Plugging tomorrow’s cities into greener power sources - 23 May 2013
"Cities are growing at a frightening rate, and using more and more energy created from polluting fuels.
In the second expert viewpoint in our Building Tomorrow series, architect Richard Hyams says urban environments can help create the energy we need." + a slideshow + Related articles (BBC)
World Bank issues SOS for oceans, backs alliance - February 24, 2012
"The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change... "We need a new SOS: Save Our Seas," (World Bank President) Zoellick said in announcing the alliance... Working with governments, the scientific community, civil society organizations, and the private sector, we aim to leverage as much as $1.2 billion (762.0 million pounds) to support healthy and sustainable oceans." (af.reuters.com)
Masdar: Abu Dhabi's carbon-neutral city
"The world's first zero-carbon city is being built in Abu Dhabi and is designed to be not only free of cars and skyscrapers but also powered by the sun...
Masdar will be home to about 50,000 people, at least 1,000 businesses and a university. " (BBC)
Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific "A boat (named Plastiki catamaran) made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans...
The 12,000 used water bottles are filled with carbon dioxide to make the vessel durable and buoyant. The catamaran is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines." (BBC)
Hong Kong's air pollution reaches record levels
"Air pollution levels in Hong Kong have reached a record high, prompting government warnings to people to avoid going out...
There are tens of thousands of factories across the border in southern China which adversely affect Hong Kong's air quality, but ... roadside
pollution remains a large part of the problem. " (BBC)
Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait
"Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans
(thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on...
Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming. " (chrisjordan.com)
Tagging technology to track trash
"The ebb and flow of thousands of pieces of household rubbish are to be tracked using sophisticated mobile tags...
It is hoped that making people confront the final journey of their waste will make them reduce what they throw away...
In order to monitor how the pieces of rubbish move around the cities and beyond, the MIT team has developed a small mobile sensor that can be attached to individual pieces of waste. ..
Everything will be traceable. " - with a VIDEO (BBC)
shows toll on world's oceans "Only about 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human
activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts
on the seas...
A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution
and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of
the marine waters.
Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but
they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns." (BBC)
Pollution - with "a list of a few of the common air pollutants
and where they come from." (eo.ucar.edu)
highway(Wikipedia) 1 United States : 1.1 California / 1.2 Florida
"An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health
risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places."
with color, graphics, sounds and animation
Greenis all about what we as humans can do
to minimize our negative impact on our planet Earth.
Students will learn about different forms ofpollution.
Students will learn about the environmental impact of pollution.
Students will learn about global warming.
Students will get ideas of things they can do to make a difference.
A to Z on Going Green!
"I devised my personal eco-list of what I think are essential environmental facts for the Mr and Miss Fabulous.
There are so many ‘green’ words flying around that I decided to cut through it all and give you my run down of A to Zee in going green…" (frogandprincess.wordpress.com)
"Can you find at least eight things in the picture below that could
cause litter, waste, or other pollutants to end up in the storm drain
and eventually flow into nearby lakes and streams?
Circle the related activity in the picture, and then describe in the
blanks below how it could cause polluted runoff.
Next, write down what could be done differently to accomplish the same
task with less pollution."
Housewith categories of household
"Explore room by room with short, interactive popup windows
that inform on injury prevention - carbon dioxide - fire hazards
- poisons - lead poison" (cincinnatichildrens.org)
PROBLEMS - a webquest I. Air Pollution - II. Energy
Depletion - III. Overflowing Landfills -
IV. Rain Forest Destruction
- V. Vanishing Species - VI. Water Pollution
Day Webquest -What is the Most
Serious Problem Facing Earth? "In this special Earth Day WebQuest, student teams vie for
funding from the fictional Help Our World (HOW) Foundation.
Each team builds a case for a critical environmental concern.
Which threat is the most critical? Which team should be awarded the
foundation's $1 million grant?
Included: student work sheets, lots of Earth Day resources, more."
Lesson plans :
Haze at record levels in Singapore (June 23, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Pollution levels in Singapore caused by forest fires in Indonesia are continuing to reach new record highs.
The Pollutant Standards Index hit 401 on Friday, the highest ever recorded in Singapore." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Carbon dioxide at record high level (May 12, 2013)- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is now at a record high. An American weather station in Hawaii recorded the new high on the 9th of May." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
ToxMystery "about household chemical hazards.
Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed." - with lesson plans and activities (toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov)
Brazil fury over Britain’s toxic waste- a lesson plan
"Brazilians are furious over 1,400 tonnes of British garbage arriving at its ports. The stinking waste included toilet seats, dirty diapers, leaking batteries and used syringes..." WARM-UPS : Kind of waste / Waste disposal / Being furious (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Midway: Message from the Gyre
"On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place:
inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean..." (chrisjordan.com)
Invisible Mercedes- UPDATED
"When Mercedes wanted to promote its new fuel cell vehicle, instead of placing it squarely in front of everyone in the world, the company decided to make the car invisible."
My Water's On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song) "The song is based on ProPublica's investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling." (YouTube) - a "video explaining what fracking is, why it's bad, and why the regulations governing it are so loose." + the LYRICS : "Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling..."
Lehrer - Pollution(YouTube) - theLYRICS "If you visit American city,
You will find it very pretty.
Just two things of which you must beware:
Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air..."