Topic: Geography

Bayou.square

Current Event September 18, 2014

Coastal Erosion Ends a Way of Life

Civics/Government Earth and Space Science Geography

In the last century, the coastline of Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Delta has experienced an enormous loss of land. From man made levees, to hurricanes, to oil spills, the coastline and it’s communities have been negatively affected. In today’s public radio story as we hear from a fishing guide who has lived and worked in the area for 34 years. Listen to learn more about the societal impact of coastal erosion.

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Island nations in peril

Science Middle School

Rising Oceans put Island Nations in Peril

Earth and Space Science Climate Change Geography Weather and Climate Human Impacts

As the ocean rises, some island nations might actually disappear. This audio story considers the plight of island nations at risk of slipping under water as sea levels rise. The political, economic and personal consequences are considered as you hear what could be done to prevent catastrophic changes in our geography.

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Weathering and erosion

Science Middle School

Beach Erosion Threatens Infrastructure

Earth and Space Science Environment Geography Physical Science Ecosystems Human Impacts Oceans

What happens when human structures and nature come into conflict? Ocean Beach in San Francisco is naturally eroding, but the consequence of this shifting shoreline is that a sewage treatment plant is put in peril. Without intervention, raw sewage could be dumped into the ocean. A rock wall has temporarily stabilized the pipeline, but not without complications. Now other solutions are being considered, including construction of an artificial dune.

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100 years ago  the shot that started wwi fired

Current Event July 1, 2014

100 Years Ago, the Shot that Started WWI Fired

World History II Geography World War I

100 years ago, the shot that was heard around the world and started World War I was fired. It fatally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie. The assassins did not realize it would unleash a world war. Listen to this radio story to find out why.

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To relieve

Current Event May 27, 2014

To Relieve Burdens of War, African Man Turns to Music Played on Glasses

World History II Geography

A man has attracted a lot of YouTube attention by playing songs like “Happy” and the theme from “Game of Thrones” on half-filled wine glasses. This man is also from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he fled his country because of war to study in America. Listen to this radio story with your students to learn how music is helping him heal.

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Ukraine ed

Current Event May 14, 2014

The Government Cleans House in Post-Revolution Ukraine

World History II Geography

Post-Revolution Ukraine is starting a “lustration,” or a process of cleaning house to separate from the old regime. Some believe that this is a type of witch hunt, but others think that the heavy hand is needed for Ukraine’s new, clean start.

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Asian american health disparities

Current Event May 7, 2014

Asian American Health Disparities

Health Geography

In Asian American communities, there are many different geographical and cultural disparities that impact behaviors and therefore the risk of certain diseases like diabetes or cancer. To better treat these groups, doctors should be aware of what part of Asia patients are from.

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