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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.

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.

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.

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.

Facebook Mood Experiment Angers Users

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Help students understand the controversy over Facebook's psychological study of user behavior with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 2, 2014. Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conducted for a study -- published in a respected scientific journal -- measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts.

Arctic Thaw | PBS Newshour

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Alert students to the environmental crisis in the Arctic with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from September 18, 2013.  Glaciers in the Arctic are now melting at a faster pace than they were only a few years ago, damaging wildlife habitats and opening up potentially dangerous new shipping lanes.

New Study Predicts Major Extinction Event in Earth’s Near Future

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Students will analyze a new scientific hypothesis that predicts a major extinction on Earth within the next 100 years with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from June 2, 2014. According to new research published in the journal Science, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate 1,000 times greater than before humans walked the Earth.

Young Conservatives Support Climate Action | PBS NewsHour

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For the purposes of time, we recommend watching through 5:53.

The causes of climate change is one of many issues seen as dividing Democratic and Republican lawmakers. While members of the GOP remain skeptical that climate change is man-made, many Democrats continue to push for more environmental protections, including limits on fossil fuel emissions. A growing movement among young conservatives, including evangelical Christians, supports environmental regulations. They say it’s important to act as faithful stewards of the earth. One group, the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, has grown to 10,000 members in the past five years.

May 18, 2017 video and resouce materials from PBS NewsHour.

White House Report Warns How Climate Change Will Directly Influence the Lives of Americans

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In its most comprehensive report on climate change yet, the White House forecasts the negative effects facing each of the eight regions of the United States, from drought in the Southwest, to stronger storms in the Northeast. The administration is expected to cite the warnings when it lays out new regulations the summer of 2014. Engage students in the climate change debate with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from May 7, 2014. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher's Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

Climate Change Effects on Sealife | PBS Newshour

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Take students on a journey to one of the world’s only underwater labs with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 8th, 2014. The scientists spent six to eight hours a day underwater off the coast of Key Largo in Florida. The mission leader of the project was none other than Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. 

Protesters Call for Action on Climate Change | PBS Newshour

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Explore the protests for climate change reform with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 22, 2014.

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