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03/26/2010
Saudi Students Turn Tragic Floods into GLOBE Research Project
On 25 November 2009, Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city located on the coast of the Red Sea, awoke to heavy rain and a sky filled with lightning. The rain continued for approximately six hours, turning into a devastating flood that claimed the lives of at least 124 Jeddah citizens through drowning, car crashes, and other tragic accidents. Water filled the streets of Jeddah, destroying everything in its wake and causing a full blackout of electricity across the city. Losses were estimated at 9,878 cars, 10,751 houses and business losses of billions (one billion SAR being equal to $266,666,768.53 in U.S. dollars.)  >>
03/15/2010
Argentina Workshop Introduces Educators and Environmentalists to GLOBE
Professors at the University of La Punta (ULP) in San Luis, Argentina, were introduced to GLOBE in a training workshop hosted on campus to familiarize local educators with GLOBE protocols in the areas of atmosphere/climate, hydrology, land cover/biology, soil, and phenology. These ULP faculty, participating in "Todos los Chicos en la Red" (All Kids Online), will use tools they created in the workshop to perform GLOBE protocols, relaying results through the use of computer and internet technology.  >>
03/02/2010
Bahrain Treads New Ground in Fifth Annual GLOBE Green Walk
On 10 December 2009, the GLOBE Program in Bahrain hosted the fifth annual GLOBE Green Walk, an environmental awareness activity sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Diar Al Muharraq W.L.L., in the Kingdom's Hawar Islands. Through this year's theme, "Together: Let's Discover the Biodiversity of Hawar Islands," students experienced Earth science first-hand through games and activities occurring during the walk.  >>
02/23/2010
The 5th Annual GLOBE at Night Campaign
With half of the world's population now living in cities, many urban dwellers have never experienced the wonderment of pristinely dark skies and maybe never will. This loss, caused by light pollution, is a concern on many fronts: safety, energy conservation, cost, health and effects on wildlife, as well as our ability to view the stars. Even though light pollution is a serious and growing global concern, it is one of the easiest environmental problems you can address on local levels.  >>
02/18/2010
From Earth's Atmosphere to the Deep Sea: Students and Teachers Collaborate in Thailand
On 6 - 14 January 2010, the Climate Change Education and Earth System Science (CES2) conference took place in Phuket, Thailand. GLOBE teachers and students participated in a variety of inquiry-based learning activities to inspire new ideas and develop relationships with peers and colleagues. Scientists and staff members investigated the relationship between clouds and climate, how seasons and biomes are changing around the world, and deep ocean ecosystems. The conference introduced innovative learning methods that teachers will implement into classroom projects.  >>
02/11/2010
Croatian Students Analyze Effects of City Lights with Five Years of GLOBE at Night Data
Since 2006, GLOBE has invited students around the world to take part in GLOBE at Night, a global campaign to measure night sky brightness. Participants choose a clear night during the two week campaign each year to go outside and observe the constellation Orion between 8 and 10pm local time, match the appearance of their sky with one of seven GLOBE Magnitude Charts, and enter their observations into the GLOBE at Night website. From this international-scale comparison, students learn about the effects of light pollution, defined as any unnecessary, useless emission of light in space outside the zone that needs to be illuminated. Often, light pollution occurs due to the use of bad lighting fixtures and incorrectly set lighting.  >>
01/25/2010
GLOBE Teacher Receives Prize for Environmental Education Work in Chile
On 22 October 2009, GLOBE Professor Raúl Pérez Orellana accepted an award for his work in environmental education in Chile. Pérez Orellana received recognition at a special event in honor of Environmental Leader Day, having aquired nomination through his contributions to environmental education.  >>
01/12/2010
Near East North Africa Regional Help Desk Office Hosts Pakistani GLOBE Training
Pakistan joined the GLOBE Program on 18 November 1997, when U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and Pakistani Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan, signed the 62nd GLOBE bilateral agreement in Islamabad. Since that time, GLOBE activities have become an integral part of the educational objectives of the country.  >>
12/21/2009
Workshop Equips French-Speaking GLOBE Educators and Students for Climate and Air Quality Research
In September 2009, Danielle DeStaerke, Country Coordinator of France, led the annual GLOBE CALIPSO workshop in Cayenne, French Guiana. Approximately 30 teachers from France and French Guiana attended this event to present GLOBE student projects completed throughout the school year and discuss future plans for implementation of GLOBE.  >>
12/07/2009
GLOBE Presentation and Blog from COP-15
The eyes of the world will be on Copenhagen this week to learn about discussions and activities taking place at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. From December 7-18, representatives from 192 countries will converge in Copenhagen for the conference, known as COP-15.  >>