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Antarctica Today

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Take a trip to Earth's freezer - the coldest, windiest, driest, place on Earth. How long has Antarctica been like it is today? That's what polar researchers want to find out. Meet ANDRILL, the Antarctic drilling team in this video.

Colorado Towns Struggle for Control over Fracking | PBS Newshour

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Update your students on the controversy surrounding fracking with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 8, 2014. We suggest using the interactive website ExploreShale.org to engage and support student learning about process of fracking. Check out more teaching resources at PBS NewsHour Extra

Cambodian Lake Faces Uncertain Future

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Discover the cultural and environmental importance of Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 26, 2014.

What’s Next for Nepal’s Earthquake Recovery?

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Look at Nepal's efforts to recover from a major earthquake with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 29, 2015.

Nepal Devastated by Deadly Earthquake

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Hear the latest updates from the site of an earthquake in Nepal with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 26, 2015.

Changing Seasons | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

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Learn about weather cycles in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. As the dry season heats up, the park's scenery and wildlife go through a massive transformation. Known as 'the great evaporation', the parks flooded planes turn to dust as animals are forced to congregate around dangerous waterholes. The catfish, in a last ditch effort to survive, bury themselves into the mud. Those that survive will only surface again months later when the rains come.

Conflicts with Elephants | EARTH A New Wild

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Hear this first-hand account from a Sumatran farmer and his dangerous encounters with elephants. These animals, while generally not aggressive towards humans, have come into increasing conflict with farmers that compete over the same patches of forest. Use this resource to learn about wildlife management and elephant behavior.

Preserving a Mummy | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

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Learn the basics of archaeological restoration as the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) Conservation Centre lab team examines and opens a wooden sarcophagus with a mummy inside. The wood will require work—salts removed, paint restored. Conservators inject chemical fillers into cracks and attach loose flakes with acrylic. This sarcophagus and mummy are just two of 50,000 objects the Centre will restore before GEM opens to the public.


 

Introduction | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl was a decade-long natural catastrophe of biblical proportions, and the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. It is the classic tale of humans pushing too hard on nature and nature pushing back, during a period of economic boom and bust in the 1920s and 1930s.

Erica Smithwick Chat

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Meet Dr. Erica Smithwick in this video from WPSU Penn State’s “Women in Science Profiles” (WiSci Files). Erica is Associate Professor of Geography at Penn State University, where she studies “wicked problems” related to ecology, biodiversity and climate change. In this video, Erica talks about her love of trees, her world travels and more with producer Cheraine Stanford and students from WPSU's viewing area in a live Q&A. This resource is part of the Women in Science Profiles Collection. 

Coming Outta Queensbridge: Nas and Hip Hop

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In this video from Finding Your Roots, host Henry Louis Gates Jr. interviews acclaimed rapper Nas. The clip demonstrates how the hip-hop scene in New York City’s Queensbridge housing projects influenced the artist as a young man. 

Pollution | Crash Course Ecology

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Hank talks about the last major way humans are impacting the environment: pollution. Pollution takes many forms - from the simplest piece of litter to the more complex endocrine distruptors - and ultimately, humans are responsible for it all.

Fernan Lake Invasion | Idaho Science Journal

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For more than 100 days a year, Fernan Lake falls under health warnings because of toxic blue-green algae blooms. Resident Marc Andrews says you could see the lake turning color. “It’s starting to look more like pea soup instead of water.” Lake managers and residents turned to scientists from the MILES project at the University of Idaho to help them understand what was happening.

Virtual Field Trip Video: View from a Canoe | Nature Works Everywhere

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Take your students on a virtual field trip led by Tsimka Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, to explore this beautiful landscape that stretches from Washington State to Canada’s Coastal British Columbia to Southeast Alaska, and find out how nature and people are interconnected. Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip. 

5 Human Impacts on the Environment | Crash Course Ecology

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Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem services which a healthy biosphere provides.

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