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The homepage of the Union of Concerned Scientists provides visitors with an overview of the science community's concern with environmental issues, energy policy, scientific integrity, and public health. Materials include news articles, reports, and suggestions for people who wish to become active in promoting these issues. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This article discusses the United States' increasing vulnerability to natural disasters because of population and infrastructure concentrations in disaster-prone areas. Topics include the high cost of earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes, a discussion of the frequency and severity of these events, changes in population and wealth as measured by revenue, and ways to decrease hazard vulnerability. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Natural hazards
 
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This collection of visualizations was made from Landsat imagery. Many of these visualizations are designed to show changes in our environment through time. Subjects include glacial retreat, urban growth, landforms and coastlines, floods, fires, deforestation, volcanism, and others. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Environmental science, Space science
 
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This document provides an extensive description of a strategy to deliver credible predictions of future atmospheric carbon dioxide levels based on improved understanding of dynamics in the Earth's carbon reservoirs (the land, air and oceans). Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Report
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science
 
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This site offers information about the mission of the R.V. Heraclitus, the research vessel of the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, which began in 1995 and is expected to conclude in 2010. Expedition goals are outlined. These include gathering baseline information on the condition of selected reef ecosystems, supporting the monitoring and mapping of reefs using satellite technology, furthering knowledge ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Biological oceanography
 
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The Planetary Coral Reef Foundation was founded in 1991 to address the growing crisis of destruction of coral reefs. Topics include the PCRF's mission, its research activities at sea and in space, wastewater recycling, conservation tips that can help preserve reefs, and the organization's ship, R.V. Heraclitus. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Environmental science, Biological oceanography
 
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Visitors to this portal can find links to a large selection of media outlets. The outlets include television networks, individual TV programs, broadcast news organizations, newpapers, magazines, and others for the United States and around the world. Themes in this list cover environmental and conservation issues. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science
 
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This movie shows global seasonal variations in green leaf area index, sea ice cover, and snow cover on land. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video
Subject: Environmental science, Space science
 
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This site discusses the loss of ice from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which has been observed for the last thirty years. Topics include why, when, and how much ice was lost by the ice sheet since the last glacial maximum, and whether the ice sheet was ever smaller than it is today. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Cryology, Environmental science
 
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Approximately one-third of the Earth's land surface is desert, arid land with meager rainfall that supports only sparse vegetation and a limited population of people and animals. Deserts are also fragile environments. The misuse of these lands is a serious and growing problem in parts of our world. This web page, produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, describes how deserts are defined and classified. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science
 
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