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This BBC News Online six-part series on sustainable development covers the future of the Earth's population, food, cities, waste, tourism, and energy. It addresses what resources can be provided for everyone and what sustainable development is. Readers can access an overview, a short slideshow, and take a quiz to determine their ecological footprint, i.e. how many Earths would be needed if everyone ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Video, Ref. material, Report, Sound
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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Haz-Ed is a compilation of interdisciplinary activities that focus on the scientific, technical, and political issues related to hazardous waste sites and Superfund (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program to locate, investigate, and clean up hazardous waste sites nationwide). Haz-Ed materials can be used as part of a larger curriculum, as special stand-alone activities, or on an occasional ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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Earth Day Network is a large international alliance working to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world by organizing events, activities, and annual campaigns. The website includes a Teacher's Corner, which provides resources, guides and fact sheets designed to nurture ecological citizenship and leadership in the classroom. No-cost registration is required to access the ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This site explains the importance of mercury as a school and community issue and helps to identify where it is most likely to be found. There is information about online graduate courses for teachers on the environmental and health impacts of mercury; a Powerpoint presentation on mercury in schools; a mercury I.Q. test; and a mercury curriculum. The Taking Action section focuses on pollution prevention, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Curriculum, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This lesson plan explores the controversial issues surrounding the energy debate in the United States. Students will research recent initiatives being taken in this area and analyze their implications. They will then assume the roles of pivotal stakeholders in this debate and testify to a mock congressional committee responsible for making decisions about public lands and energy resources. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This homepage of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) presents information on how GEPD helps provide citizens of Georgia with clean air, clean water, healthy lives and productive land by assuring compliance with environmental laws and by assisting others to do their part for a better environment. There are reports of environmental quality, rules and laws for environmental assurance, ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This information updates a popular statistical summary about hurricanes that have affected the United States this century. That study, which included a tabulation of the largest US losses of life caused by those storms, had no counterpart for earlier tropical cyclones or for casualties incurred elsewhere. In this presentation that work is extended, providing a catalog of Atlantic tropical cyclones ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Report
Subject: Natural hazards, Policy issues
 
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This resource for younger students is part of a series of information sheets about the atmosphere, climate, and the environment. It offers information about the cause and effects of air pollution, both past and present, and an explanation about deadly smog and the advent of clean air acts. It also provides information about indoor pollution and the dangers of smoking. Two special sections tell why ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Policy issues
 
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This resource provides an overview of the concept of sustainability. Sustainable development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Today's environmental problems are largely a consequence of the unsustainable consumption of natural resources and the mismanagement of waste products. Topics include environmentally ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This is a web version of a brochure produced by the American Geological Institute to inform people about the importance of Earth science education in K-12 schooling. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Policy issues
 
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