Common Core State Standard
RH.CCS.7 Grades 6-12: Students are asked to locate a country or geographical area on a map, connecting information with a specific location. Then, students answer a series of quiz questions based on a current news event happening in that location. Students must combine their prior knowledge with information presented in the question to determine the correct answers.

Fired scientist warns of Amazon deforestation in Brazil -- 08/12/2019

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Q: A scientist who was fired after reporting surging rates of deforestation in the Amazon rain forest attacked the “vile, cowardly attitude” of Brazil’s right-wing president who had called satellite monitoring data “lies.” Where is Brazil?

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Q: Ricardo Galvao, an MIT-trained physicist, was fired by President Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to open up the country’s natural reserves to business. Scientists worry that rampant logging, mining and agricultural development in the Amazon could soon . . .

A. Create a savanna

B. Raise temperatures

C. Reduce rainfall

D. All of the above



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