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Facebook Twitter : PS-Future. Invasive Species A Module in Planning for Sustainability About This Module: This module focuses on the role of non-native species in ecosystems.

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Students explore local examples of such species, including how and why these species become established in ecosystems. : PS-Future. Working with Wind Energy. Curriculum Division / HS Environmental Science. EarthLabs. This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date.


Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. Provenance: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights). Earth and environmental science classes are changing. Audio Archives. Modules & Activies Main Page. Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six climate-related scenarios.

Modules & Activies Main Page

More Each of the problem-based learning scenarios also includes teacher pages to help educators implement the modules into their classroom teaching. All of the materials are free. Our only request is that teachers register for the site to access the module-specific teacher pages and complete a post-event survey. Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids. Animals at Risk from Climate Change - Animals At Risk from Climate Change. The Energy Lab. The world’s energy consumption is predicted to grow by 56% in the next 25 years*.

The Energy Lab

As the demand for energy swells, the stores of fossil fuels we currently depend on are dwindling and becoming more costly to obtain. The burning of these fossil fuels also discharges carbon, which has long-lasting negative effects on the environment. For these reasons, researchers and engineers are working to find efficient and cost effective ways to harness energy from renewable sources like solar and wind.

In the Energy Lab, you’ll design a city’s renewable energy system by analyzing the same data as the experts. Just like these energy engineers, you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of each energy source, assess the availability in that area, and consider the needs of the location. Design a Renewable Future. Heating & Cooling Degree Days - Free Worldwide Data Calculation. Calculating Degree Days. This page explains how Degree calculates degree days.

Calculating Degree Days

Predicting Insect Development Using Degree Days. ENTFACT-123: Predicting Insect Development Using Degree Days | Download PDF by Lee Townsend, Ric Bessin, and Doug Johnson, Extension EntomologistsUniversity of Kentucky College of Agriculture Since insects are cold-blooded animals, temperature plays a major role in their growth and development.

Predicting Insect Development Using Degree Days

There is a threshold temperature for each insect; for example, 48 degrees F for the alfalfa weevil. No development occurs when temperatures are below that level. 95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World - The New York Times. Catching the Wrong Species. This article in NSTA’s December 2014 issue of “The Science Teacher” describes a classroom activity that uses engineering design to help students model modern fishing gear to minimize bycatch in the tuna fishery.

Catching the Wrong Species

(Bycatch is non-targeted marine species typically caught in fishing gear). The lesson uses the 5E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) and outlines a number of techniques to deepen student understanding of the concepts the model represents. The classroom model employs common household items (e.g., different types of beans, marbles, tennis balls, and buckets) to create a model of the ocean.

Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time. Global Warming Interactive, Global Warming Simulation, Climate Change Simulation. First Mammal Species Goes Extinct Due to Climate Change The humble Bramble Cay melomys has disappeared from its island in the Great Barrier Reef.

Global Warming Interactive, Global Warming Simulation, Climate Change Simulation

Climate Change Making Calendars Run Amok People in Central Asia are recalibrating their system of time to adapt to a changing ecosystem. The Great Energy Challenge The National Geographic initiative is a call to action to become actively involved, to learn more and do more—to change how we think about and consume energy so that we can all help tackle the big energy questions. GlacierWorks. Lesson 6 – Death Valley Middle Basin Case Study – Baliga Systems Education Experiences.

World of 7 Billion

Geoinquiries. Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish. Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario's Grand River led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons. An international team led by University of Leicester geologists has made the first estimate of the sheer size of the physical structure of the planet's technosphere -- suggesting that its mass approximates to an enormous 30 trillion tons.

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons

The technosphere is comprised of all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet -- from houses, factories and farms to computer systems, smartphones and CDs, to the waste in landfills and spoil heaps. Ask the Weather Guys: Was all of autumn unusually warm? Q: Was the whole autumn unusually warm, or just November? A: If you thought November was warmer than usual around southern Wisconsin, you were exactly right.

Our most detailed view of Earth across space and time. What Is Missing? Tst1608 32. Carbon dioxide levels race past troubling milestone. Every year, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) rises during winter and then falls slightly during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, as plants take up the greenhouse gas during photosynthesis. But this year, for the first time since before the Ice Age, CO2 will not fall below 400 ppm. “It’s unlikely we’ll ever see CO2 below 400 ppm during our lifetime and probably much longer,” says Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. Measurements taken at NOAA’s atmospheric observatories on Mauna Loa and at the South Pole both indicate that CO2 has passed 400 ppm for good. What’s so important about 400 ppm? Four hundred parts per million is an arbitrary milestone, but it also may be a window on our future.

ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species. Lesson Plans. Carbon Sequestration NGSS. Investigation 1 The Lesson Level Learning Goals for Investigation 1 are: Ask and answer questions to identify and clarify evidence that various activities can increase the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and Analyze and interpret data to make a claim about a tree’s ability to store carbon. Students will build towards this goal by engaging with different phenomena. First, students will figure out that plants absorb carbon dioxide from their environment by using an indicator tool to observe changes in carbon dioxide levels in a controlled environment. We’ve destroyed one-tenth of Earth’s wilderness in just 2 decades. Similar estimates in the past have focused on deforestation, but the new study looks at the disappearance of a broader range of wild landscapes.

“This is the first time that anyone has put a number on the loss,” says Tim Newbold, a conservation biologist at University College London whose own work has shown that wilderness areas contain the world’s most undisturbed biodiversity. Such unspoiled regions, scientists argue, are also critical for allowing the planet to cope with climate change.

How Does Carbon Dioxide Affect the Environment?

How Do We Use Energy? School Yard Biodiversity. Ecology. Biology. Smart is the New Sexy - Timeline. Think It’s Hot Now? Just Wait. News from Science - Journal. Simulated global temperature change. This animated spiral portrays the simulated changes in the global averaged monthly air temperature from 1850 through 2100 relative to the 1850 - 1900 average. The temperature data are from Community Climate System (CCSM4) global climate model maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Untitled. Bouncy patches of earth in northern Russia are a dire warning. They Released 14 Wolves Into A Park. What Happens Next Is A Miracle And Proves That We Must Take Care Of Our Amazing Planet. Should%20We%20Reclassify%20the%20Wolf%20Town%20Hall%20Debate.

Inquiry and Integration Across the Curriculum. Virtual Labs. APES - Kessler Science. Teaching_strategies. Natural Hazards• ELI Natural Hazards category.

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Science. BUG LYPHE lesson plan. The Pucker Effect. Data Visualization: How much have we polluted? The Price Is Right. Discover. Dust Bowls and Failed Levees. The Habitable Planet Unit 1 - Many Planets, One Earth // Online Textbook. The Long Haul. Water Actions. Color Me a Watershed. The Lorax By Dr Seuss's (1972)WebRiP XviD_X-Release. HD13_DFS_EDPKG_CHASINGICE_FINAL.pdf. Air Pollution. The National Climate Assessment and the Next Generation Science Standards. Carbon Connections. 2014 National Climate Assessment Resources for Educators. CLEAN. Ecological Footprint Quiz by Center for Sustainable Economy.

2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Education Conference. Download the conference schedule and a map Session 1 Arms & Arteries: Adventures in Biomechanical Engineering Looking for ways to integrate engineering into your life science and biology classes? Try biomechanical engineering! Join us as we engineer ways to unclog arteries and construct prosthetic arms while incorporating key scientific principles and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices along the way.

Download Session PDFs Session 2 Environmental Engineering: Life in the Bay Water. GWOW - Welcome! Ecological Footprint Quiz by Center for Sustainable Economy. Footprint Calculator. APES FORMAL LAB ~ TOXICOLOGY - Toxicology Lab - Brine Shrimp _APES_.pdf. Bear Tracker. WWF Together. LogiCity - Introduction. Global Warming Explained, In About A Minute : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Educational Resources. Curricula Resources. Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our oceans. Climate change: Rising sea levels hit Maputo, Rotterdam. When people talk about the impact of rising sea levels, they often think of small island states that risk being submerged if global warming continues unchecked.

Microsoft Word - Water_Quality_Testing_StudentREVTSTBlind - 201404SupplementalMaterials.pdf. High School Lesson Plans — Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management. [PFP#871163962] - pests.pdf. That Magnificent Ground Water Connection: The Water Cycle and Water Conservation (Grades 7-12 curriculum; complete - 11 lessons) - gndw_712.pdf. UCAR Center for Science Education. The Nitrogen Cycle. The Carbon Cycle Game. Energy Flow Through Ecosystems. PS3 Ecology Institute. TPEcoPyramidActivity.pdf. Teacher Resources, Lessons, Plans, Activities. Part 2 - FoodForThought.pdf. Population Connection - Population Connection. Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database (search.

COOL 2.0. Climate Discovery Teacher's Guide. Teacher Resources, Lessons, Plans, Activities.