Resources on the Environment

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Resource page including articles and career profiles related to the environment.

Protecting the environment involves maintaining conditions so that living beings can thrive. To protect ecosystems, we first need to understand the complex web of interactions that occur both between living beings and between living beings and non-living elements. Research by biologists and environmental scientists allows us to gain new comprehension of this every day.

To minimize human impacts, we also need to understand how human actions affect ecosystems. Research in many scientific domains help us measure human impacts through environmental surveys of the living beings, chemical testing of water systems, the physical aspects of soils and rocks, weather patterns and much more.

As you can see, protecting the environment is a team effort that involves collaboration of scientists across many disciplines. Creating solutions to the environmental problems requires even wider knowledge, including engineering and design.

Protecting the environment concerns us all and it all starts by being aware of what is happening. Here are some Let’s Talk Science resources to help you learn more about environmental sciences.

Articles, Backgrounders and Hands-on Activities

Energy-saving light bulbs are a great way to save money at home

Energy Efficiency at Home

If you understand heat transfer, you can make lots of little changes at home to help the environment and your household’s bank account!
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Energy Efficiency at Home

Cow

Cows, Methane, and Climate Change

How do beef and dairy cows contribute to climate change? Livestock agriculture is a source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
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Cows, Methane, and Climate Change

What is the Greenhouse Effect?

What is the Greenhouse Effect?

Explore the greenhouse effect and learn about the impacts it can have on the environment.
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What is the Greenhouse Effect?

Massive algal bloom

Eutrophication: Why you should care about pond scum?

When fertilizers from agriculture get into lakes and rivers, big problems can result for aquatic ecosystems, food chains & webs!
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Eutrophication: Why you should care about pond scum?

Mussels on a rocky coastline

Using Mussels to Monitor the Environment

Mussels are a kind of invertebrate that filter food out of the water they live in. This makes them a great tool for monitoring environmental water quality and tracking bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs.
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Using Mussels to Monitor the Environment

Solar panel project in Dakar, Senegal

What are Carbon Offsets?

Can carbon offsets help you reduce your environmental footprint, practice sustainable living and fight climate change?
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What are Carbon Offsets?

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Green Chemistry 101

Green chemistry is a field that looks at the sustainability of products and processes designed by people.
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Green Chemistry 101

 A forest damaged by pine beetles

How Do Introduced Species Affect Ecosystems and the Economy?

When a species ends up outside of its natural zone, the consequences on other species, ecosystems and human industries can be severe. Climate change and human activities can introduce species into new zones.
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How Do Introduced Species Affect Ecosystems and the Economy?

Wasted food on the ground

The Environmental Impact of Wasted Food

One-third of all food produced is wasted. Learn about the environmental consequences of food waste, and what you can do about it.
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The Environmental Impact of Wasted Food

bees on frame held by beekeeper

How are the World's Bee Populations Doing?

Bees are important for agriculture. But bee populations face threats. This resource looks at Colony Collapse Disorder, herbicides & pesticides, and more.
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How are the World's Bee Populations Doing?

Bee exiting a bee house

Design & Build a Bee House

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a simple bee house to provide a nest for solitary bees in a garden environment.
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Design & Build a Bee House

What is the best way to clean up an oil spill?

What is the best way to clean up an oil spill?

Learn about the properties of materials and the challenges of cleaning up an oil spill in this activity.
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What is the best way to clean up an oil spill?

Careers

Learning about the professionals involved is ideal to establish relations between STEM studies and skills, and the real world. Below are some suggested career profiles to show the variety of people working in environmental sciences.

 

Teaching Resources

Questions for Discussion with Students

  1. When you hear the word environment, what does that make you think of?
  2. What type of science can be involved in environmental sciences?
  3. Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility. How can individuals help? Scientists? Companies? The government?
  4. How can you choose a career that you love but also to work towards a more sustainable future? 

Questions for Discussion with Students

  1. When you hear the word environment, what does that make you think of?
  2. What type of science can be involved in environmental sciences?
  3. Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility. How can individuals help? Scientists? Companies? The government?
  4. How can you choose a career that you love but also to work towards a more sustainable future? 

Teaching Suggestions

  • You can use the KWL: What I Know, What I Want to Know, and What I Learned Learning Strategy to introduce the topic.

  • Initial discussion

    • Using the questions above, discuss the topics with students. This can be done in the classroom or online, you can also have an asynchronous discussion by using a collaborative platform in which students can share their thoughts and opinions on the different questions. This option gives more space for introvert expression.

  • Articles

    • Teaching suggestions for can be found at the bottom of each of the articles. Learning strategies can also be used with the suggested videos.

Teaching Suggestions

  • You can use the KWL: What I Know, What I Want to Know, and What I Learned Learning Strategy to introduce the topic.

  • Initial discussion

    • Using the questions above, discuss the topics with students. This can be done in the classroom or online, you can also have an asynchronous discussion by using a collaborative platform in which students can share their thoughts and opinions on the different questions. This option gives more space for introvert expression.

  • Articles

    • Teaching suggestions for can be found at the bottom of each of the articles. Learning strategies can also be used with the suggested videos.