natural resources

Micronesia's Changing Climate | Sustaining Healthy Coral Reefs in Micronesia

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Learn about coral reefs and how changing environments impact them, in these two videos adapted from the Micronesia Conservation Trust. The first video explores how disturbance events (such as coral bleaching, typhoons, and starfish infestation) and land-based pollution affect the coral reefs of Micronesia. Marine biologist Peter Houk explains his research on increasing the resiliency of reefs through ecosystem-based adaptation. The second video looks at the relationship between climate change and reef health. Scientists and community leaders in Ngarchelong, in northern Palau, describe local efforts to protect their marine resources.

On the Yukon River

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Explore the role of salmon in Alaska Native cultures and the efforts to help maintain healthy salmon stocks in this video segment adapted from the Yukon River Panel. Learn about the Yukon and Teslin River programs that regulate the harvest of salmon to keep stocks at healthy levels. Listen as subsistence users share stories about their experiences with salmon and discuss the changes they have seen in salmon stocks. See how one research team collects data to study salmon and freshwater productivity. Hear about concerns for future generations and the importance of stewarding this important fish stock.

Nuclear Chemistry | Crash Course Chemistry

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In this episode, Hank talks about transmutation among elements, isotopes, calculating half-life, radioactive decay, and spontaneous fission.

Paving the Way

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In this video, explore the advanced technologies being developed for the future of the automobile industry. In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars?

The Math of Energy | Fossil Fuel Usage

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The use of fossil fuels, which has increased steadily since the beginning of the 20th century, has enabled many advancements in the quality of life around the world.  However, fossil fuels are a limited resource and could become scarce during the 21st century.  To create projections for future global energy consumption, we can apply lines of best-fit to historical data. There are several estimates of fossil fuel reserves remaining in the earth and these estimates are continually revised.  In order to estimate when fossil fuels will be exhausted, we can equate the total fossil fuel resource base with the integral of our line of best-fit and solve for the time. The data in this episode is taken from 2012 studies on fossil fuel consumption.

Clear Water, Clean Water? Exploring the Floridan Aquifer

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Join our dive team and explore the massive hidden underground rivers, caverns, and waterways of the Floridan Aquifer. Quadrillions of gallons of crystal clear fresh water "spring" to the surface all over Florida and the southeast United States–but although it is clear water, is it clean water? Is it safe to drink? What are the impacts of generations of agriculture and urbanization? We follow technical diver, Jill Heirnerth, and a team of explorers and scientists to find out. We talk to farmers and researchers about a sustainable future. Students learn how essential the aquifer is for millions of people and how we must all work together to keep it safe. (Please note that the film is available in both English and Spanish.) 19:42

Cyberchase | Trash Dash Game

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Teams compete to score as many points as possible by sorting objects into bins for reuse, recycling, compost, or landfill and completing obstacles along the way.

The Shape of A River

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Listen to different perspectives of the Yellowstone River from native Montanans. Students learn the importance of rivers to science and society through this stunning visual story. For further reading and activities see: http://oceanmediainstitute.org/soar

Working Landscapes - Economic Development

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An ecosystem is a community of organisms and their physical environment, and they work together as a unit. Some ecosystems are fragile. And when humans interact with ecosystems, bad results can happen, especially in fragile places.

Green Ambassadors

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“Green Ambassador” Carolina Parra, describes types of energy – oil, coal and natural gas – and how their CO2 emissions cause global warming. Be inspired by seeing how the Green Ambassadors green their school through composting, planting trees, and recycling. They start a “Clean Plate Club” and a “Clean Canteen” project, and educate younger children about renewable energy solutions.

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