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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.

Kenya Takes on E-Waste Problem

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Used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally, and it is estimated that 15,000 tons of used computers and mobile phones are shipped to Kenya every year. Today, Kenya is trying to tackle the problem by building the country’s first electronics recycling hub.

Use these PBS NewsHour resources to inform students about the massive e-waste challenge created by the United States and other developed nations and how countries like Kenya are capitalizing on it.

Burlington is First U.S. City to Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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Find out how Burlington, VT is using 100 percent renewable energy with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 1, 2015.

Which Comes First, Hydrogen-Powered Cars or the Fueling Stations?

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Learn about the cars of tomorrow and hydrogen power with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 21, 2014. After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations.

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Expansion

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Go inside the debate over the Keystone Pipeline expansion with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 24, 2015.

Voyager Becomes First Spacecraft to Enter Interstellar Space | PBS Newshour

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NASA has announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977, is now the first man-made object to ever reach interstellar space. Get students excited about space travel with this PBS NewsHour video from September 12th, 2013.

Solar Energy Debate in Nevada Heats Up | PBS NewsHour

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Hear why solar energy has become a hot topic in sunny Nevada with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 27, 2016.

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Face Desperate Conditions | PBS Newshour

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are returning to flattened communities with no food, water or sanitation, as officials struggle to provide relief. This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 12th, 2013.

Nasal Spray May Be Lifesaver for Snake Bite Victims

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Snakes! Show your students how applied science works with this PBS NewsHour story on treating snake bites from June 19, 2014. Although snake bites are rarely fatal in the United States, every year about 100,000 people die worldwide after being bitten by venomous snakes. A California doctor has developed a nasal spray treatment that halts paralysis before they reach a hospital.

Fishing for Data in the Radioactive Waters off Fukushima

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This PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from March 6, 2014 will help students understand the dangerous repercussions of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Hear the opinions from scientist and Japanese fishermen to learn about radioactivity levels in the water and fish.

The Challenges of Breeding Pandas in Captivity

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Zookeepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. were overjoyed when a female giant panda gave birth to her second cub. But a week later, the cub died unexpectedly. PBS NewsHour spoke with Pierre Comizzoli, a reproductive physiologist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Mei Xiang's "personal gynecologist," about the challenges of breeding pandas in captivity. This video and teacher's guide are from PBS NewsHour Extra.

Finally Ebola-Free, Officials Say Guinea Not Safe Yet | PBS NewsHour

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Learn why officials in Guinea are slow to celebrate the disappearance of Ebola with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 29, 2015.

President Visits Alaskan Arctic, Renames Mount McKinley

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Find out why President Obama is visiting the Arctic with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from September 1, 2015.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth After Year in Space | PBS NewsHour

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Watch astronaut Scott Kelly's return to earth after one year in space with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 2, 2016.

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