Topic: Weather and Climate

Current Event June 18, 2014

Sexism in Storm Names - Gender Makes a Difference

Earth and Space Science Gender Weather and Climate

Studies show that people react differently to male and female named storms. There is more preparation and fear of storms with male names, such as Victor, versus a storm named Christina. As a result, there are serious implications of this unconscious gender bias. Listen to this audio story to learn more.

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Current Event June 11, 2014

Some Californians Want to Make Water Available to the Highest Bidder

Economics Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate

California's drought is causing water prices to vary region to region. This makes some farmers want to sell their water—but they're worried that it might negatively affect their water allotment. Economists say the answer is a better engineered irrigation canal and use of the free market. Listen to this radio story to learn why.

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Current Event May 22, 2014

Recycled Toilet Water is the Solution for One Drought-Stricken Town

Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate Elementary Engineering

A Texas town has been living in severe drought conditions for three years and decided to recycle water from toilets, sinks, and other wash to meet their water needs. Water plant officials say that the water is completely clean of bacteria, but residents would rather drink bottled water. Listen to this public radio story and discuss with your students.

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Current Event May 19, 2014

Polar Ice Melting Is Unstoppable, How Should We Prepare?

Climate Change Weather and Climate

Polar ice in Antarctica is melting and that creates rises in sea level that will greatly impact coastal cities like Boston. Scientists believe that it’s now time to think of solutions that address the unavoidable problems created by global climate change.

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Current Event March 24, 2014

Drought Increases Coffee Bean Prices

Economics Earth and Space Science Environment Climate Change Weather and Climate

The drought didn't just close down ski resorts and impact agriculture— it also increased coffee bean prices due to a bean condition called "coffee disease rust." The widespread impact might even have customers at the local coffee chop feeling the price change.

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Current Event March 21, 2014

Nevada Farmers "Hack" Drought

Life Science Environment Weather and Climate

Nevada's farms are few and far between, and the recent drought has not made survival easier. Some farms decided to "hack" the drought by adapting to the region's water shortage by growing better suited crops.

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Current Event February 10, 2014

Sochi's Man-Made Snow

Earth and Space Science Sports Weather and Climate

The Sochi Olympics started with lots of snow—lots of man-made snow, guaranteed by machines. This time last year, Sochi was dry, but they have enough snow now to cover almost 920 football fields. Listen to this story to learn how the machine works.

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Current Event January 31, 2014

Drought Cripples Community

Earth and Space Science Climate Change Weather and Climate Agriculture

A third of the country's produce is grown in California, but more than half of the state is under severe drought conditions. The financial loss is huge since land cannot be planted and produce is not grown and sold. Listen to this story to learn who else a drought affects.

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Current Event January 31, 2014

Drought Hurts Ski Resorts

Weather and Climate

Farms aren't the only things suffering in a severe drought - ski resorts are also hurting. With little to no snow fall, ski resorts delay openings to unprecedented dates. Listen to this story to learn more about how communities are living with this reality.

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Current Event January 7, 2014

Rare Polar Vortex Creates Sub-freezing Temperatures

Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate

A Polar Vortex will descend on the majority of the United States within the next two days. Temperatures will be unseasonably low with wind chills of below zero. Listen to this story to learn more about the science and rarity of these kinds of vortexes.

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Current Event November 20, 2013

Deadly Typhoon Ravages Philippines

Earth and Space Science Geography Weather and Climate

Over the weekend, thousands of people in the Philippines died as Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the area. It was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Listen to this story to understand why this storm caused so much damage.

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