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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The materials below were developed by teachers and professional educators associated with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center with input from our scientists.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

The materials are designed to engage students in learning about science and engineering challenges associated with producing sustainable biofuels. All materials are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and designed to fit within the curriculum of standard K-16 science courses. Materials include investigations, shorter stand-alone activities and readings, as well as longer integrated units. Use the sort and search features to find materials that meet your needs. Alternatively you can browse a list of our materials sorted by NGSS Performance Expectation or browse the NGSS performance expectations for each activity. For additional bioenergy labs and activities developed through participants in our Research Experience for Teachers program, visit the RET Projects page.

Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass. Logger Greg Hemmerich and his crew feed low-value trees into a wood chipper, before bringing the chips to ReEnergy Holdings' biomass plant in Lyonsdale, N.Y.

Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass

David Sommerstein/NCPR hide caption toggle caption David Sommerstein/NCPR. Activity 4.1. Have students place a “chemical energy card” on the reactants side of their placemat, along with their amino acids, fatty acids, glycerol and glucose molecules.

Activity 4.1

Coach students to simulate the actual process of dehydration synthesis by making a water molecule each time they tape two monomers together. This helps show that each time a bond is broken a chemical reaction takes place and new bonds form. Protein: Show slide 30. Have students tape together four amino acid monomers to form one protein polymer and three water molecules.

Hardwoodbiofuels. Exploring ethanol activity. Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil. CTIME - Ecosystems. 2015 - 2016 Field Test Version Principal Authors Jenny Dauer, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Charles “Andy” Anderson, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University Hannah Miller, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University Wendy Johnson, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University.

CTIME - Ecosystems

Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab. Climate Educator Guide. Carbon is the fourth most abundant element on Earth and necessary for all life.

Climate Educator Guide

Yet it is the same element which is a component of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas famous for its effect on Earth’s climate and rising temperatures. During these lessons, students will begin to discover the relationship between CO2 and the Earth’s climate, as well as the intricate path of the carbon cycle and how carbon in the atmosphere is connected to living things.

Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint? MSU Extension Forestry - Wood Slab Energy. Belgian scientists look for biofuel clues in panda poo. Estimation of biomass and its nutrients content. Another month, another global heat record broken — by far. WASHINGTON — Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year.

Another month, another global heat record broken — by far

Off-the-charts heat is "getting to be a monthly thing," said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "This is the third month this year that we've broken the monthly record. " "There is almost no way that 2015 isn't going to be the warmest on record," she added. NOAA calculated that the world's average temperature in June hit 61.48 degrees Fahrenheit (16.33 Celsius), breaking the old record set last year by 0.22 degrees (.12 degrees Celsius). Mountain Pine Beetle. Mountain Pine Beetle by D.A.

Mountain Pine Beetle

Leatherman, I. Aguayo, and T.M. Mehall* (9/11) Bark-beetles-brochure. Bulls and bugs: Four-year study examines pine beetle's impact on elk habitat in the Elkhorns. National Geographic Magazine - By Hillary Rosner One chilly morning in October 2013, Diana Six parked her white Subaru at the edge of a pine forest in southwestern Montana’s Big Hole Valley.

National Geographic Magazine -

Beneath snow-tipped peaks, lodgepole pines in four different colors draped the hillside—a time line of carnage. The gray ones, now just trunks and branches, had died in 2009. Light red trees, still holding needles, had succumbed in 2011. Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe. By Gail WellsHigh Country News Posted: 06/24/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT The lodgepole pine and spruce-fir forests of the Intermountain West are reeling under a one-two punch: more frequent and severe wildfires, and an epidemic of tree-killing bark beetles.

Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe

Once-green forests are filled with red dying trees and patches of gray dead ones. The Coal That’s Good for the Climate — NOVA Next. In northern Senegal, near Ross-Bethio, it’s mid-day, the time when the sun is at its hottest.

The Coal That’s Good for the Climate — NOVA Next

I’m meeting Alioune Diatta in the middle of a field, and he’s wearing the pinched expression of someone wrung out by too much sun and too much sweat. “The farmer is the unluckiest person in the world,” he tells me right away after introducing himself. National Geographic Magazine - New hope for beetle-killed landscapes. From the air, they look like brittle, dead landscapes: millions of acres of scratchy brown pipe cleaners and toothpick logs. Since the 1990s, naturally-occurring bark beetles have multiplied under the effects of drought, climate change and fire-repressed forests, leading to outbreaks that have ravaged forests and left land managers scrambling to deal with a glut of dead trees. Text Size The main hosts for MPB are pines. MTNPineBeetleFinal. Mountain Pine Beetle. Bark_beetle_outbreaks_students. Name________________________ Changing Planet: Bark Beetle Outbreaks Background Mountain pine beetles (or pine bark beetles) are native to North American trees and are an important component of forest ecosystems. However, over the past 15 years, the pine beetle population has grown faster than the local ecosystems can tolerate. CarbonTIME. Skip to Content. EnvLit - Working Groups. As Uses of Biochar Expand, Climate Benefits Still Uncertain by Mark Hertsgaard: Yale Environment 360. 21 Jan 2014: Analysis by mark hertsgaard Biochar, the charcoal-like material sometimes touted as a miracle cure for global warming, might first gain economic traction as a weapon against local air pollution, research by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture indicates. Frequently Asked Questions about Biochar. CNN, Anderson Cooper 360° - Biochar to Save the Planet. As Uses of Biochar Expand, <br />Climate Benefits Still Uncertain. Analysis. Biochar Websites. NASA - Help for the Environment. Can 'biochar' save the planet? ATHENS, Georgia (CNN) -- Over the railroad tracks, near Agriculture Drive on the University of Georgia campus, sits a unique machine that may hold one of the solutions to big environmental problems like energy, food production and even global climate change.

Biochar's high carbon content and porous nature can help soil retain water, nutrients, protect soil microbes. Can 'biochar' save the planet? Carbon Sequestration - Home. Throughout the world intensive agriculture often has resulted in soil physical and chemical degradation, to due erosion and higher output than input rates of nutrients and OM. US Biochar Initiative.

US Biochar Initiative. International Biochar Initiative. Biochar Is a Valuable Soil Amendment This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and increase soil biodiversity, and discourage deforestation. Biochar Farms. Biochar not only offers a lot of environmental solutions, it can also provide the farmer and rural communities with a host of real benefits.

These include improved soil quality; greater crop yields; higher fertilization efficiency; reduce contamination of groundwater from herbicides and other pollutants; heat for homes, barns, and other applications; and potentially the ability to sell carbon credits and offsets in emerging carbon markets. University_of_Hawaii_article_1-3-11.pdf. NASA satellite will map soil moisture. Measurement of Soil Moisture. BANR Bioenergy. Bulls and bugs: Four-year study examines pine beetle's impact on elk habitat in the Elkhorns. Beetle kill prompts tree removal on MacDonald Pass. Cars do not need to idle to warm up in cold weather.

Carbon Cycle ( Read ) Exploring Energy Transformations in Plants. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Biofuels Basics. Feedstock Supply. Biochar - A Multitude of Benefits. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The Carbon Cycle : Feature Articles. What is the Carbon Cycle? What is the science behind it? Carbon Mitigation Initiative: Stabilization Carbon Crisis Game. The Carbon Cycle Game. A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change. ESRL Global Monitoring Division - Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. Colorado ethanol producer begins shift from corn to woody biomass.