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Environmental Science

The Environmental Literacy Council
The Environmental Literacy Council Is an Independent, non-proflt made up of scientists, economists, and educators striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on envlronmental issues. Our website offers over 1000 pages of background information and resources on environmental topics, along with curricular materials, and textbook reviews.
BBC News: 'Boom and bust' of deforestation
Incra a land development agency settles people in the region as a way of giving them land and livelihoods - a policy that dates from the 1970s, but a recent study of 286 municipalities found that Amazon deforestation brought quick benefits that were soon reversed. Ana Rodrigues believes the conclusions probably hold true for other countries stocked with tropical forests in southeast Asia or west Africa. The environment ministry is now trying to reduce the rate of deforestation, one of the aspects of a new treaty will be a mechanism that rewards local communities for keeping carbon-absorbing forests intact.
BBC NEWS | Hydrogen car to be 'open source'
The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally.
BBC News: Ice sheet melt threat reassessed
The collapse of a major polar ice sheet will not raise global sea levels as much as previous projections suggest. Previous estimates had forecast a rise in the region of five to six metre but new research says that the demise of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) result in a sea level rise of 3.3m (10 ft).
BBC News: UK funds sea acidification study
The UK government has launched an £11m ($16m) five-year research programme into ocean acidification. Researchers say seas are becoming more acidic as a result of CO2 from human activities being absorbed by seawater, which alters the oceans' chemistry.
BBC News: 'Clean' coal plants get go-ahead
The government has given the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power plants - but only if they can prove they can reduce their emissions.
Coal burning power station and carbon capture system
Carbon Capture and Storage - CCS - is the method of capturing carbon dioxide from flue gas, compressing it into liquid form and storing it deep underground in suitable geological formations.
Environmental Literacy Council
An independent, 501(c)3 organization, the Environmental Literacy Council offers free background information on common environmental science concepts; vetted resources to broaden understanding; and curricular materials.
Atmospheric and ocean circulation
Well organised coverage of the earth's atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns and their effects of glocal weather.
Consequences of Rotation for Weather
Clear and accurate explanation of the Coriolis effect and its consequences for weather patterns on Earth.
Earth science for schools
An excellent site pitched at middle high school level and covering the basic concepts in Earth science: Earth's structure, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, fossil fuels, volcanoes and earthquakes and the atmosphere.
Interactive Rock cycle animation
Straightforward, clear animation with embedded visualisations to make understanding the rock cycle easy.
Rocks and Soils
Comprehenive summary of rock types and rockand soil chemistry and composition.
The Rock Cycle
Types of rocks and their interrelationship through the rock cycle.
The Thermohaline Ocean Circulation
THC and the potential effects of global warming on global circulation patterns.
The USGS and Science Education
Comprehensive site aimed at K-12 and featuring a wide range of resources for teaching and learning earth sciences.
US Geoligical Survey
Comprehensive site relating to the geology and climate for the USA.
Volcanoes: How they work
Educational resource explaining the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes.