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Synchronized fireflies gather for a 'rave' in the Great Smoky Mountains

What Dyslexia Looks Like
UNICEF Tap Project
Holiday's Are Good for Children's Brain Development
3 minutes we see on film is in reality about 36 hours of time – in total there are 42 unique locations used.

Everyday heroes work on planting seeds for the future

by  | March 9, 2016

Millions of North Carolinians interact with our education system every day. Parents, educators, staff, administrators, students. It is a complex system made up of public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschools. And as EdNC co-founder Gerry Hancock reminds us weekly, education makes up 37.8 percent of our multi-billion dollar state budget.1  

Technology expands science access, empowers teachers and students

by  | March 9, 2016

People write letters to the editor to say thanks to Buncombe County teacher Brian Maccarelli. He serves on advisory boards, leads seminars, and participates in extracurricular activities. 

In 2009, Buncombe County Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Susanne Swanger recalls that the recession resulted in serious cuts in school funding. But the county’s school leaders were committed to innovation and developing a course of learning that would create more opportunities for students.  Read More...

Labs and innovative teachers make STEM come alive for students

by  | March 11, 2016

One of the nation’s premier aircraft manufacturers, Spirit Aerosystems of Kinston, is only about 31 miles away from West Craven Middle School, where John Scarfpin was teaching technology education in 2013. But when it came to the level of resources available to help Scarfpin build an airplane for his students, Spirit Aero might as well have been 3,000 miles away.  More...
NEWS | February 8, 2016       

Study: Long-term global warming needs external drivers


A study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why global temperatures remain stable in the long run unless they are pushed by outside forces, such as increased greenhouse gases due to human impacts.

Carbon Dioxide  


402 ppm 

A Solution for Plastic Pollution in NYC

Fixing Climate Education

True or false?: Today, climate change is overwhelmingly caused by human activity.

If you asked this question of a climate scientist, there’s almost a 100 percent likelihood they’ll say “true”. But ask the average American the same question, and your chances of hearing “true” are only 50/50.

Since their creation in the 1960s, plastic bags have plagued cities. Despite their supposed usefulness, their proliferation has interfered with the wellbeing of ecosystems and municipal functioning – so much so, in fact, that the United Nations has called for an effort to stop producing them. Because the damage done by plastic bags greatly outweighs the benefits, some cities have sought to either tax their usage or ban them altogether.  More..


Why is there such a huge gap between the scientific consensus and what Americans know?

Part of the problem is that our education system isn’t addressing the subject adequately. A new study in the journal Science shows that not only are teachers devoting little time to climate change in the classroom, they’re also often giving students false information by downplaying human influence.

Up-to-date standards for science curricula, and better teacher training are needed to get young people the vital information they need to address climate change. Lessons-learned in the nonprofit community can help guide these discussions.

Pop-up farm stands at bus stops are pure brilliance

Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer 
Living / Green Food
March 1, 2016

In forlorn neighborhoods of towns like Dayton, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, farmer’s markets are popping up around transit centers to make fresh produce not only available where it once wasn’t, but convenient as well. While many of us have the luxury of local farmer’s markets and supermarkets with loads of produce options, “food deserts” – under-served neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh food – are a serious problem in this country.  MORE...

How to keep toxic chemicals out of your home

Katherine Martinko 
Living / Cleaning & Organizing
March 1, 2016

Chemicals in commercial products are not rigidly regulated in the United States, which is why consumers need to be smart about what they bring into their homes.

A documentary film came out last year called “The Human Experiment.” It suggested that we humans are the unwitting subjects of a terrifying mass experiment in toxic exposure. It asked the question, “What if the greatest environmental disaster of our time is not an oil spill or nuclear meltdown, but rather our long-term and persistent exposure to toxins?”  Read more...

Solar power is on a roll, literally and figuratively

Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter
Energy / Renewable Energy
March 9, 2016

The Guardian has a series on innovators, and has picked up the story of John Hingley and Renovagen that Derek covered a few years ago on TreeHugger. Now it is a reality: John Hingley of Renovagen has designed a solar panel that is flexible enough to roll up.It's described in the Guardian:

The system uses copper indium gallium selenide solar cells (CIGS) that are bonded with a tensile fabric. The strength of the combined material can cope with being rolled in and out, said Hingley, and it can be in full operation a few minutes after it is deployed. “It is like a microgrid in a box. It has all of the components integrated into it that you need to run a 24 hour microgrid.”  MORE

Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids

Playground Professionals - March 11, 2016
| By Elizabeth Licata |
Recess is a lot more than just a free break for kids to play after lunch period. That free, unstructured play time allows kids to exercise and helps them focus better when they are in class. Now a school in Texas says it took a risk by giving students four recess periods a day, but the risk has paid off beautifully.  More

Solartab portable solar charger and battery is the perfect tablet companion (review)

After using and reviewing a lot of solar chargers and external battery packs, I've found that while there plenty of options on the market right now, many of them fall short of the mark, either in the size of the solar panel itself or in the size of the battery (or the lack of one). Some of these shortcomings can be overcome, such as by buying a battery pack for convenience (in order to charge the battery during the day, and to then use the battery pack to charge other devices at night), but some of the weak points can make the products an almost complete waste of money, such as ones with a solar panel or cells that are too small to be practical for everything except adding a little boost to a device's battery (which, to be fair, can be very useful indeed if your device's battery is completely flat). MORE


by Curran Ikhaml | Mar 2, 2016 | Guest Writers, THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

Curran Ikhaml is a 5th grader at Gatewood Elementary. Her parents, Julie and Jim, are committed to living close to the land in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.
Curran Ikhaml
I like having lots of animals at home, like chickens and a rabbit. I got the idea to have my own garden because my family has been gardening for a few years now. I wanted my own space, a peaceful place of my own. I decided to plant classic things like corn and tomatoes, the same things that are in pretty much everyone’s garden.  MORE...
Gloria Thomas Lengel

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