Free online resources to help you write that paper, research a science project, carry out a public service project, and more.
http://riclimatechange.org – “Rhode Island’s Climate Change: Waves of Change” is website by students (from the University of Rhode Island) aimed at students. The site’s goal reportedly is to lay out the science of climate change in bite-sized pieces. “When it comes to climate change, controversy remains where there should be none,” the website notes. Watch the videos. Read the factoids. Find out what leading daily newspapers are saying about climate change. Access resources. Send in your comments and questions. Trust us, you’re going to learn a lot!
http://climatechange.cornell.edu — Every now and then you discover an environmental education website that makes a difficult subject pretty easy to understand. The new climate change website from Cornell University is among the most lucid eco-sites Earth Preservers has ever seen. Not sure what climate change is or whether it’s man made? Interested in knowing what communities are doing to protect themselves against climate change and how students can pitch in? Just want to know why all this crazy weather recently, or what’s the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? Immerse yourself in this website and you’ll be ready to raise your hand in class and write an “A” paper on the subject of climate change.
Explore.org — Want to see pandas, whales, bears, birds, bees, penguins, puppies, honey bees, a great horned owl, plus other animals and fish — all live and up close? Explore.org not only has live webcams. It also has recorded videos, photographs and really good information about what you’re looking at. Since the webcams are all over the world, you can’t see everything at the same time. But Earth Preservers thinks you’ll see more than enough to keep coming back.
A handy two-minute-long animated video explaining the basics of home energy use, focusing on how to conserve energy. Useful start for any study of energy efficiency, conservation and importance of renewable energy sources.
GREENANSWERS.COM – If you’ve got an environmental question – any question at all – this site should be able to give you an answer. Just type in your question and they’ll email you an answer.
ENDANGERED SPECIES INFO – Here’s a website that’ll help you find and/or research endangered animal species. Individual species are listed alphabetically by name. Learn which are the world’s most endangered mammals and much more.
“Clean” energy is a multi-faceted topic, but this guide will simplify things and instantly increase students’ understanding. For older students, this guide from Kachan & Co., a cleantech analysis firm, breaks clean energy into eight basic areas: renewable energy; energy storage; energy efficiency; transportation; air & environment; clean industry; water, and agriculture. As valuable for an adult as it is for a kid.
“WHAT THE FRACK IS IN THAT WATER?” – A valuable research report from the highly respected journalism group ProPublica. The report lists all the chemicals publicly known to be in the fluids used to drill for natural gas in tight-rock formations, and tells you how dangerous each one is.
From Great Britain’s National Energy Foundation comes a comprehensive list of links on renewable energy and climate change suitable for students of any age. Find the BBC’s “climate change game,” the Danish Energy Agency’s “renewable energy activities” (in English), and much, much more.
From the University of Chicago, “Open Climate 101,” a series of lectures that have been videotaped covering “Heat and Light,” “The Greenhouse Effect,” “Ice and Water Feedback,” and more. Start with this great explanatory article by the New York Times’ Andy Revkin: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/climate-101-online-and-free/
TED-Ed – From the “Ted Talk” folks on YouTube, a channel dedicated to “Awesome Nature.” Learn how “Life Begins in the Ocean,” “Evolution in a Big City,” and more.
From Lake County, Illinois comes a free online library of 17 videos grouped into water, recycling, energy conservation and strategic planning.
From recycledevon.org in England comes a pair of short videos that make it easy to understand the process of aluminum and glass recycling.
AP Science Exam Review – Are you thinking about taking AP Environmental Science in high school? Get a feel for what the course includes in this multi-part video on YouTube, which is designed to help students review for the College Board AP Environmental Science Exam.
Microwave News — an authoritative newsletter on the health risk from radiation exposure caused by excessive exposure to cell phones and power lines
The goal of Ireland’s Green Schools program is to make every student a participant in the greening of his school through activities in and out of the classroom. A complete rundown of what the program entails can be found at:
From the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything you need to know about how to build a model solar car, plus dates and places where students can compete against other schools.
Duke University in the US has put together a “Green Book” for incoming students that provides a great guide for how to live “sustainably” in any community. Food, recycling, transportation and more are all explained in ways students of every age can benefit.
Looking for a green job? The US state of Mississippi has a “green jobs” website that should be one of the first places you check out. The site is a great primer on how many different kinds of green jobs there are and what you need to get one. Specifically for work in Mississippi, this site is good background for finding a green job wherever you live.