CQ Researcher’s New Interface

cqresearcher 2013One of my favorite sources, CQ Researcher, is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary!  CQ Researcher is honoring this long standing resource with a new interface and a new feature – Hot Topics.  The Hot Topics section should hit the target for many English Composition research papers.

The  feature that offers special, up-to-date reports and chronologies on 20 of the most-researched topics, including obesity, abortion, and marijuana legalization. The site also includes improvements in the browse and search functionality, a new logo, and a clean site design that makes all content easier to read and navigate.

Published 44 times a year, CQ Researcher reports feature 12,000 words of footnoted text, bibliographies, a timeline of events, charts and graphs, photographs and more. Reports offer comprehensive analysis of topics ranging from climate change, gay marriage and immigration to conflict in the Middle East, the impact of social media on society, and gun control.

So for your next Pro/Con paper check out CQ Researcher.

You might also want to view our Hot Topic – Leading Issues which includes CQ Researcher  with a video on how to use the new interface and a host of other great library resources including Opposing Viewpoints and SIRS – Leading Issues.

What Happens to Florida if the Ocean Rises?

coastal floodingUse the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts data viewer to look at what happens when sea level rises and how it could impact coastal flooding not only in Florida but on any U.S. coast. The viewer is a cool screening-level tool that uses nationally consistent data sets and analyses.  Data and maps provided can be used at several scales to help gauge trends and prioritize actions for different scenarios.

The Environment and Climate Change Lesson Plans for Earth Day (April 22)

Encyclopedia of Environmental EthicsStudents will participate in a debate on saving endangered species, explore the pros and cons of the Keystone Pipeline and analyze news articles dealing with environmental issues.

View the video Thousands Gather for DC Climate Rally from NBC News

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Endangered Species

Objective:  Students will participate in a debate on the cost of efforts to save endangered species

Lesson Plan 2- The Keystone Pipeline

Objective:  Students will explore the pros and cons of the controversial Keystone Pipeline

Lesson Plan 3- Environmental News

Objective:  Students will work in groups to create a collection of news articles dealing with environmental issues

 21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Analyze Media
Be Flexible
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
Climate Change by the US EPA
Endangered Species Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Natural Resources Defense Council
Earth Times.org
Peace Corps.gov

Additional Library Resources :
Climate Change – Science in Context
Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation – Science in Context
Environmental Issues Protests – Opposing Viewpoints
Sea Level Rise – Science in Context
Weather and Climate – Always Available eBook
Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource – Always Available eBook
Climate Change – Always Available ebook
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy – Always Available eBook
Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources – Always Available eBook


What’s the Cause of Our Climate Change?

There are several current stories about different symptoms of climate change, including how satellites and space debris are affected, the threat to the production of wild crops like coffee, and the shortage of bamboo making foraging difficult for endangered pandas. Environmental policies aimed at controlling these events are often perceived as conflicting with the interests of corporations, but the effects of weather events like this summer’s drought in the middle of the country and Hurricane Sandy have made finding solutions to the extreme weather a priority. To learn more about Climate Change use these library resources:

Protecting our Environment

Today, February 16  marks the six-year anniversary of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, a global environmental treaty that seeks to reduce gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The treaty was ratified by nearly all of the world’s countries.

One notable exception is the United States, one of the largest and most industrialized nations in the world. The United States has a wide-reaching effect on the global environment, especially through the pollution its companies emit. Similarly, because of its wealth and economic influence, the United States can significantly hamper or help worldwide environmental cleanup plans.

Grades 6-8 Cultural Learning Activity
Have students refer to the CultureGrams World Edition.

  1. Select Graphs and Tables
  2. Under Extremes select the Energy section

Point out to the class that the United States is one of the top (if not the top) polluters in almost every section listed. As a class, talk about why the United States pollutes the environment so much. You might look at major industries, the size of its economy and population, etc.

Using the Comparison Table, instruct students to pick “All nations” in the box on the left and “Population” and “Real GDP per capita” in the box on the right.

Have students make a list of countries whose population levels and/or Real GDPs per capita are similar to those of the United States. Go back to the Energy tables and have students compare the emission and usage levels of the countries on their list to those of the United States.

Are any pollution levels as high? If so, which ones?

Discuss with the class what the United States could do to reduce pollution (e.g., recycling, lowering factory and car emissions, using alternative sources of fuel, etc.). Who might oppose these changes and why?

On the board, make a chart that compares the benefits and costs of signing an international treaty, such as the Kyoto Protocol, that would commit the United States to clean up its emissions.