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Delhi’s Pollution Crisis

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

People in Delhi, India’s capital, have had to cope with unusually high levels of air pollution this November. People tie scarves over their faces to filter the dirty air. Thick smog makes it difficult to see. The visibility has been so poor that in one morning alone, over 20 people were injured in car accidents on Delhi’s busy Yamuna Expressway. …

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A Painful Legacy

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

David Eggen, the Education Minister of the Canadian province of Alberta, made an announcement on October 24, 2017. From now on, Alberta classrooms will provide a greater focus on Canada’s aboriginal, or native, people. The new curriculum will include a unit called Secret Path. It tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a native Ojibwa boy. Wenjack was 12 years old when he fled a Canadian …

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A Viking Warrior Revealed

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

In September, a team of scientists announced an unexpected discovery. The team had been examining the skeleton of a Viking warrior that was first discovered in 1880 in the Swedish town of Birka. Birka was an important Viking trading center. . . .

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Saving Books

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Each year, many students are assigned the book Fahrenheit 451. The book describes an imaginary United States in the future where books are illegal. People called Firemen are directed to burn any book they find. The title of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel refers to the temperature at which a book’s paper catches fire and burns: 451 degrees Fahrenheit (233 degrees Celsius). . . .

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People of the Standing Stone

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

On October 9, 2017, Columbus Day, the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will premiere the film “People of the Standing Stone.” The film, narrated by actor Kevin Costner, tells the story of the Oneida, a Native American nation that played an important role in American history. . . .

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Lichens Everywhere!

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Although we don’t often stop to notice them, lichens are nearly everywhere on Earth. Lichens are very hardy. They can survive extreme environments that are too harsh for other organisms. As a result, lichens live on every continent, even frosty Antarctica. In addition, they are the dominant organism on about eight percent of Earth’s surface. Worldwide, there are about 15,000 species of lichens. Lichens grow on …

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People Helping Bats and Bats Helping People

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

People find bats to be strange. Like other mammals, bats nurse their young, yet they don’t walk on four legs. Bats fly like birds, yet they don’t have feathers. The fact that bats are seen only at night and roost in dark places, like caves, tunnels, and old buildings, adds to their mystery. Bat Legends People around the world tell stories and legends …

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Musicians Speaking Up

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Musicians in the Ogoniland region of the African country of Nigeria are speaking up. Years of oil drilling in the delta of the Niger River have taken a toll on both the land and the people. “The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken,” concluded a 2011 study …

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Drones Saving Lives

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

If you’re feeling sick, relief can be as close as a visit to a school nurse, a family doctor, or a local hospital. Unfortunately, many people in the world may have a very hard time getting treatment when they’re sick. One reason is that some live too far away from the medical supplies they need. California-based engineer Keenan Wyrobek learned about …