Asleep at the Switch: Local Public Health and Chronic Disease
Local health departments generally do a good job of monitoring and controlling conditions that killed people in the United States 100 years ago. Yet noncommunicable diseases, which accounted for less than 20% of US deaths in 1900,1 now account for about 80% of deaths.2 Our local public health infrastructure has not kept pace with this transition. Health departments must continue to handle traditional public health priorities as well as emerging infectious diseases. They must also increasingly ad
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Evidence of rising sea level: Coastal erosion and plant community changes
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" that examines the causes and effects of changes in sea level, both short-term (as a result of storms) and long-term (as a result of climate change).
Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" that explores the great diversity of forests in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
All about life
A primary curriculum based around life and environmental science draws on children's natural curiosity to teach reading, math, and more. For students to be successful in the science curriculum, they must study science through "hands-on" experiences. I use their past experiences as well as present experiences that I help to create to teach the curriculum. Many children today have never climbed a tree, walked in the woods, or waded in a stream, and I think that is sad. When they have the opportun
Globalism: Report from the Front Lines of Oil and Global Warming
Ben Namakin, an environmental educator from Micronesia, runs The Green Road, a mobile environmental awareness program focusing on upland watershed, mangroves, coral reefs, and waste and pollution. Using photography and film footage to talk about his experiences, Namakin will address global warming, environmental racism, and the influence of oil companies on political decision-making. He will particularly focus on how these consequences affect the cultures and lifestyles of Pacific Islanders. In
East Asia in Transition: Comprehensive Security in the Pacific Rim
East Asia in Transition: Comprehensive Security in the Pacific Rim with introductory remarks by: T.J. Pempel, UC Berkeley Robert Scalapino, UC Berkeley Panel 1: "Finding Multilateral Solutions to New and Enduring Problems" Chair: TJ Pempel, UC Berkeley Panelists: Susan Shirk, UC San Diego Track II Diplomacy in Northeast Asia David Shambaugh, George Washington University. China and Multilateralism in Asia Mely Caballero-Anthony, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore. East
The Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms
This is the website of the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership, which was organized to develop collaboration and cooperation among federal, state and local management agencies, coastal Indian tribes, marine resource-based businesses, public interest groups, and academic institutions. The ORHAB partnership investigates the origins of blooms of toxic algae, monitors where and when the blooms occur, assesses the environmental conditions conducive to blooms and toxification of int
The Goldilocks Zone
This is an article from "Teachable Moments in the News," a newsletter that takes recent Earth and space science related news stories and places them in a context relevant to the science curriculum. This particular edition describes the Goldilocks Zone, a range of environmental conditions that can support life. Teachers are provided a brief introduction, relevant news links, and developed lesson plans. Some lessons are in PDF format. Activity themes include: exploration of environmental condition
Digging Up the Dirt on Soil Microbes
This hands-on exercise introduces students, grades K-8, to the idea of soil as a habitat for many different organisms, links between the biological adaptation of an organism and the physical demands of its habitat, and identification of soil and aquatic organisms. The activity includes objectives, standards addressed, materials needed, teaching tips, procedure, questions with potential answers, summary of learned material, and additional resources. The exercise was a product of the Soil and Envi
Creatures that "glow" in the night
This Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education activity (PDF) encourages students to practice experimental design and scientific writing through the study of bioluminescence. Students observe and experiment with bioluminescent dinoflagellates (Pyrocystis fusiformis), learning how and why they produce light. The activity includes information for teacher preparation, an introduction to bioluminescence, defined vocabulary terms, a list of necessary materials, procedure, assessment questions, and
Soil: The Great Decomposer
The purpose of this resource is to understand that soil, under different environmental conditions, plays a role in the decomposition of organic materials. Students use bottle experiments to observe changes in the decomposition of vegetable scraps. Students vary temperature, moisture, and light conditions to determine the conditions that best facilitate the decomposition of organic material in soil.
ReSciPE Workshops: Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
This half-day workshop was developed especially for scientists and science educators interested in contributing to K-16 science education. Workshop activities provide participants with an overview of the research base behind inquiry teaching and learning, an introduction to national standards for inquiry-based K-12 science education, and some hands-on examples of how inquiry can look in the classroom. This workshop is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Geothermal Technologies Program
This US Department of Energy site offers a wide variety of information about geothermal energy, including the efforts of the Geothermal Technologies Program to find, access, harness and use the Nation's geothermal resources. Some features of the site include animations about geothermal power, maps of geothermal resources, environmental considerations, photo galleries, information on new research in geothermal technologies, and laws and standards that regulate geothermal energy development.
Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Using Geothermal Energy
This website by the US Department of Energy describes how the production of geothermal energy can meet clean air, water quality and conservation standards, as well as minimize land use, environmental impacts and solid waste production. There is also a table of environmental regulations governing geothermal energy development.
Defenders of Wildlife - Geothermal Energy Resources: Principles and Recommendations
This web site provides a pro-environment position on geothermal energy development. The site offers environmental principles that should be adhered to, and points out the environmental benefits of geothermal energy. There is also a useful discussion of geothermal energy, where geothermal resources are located, the current state of geothermal development, and recommendations for the siting and operation of geothermal power plants.
Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
The Toxic Substances Hydrology Program of the USGS performs research to improve characterization and management of contaminated sites,to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems. This site features fact sheets, reports, publications, and highlights of research findings and investigations. Topics include soil and groundwater remediation, agricultural chemicals, and hard rock mining wastes.
Au-Ag-Te Vein Deposits
This resource is a part of the USGS document entitled "Preliminary Compilation of Descriptive Geoenvironmental Mineral Deposit Models". This chapter of the document describes gold, silver and tellurium vein deposits. Topics include a summary of relevant geologic, environmental, and geophysical information, geologic factors that influence potential environmental effects, and environmental signatures.
The Plundered Planet.
There is a battle for the future of our planet between profiteers who threaten to destroy natural resources for gain and backward-looking environmental romantics who thwart constructive development. Paul Collier uses his ground-breaking research to offer realistic and sustainable solutions that reconcile the immediate needs of the world's growing population without despoiling the planet for future generations.
COSEE Great Lakes Workshops
These asynchronous workshops focus on environmental topics related to the Great Lakes region. Subjects covered include: The solid earth system; The bedrock and formation of the Great Lakes; Life and Rocks: Current geological processes; Human impacts [vice-versa!]; and Ocean/lake deep exploration (sink holes, underwater archeology, NOAA's exploration book) studying the bottom, characteristics of the water at depth.