Alanna Obrien

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Will we ever see water footprint labels on consumer products?

That 130 litres of water goes into making your average coffee is a statistic that amazes most people. Even more surprising is that hardly anyone, even in the business community, has the foggiest idea how much water goes into manufacturing our favourite consumer products, from field to …

Sustainability

New Green Playground in Brooklyn Designed to Prevent Flooding, Improve Health of City's Waterways

This month, Brooklyn’s P.S. 261 unveiled a new green playground designed to absorb storm water runoff and thereby prevent flooding from the Gowanus …

Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast

Lyell Glacier has shrunk 62% over the past century and hasn't moved in years. It's a key source of water in the park, and scientists say it will be gone in 20 years.<p>October 01, 2013|By Louis Sahagun<p>The photo on the left of Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park was taken… (U.S. Geological Survey;…)<p>…

Kenya's Giant Aquifer Highlights Groundwater's Critical Role

Aquifers water an increasingly thirsty world, but are they sustainable?<p><b>The Turkana region in Kenya is not the type of place that would come to mind when picturing a wellspring bursting with water.</b><p>The area is dry and desolate. It is one of the most arid regions on this planet, with soaring …

Dried up: climate change could leave another billion people without enough water

Scientists say global warming will expose more regions to water scarcity<p>The wars of the future may be fought not over gold or oil, but instead over a resource far more mundane: water.<p>In a study published this week, researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany warned …

Acid oceans could cost the world billions of dollars

Ocean scientists fear that climate change is dramatically shifting the chemical balance of the ocean in ways that will kill fish, molluscs and coral, harming 540 million people who depend on fisheries for their livelihoods—and anyone who likes a cheap oyster.<p>Oceanographers gathered for a summit in …

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Ocean?

Changing Planet<p>World leaders will start the year at Half Moon Bay at the World Ocean Summit. Photograph from iStock.<p>The United Nations says 1998 was the Year of the Ocean, but I beg to differ. I’m fairly convinced that next year will be the year we see world leaders begin to take responsibility for …

Gary White of Water.org: The Ubiquitous Force

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The Third World’s drinking problem

During its recent gathering in Davos, the World Economic Forum released the ninth edition of the Global Risks 2014 report, which relies on a survey …

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A $10 Backpack That's Helping Solve the World's Water Crisis

The global water crisis is truly staggering. UNICEF estimates more than 1 billion people live without access to clean, safe water, and the number …

12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom

<b>12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Implementing iPads isn’t exactly a just-add-water proposition.<p>While they’re wondrous little …

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

<b>How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><b>This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the</b> …

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future

In a recent research article published by PEW Internet under the title " The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in …

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Something about this very simple list struck a chord with many educators. Author Bill Ferriter explains: "Kids AREN'T motivated by technology. …

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The Best Education Posts of 2013

• Show and tell<br>• Tap into prior knowledge<br>• Give time to talk<br>• Pre-teach vocabulary<br>• Use visual aids<br>• Pause, ask questions, pause, review<p>Each scaffolding strategy …

Empowering Kids Online: An Important Strategy to Keep Them Safe

"People were sending her messages telling her that she should just go kill herself and everybody hated her and nobody liked her," Norman said.<p>Norman …

iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds

Tablets can help students with tough concepts like space and time.<p><b>Just how big is the universe, how small is an atom, and how long have we humans lived on Earth, compared with dinosaurs? Such answers are better learned with an iPad, according to a new study that shows just how tablets tap</b> …

5 Terrific Mind Mapping Apps for iPad

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use …

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

The downside of such immersion in technological devices, he said, is that they’re not having conversations, looking people in the eye, or noticing …

Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

A Little Background<p>I won't go into too much detail about the semester-long unit, but suffice it to say that the end result of the presentations were …