Ecosystems Resources

"The Earth's thin film of living matter is sustained by grand-scale cycles of chemical elements" 
        G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Zoologist and "father" of American Freshwater Studies

Here you will find ecosystems and sustainability specific links on the internet that correlate to the Sustainable Ecosystems Course. These will be used in various capacities such as research, reference, calculations and so on. Below you will find the title of the websites, the corresponding link and a description of the websites purpose. These websites are not affiliated with the Sustainability program but are to be used as points of reference for the students and visitors. It is an ever growing collection of links to the vast array of information available on the internet in regards to sustainability.


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Culminating Unit Exam testing for content comprehension.  Sep 24, 2012, 3:24 PM Unknown user
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This is the end of unit assessment for the fourth unit of the sustainable ecosystems course.  Oct 5, 2012, 12:38 PM Unknown user
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This is the end of unit assessment for the third unit of the sustainable ecosystems course.     Oct 5, 2012, 12:36 PM Unknown user
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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's mission is to protect and enhance public health, welfare and the environment in Arizona. Established by the Arizona Legislature in 1986 in response to growing concerns about groundwater quality, ADEQ today administers a variety of programs to improve the health and welfare of our citizens and ensure the quality of Arizona's air, land and water resources meets healthful, regulatory standards.  Oct 19, 2011, 10:53 AM Unknown user
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Ecology Explorers gives Phoenix area K-12 teachers and students opportunities to learn through real scientific research. You can help research our Phoenix ecosystem and be part of the Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project being carried out by scientists. The scientific data you collect can be shared with other researchers and schools to see what patterns in nature exist across our Phoenix metropolitan area!  Oct 19, 2011, 10:53 AM Unknown user
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The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long–Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project provides an important addition to LTER research by focusing on an arid land ecosystem profoundly influenced by human activities. It is one of two sites funded by the National Science Foundation that specifically studies urban ecology.  Oct 19, 2011, 10:53 AM Unknown user
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Our mission is to inspire sustainable urban living through education, community involvement and creative cooperation.  Oct 19, 2011, 10:53 AM Unknown user
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This is a course website from Stephen T. Abedon (abedon.1@osu.edu) for Biology 113 at the Ohio State University. In it is describes multiple purposes of Ecosystems. For this units purpose, please scroll down to section (15) - Chemical Cycling  Aug 2, 2012, 2:34 PM Unknown user
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It doesn’t offer as catchy a label as “global warming,” but human-induced changes in the global nitrogen cycle pose engineering challenges just as critical as coping with the environmental consequences of burning fossil fuels for energy.  Aug 15, 2012, 12:41 PM Unknown user
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Feedback loops are of critical importance to the regulation of a stable internal environment in our bodies. Here, find an explanation of different types of feedback loops and examples of each.  Aug 14, 2012, 12:36 PM Unknown user
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All elements of the periodic chart can be found on earth in many different forms. The elements may differ in physical form and be either solid, liquid or gaseous, or they may differ in their overall form as a result of chemical reactions they have undergone. The most important cycles of matter will be described here; those of water, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and carbon.  Oct 20, 2011, 3:31 PM Unknown user
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The on-air version of this story stated that energy is released when carbon-atom bonds are broken. To be more precise, energy is released after the bond is broken and carbon atoms grab on to other atoms.  Aug 16, 2012, 1:25 PM Unknown user
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Animation of the Phosphorus Cycle  Aug 15, 2012, 2:14 PM Unknown user
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A Flash Animation of how Carbon circulates  Aug 15, 2012, 2:14 PM Unknown user
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A Flash Animation of how Nitrogen cycles  Aug 17, 2012, 2:45 PM Unknown user
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A flash animation describing the sulfuric cycle  Aug 21, 2012, 10:43 AM Unknown user
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View An Overview of the Water Cycle  Aug 15, 2012, 2:14 PM Unknown user
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We have observed that plants require light, water, carbon dioxide, soil minerals and some reasonable temperature to survive. We have considered most of these factors and it is time to consider temperature, itself tied into all of these other factors in some way. This one environmental factor strongly determines the distribution of plants on the planet.  Aug 30, 2012, 10:18 AM Unknown user
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From Carnegie Mellon University - ATMOSPHERIC SYSTEM: This section examines the atmosphere as a system, and several atmospheric phenomena that have become critical in the understanding and guardianship of our environment.  Feb 25, 2013, 9:44 AM Unknown user
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This lab adopted by Vernier Probeware examines the differences of atmospheric current movement to represent the change of convection currents above land and sea surfaces.  Oct 8, 2011, 9:00 AM Unknown user
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Plant life on our planet soaks up a fair amount of the carbon dioxide that pours out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Plants take it up during the summer and return some of it to the air in the winter. And a new study shows that those "breaths" have gotten deeper over the past 50 years.  Aug 14, 2013, 9:47 AM Unknown user
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This sheet is to be used when watching the respective biome in the documentary "Planet Earth"  Aug 31, 2012, 12:46 PM Unknown user
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Have you ever wondered why one area of the world is a desert, another a grassland, and another a rainforest? Why are there different forests and deserts, and why are there different types of life in each area? The answer is climate.  Aug 30, 2012, 10:18 AM Unknown user
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This document gives the breakdown of the different services and examples that are provided by nature.  Aug 3, 2012, 10:58 AM Unknown user
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i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.  Oct 19, 2011, 10:52 AM Unknown user
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The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably.  Sep 12, 2012, 5:06 PM Unknown user
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Framework for Assessing the Viability of an Ecosystem Service Approach to Conservation: The Top 10 Screening Criteria  Oct 8, 2011, 9:01 AM Unknown user
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In short, we engage leaders in key institutions and meld world-class research and development with influential, on-the-ground conservation programs.  Sep 19, 2011, 2:25 PM Unknown user
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Natural Capitalism Solutions is recognized internationally for its work in the field of sustainability. Formed by Hunter Lovins, co-author of the acclaimed book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Natural Capitalism Solutions is led by Lovins, who has over 40 years experience in business, sustainability, and change management.  Sep 19, 2011, 2:25 PM Unknown user
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Human well-being is highly dependent on ecosystems and the benefits they provide such as food and drinkable water. Over the past 50 years, however, humans have had a tremendous impact on their environment.  Sep 14, 2012, 2:25 PM Unknown user
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The National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative is a multi-year global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.  Oct 6, 2011, 10:29 AM Unknown user
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National Geographic's Presentation on the Ocean, full of videos, diagrams, charts and awe-inspiring photographs.  Oct 6, 2011, 10:55 AM Unknown user
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Human beings are doing unprecedented things to the Earth, which is sort of impressive when you realize that the planet has existed for more than 4.5 billion years. But that’s what happens when 7 billion people produce and consume more and more stuff, emitting enormous amounts of gases like carbon dioxide and generally making of muck of things for everyone else.  Mar 11, 2013, 1:48 PM Unknown user
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This article about Sustainable Fishing is critical to sustaining the health of aquatic ecosystems. Please read, jot notes of summarization and thought and be ready to share.  Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM Unknown user
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Freshwater Institute logoFrom our campus in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, we combine applied research, engineering and economic development skills to show how freshwater resources achieve economic and environmental goals.  Mar 4, 2014, 8:31 AM Unknown user
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Understanding the world population is hindered by the sheer size of the task. We can measure numbers and statistics, but the reality of 7 billion people is infinitely more difficult to comprehend. While it is virtually impossible to accurately portray the life experiences of each one of us, the aim of this project is to select and present a representative sample of 100 of the earth’s population.  Oct 10, 2012, 2:34 PM Unknown user
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Welcome to the Arizona State University Center for Population Dynamics (CePoD). CePoD is a transdisciplinary research center drawing scholars who are interested in broad aspects of population research. The Center is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a vibrant, rapidly growing urban community of the American Southwest. We pursue novel avenues of population research in local, regional, national and international settings.  Oct 20, 2011, 3:16 PM Unknown user
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Trying to assess the importance of the United Nations' upcoming celebration of the global population reaching 7 billion is sort of like trying to assess the meaning of life.  Oct 2, 2012, 4:03 PM Unknown user
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A HUGE Collection of data on all different elements of populations. Holy wow.  Oct 9, 2012, 8:53 AM Unknown user
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Population estimates for US States, counties, cities and other places, by sex and gender. This dataset was prepared by Google based on data downloaded from U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. More info »  Oct 17, 2011, 2:30 PM Unknown user
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The U.S. POPClock is consistent with Census 2010 data and the most recent national population estimates. Population clocks on the US Census Bureau's Web site will update continuously for one minute and then will update once per minute after the first minute a web page is displayed.  Oct 11, 2011, 11:40 AM Unknown user
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Live data reads on multiple factors of population.  Oct 9, 2012, 8:53 AM Unknown user
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We are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States. Population Connection has 140,000 members, supporters, and participating educators. We educate young people about unsustainable population growth through K-12 lesson plans that reach 3 million students a year.  Oct 19, 2011, 8:43 AM Unknown user
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A constant clock reader of population dynamic data sets. Rapidly changing to reflect real time world totals.  Oct 25, 2012, 10:01 AM Unknown user
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The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.  Oct 11, 2011, 1:06 PM Unknown user
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When people talk about the poorest countries of the world, they often refer to them with the general term Third World, and they think everybody knows what they are talking about. But when you ask them if there is a Third World, what about a Second or a First World, you almost always get an evasive answer. Other people even try to use the terms as a ranking scheme for the state of development of countries, with the First world on top, followed by the Second world and so on, that's perfect - nonsense.  Oct 10, 2012, 2:41 PM Unknown user
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The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.  Oct 10, 2012, 8:09 AM Unknown user
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The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers.  Oct 9, 2012, 8:53 AM Unknown user
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Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world's endangered species from the brink of extinction.  Sep 19, 2012, 1:41 PM Unknown user
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Meet the new urbanites: They have long, furry muzzles, piercing, yellow eyes and are very, very wily. They're coyotes.  Oct 5, 2012, 10:05 AM Unknown user
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This site lists all of the endangered species on Planet Earth  Nov 7, 2011, 7:50 AM Unknown user
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An invasive species is one that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. It is important to note that when we talk about a species being invasive, we are talking about environmental boundaries, not political ones.  Oct 30, 2012, 1:33 PM Unknown user
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The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity is commonly referred to as biodiversity. The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth. Appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies attempt to recognize this as being integral to any approach.  Nov 1, 2011, 10:50 AM Unknown user
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Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has nonamphibian hosts and releases chemicals that cause pathology in the absence of infection  Jan 10, 2013, 7:45 AM Unknown user
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Invasive and Exotic Species of North America any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem; and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  Oct 30, 2012, 1:33 PM Unknown user
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National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.  Oct 30, 2012, 1:33 PM Unknown user
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This is a fundraising promo video for The Last Passenger Pigeon: Species Extinction and Survival in the 21st Century. This documentary will recount the total destruction by humans of the most abundant bird species in North America, and possibly the world.  Nov 7, 2011, 7:36 AM Unknown user
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The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.  Oct 11, 2011, 1:42 PM Unknown user
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.  Nov 7, 2011, 10:02 AM Unknown user
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Planet Earth teems with life—and now you can meet some of its stars! Check out our profiles below of some of the most amazing animals on the planet—living in niches from the deep oceans to the highest mountains  Nov 7, 2011, 7:47 AM Unknown user
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Why don't we just eat invasive species? They're not worth it Nutrias, pythons, feral hogs and other 'outlaws' lack value or are not plentiful enough  Jan 26, 2012, 7:25 AM Unknown user
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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Pinal County Air Quality Control District  Nov 28, 2011, 9:43 AM Unknown user
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The other day I posted an amazing picture, showing the output of a computer model displaying a global map of atmospheric aerosols—particles suspended in Earth’s air.  Nov 18, 2012, 8:46 PM Unknown user
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In China's capital, they're calling it the "airpocalypse," with air pollution that's literally off the charts. The air has been classified as hazardous to human health for a fifth consecutive day, at its worst hitting pollution levels 25 times that considered safe in the U.S.  Jan 14, 2013, 2:11 PM Unknown user
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Pollution prevention (P2) is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.  Nov 28, 2011, 10:58 AM Unknown user
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TRI is a database containing data on disposal or other releases of over 600 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. facilities and information about how facilities manage those chemicals through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. One of TRI's primary purposes is to inform communities about toxic chemical releases to the environment.  Nov 30, 2011, 6:49 AM Unknown user
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After more than three decades of economic prosperity, China faces serious environmental challenges that are sure to be discussed during the National People’s Congress, the annual conclave currently underway in Beijing. Air pollution blankets hundreds of cities, and the soil in vast parts of the country is contaminated.  Mar 8, 2013, 7:52 AM Unknown user
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Data readings from various stations across Maricopa County regarding air quality conditions.  Nov 28, 2011, 10:57 AM Unknown user
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Since the early 1990s, residents of the Valley of the Sun have been looking for some relief of their own. The "Brown Cloud", as it has come to be known, shrouds the Phoenix area in pollutants nearly year-round resulting in the American Lung Association giving Maricopa County its lowest grade for air quality in both ozone and particulates in 2005.  Nov 28, 2011, 1:12 PM Unknown user
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A powerpoint about socioeconomic impacts relationship to Air Pollution  Nov 28, 2011, 7:55 AM Unknown user
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We went to the single most polluted place on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China, where kids play in dirty rivers and the sun sets early behind a thick curtain of smog.  Mar 11, 2013, 10:13 AM Unknown user
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From lead in the soil to toxins in the water and radioactive fallout in the air, The Blacksmith Institute has created a list of the world's worst ecological disaster areas.  Nov 28, 2011, 11:16 AM Unknown user
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The broad mission of EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program is to prevent pollution at the source, promote the use of greener substances, and conserve natural resources, which are critical steps towards achieving a sustainable society. P2 is a cornerstone of the sustainability movement, which strives to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a world that is as good as today, or preferably better.  Nov 28, 2011, 11:01 AM Unknown user
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So it's not the fact that the global environment and the climate are changing that so worries many scientists. It's the rate of change — and whether or not human beings, and everything else that lives on the Earth, can adapt. Because the Earth, it turns out, is changing very, very fast.  Dec 12, 2012, 9:31 AM Unknown user
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Science educator Bill Nye says that climate change is to blame for the recent spate of wildfires.  Jul 2, 2012, 3:55 PM Unknown user
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As the issue of climate change moved into the forefront of global concerns, Phoenix has demonstrated its leadership by focusing resources on this important issue. Phoenix is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help ensure a sustainable future.  Dec 1, 2011, 8:30 AM Unknown user
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The Climate Change and Human Health project is designed to provide educators with the resources to engage high school students in critical thinking about climate change and the potential impact on human health across the planet.  Sep 19, 2012, 10:50 AM Unknown user
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Right now, 10 countries — including the U.S., China and Russia — are responsible for 80 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. The United States is the world's second largest emitter (China ranks no. 1), sending around 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year. That's the equivalent to a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from 1.1 billion average passenger vehicles.  Jan 3, 2012, 6:59 PM Unknown user
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We've all been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Sierra Club is cataloging our experiences to continue to push for leadership and policies that fight climate change. Read community submitted stories below, then add your voice to the climate movement by sharing your own story, pictures, or thoughts on Hurricane Sandy.  Dec 2, 2012, 4:37 PM Unknown user
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NPR's Year Long Expedition Across the World exploring how climate change changes peoples and how people change climate.  Dec 8, 2011, 12:37 PM Unknown user
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This is the website that was spawed off of the movie "An Inconvenient Truth," the 2006 Emmy Award winning documentary that explains the scientific implications of Climate Change.  Dec 5, 2011, 8:28 AM Unknown user
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EPA's website provides information on climate change for communities, individuals, businesses, states, localities and governments.  Dec 1, 2011, 7:30 AM Unknown user
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The Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT or CAIT-International), developed and maintained by the World Resources Institute, provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and other climate-relevant indicators.  Nov 28, 2012, 2:11 PM Unknown user
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Hotter summers, stronger hurricanes, melting ice in the polar regions - are these events related to changes in climate due to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from human activity? The evidence gathered by scientists around the world seems to point to this conclusion, one that is becoming more convincing over time.  Aug 2, 2012, 2:28 PM Unknown user
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. The UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.  Dec 1, 2011, 8:35 AM Unknown user
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Former climate change skeptic Richard A. Muller, in a New York Times op-ed, stepped back from his earlier dismissal of global warming. (Los Angeles Times / March 30, 2011)  Aug 3, 2012, 8:13 AM Unknown user
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Participation in the Kyoto Protocol as of June 2009: green are the nations that have ratified it, grey are undecided, blue have said no.  Nov 26, 2012, 2:27 PM Unknown user
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Welcome to the MathBench Biology Modules! These modules introduce students (and anyone else who's interested) to the mathematical underpinnings of what they learn in introductory biology courses. But unlike a textbook, the modules are not full of equations and proofs. Instead, we try to bring math to life using intuitive approaches, everyday situations, and even humor.  Dec 2, 2012, 4:37 PM Unknown user
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In 2004, NASA's spending on climate science exceeded all other Federal agencies, combined. NASA spent $1.3 billion on climate science that year, out of a $1.9 billion total. The agency provides information on solar activity, sea level rise, the temperature of the atmosphere and the oceans, the state of the ozone layer, air pollution, and changes in sea ice and land ice.  Dec 1, 2011, 8:28 AM Unknown user
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The United States is second only to China in emitting gases that cause global warming. Despite a presidential pledge to reduce emissions two years ago, we're spewing more carbon dioxide than ever into the atmosphere.  Nov 28, 2011, 1:10 PM Unknown user
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There's plenty of evidence that the climate has warmed up over the past century, and climate scientists know this has happened throughout the history of the planet. But they want to know more about how this warming is different. Now a research team says it has some new answers. It has put together a record of global temperatures going back to the end of the last ice age — about 11,000 years ago — when mammoths and saber-tooth cats roamed the planet. The study confirms that what we're seeing now is unprecedented.  Mar 8, 2013, 7:43 AM Unknown user
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Ray Suarez reports that, while there may be debate over what's causing global climate change, there is increasing evidence of the effects of a warming planet on human health.  Dec 4, 2011, 3:20 PM Unknown user
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The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. We help citizens around the world discover the truth and take meaningful steps to bring about change.  Dec 1, 2011, 7:24 AM Unknown user
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If it were not for greenhouse gases trapping heat in the atmosphere, the Earth would be a very cold place. Greenhouse gases keep the Earth warm through a process called the greenhouse effect.  Nov 28, 2012, 11:04 AM Unknown user
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KYOTO PROTOCOL TO THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE  Dec 1, 2011, 7:45 AM Unknown user
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Almost two decades ago, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable. This was in 1992.  Dec 1, 2011, 7:40 AM Unknown user
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Many chemical compounds found in the Earth’s atmosphere act as “greenhouse gases.” These gases allow sunlight to enter the atmosphere freely.  Nov 28, 2012, 11:05 AM Unknown user