4 Environmentalist Presidents to Honor this President’s Day

Environmental protections are not policy priorities in the current White House, but this has not always been the case. Our history is filled with presidents who valued both the American people and its land and made lasting contributions to the conservation of America’s natural landscape.

Here are four of the most environmentally-conscious presidents worthy of honor this President’s Day.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Choropleth Map in Google Spreadsheets

A choropleth map displays numerical data using a color gradient. This kind of map can quickly display how a particular factor—such as population density or per-capita income—varies across regions or countries. Not only are choropleth maps easy to read, but they can be easy to create using Google spreadsheets. We did this to make maps of global urbanization for a new megacities lesson plan we’re working on here at Population Education. You and your students can follow these steps to join us as instant cartographers!

When Bigger Isn't Better: Expanding Access to Electricity with Microgrids

Our modern society is a thoroughly electric one. Maybe you’re using lights and appliances in the home, communicating instantly with friends and family, or reading an engaging and informative yet appropriately humorous blog post on the internet. So much of our daily lives are dependent on electric power. But not everyone has the privilege of electricity and all that it offers. Here’s a shocking statistic for you: more than 1 billion people around the world don’t have access to reliable electricity.

Pop Quiz: Philippines

The Philippines is a mountainous country with low lying coastal regions. It was named in honor of King Phillip II of Spain by Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos, who visited some of the islands in 1543. The Philippines enjoys a tropical climate and is prone to monsoons. Did you know that the Philippines produces and exports more coconuts than any country in the world? Or, that the Philippines is the world’s second largest archipelago? Manila, located on Luzon, the largest island, is the capital and ranks as the city with the highest population density in the world.

Step-by-Step Guide for High School Instructional Reading Strategies

The guiding concept of Reading and Writing in the Content Area, a course for future teachers at Old Dominion University, is that all teachers, no matter what content area, are responsible for teaching literacy to students. As such, the class focuses on research based strategies for teaching reading and writing in all content areas.

Newly Discovered Orangutan Species Highlights Biodiversity Crisis

We, all people, are great apes. And yes that includes you reading this post. Large, tailless, and hairy, we roam the land using our opposable thumbs to do elaborate behaviors and showing off our pretentiously big heads. We great apes are truly amazing creatures, with complex social systems and often incredible cognitive capabilities. And our marvelous and extraordinary family just got bigger. In the lofty mountain forests of Sumatra, Indonesia, a unique species of great ape identified as the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) has been discovered.