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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Warming U.S. Could See Extreme Rains Increase Fivefold 

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Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance,
Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might this impact Canadians?

Activity: Gather information on climate in Canada. Create an annotated map of the different regions in Canada. Conduct an issue analysis to come up with a plan to deal with any changes that might occur. Communicate via story map.

30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped


Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: What might be the best location and method to transport fossil fuels? How might such accidents involving fossil fuel infrastructure be minimized? How might a better alternative to fossil fuels be distributed? 

Activity: Conduct a Geographic inquiry to develop an alternative. Gather data on fossil fuel disasters  and observe any patterns that may appear. Conduct an issue analysis to better understand the problem. Create an annotated map to show communities impacted by this type of infrastructure. Communicate results via story map.


Fake news tries to blame human-caused global warming on El NiƱo

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might people better protect themselves from fake news? How might fake news impact national policies? How might the spread of fake news impact others?

Activity: Gather information on fake news. Complete a Venn diagram to help determine the difference between fake, satire, and real news. Conduct an issue analysis to develop a possible solution. Communicate to an appropriate audience the concerns and solutions to the spread of fake news.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Standing Rock: US denies key permit for Dakota Access pipeline, in win for tribe

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: What might have been the reason why the government changed the location in the first place? How might the government proceed in determining an appropriate location for the pipeline?

Activity: Determine the characteristics of an appropriate site for the pipeline. Create an annotated map of the possibilities. Conduct an issue analysis to and determine a possible solution. Communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

OPEC agrees first output cut since 2008; Saudis open to ‘big hit’, but details still unclear 

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Who might these restrictions impact Canadians? Why might OPEC countries be willing to cut oil production?

Activity: Create an annotated map of OPEC countries and countries that import oil to. Observe for patterns and trends. Conduct an issue analysis to help evaluate the consequences of this reduction. Develop a plan to account for this project cuts and communicate via story map.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

Jan Rocha for Climate News Network, part of the Guardian Environment Network
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry:  How might this situation impact surrounding nations?

Activity: Create an annotated map of the glaciers in the region and the countries that depend on them. Conduct an issue analysis to help develop a solution to the problem. Communicate findings via story map to an appropriate audience.




 Bolivians in La Paz fetch water from a tanker truck provided by officials of the Bolivian public water company, Epsas. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA



Monday, 28 November 2016

An ugly homicide number we need to discuss 

 November 25, 2016

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why might Indigenous homicide rates be so high in the far north? What might be needed to reduce these rates?

Activity: Conduct an issue analysis to determine the views that might be contributing to the problem. Create an annotated map of collected data to illustrate the problem. Develop a solution and communicate via story map to an appropriate audience.