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If: A Mind-Bending New Way of 
Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
If
David J. Smith
A Mind-Bending New Way
Of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers

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This Child, Every Child: A 
Picture 
Book for Children About the Rights of Children
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This Child Every Child
David J. Smith
A Picture Book About
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If the World Were a Village SECOND EDITION
If the World Were a Village
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David J. Smith

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If America Were a Village
If America Were a Village
David J. Smith
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Hotlinks For 2017 By Date

1 to 8 January, 2017

Google Moon
Using Google Earth, explore the moon -- even in 3D! Tour lunar landing sites, enjoy 360-degree panoramas, plus watch footage and listen to narration from astronauts who've been to the Moon

8 to 15 January, 2017

Global Climate Change
A fascinating NASA site -- they call it "Vital Signs of the Planet", and you can find all kinds of information here -- about the atmosphere, about the Carbon cycle, about climate change myths and facts, about global warming, about changes to the land, and to water and ice. They also include facts about Climate Change vs Global Warming, and a solid resource center for educators. Worth bookmarking.

15 to 22 January, 2017

The Antarctic Report
Based in Wellington, New Zealand, The Antarctic Report is "dedicated to all things on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean". In their words: "The site showcases the hard science which underlines the importance of Antarctica as a bellwether of global climate change. It also highlights the continent's unique political status, as well as the exceptional demands its environment places on people and equipment, and the romantic allure for travellers and explorers as the least discovered continent on the planet." Lots of news, information, facts on science and tourism, and even a newsletter.

22 to 29 January, 2017

OECD Health Statistics 2016
Comparable data and statistics on health, and health systems, for all the OECD countries. Sections worth visiting include "Health Policies and Data", "Social Policies and Data", "Families and Children", "Pension Systems", and "International Migration". Easy to navigate, and there is also a user's guide available to help you set up your own data tables.

29 January to 5 February, 2017

US Climate Change Indicators
A website devoted to exploring climate and climate change in the US; the EPA explains the site this way: "The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change. The indicators are published in EPA's report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, available on this website and in print." You can explore all the indicators in detail here.

5 to 12 February, 2017

Charles Booth's London
In the late 1800's, Charles Booth, an English industrialist and social reformer, was concerned about the poverty he saw in Britain. He devised, organized, and funded a vast social survey of London life. Many of the results are archived here, on the London School of Economics website. Select "Learn more" to see and download the maps; select "Highlights" to read the police notebooks he maintained, with vivid descriptions of the streets and street life.

12 to 19 February, 2017

London Heathrow Plane-Spotting Guide
London Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports, with aircraft, and aircraft liveries, from all over the world. And Heathrow is very popular with airplane spotters, who come from all over the world to add to their "life lists". This website provides not only information for people who want to know places from which to view airplanes, with samples of images taken from all those spots, but the site also provides links to the Heathrow Cams and other websites of interest. If you're an aviation enthusiast, you may want to bookmark this site; if not, it's still worth a visit.

19 to 26 February, 2017

GAIA
The European Space Agency's GAIA space telescope have released data recording the position and brightness of over a billion stars. They are actually asking for the public's help, because the store of information is too vast for the GAIA scientists to sift. This website is the GAIA portal for the UK -- read the news, read recent alerts, discover how to help, There are image and video galleries available to explore (click on the Gallery tab).

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