Visiting Sacred Grounds in National Park Monuments- Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 4 September 2016
"The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. Adventurer and traveler Mikah Meyer is celebrating in a big way.
He is traveling all across America. He plans to visit each of the more than 400 National Park Service sites."
10 of the best sculpture parks in Europe- with pictures
"Picturesque and thought-provoking, art and the natural landscape combine beautifully at these city, coastal and countryside parks."
Crossing Paths: Five years, 150 towns, 1,500 British portraits - 31 August 2016
"Niall McDiarmid has been photographing the people of Britain for five years now, though with the recent Brexit vote his work seems to have been given an extra edge. The work is far from political, but it's a real snapshot of a nation, with beautiful aesthetics thrown in. Here, McDiarmid speaks about the work." (BBC)
How did China save the giant panda? - 5 September 2016
"They're cute, they're cuddly and they've just been brought back from the brink of extinction...
There are now an estimated total of 2,060 pandas."
"The giant panda is a global icon that up until recently was considered to be endangered."
Study: Elephants Disappearing from Parts of Africa- Text + Audio - 6 September 2016
"A new study estimated a population of 352,271 elephants in the 18 countries surveyed. That is a drop of nearly 150,000 elephants since 2007.
The researchers say the population has been falling by about 8 percent each year."
Eastern gorillas threatened with extinction- 5 September 2016
"A surge in illegal hunting is threatening the eastern gorilla, the world's largest primate, an international conservation group has said...
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List says just 5,000 of the animals remain in their central African habitat.
The number of eastern gorillas has declined more than 70% in two decades.
Four of the six great apes are now critically endangered, the IUCN says..."
"The eastern gorilla is now on the endangered species list."
10 of History's Craziest Cat People
"Many illustrious historical personages had a beloved cat or two, but some of them were full-on crazy cat people, filling their homes with felines
and far preferring their companionship to that of humans. Here are 10 famous historical figures who were unabashed crazy about cats."
Trump Making Immigration His Top Issue - Text + Audio + Photos - 5 September 2016
"Donald Trump surprised some people when he delivered a major speech on immigration Wednesday. They had been expected him to moderate his language and proposals on immigration. Instead, he again called for tough enforcement, blaming illegal immigrants for violent crimes and a threat of terrorism."
Life in the Native American oil protest camps - with PHOTOS - 2 September 2016
"An Indian reservation in North Dakota is the site of the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years. Indigenous people from across the US are living in camps on the Standing Rock reservation as they protest the construction of a new oil pipeline. As a result, a new community has emerged.
The BBC's Charlie Northcott went to North Dakota to meet the protesters and discover what goes on in camp."
65 Compound Words Ending in “Stone”
"Dozens of compound words, all but a few closed, end with the word stone, though some of the terms have figurative senses stemming from the original meaning and a few do not refer to actual types of rock at all. Here’s a list of most if not all compound words in which stone is the second element, with accompanying definitions."
Water Pollution Puts Over 300 Million at Risk- Text + Audio - 5 September 2016
"Over 300 million people in Asia, African and Latin America face possible infection from terrible disease.
A new report from the United Nations says water pollution from industry and agriculture is the cause."
"People search for scrap metal in polluted water
at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in the city,
known as "The Mine," in Guatemala City."
"I AM" - Michael Hubbs
"Michael Hubbs is speed skater with his sights set on the 2014 Winter Olympics.
After overcoming the challenge of being deaf, he is determined to not let any obstacle get in the way of him achieving his goals.
Follow him on his road to success."
Thanks to Fatima Z. (Ac. Paris)
The Department of Silly Measurements
"You’ve heard of a “New York minute” and a “stone’s throw”… but how about a “potrzebie”?
Here are a few more strange units of measurement (and one very serious one) that you may not be familiar with."
Penelope in the Treehouse - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Disney and the theme of families.
In the lesson students watch but don’t hear the start of a short film, decide what is happening and what the characters are saying,
predict the rest of the story and write a story." Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 90 minutes
5 Types of Errors When Representing Numbers
"Publications generally use one of two systems of referring to numbers: Spell out numbers to ten and use numerals for all larger numbers (with some exceptions such as informal usage of large round numbers such as “a thousand” or “a million”), or spell out to one hundred and use numerals otherwise (with the same exceptions). Beyond that, several subtle rules and conventions exist, often pertaining to use of punctuation and other symbols such as hyphens. This post presents five sentences that include types of errors pertaining to such use; each example is accompanied by a discussion and a revision."