

Activity: Complete an issue analysis of the issue. Create map to indicate where the contaminated water could reach, other treatment plants, and population. Access data on Flint water works to determine how many people could be affected by creating buffers. Communicate results to the appropriate stakeholders via a spatial journal

Toxic chemicals found in beached pilot whales in Scotland

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: Why might age contribute to the increases levels of mercury and cadmium. How might increased levels of these chemicals contribute to the whales beaching themselves? Where could these chemicals have come from?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of where these whales were beached (What is where?). Add to it possible locations where mercury and cadmium could have entered the water (Why there?). As well add other locations where whales have beached themselves. Analyse the patterns and trends that may appear, investigate the stakeholders and make suggestions how to ensure this does not happen in the future (Why Care?).

Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL)

Playlist: 5 talks on the future of food

By Maya Inamura on September 4, 2015 in PlaylistTalks
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might food sources change in the future? Where might our food come from in the future? How might our diets change in the future?

Activity: Create a map of where food is coming from now and then plot where it might be coming from as the climate changes. How might this change impact communities around the world?

Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why is the Spanish government wanting divert water? How might the diversion impact local, national, international environments?


Activity: Create a map showing precipitation patterns in the region (What is where?). Analyse the climatic factors that could contribute to the climate of this region (Why there?). Evaluate the data to make prediction one some possible consequences of the water diversion plan and communicate the results (Why Care?).

U.S. Olympic Committee Tells Athletes To Consider Not Attending Rio Games Over Zika Virus
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance
Inquiry: Would it be possible that the Rio Olympics be the first in which athletes and countries boycott due to environmental concerns? 
Activity:  Map out where previous Olympics have been held (What is where?). Determine which ones where boycotted, potentially boycotted and why (Why there?). Evaluate for patterns and trends. Make predictions on future sites and possible concerns (Why care?).

Asteroid mining could be space’s new frontier: the problem is doing it legally

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, 
Interrelationships

Inquiry: What types of minerals could potential be mined in space? How could it be possible to mine minerals from space? How might these extraterrestrial minerals impact the Global Environment? What might be needed to ensure that mining these minerals is legal?



Activity: Map out where these (the potential extraterrestrial) minerals can be found on earth. Do an issue analysis to determine the positions and possible solutions to this problem. Communicate the best possible solution to the appropriate audience.


This Talking Bird Is Disappearing From the Wild


Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, 

Inquiry: Where can these birds be found (spatial significance)? What is where? What are some of the circumstances that could be impacting these birds (interrelationships)? What is where? How could this species circumstance be improved? Why care?

Activity: Create a story map to communicate a solution to this problem.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships


Inquiry: How was spatial significance incorporated into the decision of locating the facility? How might the facility impact local, national, international communities and their environments? 




Zika Virus and Direct Relief's Partner Network Story Map.
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: What might be the impacts of this virus on different communities? How might the infected children be supported in the future?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to develop with a possible solution and communicate it to appropriate stakeholders.

PRO/CON: Should the U.S. rely on nuclear power to fix climate change?

By Mark J. Perry and Michael E. Kraft, Tribune News Service

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective


Inquiry: How could Nuclear power be the best solution to the climate change problem?

Activity: Evaluate the problem by examining the stakeholders using the issue analysis approach. Create a spatial journal to communicate the evolution of nuclear power around the world to help better understand the issue. Develop a conclusion.

Drama off France as massive, out of control cargo ship heads for coast

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Where along the coast is this drama taking place? What is where? Why is the cargo ship there? Why there? What might be so important about this cargo ship? What could have been the cause of drama? What could be done to help the sailors? If the weather patterns contributed to the event, make a suggestions of how to reduce the risks in the future. Why care? 


Activity: Evaluate current weather conditions to help explain how the current weather patterns have contributed to the event. 

The Emerging Arctic
CFR InfoGuide Presentation
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Activity: Students create a spatial journal to map out the data (spatial significance) What is where? , complete an issues analysis chart (Geographic Perspective) Why there? , create a story map to communicate the solution. Why care?

Additional info.


Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

BELLA BELLA, B.C. — The Globe and Mail
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and trends

Inquiry: What is the spatial significance of the Great Bear Rain-forest? What is where? Why is this agreement so important? Why there?  How has this agreement met the needs of the different stakeholders? How might this agreement reduce the impact on the Rain-forest? Why care?








El Niño means glaciers in the Andes are melting at record rates

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Which parts of the Andes are impacted the greatest? What is where? What might have caused the acceleration in the melting of the Glaciers? Why there? How might this reduction impact communities?  What could be the best solution to protect the Andes mountain glaciers? Why care?

Activity: Map (ArcGIS Online)the extent of the current glacier (see map above) gather data of extent of glacier for the past 60 years and map it. What are some of the patterns that can be seen. What is the spatial significance of the area. Make prediction  on possible solutions to the problem.


Animal rights groups protest Ontario's proposed wolf hunting rule changes

CBC News Posted: Jan 27, 2016 11:31 AM ET
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Why might the Ministry of  Natural Resources and Forestry be thinking about changing rules around hunting wolves in Ontario? 

Activity: Have students create an Issues Analysis Chart on the issue to determine a possible solution to the problem. Create a map outlining the range of the wolves territory, settlements, and human activities to help support the solution. Communicate with an appropriate audience to implement the solution.

15 Endangered Cities That May Be Flooded By Climate Change

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Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: Where will the residents city go and how do they get there when/if this happens? Why is this a potential threat for so may people?

Problem Based Learning: Use ArcGIS Online to create a map predicting the impacts of rising sea levels. See Mapping Our World 

I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist

 
Environmental Scientist, Husband, Father

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How could our society, the world, actually become an oil free society? What might some of the consequences be?

Problem Based Learning: Gather information on the stakeholders developing geographic perspective. Create a spatial journal of this issue to determine spatial significance. Analysis the patterns and trends and develop a solution that would work best for the majority of the stakeholders, including the environment.

Could What Happened in Flint Happen Anywhere?


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How did the water get so contaminated it started to break down the pipes made to transport it? How can this water problem be solved? How might this issue impact people around the world?
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLIAM ARCHIE, DETROIT FREE PRESS/ZUMA/CORBIS

Problem Based Learning: What is where? Why there? Why care? Create an Issues Analysis Chart for this problem. What out what is known in ArcGIS Online i.e. where does the water come from, what goes into the water i.e human activities, communities and anything else that may help with the analysis. Make predictions and develop a potential solution to the Flint water crisis.

Solar solutions

How solar-powered water pumps are helping Pakistani farmers adjust to climate change

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How can some of the poorest farmers adapt to climate change?

Activity: Use ArcGIS Online to create a map of the area indicating the pattern of rain fall in the area, access to water via rivers and lakes, population distribution to start to analysis the spatial significance and interrelationship to develop a solution to the problem of access to water. 

Extension activities: Download the workbook

Fifth dead whale found on Lincolnshire beach                           North of England correspondent Monday 25 January 2016 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patters and Trends, Interrelationship

Inquiry: What might have caused these whales to become beached? How might this event be addressed to prevent it from happening again in the future?

Activity: Use ArcGIS Online to map out where the whales went aground, spatial significane. Add in human activity in the area. What might some of the interrelationships be? Can a pattern be found? Add in some atmospheric and water data. What might some observations and conclusions be from adding in this data? 

Tomato pickers persuade companies to sign on to human rights movement

By Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance


Activity Idea: Create a spatial journal of the information from the reading. 





Inquiry:  Why is this issue concentrated where it is? What is where? What circumstances a occurred to allow this process to continue? Why there? How might the pattern of worker treatment be addressed? Why care? 
Extension Inquiry: What might tomato pickers working conditions be in other parts of the world and how are these conditions addressed? 


Oceans to have more plastic than fish by 2050: Report


Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Problem Based Inquiry: How might the plastic be removed from the oceans? Why is ti that only 5% of plastics is recycled?

2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, 

Inquiry: What was so special, environmentally, that could have caused 2015 to break all heat records?

Activity: Map out areas that showed the greatest temperature difference.

Alex — the first January hurricane since 1938 — bears down on island nation with 140 km/h winds

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Activity Idea: Use Windyty to get up to date information on Alex. Using ArcGIS Online, analyze the weather patterns to determine where Alex may move to. What has contributed to the development of such a storm (Why there)? Are there any locations that need to be worried I (What is where)? How might be worried about the storm and what actions/percautions might be undertaken (Why care)?

Earthquakes in Alberta to become more frequent and stronger, expert says

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective

Activity Idea: Identify the problem, determine the perspectives (What is where? Why there?), and come up with  potential solution for the issue (Why care?). Communicate (including maps) the solution to an appropriate audience.

Fox Creek fracking operation closed indefinitely after earthquake

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Activity Idea: Use ArcGIS Online to create a map of Alberta, near Fox River. Use layers such as fault lines, cities, transportation routes, etc. Place on it the the epicentre and the location of the fracking.


Inquiry Question: How might the fracking activity have contributed to the earthquake near Fox Creek? What might be a solution to the fracking issue?

Mapping changes to the World’s urban population between 1950 – 2030


Top 10 family adventure holidays in Europe Sam Haddad Sunday 10 January 2016 

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Activity idea: Create a spatial journal to locate the locations of the top 10 locations. Use proportional size symbols to categorize each location based on cost.
Are there any patterns that evolved? How might this pattern be accounted for?
What are the interrelationships of each location? How might spatial significance account for these interrelationships?
Extension: 1) Do some research to determine the tourist country of origin at each location. Use proportional width arrows on the map to represent number of tourist. Are there  any patterns that developed? How can these patterns be accounted for?  
2) What might some of the environmental impacts be at each of these locations? Based on different stakeholders, what need to be done in order to help reduce any negative environmental impacts?

Guardian Travel's year in Instagram: 2015  

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends 




Our Instagram feed @guardiantravelsnaps focuses on mobile photography from around the world. More than 120,000 images have been shared with us this year; here are some of the most memorable. 

Activity ideas: Can you predict which photos received the most "likes"? 
Create a spatial journal to map out the locations of the photos and examine the patterns and trends that appear regarding location of the photos. What is where?
Use proportional symbols to represent the number of "likes" each photo received. Was your prediction accurate? How can you account for the "likes"? Why there?
How might the popularity of these locations impacted the sustainability of location? Why care?

NASA Examines Global Impacts of the 2015 El Niño Credits: NASA


Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry Questions: How does El Nino impact the interrelationship between humans and the environment? How does spatial significance contribute to the impacts of El Nino? How might patterns and trends of this environmental event be used to reduce its impacts?



Activity idea: Have students gather and organize data on El Nino to develop ideas into how to reduce its impacts on vulnerable communities around the world.

Six graphics that explain climate change
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry Questions: What is the problem with Climate Change (What Is Where?)? What is the spatial significance of locations impacted the most by Climate Change (What Is Where?)? Why is Climate Change happening (Why Care?)? From a geographic perspective, what are the effects of Climate Change in my community? Looking at patterns and trends, what will the future look like as a result of Climate Change? What are possible solutions to the Climate Change problem ?

The young continent

With fertility rates falling more slowly than anywhere else, Africa faces a population explosion MERTULE MARIAM, ETHIOPIA |

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry Questions:  How might the population change impact the geographic perspective? How is the spatial significance of Africa impacting the population trends? How might the patterns and trends of the population of the continent of Africa impact different societies? How might population growth rate compare in different parts of the continent? What is spatial significant about the regions that are growing fast, regions that are growing slowly? 

Typhoon Nona paralyses central Philippines

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends


Inquiry Questions: How does spatial significance contribute to the power and destruction of the Typhoon? How could buildings be built to withstand such Typhoons (Interrelationships)? How can people prepare for Typhoons to help reduce the risk/damage?


Activity Idea: Have students use ArcGIS Online  or black-line master to create a spatial journal of the Typhoons that have hit this area over the past 10 years. Are there an Patterns that can be observed? How can you account for this pattern?

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 





Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends
Have students evaluate the different stakeholders to determine the Geographic Perspective on the issue. Have students analyse the Patterns and Trends of the Climate Change to make prediction regarding the Paris Accord 2015.

In post-OPEC world, companies look outside Alberta to greener pastures


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends


Inquiry question: Why is Alberta oil not considered green oil? How will this shift in thinking impact Alberta's economy? How might the Alberta government protect it's economic interests?






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Changing Climate Change: Solutions

Tackling climate change is a global issue and in the run up to the UN climate change conference in Paris most of the world's countries have put forward proposals to do their bit.

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry Question: What might other solutions look like in other parts of the world?

Source: BBC World Service, posted Nov. 30th.



More than 100 jade hunters killed in landslide at Myanmar mine

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends


Inquiry question: Why would workers live in such hunts, near the tailings from the mining? How are the profits of Jade mining distributed? How could the workers get access to these profits?






Flex satellite will map Earth's plant glow

Farmers bear brunt of South Africa’s severe drought: 'All we can do is pray


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry Question: Why is this extreme weather event happening in South Africa? What can be done to help reduce the impact of this extreme weather event? How will the weather event impact local communities?


 in Heidelberg

"Welcome to RinkWatch, where backyard skating meets environmental science!"  And Geography

Concept of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Activity idea: Watch and keep track (spatial journal) of weather situations across Canada and where rinks are opening and for how long they are open. 

Inquiry questions: How might climate change impact rinks in Canada? What could this impact look like?


Patagonia’s controversial new national park Graeme Green 

Concepts of thinking: Spatial significance, Geographic perspective, Interrelationship

Inquiry question: What might some of the impacts be on local community based on the interrelationships with this park?
Why is this area spatially significant?
How might the geographic perspectives impact the land use of the new park?





Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships


Activity idea: Find Greenland’s air and water temperature data to analyse the impact on the event and make predictions of patterns and trends of Greenland Glaciers. What role might people have played in this event?

As Indonesia's Annual Fires Rage, Plenty Of Blame But No Responsibility NOVEMBER 01, 2015  ANTHONY-KUHN NPR

Indonesian men fight a fire, one of many in Sumatra. Indonesia's government blames both big palm oil companies and small freeholders for the fires, but others say corrupt politicians also are to blame.
Abdul Qodir/AFP/Getty Images

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, and Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Where did the fires start? What is where?
Why do these fires occur yearly? Why there?
How are these fires impacting local and global populations? Why care?
How might the occurrence of these fires be prevented? Why care?


Activity: Map out the location of the palm oil plantations. Answer What is where? Why there? why care? Add to the that map the destination locations of palm oil products. Answer What is where? Why there? Why care?
Can students come up with a potential solution to the yearly occurrence while taking into account the different stakeholders? 

The NASA GEOS-5 model is sensitive enough to show sulfur dioxide emissions from ships moving along major shipping lanes.

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, and Patterns and Trends

Inquiry question: 
What is spatially significant about the shipping lanes? What is where?
Why do the shipping lanes follow the pattern that they do? Why there? 
How will sulfur dioxide impact the interrelationship of people living near the shipping lanes? Why care?





China ends one-child policy, will allow two children for all couples




Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, and Interrelationship.

Inquiry questions: How might this policy impact of local and global demographic patterns and trends? 
How might different geographic perspectives viewed this policy change?

How might this population policy impact the interrelationship with humans and the environment?

BEIJING — The Globe and Mail

Whale-watching boat tragedy caused by freak wave, say investigators

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry questions: What is the spatial significance of the area that could have contributed to the formation of a rogue wave?






 in Tofino 

Eco-friendly architecture in the Alps hits new heights


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry Questions:  How can these resorts be considered Eco-friendly? Why would these buildings be built in such remote areas?

Lesson idea: map out where these resorts are located to create a spatial journal.

What is Where? Why There? Why Care?



The PV Balance of Systems 2015 report is now available 
FIGURE: Global Installed Capacity and Average System Prices, 2013-2020E

Concepts of Thinking:
Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective





Killer whale with dolphin pod off Nova Scotia a rare sight

By Cassie Williams, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2015 12:33 PM AT
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective,

Lesson idea:
Investigate What Is Where? Nova Scotia
Why There?
Why Care?
Why might this be of interest?

Volkswagen is guilty – but it's not the only offender

The Guardian 
 Thursday 24 September 2015 

Fossils of new duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur found in Alaska

Latest finding supports a theory of a ‘lost world of dinosaurs’ that lived in a far cooler climate than most people associated with the creatures

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance







Central Europe gives up on holding refugees back from Austria

Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia abandon attempts to block passage of migrants to Austria while EU struggles to find lasting political solution


Concepts Of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends







Over 200 Syrians and Iraqis saved by Turkish coastguards allegedly threatened with deportation back to war zones. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuter

Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quake – live updates

Waves of up to 4.5m high reported in some parts of Chile as tsunami warning issued for Peru, Chile, New Zealand, California and Hawaii

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Japanese volcano Mount Aso on island of Kyushu erupts

Volcano sends mile-high plume of ash and smoke into the air as power company says the recently restarted Sendai nuclear plant would be unaffected
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective


GLOBAL
Why the Saudis Are Going Solar
The fate of one of the biggest fossil-fuel producers may now depend on its investment in renewable energy. http://tinyurl.com/solar-saudi

Concepts of thinking: Spatial significance, geographic perspective, patterns and trends, interrelationships







Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud belongs to the family that rules Saudi Arabia.


This site has several great environmental articles that have many lesson ideas.

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Barrow, Alaska
The new cold war






Concepts of thinking: Spatial significance, geographic perspective, interrelationships




Uganda: the human story behind gorilla tourism

http://tinyurl.com/batwa-and-tourism



Concepts of thinking: Geographic perspective, interrelationships, spatial significance, patterns and trends


Why might this situation have been allowed to happen to the Batwa? 


G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century

German chancellor Angela Merkel announces commitment to ‘decarbonise global economy’ and end extreme poverty and hunger

 Concepts of thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance








 G7 leaders, including Angela Merkel (in pink jacket), and invitees line up for the traditional group photo at the end of the summit. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/dpa/Corbis

ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech

5/27/15 3:20 PM EDT

Updated 5/27/15 3:29 PM EDT
The CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies downplayed the effects of climate change at his company’s annual meeting...



Is this a narrow view perspective? What might the impacts of this perspective be if more people believe it?
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, 

Denmark
Bornholm reborn: Denmark’s cycling holiday paradise

Once a simple beach escape, Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic, has reinvented itself as an eco-friendly, foodie destination boasting the world’s first ‘cradle-to-cradle’ hotel and 150 miles of cycling routes.




This article would be a good source of information to create a Spatial Journal or Story Map.
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships


An Australian Company Says Its New Extraction Process Could Bring Unlimited Lithium Supplies
“Micas could eclipse all the other resources currently known.”

http://tinyurl.com/New-Extraction


Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, 





Jason Deign , June 1, 2015


Human Development Indicators UNHDR

This web site is a great resource for comparing countries and their HDR values.

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Pattern and Trends, Geographic Perspective















Madagascar's fishing villagers learn to survive by managing their stocks
Blue Ventures conservationists show a struggling people that the answer is marine protection.





Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance







After closing one fishing ground for a few months, the villagers of Andavadoaka caught 1,200kg of octopus in a single day. Photograph: Garth Cripps


The new coal frontier
Galilee Basin, Australia









Can Australia learn from Canada’s Oilsands?

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships


This web site is great for getting ideas and resource to support the World Issues teacher.




Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, and Interrelationships

EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANO ACTIVITY, EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES

4/30/2015 — VOLCANIC ERUPTION OFF WEST COAST UNITED STATES! OREGON UNDERSEA VOLCANO NOW ERUPTING


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends














Nepal earthquake: Devastation in maps and images 28 April 2015 BBC

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance (why is the earthquake location so important?) Interrelationships (why was it that so many buildings were not livable after the quake?), 
Geographic Perspective (how might people be able to best help the situation in Nepal?), 
Patterns and Trends (Why would so many people live in an area that has the potential or such damage? What, if any, evidence is there that this may happen again?)

What could be done to ensure that this type of destruction could be reduced in the future?
The link below has a lot of useful and interesting views of the Earthquake that recently took place in Nepal.













How not to look like a tourist
Looking like a tourist means making yourself a target for thieves, but you can make yourself less conspicuous by following these tips



Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships







NASA: Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of a Plant
This sit has many great visuals that related to so many different aspect of the geography curriculum.  Two are highlighted below.

Great slides of Then and Now dealing with Climate Change.

Concepts of Geographic Perspective: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships


IMERG Global Precipitation RatesThis visual shows the process of precipitation around the world
Visualizations by Horace Mitchell on February 26, 2015
Concepts of Geographic Perspective: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Florida banned state workers from using term 'climate change' – report
Global warming’ and ‘sustainability’ among phrases allegedly barred at state’s Department of Environmental Protection, investigative report finds









 Florida is threatened by climate change, according to the 2014 US national climate assessment. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex/Sipa Press/Rex

Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu president says climate change contributed to death and destruction



Baldwin Lonsdale describes category five cyclone Pam as ‘a monster that has hit Vanuatu’, wiping out development.
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

AQUEDUCT  World Resource Institute


A great resource for World Issues

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

The Haiti earthquake five years on - then and now
On 12 January 2010, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti with more than 50 aftershocks following over the next 12 days. The disaster left more than 220,000 people dead and over 300,000 injured and resulted in a humanitarian crisis
  • Click each image to show the same location, five years on
Concepts Of Geographic Thinking: Patterns and Trends





Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor

Polluting factories and skyrocketing vehicle ownership blamed as report finds tourism to Chinese city falls 10% on year before

http://tinyurl.com/smog-in-the-city

 


A child wears a face mask while walking along a street in Beijing. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images



The link below that ranks countries on different characteristics.  Spatial Journals could be created using ArcGIS On Line or My Maps (Google).
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships.













Todays Front Pages From Around the World

Through a special agreement with more than 2,000 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised. –


Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, and Interrelationships 


Ice hotel opens in Swedish Lapland – in pictures
The 25th Icehotel has just opened for the 2014/15 season in the village of Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland. Carved from 1,600 tonnes of snow and ice, the hotel features 16 artist-designed suites, a bar and theatre.
Over the last few weeks, 42 artists from around the world have used 1,600 tonnes of ice and snow from the nearby frozen Torne River to create the 25th pop-up Icehotel.
This article has very strong connection to the Concept of Think: Spatial Significance.





Baseball in the Time of Cholera: http://vimeo.com/45573842
Sundance award-winning doc addressing UN soldiers from Nepal bringing cholera to post-earthquake Haiti (and the UN's subsequent and ongoing denial of wrongdoing and avoidance of blame).
Good for connecting to the following Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, and Spatial Significance. 















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.










Polar bear population worldwide
Also read an associated article http://tinyurl.com/Polar-Bears-at-Winnipeg-Zoo
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 23 2014, 9:50 PM EST

Last updated Sunday, Nov. 23 2014, 9:50 PM EST











Number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe increases threefold in a year
Young people fleeing Eritrea as ‘open-ended’ national service, soaring food prices and poor job prospects bite, says UNHCR

·         Mark Anderson
·          
·         theguardian.com, Friday 21 November 2014 14.04 GMT

An Eritrean asylum seeker working at a sawmill in Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland, where 30 Eritreans have been given refuge. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Create a map of the places you have been to.
A fun way to get a class engaged in the discussion of Travel and Tourism.

 

Ebola crisis: global response has ‘failed miserably’, says World Bank chief

Jim Kim demands $20bn fund and says ‘we failed miserably’ as cases in Spain and US fuel fear of western pandemic
http://tinyurl.com/kgryqck
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


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.

By: Jennifer Yang Global health reporter, Published on Thu Sep 18 2014
Ebola a ‘threat to international peace and security,’ UN Security Council declares

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to declare Ebola a “threat to international peace and security.”  http://tinyurl.com/pwgw8er


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.







Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes





Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills - and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen. Straight from our brand-new hardback Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, these landscapes are almost too extraordinary to be real.

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