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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
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Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Earth Day and the fight to keep our planet clean on April 22. Scholastic Kid Reporters explore ways to make every day Earth Day. And this year, they look at the environmental challenges facing the country due to climate change.

After Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012, New York and New Jersey were left badly damaged. But one of the hardest hit areas were those states' coastal regions. A lot of people live along the water, and they faced a massive amount of cleanup and rebuilding. But they're also facing a long-term problem: Rising sea levels and the possibility of storms like Sandy becoming more common thanks to the changes in Earth's climate. These very real threats are changing borders and living areas, as well as forcing residents and local governments think about how to address the problems facing their communities because of a warming planet.

The Kid Reporters talk to scientists, local officials, and residents to find out what impact Sandy had on the environment, what might be in store as temperatures and sea levels rise, and what that means for their communities.

Articles

Rethinking the Jersey Shore
Rethinking the Jersey Shore
by Amiri Tulloch
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April17,2013
When Superstorm Sandy made landfall in October, one of the hardest hit areas was the New Jersey coast. And the area is still recovering. But Jersey faces a bigger, more difficult problem: Climate change.
A Changing Long Island
A Changing Long Island
by William Russell
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April17,2013
Long Island is 118 miles long and is the most populated island in the US. It's filled with beaches, wetlands, marshes, and a lot of wildlife. But after Superstorm Sandy hit, habitats for both people and animals were left threatened and exposed.
Tsunami Debris Washes Up in Oregon
Tsunami Debris Washes Up in Oregon
by Jacob Schroeder
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April17,2013
Earth Day is every day for Oregon organizations that work to keep Northwest streams and beaches beautiful. This is not an easy task. Marine litter and debris have become serious environmental problems ?? not just in Oregon, but around the world.
Jane Goodall's Journey
Jane Goodall's Journey
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April6,2012
Kid Reporter Charlie Kadado interviews Dr. Jane Goodall about her life of animal research, environmental conservation, and ecological awareness.
Make Every Day Earth Day
Make Every Day Earth Day
by Damien Murphy and Miranda Rector
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April20,2012
In March, Kid Reporters Damien Murphy and Miranda Rector found out more about the Roots & Shoots program by speaking to Adrienne Bermingham, the 2011-12 Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Fellow, at the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair.
Kids Honored for Green Projects
Kids Honored for Green Projects
by Topanga Sena
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April19,2012
Disney began its Earth Day celebrations by honoring kids who have helped the environment. The Disney Friends for Change Youth Summit was held on April 14 and was part of the company's Disney Kids and Nature Celebration.
From Gridiron Star to Eco-Hero
From Gridiron Star to Eco-Hero
by Andrew Liang
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April18,2012
Atlanta Falcons starting fullback Ovie Mughelli brought his message of conservation and environmentalism to the Chattahoochee Nature Center's Earth Day Kids Fest.
Oil Spill? Pass the Mayo!
Oil Spill? Pass the Mayo!
by Trinity Vogel
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April22,2011
After covering the Gulf Oil Spill last summer for Scholastic News, I decided to base my 4th grade science project on what I learned.
The Rivers' Garbage Man
The Rivers' Garbage Man
by Alysa Goethe
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April18,2011
Chad Pregracke lives where he works, on a river. The 32-year-old environmentalist has made it his life's mission to clean up the trash that accumulates in America's major waterways.
Pay with Recycling
Pay with Recycling
by Mari Chiles
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April18,2011
You don't need money to buy a ticket to the Greening Youth Foundation Earth Day Fun Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. All you need is a soda can, old newspapers, plastic bags, batteries, or anything else that can be recycled.
Electricity from the Wind
Electricity from the Wind
by Jacob Schroeder
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | December1,2010
Atop a tall mesa in the dry desolate desert of New Mexico stand 136 giant wind turbines, all in motion. The 210-foot turbines are part of the New Mexico Wind Energy Center, the seventh largest wind generation project in the United States.
How to Clean a River
How to Clean a River
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April23,2010
The Hawk Woods Nature Center of Auburn Hills, Michigan, trains volunteers during workshops like a "Water Be Wise" event. The training was part of this year's Earth Day celebrations.
Gardening for Science Class
Gardening for Science Class
by Alexandra Zhang
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April22,2010
Building, planting, digging, and composting! All were part of the Cesar Chavez Elementary School's Go Green event for the 40th anniversary of the Earth Day.
City Farmland
City Farmland
by Alexis Wiseman
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April21,2010
Can you have a farm in a city of sidewalks, streets, and skyscrapers? Rooftop farming is making it possible. And if you live in a city, you might live an elevator ride away from one.
Nature Discovery Center in Texas
Nature Discovery Center in Texas
by Erin Sheena
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April9,2010
Spring Fling is celebrated every Earth Day at the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire, Texas. The center educates kids and adults about nature, science, and environmental issues in a fun way with hikes, sneak-a-peek classes, lectures, and camps.
Building Green in the City
Building Green in the City
by Cecilia Gault
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April8,2010
The Solaire is a 27-story building in New York City -- and it's the country's first environmentally sustainable residential high-rise.
Earth Day Turns 40
Earth Day Turns 40
by Isabelle Quinn
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March26,2010
Denis Hayes organized the first U.S. Earth Day in 1970, then took it global.
Green Mayor
Green Mayor
by Daniel Wetter
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April20,2009
As the nation prepares to celebrate Earth Day 2009 on April 22, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson finds himself with one of the nation's most difficult tasks: he must reduce the carbon footprint of his city.
Energy Conservation is Key
Energy Conservation is Key
by Madison Hartke-Weber
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April20,2009
Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency are both about 39 years old. The first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the nation's first agency to protect the environment and public health.
Outdoor Museum
Outdoor Museum
by Anjali Bhat
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April8,2009
To Peter Richards, the Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco to Marin County in California is a chance to teach young children about thermometers.
Green Laws
Green Laws
by Jacqueline Minogue
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April8,2009
Everyone knows how important it is to be environmentally friendly. In my town of Southampton, it's the law!
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