Pollution

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Student uses a pipet to extract DNA with other students looking on.

Fish Market Survey

Senior biology students use a DNA barcoding kit to test local grocery store fish samples, and discover if the fish they bought is mislabeled and part of food fraud!
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Fish Market Survey

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Crack the Code: Water Systems

Students learn about the water treatment process as they complete a digital “escape room” on a Google site.
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Crack the Code: Water Systems

Skyglow from a city and highway

Light Pollution

Light can be a type of pollution. Learn about the damage it causes to people and living things as well as how you can prevent it.
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Light Pollution

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The Solutioneers Week 5: Chemical Bonding

This week's episodes and hands-on activity explore some cool chemistry!
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The Solutioneers Week 5: Chemical Bonding

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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

plastic food containers, trays and food packaging made from polystyrene

Polystyrene: The Pros, the Cons, the Chemistry

Learn the organic chemistry behind this very useful plastic. Why is recycling polystyrene hard? Why does polystyrene often end up as solid waste?
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Polystyrene: The Pros, the Cons, the Chemistry

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What is Acid Rain?

Acid rain is any precipitation that has an unusually low pH. It can be rain, snow, fog, etc. But what is a low pH and why is this a problem?
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What is Acid Rain?

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Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle

What is the nitrogen cycle? How do human activities such as using fertilizer affect the nitrogen cycle? How can this cause greenhouse gases?
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Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle

Platinum crystals

Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters use noble metals as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions. This makes vehicle emissions less harmful.
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Catalytic Converters

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What are the Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy?

These two “point-counterpoint” videos provide arguments for and against using nuclear energy to generate electricity.
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What are the Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy?

Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor

Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste After Decommissioning

When a nuclear reactor is no longer in use, the radioactivity in its materials remains. That’s why it’s important to safely deal with the radioactive waste those plants leave behind.
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Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste After Decommissioning

Cars driving through thick smog

Vehicle Emissions Primer

This backgrounder describes how vehicle emissions work and how they affect air quality, including their contribution to smog.
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Vehicle Emissions Primer

Hamilton, Ontario industrial area with Toronto skyline in the background

What are Greenhouse Gases?

This backgrounder explains what greenhouse gases are and how they contribute to climate change.
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What are Greenhouse Gases?

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How is oil moved from one place to another?

This backgrounder explains the four main ways that oil is moved over land and water.
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How is oil moved from one place to another?