Here, in two 10-minute segments, is a recent 60-Minutes report on the accident in the Gulf of Mexico and a link to a report on progress (finally) capturing some of the escaping oil: Part I: Watch CBS News Videos Online Part II: Watch CBS News Videos Online
Day 23 (May 12): Check out this 3 minute report from ABC’s World News: and here is a great interactive history lesson on major oil spills from the NY Times.
I doubt many of you are still checking this since the AP exam is over, but here are some Gulf oil disaster updates for those that might be… After Setback, BP Scrambles to Find New Solution http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126629347&sc=17&f=1007 Sopping Up an Oil Slick with Castaway Hair (“hair sausages?!”) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126536482 And, here is the slick viewed from [...]
Hi folks, You all may notice the fish tank is empty this week. Some of the non-AP environmental students and I drove up to the NC mountains to release them. If you want to know more, check out the blog post on it: http://pdsblogs.org/apes509/2010/04/18/free-at-last/ *There is a sweet underwater video clip of the fish swimming [...]
This is for those that missed our most excellent field trip Monday and for those that want a good review. I made this 6.5 minute video podcast a few years ago, but it still hits all the highlights:
Yes, I had to do it. I try to teach environmental science without preaching, but this one topic is hardest for me to avoid. There are probably hundreds of other posts out there on the topic, but I still feel the need to let this out (sorry as it is a bit long with the [...]
Silly, but relevant to our discussions of runoff issues. Enjoy!
Today in class, we learned more about water pollution. There is a list of the most common water pollutants in the book (pg 246, table 11-1), but it is important to note that the biggest water pollutant is sediment. There are two categories of water pollution: point and nonpoint sources. According to our textbook, point [...]
Yesterday in class we learned about the second type of water pollution: Plastic. To begin class, we watched a video on plastic pollution in the open ocean. Mr. Willard then talked to us about- 1: Photodegradable plastics, which are plastics that need constant exposure to the sun in order to become weaker and fragmented, are [...]
Today in class we discussed oil spills: their sources, effects, clean-up, and solutions. There are various sources of oil spills: offshore wells, tankers, pipelines, storage tanks, and runoff from highways, which is the top source. There are three main effects of oil spills: death of organisms, loss of animal insulation and buoyancy, and smothering. Sea otters and [...]