Showing posts with label UNEP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UNEP. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2011

Atlas of Our Changing Environment

The United Nations Environment Program hosts a helpful interactive map displaying more than one hundred examples of environmental change around the world. Each placemark on the map has close-up views of the land and a story about environmental change at that location. For example, clicking on the placemark for Manaus, Brazil will reveal close-up imagery of site and detailed information about the environmental changes taking place. If you click through the links in the placemarks you can find the references used in constructing the information available through the map.

Applications for Education
The Atlas of Our Changing Environment could be a good resource for teachers developing lesson plans about climate change. You could have your students explore the map and select a site that is of interest to them to research in more depth. After conducting their research your students could then develop potential solutions to the problems at their chosen site. Have students present their plans to their classmates to discuss the viability of their proposed solutions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UNEP Geo Data Posters

The United Nations Environment Program has developed a series of free posters based on data from the UNEP's Geo Data Portal. These posters visually and graphically display information about environmental data. Some of the topics covered in these posters include electricity production and consumption, CO2 emissions, ecosystems management, and hazardous materials. Each poster is available as a PDF that you can download and print.




















Applications for Education
Teachers of environmental science may want to print these posters for display in their classrooms. You could have students study the environmental problems represented in the posters and then develop potential responses to those problems.

A related item that may be of interest to you is Earth Pulse 2010 - Vital Statistics Interactive Map.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The World Digital Library

The World Digital Library makes available, for free, nearly 1200 primary documents and images from collections around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the mission of the World Digital Library is to promote the study and understanding of cultures. The WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. In my search of the WDL I noticed that roughly half of the resources are historical maps and images. The WDL aims to be accessible to as many people as possible by providing search tools and content descriptions in seven languages. The WDL can also be searched by clicking through the map on the homepage.













Applications for Education
The World Digital Library looks like it can be a great resource for anyone that teaches history or cultural studies. The wealth of image based resources along with the document based resources makes the WDL appropriate for use with most age groups.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Places We Live - Images and Sounds of Slums
Kids Around the World - Culture Lessons for K-5
Visualizing Cultures

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Atlas of Our Changing Environment

The United Nations Environment Program has constructed a Google Maps mashup to displaying more than one hundred examples of environmental change. Each placemark on the map has close-up views of the land and a story about environmental change at that location. For example clicking on the placemark for Manaus, Brazil will reveal close-up imagery of site and detailed information about the environmental changes taking place. Users of the UNEP Changing Environment Map are also able to download the imagery or view the sites in Google Earth.