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Celebrate bees, birds, and beetles, it’s National Pollinator Week!

Pollinators around the globe are facing a grim future as a key component of global biodiversity. This is not only bad news for pollinators and other animals, but also for humans due to the risks it poses to the global food supply. Because of this, in 2008, the U.S. Senate designated this very week as National Pollinator Week to emphasize the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations and its impact.

Who are the pollinators and why are they so important?

Under the Surface: Lessons to teach about water resources and SDG 6

Thirsty for more SDG lesson plans as summer fast approaches? This blog post will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 6, and two lessons that address water use and management in the face of our growing population.

SDG 6 states that all participating nations will ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Today’s lessons Water, Water Everywhere, and Who Polluted the Potomac? spotlight water availability and use on our blue planet. Read on for more information!

Pop Quiz: Japan

Did you know that Japan has one of the longest life expectancies in the world? Or, that it has one of the lowest fertility rates? Japan’s elderly population is growing quickly and its residents are having fewer and fewer children. As a result Japan is experiencing a shrinking workforce and a shrinking population. Take our Japan population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2015 Japan’s population was 126 million. What is Japan’s population projected to be in 2050?

A. 78 million
B. 97 million
C. 150 million
D. 200 million

Book Review: “Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future”

Cover photo of the book Global Weirdness

There’s a lot of information out there on climate change and global warming, which is great, but sometimes it can be overwhelming especially if you just want to get a general layout of the issues.

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