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Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning

Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Pushing students to go beyond what they think they can do is at the core of good teaching. Challenging tasks keep students engaged and curious to learn more, driving their learning to new depths.
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Curtin University embarks upon organising and supporting global challenges - beginning with the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015.  The links connected here should not be seen as endorsements but rather suggested starting points for critical discussions. http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au
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UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia | Serious Game for Schools | Water and Sustainability

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia | Serious Game for Schools | Water and Sustainability | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

Curtin University is proud to announce that it is once again the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge.

 

Water is essential for all life as we know it. A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority.

 

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students through the online strategic game “Aqua Republica”. Addressing national curriculum priority dimensions of Sustainability and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia the experience provides many learning opportunities across social studies, science, humanities, health and physical education, english, geography, and more.

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These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From the Air

These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From the Air | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
A company called Zero Mass Water has created a special solar-like panel that creates clean, drinkable water from the air. You can now install them on your home or office. I've drank a lot of water from bottles, but it was never created like this.
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Home - Scinema - Australia's Science Channel

Home - Scinema - Australia's Science Channel | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

SCINEMA 2017 WINNING FILMS 


Best Film 


OWSIA (Darkened Water) (30mins) 


Directed by Alireza Dehghan, IRAN
The aqueduct in the central Iranian city of Yazd has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, now rots away due to bureaucracy and corruption. 


“A fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”

SCINEMA festival tours nationally this June (Adelaide 7 June, Brisbane 8, Sydney 14 June, Melbourne 15 June, Canberra 16 June and Perth 19 June)

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“A fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”

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Four cities to pilot water gamification models - The Source

Four cities to pilot water gamification models - The Source | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Four cities are developing a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) to share knowledge and experience of water related issues such as scarcity, security, quality, and water consumption in local authorities across Europe to help deliver EU water policy. The EU project, called POWER (Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges), is working with two UK cities–Leicester
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Has the solution for filtering out microplastics been hiding in plain sight

Has the solution for filtering out microplastics been hiding in plain sight | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
They’re in nearly everything: toothpaste, face wash, clothes, fertilisers. Microplastics have a way of sneaking through conventional treatment systems, but an engineer has found a novel way of removing them from wastewater using existing technology.
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As global groundwater disappears, rice, wheat and other international crops may start to vanish

As global groundwater disappears, rice, wheat and other international crops may start to vanish | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
We already know that humans are depleting vital groundwater resources across the globe. But a new study shows one of the biggest causes of disappearing groundwater is the international food trade.

About 70 percent of freshwater around the globe goes toward irrigation. Researchers from the University College London and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies now say that a third of that freshwater is drawn from the world’s aquifers — nonrenewable underground pockets of groundwater — and 11 percent of that nonrenewable groundwater is used to irrigate internationally-traded crops.

That means in time, “the current type of food that’s grown will not be able to be produced,” said Carole Dalin, an environmental engineer at the University College London who led the study published in Nature. “Or we’ll not have the same productivity, so it means prices will increase.”
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Australia Is Sleepwalking Into A Climate Security Nightmare

Australia Is Sleepwalking Into A Climate Security Nightmare | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The arguments in the film are not new. Over the past decade, the evidence has mounted that climate change is a direct threat to our peace, prosperity and health, as well as a phenomenon exacerbating geopolitical instability in our region. Australia's future is one of increasingly extreme weather and more natural disasters, both in terms of frequency and severity.

This is not a theoretical threat, it is affecting our communities today. Events such as Cyclone Debbie -- during which the army was deployed to offer assistance -- remind us of the destructive impact extreme weather has on our communities and livelihoods, with the present damage bill likely to run into the billions of dollars. Last year we also saw properties on Sydney's northern beaches unexpectedly get much closer to the shores of the Pacific.
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Scientists Have Invented a Graphene-Based Sieve That Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water

Scientists Have Invented a Graphene-Based Sieve That Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Researchers have achieved a major turning point in the quest for efficient desalination by announcing the invention of a graphene-oxide membrane that sieves salt right out of seawater.

At this stage, the technique is still limited to the lab, but it's a demonstration of how we could one day quickly and easily turn one of our most abundant resources, seawater, into one of our most scarce - clean drinking water.
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Aqua Republica bags Enterprise Award in Hack4Water challenge

Aqua Republica bags Enterprise Award in Hack4Water challenge | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
South Africa is experiencing extreme drought, with five out of nine provinces declared as disaster areas.

To find a solution to the country’s water and sanitation challenges, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in partnership with the Open Government Partnership South Africa (OGPSA), launched a #Hack4Water challenge.

The organisers invited entries of water hacks – ideas, solutions, commercial products, community initiatives, apps or online tools, for instance – that could help South Africa tackle its water problems. The contest attracted over 100 entries in total.

Andrew Pott, Business Development Director of DHI South Africa, submitted the concept of Aqua Republic and emerged the winner in the Enterprise Category. The prize-giving ceremony was opened by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, and was attended by high level representatives of the World Bank, African Development Bank, the United Nations and UNESCO.
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New Zealand anger as pristine lakes tapped for bottled water market

New Zealand anger as pristine lakes tapped for bottled water market | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Residents and greens groups demand action to stop plan to plunder natural resources by companies that pay next to nothing to remove water
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A brilliant discussion point for students and teachers engaged in UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge Australia - http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au

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World Water Assessment Programme | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

World Water Assessment Programme | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
On World Water Day, 22 March 2017, WWAP launched the 2017 edition of the World Water Development Report: ‘Wastewater, The Untapped Resource’. The main launch of the UN flagship report on the state of the world’s freshwater resources took place during the pivot event for World Water Day celebrations, co-organized by the Government of South Africa and UN-Water and the four lead agencies of World Water Day 2017 (UNEP, UN-HABITAT, UNU and WHO) in Durban, South Africa.

It saw the participation of key dignitaries including the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Zuma, senior representatives of UN-Water and UNESCO among other high-level delegates from countries’ relevant ministries, private sector, research institutions and civil society.
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A terrific resource in preparing for the UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge Australia 2017 - http://ecoc

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SDG 6 - Synthesis Report | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

SDG 6 - Synthesis Report | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The “SDG 6 Synthesis Report: Water and Sanitation in the 2030 Agenda” (working title) will provide the global status of SDG 6 and explore the linkages within SDG 6 targets and the interlinkages between SDG 6 and the other SDG targets and indicators. The report will provide Member States with the ‘big picture’ on water and sanitation issues as well as policy recommendations on how to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6 within the broader context of Agenda 2030. 
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World Water Development Report | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

World Water Development Report | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The United Nations World Water Development Report

The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), released every year with a focus on different strategic water issues each year, is the UN’s flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water.

Through a series of assessments, the Reports provide a mechanism for monitoring changes in the resource and its management and tracking progress towards achieving targets, particularly those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Reports also offer best practices as well as in-depth theoretical analyses to help stimulate ideas and actions for better stewardship in the water sector.

The development of the WWDR, coordinated by WWAP, is a joint effort of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
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How Much Do You Know About Solving Global Warming?

How Much Do You Know About Solving Global Warming? | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
There is no silver bullet for climate change, because slowing planetary warming will require a variety of strategies. “Drawdown,” a new book edited by the green entrepreneur Paul Hawken, analyzes 100 potential solutions, ranks them by the amount of greenhouse gases they could cut, and reaches some surprising conclusions about the most effective ways to fight global warming. Can you figure out which ones are top ranked?
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A serious game for serious issues: UN Environment has embraced the world of gamification to raise awareness about the importance of managing water and ecosystems in a sustainable way. #OurPlanet

A serious game for serious issues: UN Environment has embraced the world of gamification to raise awareness about the importance of managing water and ecosystems in  a sustainable way.  #OurPlanet | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
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See the UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge Australia to get your students involved in playing this game for great prizes!  http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au 

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Four key areas for global risks in 2017

Four key areas for global risks in 2017 | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

Climate change and polarized societies are among the most threatening trends for our future.

The 2017 Global Risks Report comes at a critical moment for the world as we know it. Unprecedented forces are reshaping society, economics, politics and our planet itself in ways some might not have predicted when the first risks report was launched a decade ago.

 

These tumultuous times can present us with ground-breaking opportunities for changing how we see the world, and how we operate within it. Such change, however, brings with it significant globally interconnected risks, risks which must be factored into modern life.

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'Our country will vanish': Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

'Our country will vanish': Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Kiribati and other low-lying countries are under threat from climate change, and while their people would rather stay behind, they may be left with no choice
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Game of Floods Is Like Settlers of Catan, Only It’s About Surviving Climate Change

Game of Floods Is Like Settlers of Catan, Only It’s About Surviving Climate Change | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Marin County’s “Game of Floods” teaches citizens how to make tough decisions for the future.
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London's plastic water bottle waste is out of control, mayor is told

London's plastic water bottle waste is out of control, mayor is told | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The amount of waste from single-use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control, according to a report from the London assembly environment committee.

It calls on the mayor to consider introducing a deposit return scheme and to provide free tap water as an alternative.
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What exactly are resilience and transformative resilience?

What exactly are resilience and transformative resilience? | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
In ecosystems science, resilience research started more than 40 years ago. In 1973, C.S. Holling published the first results of his studies of the complex dynamics of change within ecosystems. Holling saw that ecosystems could exist in a variety of dynamically stable (dynamic equilibrium) conditions, and that, after disturbance, ecosystems could either bounce back to their initial state before the disturbance or they could degenerate to less diverse and less vibrant new equilibrium conditions. Too much disturbance could lead to systemic degeneration, but at the same time periodic disturbance (within limits) could also contribute to an ecosystem’s transformation to a more diverse and more vibrant dynamic equilibrium condition.
[This is an excerpt of a subchapter from Designing Regenerative Cultures, published by Triarchy Press, 2016.]
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Welcome | ScienceWeb - ASTA

Welcome | ScienceWeb - ASTA | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in partnership with Education Services Australia (ESA) has prepared 15 units of work to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Science as part of the Supporting the Australian Curriculum Online (SACOL). The units are designed for students in years F–10.


These units have been written by experienced teachers using resources that are available online. Each unit consists of an overview, five lesson plans, and additional links and resources. 
Information for teachers on developing programs in Science for gifted and talented students is provided by Australian Science Innovations. This is supported by the inclusion of extension activities for gifted and talented secondary students for the units in years 7–10.

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INTERNATIONAL WATER SUMMIT 2018 | part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

INTERNATIONAL WATER SUMMIT 2018 | part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
International Water Summit is the world’s leading global exhibition dedicated to developing solutions for water sustainability in arid regions. IWS brings together over 9,200+ visitors from 111 countries attracting government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. It is the perfect opportunity to network and source products from 150+ exhibiting companies from 22 countries and uncover the latest advances in water sustainability.
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PCCP - From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential - International Hydrological Programme
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PCCP - From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential - International Hydrological Programme<br/>| United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The PCCP (From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential) project facilitates multi-level and interdisciplinary dialogues in order to foster peace, cooperation and development related to the management of transboundary water resources.

Housed within UNESCO since 2001, PCCP is an associated project of the United Nations World Water Assessment Progamme and of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and is in a unique position to be active in water conflict resolution around the world.  It addresses situations where water users need support to manage their transboundary water resources in a peaceful and equitable manner.

The project follows the idea that although transboundary water resources can be a source of conflict their joint management can be strengthened and even used as a means for further cooperation. Thus PCCP demonstrates that a situation with undeniable potential for conflict can be transformed into a situation where cooperation potential can emerge. As it fosters cooperation between nations by supporting and maintaining peace building processes PCCP contributes to UNESCO's mandate: to nurture the idea of peace in human minds.
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World Water Scenarios | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

World Water Scenarios | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Climate change and other factors external to water management (such as demography, technology, politics, societal values, governance and law) are demonstrating accelerating trends or disruptions. Yet in spite of these challenges and the increasing complexity of dealing with them, we know less and less about water resources and how they are being used. This creates new risks and uncertainties for water managers and for those who determine the direction of water actions.

The fourth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk, brings these issues to the forefront.
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Water and Gender | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Water and Gender | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Water is a gendered issue. Although women play a key role in the provision, management and safeguarding of water, gender inequality persists around the globe. In line with UNESCO global priority, WWAP is committed to advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality in the water realm.  Gender norms, customs and practices prevent women from participating in, contributing to and benefiting from water resources management. Engagement of men and boys is key to challenging gender-based discrimination in the water realm and that empowering women at the decision-making level is pivotal to water management.

The lack of sex-disaggregated data is a major obstacle to the production of scientific evidence on gender inequalities related to water and to the formulation of evidence-based policies.

Investing in engendering water contributes to strengthening social inclusion, eradicating poverty and advancing environmental sustainability.
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Water | ABC Splash

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World Water Day today

 

There are 81 fantastic resources in this Water topic, perfect for discussing issues around water catchment and treatment, oceans, droughts and floods, dams, greywater, rainfall and more this World Water Day.

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