Educational resources on our world's ocean
The earth's oceans are increasingly threatened by a dizzying array of dangers, from piracy to climate change. To safeguard the world’s oceans, countries around the world need to embrace more effective multilateral governance in the economic, security, and environmental realms. So far, the most comprehensive attempt to govern the oceans produced the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). But U.S. refusal to ratify the convention has limited its strength, leaving a vacuum in the maritime regime. At the same time, other states that have joined the treaty sometimes ignore its guidelines or fail to coordinate policies across sovereign jurisdictions. Even if it were perfectly implemented, UNCLOS is now almost thirty years old and in need of updating. The Global Governance Monitor: Oceans is an interactive guide to oceans governance, featuring six components:
A mini-documentary providing a cinematic overview of the main challenges and objectives of oceans governance;
An interactive timeline tracing the history of international efforts to understand and regulate the oceans and the high seas, from 1419 to present day;
An issue brief summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the oceans regime. The issue brief includes steps the United States and international institutions should take to correct glaring gaps, such as ratifying strengthening, and updating UNCLOS; coordinating national ocean policies for coastal states; strengthening high seas fishing governance; reducing plastic pollution; increasing funding for research, exploration, and monitoring; and bolstering capacity of developing coastal states;
A matrix cataloging all relevant international agreements, resolutions, conventions, bodies and organizations that address global oceans governance, including their coverage, mandates, and gaps;
An interactive map detailing the geographic distribution of increasingly relevant challanges facing the oceans, from dying coral reefs, dead zones, and the melting poles to chokepoints, slavery, and piracy;
A list of resources , including recommended readings, multimedia, essential books, and relevant CFR experts on ocean issues and governance.
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The ocean is an ideal interdisciplinary teaching tool for science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) that puts study in a real world context. Working in the ocean environment poses challenges that push the innovation, engineering, and technology development needed in our workforce. But ocean science is not a course generally offered at the high school level. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is one of the only ways students gain exposure to all of ocean science and related careers as they are beginning to chart their course in life.
News-O-Matic offers children their first daily news app. Its mission is to report current events to a young audience in a true, concise, educational, and emotionally safe manner. NOM’s content awakens children’s curiosity on different topics, opening the doors to the world. NOM encourages children to become habitual readers of the news naturally and it’s teachers guide is fully aligned with National Standards, making it a great asset to any classroom. NOM offers a fun and highly interactive experience. Articles are supported by short videos, educational games, and fun facts. The daily games relate to the stories of the day. An interactive map connects the location of the user to the location of the story with kid-friendly measurements to show the distance! Kids are also given a voice while they explore the latest news. They can rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings to NOM. Readers’ questions are vetted and answered every day by the Editor-in-Chief, and drawings are featured in the app’s News Room. NOM covers many stories about the oceans and its inhabitants promoting awareness and educating a new generation to respect and preserve our Earth. NOM is available for all Apple mobile devices and a free trial is available on the app store by clicking here .
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Encyclopedia of Life
One Species at a Time podcasts from the Encyclopedia of Life are hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro and produced by Atlantic Public Media. The One Species at a Time podcast series from the Encyclopedia of Life provides a chance to dive into the world of biodiversity through lively, 3-5 minute audio stories about species. The podcasts are accompanied by a Meet the Scientist feature page, multimedia extras, interesting facts and relevant educational materials.
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Come one, come all! See the amazing, the astonishing, half-animal, half-plant! Journey to Tampa Bay, Florida, where scientist Skip Pierce and one of his students first made a remarkable discovery twenty years ago. Meet Elysia chlorotica, a bright green, solar-powered, algae-slurping sea slug that’s still turning our understanding of the classification of life upside down.
Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles
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Cyprus is split in half, with a Turkish sector in the north and a Greek sector in the south. The unofficial division makes scientific collaboration in this Mediterranean island nation all but impossible; it also complicates management of the island's endangered sea turtles. While the conflict between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots dates back centuries, twenty-first century problems such as climate change make it urgent for scientists in the north and south to find ways around the old differences, before the turtles slip across a different kind of dividing line—from living to extinct. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports.
Vent Worms (Riftia)
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Host Ari Daniel Shapiro dives deep to discover a white worm as tall as your refrigerator that breathes through bright red feathery “lips.” This isn’t a creature from outer space. Meet Riftia, a tube worm that lives in deep-sea vents, and learn the surprising lessons this denizen of the abyss is teaching scientists about life on Earth.