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Faces of the Oil Patch | Carol Goodbear (Exploitation)

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Carol Goodbear, the legislative director for the Three Affiliated Tribes, recognizes that the exploitation of oil is profitable, but at what cost?

Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops

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Learn about a unique collaboration between the Surui tribe and Google Earth Outreach. The partnership, a result of Chief Almir Surui’s request that Google help raise visibility for his tribe, involves training the Surui people to use Internet technology to protect their forest, preserve their culture, and empower their people. Support Materials include a lesson guide and student handout.

Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops: Carbon and Culture

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Since Chief Almir first contacted Google five years ago, their partnership has flourished. The Surui have created a cultural map in Google Earth to preserve their knowledge of their territory including plants, animals, and historic sites. They are also using Android devices equiped with ODK (Open Data Kit) to monitor illegal logging and measure the biodiversity and carbon stocks of their forest. Support Materials include a lesson guide and student handout.

Stewards of the Land | Odegard Farm

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Growing a wide variety of grains, the Odegaards seeded marginal land to grass, mulch tilled, rotated grazing pasture and networked with other participating farmers. 

Gooseberry Falls State Park | Two Harbors, MN

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On the banks of Lake Superior, the Civilian Conservation Corps left an indelibily legacy in Gooseberry Falls State Park. The beautifully crafted stone buildings they built at the height of the Depression stand as a testament to their hard work.

Red River Divide | Flood Control Part 1

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With each succeeding flood along the Red River, attempts have been made to develop and provide more effective permanent flood control, including earthen dikes and flood walls, diversions, holding ponds, and home buyouts. Better flood forecasting by the National Weather Service has enabled local and state governments to plan and react more effectively.

Healing Mother Earth for Future Generations

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Listen as Native Americans share their concerns about climate change, in this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College. See photographs from the past and hear one woman describe how tribal people were the first environmentalists. In addition, learn how people are noticing that they are losing sacred plants and are concerned for the future. Finally, hear about the importance of education to help future generations live in harmony with Mother Earth.

Red River Divide | Flood Control Part 2

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With each succeeding flood along the Red River, attempts have been made to develop and provide more effective permanent flood control, including earthen dikes and flood walls, diversions, holding ponds, and home buyouts. Better flood forecasting by the National Weather Service has enabled local and state governments to plan and react more effectively.

Portland: A Sense of Place

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Discover how Oregon's land-use planning system has benefited both urban and rural residents and environments.

Preserving the Forest of the Sea

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The University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley boasts one of the largest and oldest collections of seaweed in the United States, dating back to the time of the U.S. Civil War. Kathy Ann Miller, a curator at the herbarium, leads a massive project to digitize nearly 80,000 specimens of seaweed collected from the west coast of North America. When the project is finished, researchers from around the world will be able to go online and see the digital photographs along with collection information and a map of where the seaweeds were originally collected. 

Five Years Later, What Were the Effects of the BP Oil Spill?

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Explore the long-term effects of the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 20, 2015.

Ebola in the News | Second Ebola Diagnosis Shows Danger for Health Workers

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During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, PBS NewsHour interviewed registered nurse Katy Roemer and history of medicine Professor Howard Markel on the dangers of Ebola for U.S. health workers.

Use this collection of news stories and resources from the PBS NewsHourto understand the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.

Making the Modern Clock | How We Got to Now: Time

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Understand how Galileo discovered that a pendulum could be used to regulate clocks in this clip from How We Got to Now. Support Materials include a background essay on the history of timekeeping and the development of the atomic clock, teaching tips to foster innovation and bring concepts from this clip into the social studies, science, and math classrooms, as well as pre-viewing and post-viewing discussion questions.

Why Only 9 Countries Have Nuclear Weapons | Above the Noise

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North Korea has been making headlines recently, mostly due to its nuclear weapons. In early January, the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, boasted of his ability to reach the U.S. with nuclear-armed missiles. Then in March -- in an apparent 180 -- he told South Korean officials that he would be willing to negotiate with the U.S. to completely denuclearize. What are the rules that govern who has nukes and who doesn’t? And why do some countries maintain huge nuclear arsenals, while many other countries don’t have any nukes? Joe Hanson of It's OK to Be Smart joins host Myles Bess to investigate.

Avalanche Town

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In 1995, an avalanche overran an unsuspecting fishing village in Iceland, killing 20 of its residents. Although avalanches are a common occurrence in the region, this was the first avalanche in this village's history to travel as far as the city center. In this video segment adapted from NOVA, learn more about the Iceland avalanche and how engineers plan to protect the village from future avalanches.

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