Actually, it’s an even better example of why interdisciplinary studies is so essential – a nexus of history, geography, geology, history and chemistry. Perhaps ‘archeaogeochemistry’.
From the World Economic Forum:
Now, Jared Diamond, author of Collapse, may have something to say about it but, either way, this article and its revelations highlight the necessity of teaching history.
I always introduce history to my Grade 7s with, amongst others, the variation on George Santayana‘s quote, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (The original is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”)
Sadly, our current society is the product of many failed learnings and memories. But there is still hope…
The Toronto Star has created an excellent web-based, visual “project” describing how temperatures will increase and the effect of those increases on habitats and species.
Take a moment to explore it: The Great Global Species Shake-up.
John Quiggin, professor of Economics at the University of Queensland states,
For the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment. But do we have the will?
This world is enough is a must-read essay from Aeon for every teacher and student of IB DP Geography, A Level Geography and Ontario’s World Issues (CGW-4U) course, not to mention many university courses on geography, economics and resources.
Quiggan covers every major topic
in these courses, from population changes, Malthusian and anti-Malthusian views and disparity to changing resource consumption, industrial agriculture, GMOs, global climate change and basic economics. Students may need to have the article broken down into sections to fully understand all he is saying, but it is worth the time spent analyzing Quiggan’s arguments.
The World Meterological Organization has created this very short, very helpful video on the carbon cycle:
The Carbon Cycle
Sad news from the Journal of Science, reported by the Guardian:
Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source
This drastically changes the climate landscape, as tropical forests can longer be counted as climate sinks.
Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers.
I feel like I’ve been asleep at the wheel having missed this excellent video of CO2 emissions over a period of one year. Very helpful, as is the accompanying text.
NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide
And, have a look at this one, quite similar, but more dynamic, from Vox.
A fascinating glimpse of thousands of years of climate data and biota is being revealed as the world’s largest mega slump or thermokarst develops in Siberia. The Batagaika Crater is north of Irkutsk, Russia and is exactly what climate scientists have been predicting from the increased warming in the Arctic – and is a classic example of positive feedback.
Read more at ScienceAlert.com