Human ecology

Changes on the Chang Jiang | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies about the Chang Jiang River valley: Shanghai: Head of the Dragon and Sijia: Small Town, Big Change. The first case study examines Shanghai, China's most populous city. Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented growth since the central government gave its approval and support to an open city policy. The second case study profiles Sijia, a small village that experienced rapid growth when a blue jeans garment factory located there. This rural township enterprise has given villagers year-round employment with steady wages and an increasing standard of living.

River Rewilding: Grand River Social and Economic Impacts

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This unit examines the social and economic role that the Grand River has played in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community. It begins with the Paleo-Indians and extends to current day. Students will look at primary source readings, artifacts, and summaries of the different time periods. They will examine the role of the River in society and the impacts of humans on the River. Specifically, students will examine how the change in population and uses of the River impacts river quality.

Population, Sustainability, and Malthus | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about human population. How many people can reasonably live on the Earth? In 1800, the human population of the Earth passed one billion. Thomas Malthus posited that growth had hit its ceiling and that the population would level off. He was completely wrong, as there are currently seven billion people on the planet! John will teach a little about how Malthus made his calculations and explain how Malthus came up with the wrong answer.

Oil and Water | The Power of Place

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This program features two case studies that examine the interaction between humans and natural resources: Egypt: Gift of the Nile and Oman: Looking Beyond Oil. A growing population and a shrinking arable land base is the dilemma presented in the first case study in Egypt along the Nile River Basin. The second case study examines the country of Oman as it tries to diversify its economy.

Northwest Contrast | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program travels across Russia's many landscapes to see how geography influences the problems people face and the solutions they are considering since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The case study St. Petersburg: Russia's Window on the West shows a capital city originally founded to link Tsarist Russia to the culture of Western Europe. The case study Vologda: Russian Farming in Flux shows us a quintessential Russia. This region of the northwest interior, which surrounds the administrative center bearing its name, is remote and rural. Many of the changes that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union have not yet reached Vologda.

The Importance of Freshwater Mussels | Iowa Land and Sky

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Freshwater mussels are historically a cornerstone species to Iowa's ecosystems. While industry and modern life has threatened their existence, they continue to be a valuable resource to every organism that calls Iowa home. 

Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling that occurred from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This cooling was likely caused by a number of factors, including unusual solar activity and volcanic eruptions. The Little Ice Age greatly impacted human social orders, especially during the 17th century. When the climate changed, and weather became unpredictable, the world changed profoundly. Poor harvests led to hunger, which led to even less productivity, which even resulted in violent upheaval in many regions.

A Challenge for Two Old Cities | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two cities on the periphery of China and their changing industrial landscape and ethnic and religious minorities. Lanzhou and Shenyang are removed from the heartland of Han China by distance and a variety of geographical barriers. For Lanzhou, the steppes, plateaus, and mountains of central and western China are barriers, while for Shenyang it is the Yellow Sea and the broken edge of the Mongolian Plateau. The physical geography, the process of industrialization, and the historic roots of the cultures are illustrated with images, maps, and commentary.

Civic Engagement | Making Civics Real: Workshop 6

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In this one hour video Workshop 6: Civic Engagement, Bill Mittlefehldt, a 30 year veteran of the classroom, works with his students in teams to define a project, choose and meet with a community partner who can help educate them about the seriousness of the issue and its current status, conduct further research on the identified problem, and present the problem and their proposed solutions first to their peers, and then to a special session of the Anoka City Council. This lesson satisfies state and national standards while helping deal simultaneously with the needs of today's teens and today's communities.

River Rewilding: Project Summary

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Brenda Perry, her high school students at Kent Innovation High, and Eileen Boekestein (LGROW) discuss what it's like to implement a place-based project involving their campus and the Grand River. Learn how their project will affect the Rapid Restoration happening in downtown Grand Rapids.

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