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A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Paleoclimatology may sound like is has something to do with the dinosaurs, but it is actually the study of the weather and how it affects our planet. On this brief web site sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, you can read some details of global warming in the twentieth century. Follow the N.O.A.A. link to see more of what this administration is researching, and how it can affect our planet and our lives.

Topic: Global warming, Paleoclimatology

URL: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/paleo/globalwarming/home.html

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Broken Homes Damage the Environment

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

You may not have thought of divorce as something that damages the environment, but divorce also increases the environmental footprint of families. In this National Science Foundation press release you can read about ways in which soaring divorce rates cause an increase in consumption of energy and water and an increase in land usage. See specific examples of increased utilities and unused housing space among divorced families. Various interrelationships between humans and nature are discussed.

Topic: Divorce, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=110798

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Energy Star Kids

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

Celebrate our planet by learning about global warming and what you can do to help make a difference. The U.S. government's Energy Star program created a web site just for kids to make learning about energy and our environment fun. Test your knowledge by playing the games and trying some of the activities on the site. There is a word bank to help you understand the definitions of many different terms associated with global warming.  You may be surprised by some of the factoids sprinkled...

Topic: Global warming, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index

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Fight Global Warming: What You Can Do

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

The primary contributor to global warming is the release of carbon dioxide into the earth's atmosphere, and this web site is dedicated to steps that can be taken to undo global warming. The site contains clever, kid-friendly graphics which accompany each suggestion, together with the potential amount of carbon dioxide reduction each step should yield if implemented. All of the suggestions involve conserving energy or making household appliances more energy-efficient, and making wise consumer...

Topic: Global warming

URL: http://www.fightglobalwarming.com/page.cfm?tagID=135

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Global Warming

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Global Warming refers to the warming/heating of the planet Earth.  This of course, begins with the sun.  Absorption of some of the heat and solar energy is what makes life on Earth possible.  However, human activity is changing our atmosphere.  Read about global warming, climate change, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases to learn about global warming.

Topic: Global warming

URL: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/GlobalWarming/

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Global Warming

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

A special report from Time for Kids online discusses the issue of global warming. Learn about increasing temperatures at the Earth's polar ice caps and the problems that could happen when glaciers melt. Meet an environmental activist who is teaching people about the dangers of global warming. There are links to many other TFK articles about global warming. Find answers to common questions and play some earth-friendly games. Discover how kids like you can make a difference.

Topic: Global warming, Polar regions

URL: http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/specials/articles/0,6709,1113542,00.html

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Global Warming

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

This web site begins with facts about global temperature changes, and changes in the natural environment which have occurred because of global warming. The site includes sections on global warming as a science, the impacts and warning signs of global warming, and specific geographical studies related to changing temperature trends. Several solutions to global warming are proposed, including scientific solutions which involve the reduction of carbon monoxide emissions, as well as practical...

Topic: Global environmental change, Global temperature changes, Global warming

URL: http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

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Global Warming and Rising Oceans

Grade Level: 9-12

"As the temperature of the waters in the oceans rises and the seas become less dense, they will spread, occupying more surface area on the planet."  This means that the warm water temperature will speed up the rate sea level rises. The rise of ocean temperature has caused great concern for our environment.  It affects both marine life and human activity. This rise in the ocean level affects coastal areas around the world.  Read this article to learn more about this problem.

Topic: Global warming, Ocean temperature

URL: http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/chanton.html

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Global Warming to Change Day's Length

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Global warming could change the length of a day. Rising seawater caused by global warming would likely pool at the North Pole, which would bring the mass of Earth closer to its axis. Like a figure skater who pulls in her arms, it would cause the Earth to spin faster. However, a warmer atmosphere could also create more powerful winds that could slow the Earth's rotation. Follow links to find out how moon mechanics or earthquakes could affect the length of a day.

Topic: Day, Global warming

URL: http://www.livescience.com/environment/070504_day_change.html

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Human Impact

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

People abuse the earth in many ways. National Geographic will show you some of those ways in this special report. Look at the human impact on the earth beginning with floods and dams. You can also explore ozone and pollution, deforestation and desertification and overpopulation. For each of these areas there is a video introduction and photographs and text. Each section discusses the effect of the type of impact, the phenomena and the related science behind the subject.

Topic: Environmental disasters, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/impact.html

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Humans Blamed for Climate Change

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released information in a report in 2007 that shows humans are most likely the cause of global climate changes. This BBC News article discusses both past and future climatic shifts and outlines the reasons for them. Find out projected temperature and sea level changes. You can download a summary of the report and link to a related BBC article with an explanation of how computer models can forecast climate changes.

Topic: Climatic changes, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6321351.stm

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Humans 'Causing Stronger Storms'

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Some scientists believe that greenhouse gas emissions created by humans are the cause of the increasing intensity of hurricanes. This article from BBC Science and Nature discusses the connection between the rise in sea temperatures and the number of hurricanes that happen. Look at several pieces of recent research that show an increase in duration, maximum wind speed and energy released in tropical storms. Click on the animated guide to see how hurricanes form and start.

Topic: Human influence on nature, Hurricanes, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5335362.stm

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Nature: Habitat Destruction and Global Warming Grade Level: 6-8 9-12 The natural habitat of our world is being destroyed every day, and the quality of our land, water, and air continues to decline. Earthplatform provides many articles about some of the things that are threatening the survival of forests, wetlands, the oceans, animal species, and plant species. Read about global warming, air pollution, and greenhouse gases. In these article, you will also learn how global warming is causing more hurricanes and how coral reefs are dying.

Topic: Environmental degradation, Global warming

URL: http://www.earthplatform.com/c/nature

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Our Imprint Deepens as Consumption Accelerates Grade Level: 6-8 9-12 More than any other species, humans have changed the face of the Earth. Over 80% of the Earth's surface has been transformed by humans in the last 10,000 years and the pace of human impact in accelerating with rising populations and expanding industries. No place on Earth is safe from human impact as air and water pollution reach around the world. View a map that depicts where human impact has affected our planet the most. Take a look at a chart that depicts how much forest, grazing land,...

Topic: Economic development--Environmental aspects, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/human-impact.html

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People, Biodiversity and Ecology

Grade Level: 9-12

Biosphere Reserves are areas of land and coastal ecosystems that serve as "living laboratories".  The biospheres have three basic functions: Conservation, Function, and Logistic Support. These reserves are important in conservation of natural resources such as plants, animals, and microorganisms. Here you can read all about the origin of Biosphere Reserves, where they are located, and how they are selected.

Topic: Ecology--Study and teaching, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://portal.unesco.org/science/en/ev.php-URL_ID=4793&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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Studying the Human Impact on the World's Oceans Grade Level: 6-8 9-12 The health of the world's oceans is changing due to human activity. The Nature Conservancy web site has an article about the human impact on the oceans around the world. Read answers from a marine scientist who describes just how and how much humans are affecting oceans. Learn about the major threats to oceans and the combined impact of these threats. Find out which areas of the ocean are the most affected and learn what is being done to both rehabilitate and conserve the oceans. Click on a...

Topic: Human influence on nature, Marine ecology, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/marine/features/art23842.html

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The Global Warming Survival Guide

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Time Magazine's Global Warming Survival Guide has 51 ideas! As you click through the web site you will learn ways in which we can slow global warming. The information is varied and interesting. Find out why we need to turn food into fuel and why geothermal heat is more efficient. You will see how what you live in has an impact on the earth, how changing light bulbs can make a difference and how the clothes you choose use energy. You will find out how something as simple as paying bills...

Topic: Global temperature changes, Global warming

URL: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/environment/

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The Human Footprint

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

A human footprint is the impact that our actions have on our environment. The many factors that contribute to a human footprint are described in this article from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The article also explains that not all human influence is negative. Click on the Atlas of Human Impact and then choose a continent to see the patterns of human influence. Look at the last of the wild areas and see the various types of biomes in each one. The characteristics of human influence on...

Topic: Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.wcs.org/humanfootprint/

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The Impact of Humans on Biodiversity

Grade Level: 6-8 9-12

Humans depend on the planet's resources for many needs, but these resources have often been exploited. Learn the ways in which humans have changed the genetic diversity of the world's food supply. You will find information about how people have changed habitats and impacted ecosystems and get ideas on how biodiversity can be conserved. Test your knowledge of biodiversity by taking a quiz and explore environmental trade-offs with an online activity. There is discussion about genetically...

Topic: Biodiversity conservation, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.rigb.org/contentControl?action=displayContent&id=00000001071

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Themes: Global Warming

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

Over the years the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans has been gradually increasing. We know this phenomenon as global warming. At this web site you can learn more about the climate changes we see today and how it is affecting different aspects of our world. The magazine articles on the site give you an inside look into how the United Kingdom is dealing with this problem and describe how the aviation industry is affecting climate change. The other activities on the site provide a fun...

Topic: Global temperature changes, Global warming

URL: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-themes-global-warming.htm

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What is Global Warming?

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

Many concerned environmentalists maintain that the temperature of the earth's atmosphere is rising by about eleven degrees every eight decades. But what, exactly, does this global warming mean? To understand the issue better, check out this CBBC guide, which answers many questions about the effects of global warming and what can be done on both an individual and international scale. Look for information on greenhouse gases; ozone; wave, wind, and water power; and more.

Topic: Global warming

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_1570000/newsid_1575400/1575441.stm

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Zero Footprint Kids Calculator

Grade Level: K-5 6-8

Answering the questions at this web site will help you decide if you have a positive or negative impact on the environment. Find out if you are environmentally friendly in the areas of transportation, what you eat, home and school, what you throw away and what you use. The choices we make determine how much carbon dioxide we put into the air. Too much carbon dioxide leads to global warming. See the impact you make on carbon dioxide, land, trees and water.

Topic: Environmental protection, Human influence on nature, Nature--Effect of human beings on

URL: http://www.zerofootprintkids.com/kids_home.aspx

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