This NASA site explains the three major types of atmospheric aerosols - volcanic emissions, desert dust, and anthropogenic aerosols - and how they affect global climate. The site discusses the generation and atmospheric distribution of these aerosols, as well as the chemical and physical processes by which they create global cooling.
This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics and functions of the atmosphere. They show how atmospheric temperature, pressure, and density change with respect to changing altitude, the way different kinds of radiation (x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared) act in various levels of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere/ionosphere), how oxygen gas and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) interact with ultraviolet radia
Animation of Wave Motion
This Flash animation illustrates wave motion, or the movement of energy through water. Users can stop, play, fast forward and rewind the animation at any time. This visualization is one of several animations in a series developed as a component of Exploring Earth, a website that supports the textbook Earth Science.
History: Ask a Question
lets students correspond with government historians via email. Historians' names and addresses are listed by expertise with an emphasis towards those researching the national parks, the National Park Service, and American history.
Fire Management, Everglades National Park
This site describes how fire is used to maintain the biological diversity and natural processes of the pineland, prairie, and other ecosystems of the Everglades that are shaped by the interaction of fire and water.
11.943J Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment (MIT)
This course is aimed at the aspiring planning practitioner, policy-maker, or industry decision-maker with an interest in urban transportation and environmental issues in Latin America. The course will focus on current transport-related themes confronting many cities in the region, including: rapid motorization and suburbanization and subsequent impacts on transportation infrastructure and quality of life; public sector management and improvement of privately-owned and operated transit systems; a
Based on UNICEF's annual flagship publication, The State of the World's Children report (SOWC), the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has developed and released these free resources for educators to use with students in grades 3-12. The lesson plans and resources in these units are designed to be used sequentially or separately. Topics include addressing global affairs issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, real life stories from youth, the causes of childhood exclusion, and water and sanitation.
Environmental Catalyst Module
In the Environmental Catalysis Module, a joint project with the Institute for Environmental Catalysis at Northwestern University, students learn what a catalyst is and become aware of the use of catalysis to promote environmental protection. Besides introducing the concept of catalysis, the module also focuses other issues such as catalytic selectivity, specificity, poisoning, condition optimization, and waste minimization. The first activity of the module introduces the concept of catalysis in
Global education as good pedagogy
A wide variety of teaching strategies and resources pass under the name of global education. This article provides strategies for evaluating global education and ensuring that it focuses on students' academic success.
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
Global Competition: How We Can Win
6th Annual Berkeley in Silicon Valley Symposium In his recent best selling book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman writes that the lowering of trade and political barriers and profound technological advances in global connectivity have enabled a "flat world" where it is possible to do business or almost anything else instantaneously and with billions of people. According to Dean Richard Newton, it is perhaps ironic that
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
Dan Rather: Is the Media Failing in America?
A San Francisco Chronicle Herb Caen Lecture featuring Dan Rather, who was anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years, and now serves as a correspondent for 60 Minutes and hosts and produces long form programming examining major global topics and events for the Discovery Channel, will be in conversation with Orville Schelll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism," Rather lives up to the description.
Changing the Culture of the Academy: Toward a More Inclusive Practice
Mission Statement Changing the Culture of the Academy explores ways that the academy might incorporate the challenge of diversity as it pertains to its core mission and practice. Participants will consider new paradigms for rethinking the academy that are inclusive of various cultural and disciplinary traditions, learning styles and identities. This will include opening a dialogue about these issues across all disciplines, from the social sciences and humanities to the physical and life sciences
Turbidity and TSS
This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It includes overviews about what they are, why they are measured, how they are measured, and why they vary. The site also features links to sensor and other water quality parameters.
Hunting Bears with a Microscope
In this online activity, students use lichens and tardigrades (water bears) to investigate their use as bioindicators of key air pollutants. When lichens are exposed to some kinds of air pollutants, especially to sulfur dioxide, the lichens are injured and die. The lichen coverage in a specified area should be a good indicator of the level of air quality. The diversity of the tardigrade species on the lichens will be used to develop another level for bioindication of air quality. Sections of thi
The material found at this site provides original, multidisciplinary, inquiry-based ideas to help enrich science teaching using the world famous Great Salt Lake as a springboard theme. During the lesson students will have the opportunity to view two types of algae (fresh water and Great Salt Lake species) under 400x magnification with a compound microscope. Students will make observations and record their observations on a recording sheet where they will describe what they see through drawing a
A Moment of Silence: The Magnificent Pompeii Worm
This two-minute radio program from Indiana University discusses the magnificent Pompeii worm. The Pompeii worm resides in tubes near hydrothermal vents along the seafloor. While in the tube, the worm's tail end might be immersed in temperatures as hot as 178 degrees Fahrenheit, while its head rests in cooler water, as moderate as 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This web site features the script for the radio vignette and includes a link to hear the audio version.
Water Transparency Protocol
The purpose of this resource is to determine the transparency of water. Students measure water transparency at their undisturbed study site using a transparency tube or Secchi disk.
Salinity Titration Protocol
The purpose of this resource is to measure the salinity of the water using a salinity titration kit. Students will measure the salinity of saltwater using a salinity titration kit.