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Which Bad Syria Option Do You Prefer? : NPR

Which Bad Syria Option Do You Prefer? : NPR | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
President Obama has kept his distance from the Syrian civil war for the last two years. Now a major debate is under way and none of the choices looks appealing. So you decide.
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Guide: What's happening in Syria?

Guide: What's happening in Syria? | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
How did all the trouble start in Syria? What are the reasons behind the violence? And what is being done to stop it getting any worse?
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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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50 best photos from The Natural World

50 best photos from The Natural World | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
We share our world with many other species and live in an ever-changing environment.
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July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S.

July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S. | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
By Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic...

 

The drought footprint cover 63% of the contiguous states during the hottest month in American history.  It's the hottest 12 month stretch (August 2011-July 2012) on record for the lower 48, making it the fourth consecutive month to set a new record (i.e. old record was July 2011-June 2012).The biggest difference from other hot months is the nighttime temperature have been exceptionally high.  The most current drought monitor map can be found at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu


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Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America

Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
Everything from the routes taken by Manhattan pizza delivery drivers on a Friday night to Domino's Pizza truck movement across the U.S. are replicated in breathtaking pictures.

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Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

Flow: For Love of Water (2008) | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
Directed by Irena Salina. With Maude Barlow, Shelly Brime, Anthony Burgmans, Kent Butler. Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet.
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Bahrain court jails human rights activist over a tweet - lawyer - Ahram Online

Bahrain court jails human rights activist over a tweet - lawyer - Ahram Online | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
Ahram OnlineBahrain court jails human rights activist over a tweet - lawyerAhram OnlineBahrain,court,jails,human,rights,activist,over,a,tweet,-,lawyer,-,Region,-,World.Lawyer: Bahrain activist convicted of defamationThe Seattle Timesall 147 news articles »...
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Global Warming Shrinking Plant Leaves

Global Warming Shrinking Plant Leaves | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
The narrow-leaf hopbush shows the effects of climate change.
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Per capita water use. Water questions and answers; USGS Water Science School

Per capita water use. Water questions and answers; USGS Water Science School | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
How much water does the average person use at home per day?
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Go Social Studies Go!

Go Social Studies Go! | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
Who says that learning has to be lame? Take the boring out of those old Social Studies books add in cool stories, links, and videos, and you get Go Social Studies Go.
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Grey Water Recycling Gains Popularity for Water Conservation

Grey Water Recycling Gains Popularity for Water Conservation | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
Grey Water Recycling Gains Popularity for Water Conservation (RT @DropInTheBucket: So happy people are starting to talk about grey water recycling http://t.co/3hkbK5KS...)...
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CBBC Newsround | Guides | Sport | Gaelic football | What is Gaelic football?

CBBC Newsround | Guides | Sport | Gaelic football | What is Gaelic football? | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
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WET Science Center Educating Thurston County About Water Conservation | ThurstonTalk

WET Science Center Educating Thurston County About Water Conservation | ThurstonTalk | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it

 "Let’s be honest.  How many of us think about what happens to our dirty water once the toilet is flushed or the washing machine drains?"

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Not all Olympic champions stand on the podium

Not all Olympic champions stand on the podium | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it

Olympic success shouldn't always be measured by the medals around your neck. Check out this story about two female athletes that are more than just physically strong.


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lelapin's comment, August 11, 2012 1:27 PM
great article indeed. Thanks for turning the spotlight away from the podium, for a change.
Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:41 PM

The olympic games have become only about the podium winners in the media, if you dont win you dont matter. Tahmina Kohistani was the only female athlete from Afghanistan to compete in the games back in 2012. It is an amazing feat in itself that a female from Afghanistan even managed to get to the games never mind partacipate. She didnt win, she finished last, but it was her personal best time and the fastest she had ever run the 100 meter. But because she was not up on that podium none of that matter and many people did not even know she had run the race.  

Kendra King's curator insight, February 28, 11:12 AM

The coverage of the Olympics after opening ceremonies is heavily centered on the medal count and I don’t actually see a problem with that. Reason being is that the story, that supposedly never got coverage, was something I remember commentators speaking about when the Afghanistan team walked out on stage during the opening ceremonies thereby showing how “politics and social culture” are intertwined. Her journey qualified her as a “champion” right away and people saw that. Secondly, when there is a ridiculous amount of events and people to cover, one needs to pick and choose. Since the point of the Olympics is to win, it isn’t surprising that the most coverage is given on the metal winners. There are stories outside of Kohistani’s in which someone who didn’t make it to podium was covered (i.e. winter Olympics regarding Ryan Bradly or Jonny Wier). Typically when that happens though, the person is from our own country. What I think is wrong with the coverage is the huge focus on just our country. While the Olympics is a time where patriotism surges as we root for our own team, it is a symptom of a large problem. Americans are too America-centric in general. Just looking at the normal daily news cover in the states is a clear indication of the issue and I think that is why some of the more analytic pieces that show “politics and social culture” at play in the Olympics or in general are under reported

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Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

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London, the Olympics and Geography

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The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London.  The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales.  What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games?  Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community?  Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious?    


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UN Says Online Freedom Is Human Right - Mobiledia

UN Says Online Freedom Is Human Right - Mobiledia | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
MobilediaUN Says Online Freedom Is Human RightMobilediaThe United Nations argues people should enjoy the same basic rights online as off, prompting controversy over the necessity for worldwide Internet freedom.UN affirms internet freedom as a rightZDNet...
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Denial of education in Iran addressed at Human Rights Council | Persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran

Denial of education in Iran addressed at Human Rights Council | Persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
At the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 28, Puyan Mahmudian -- a student activist who in 2007 spent three months in solitary confinement in ("@AmisIran: Denial of Education in Iran http://t.co/LDp5MsTu...
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Conservation tip - water safely, you hear?

Conservation tip - water safely, you hear? | Global Studies for Kids | Scoop.it
I know a thing or two about water conservation. In one of my past lives, while I was public information officer for the City of Sherman , I developed ("Water safely, you hear?
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