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In the American West, wildfires are essential for keeping forests healthy. But the same fires that help release nutrients and promote new plant...
Speed Science - Cover Crops Fall SeedingLast Updated on 2014-03-01 17:48:56Published on Sep 13, 2013
Snapshot of the benefits of cover crops and when and how to plant them in the Midwest. Filmed at a cover crop field day, at Mark Jacobs' Farm in Hedrick, Iowa, September 11, 2013.
The video was developed in cooperation with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms, and this project--the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project, a regional collaboration supported by USDA-NIFA Award No. 2011-68002-30190. Filming and editing by Jamie Benning, a co-PI of this project's Extension Team.
Human population explosionLast Updated on 2014-02-26 17:23:15
Approximately 7.2 billion humans inhabited the Earth in year 2013. By comparison, there might be 500,000 elephants of different kinds, 200,000 chimpanzees, 100,000 gorillas, 20,000 polar bears, 3,000 tigers, 2,000 giant pandas and 200 California condors. Notably, the human population has grown about ten-fold over the past 300 years and nearly four-fold in just the last century. This monumental historical development has profoundly changed the relationship of our species to its natural support systems and has greatly intensified our environmental impact, particularly regarding species extinctions. Equally amazing are the signs that, in our generation, the human population explosion is abating (Figure 1; note that, here and below, many of the values given are estimates and, after the year 2005, projections). Our numbers are expected to rise by another 50%... More »
Speed Science Fact Sheets: Climate and Climate Change - CSCAPLast Updated on 2014-02-24 11:53:39
The Speed Science Fact Sheets and presentation videos are approved for use in educational, research and extension settings. The fact sheets were developed and presented as "Speed Science" by the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (CSCAP).
The CSCAP is a transdisciplinary partnership among 11 institutions creating new science and educational opportunities. It seeks to increase resilience and adaptability of Midwest agriculture to more volatile weather patterns by identifying farmer practices and policies that increase sustainability while meeting crop demand.
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To promote the long-term sustainability and productivity of U.S. corn-based cropping systems against recent climate trends and future uncertainty.
Develop standardized methodologies and perform baseline monitoring of carbon,... More »
ACE - Alliance for Climate Education - High SchoolLast Updated on 2014-02-24 08:17:07
ACE is the national leader in high school climate science education.
We're an award-winning national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way.
ACE's mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb global warming.
ACE is committed to building a generational shift to solve climate change. We translate this lofty goal into tangible work through the ACE leadership ladder. By starting with education and small actions before moving up to major projects, ACE grooms leaders who are influencing peers and leading change.
This is a resource for high school teachers. This site offers various types of support and resources.
Among them find... More »
Climate Change, Water and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the SouthwestLast Updated on 2014-01-22 10:59:45
This module bridges Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the area of climate change—specifically climate change impacts on water resources in the Southwest. Students will be introduced to the concept of traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous perspectives on water. Students will learn about the traditional and modern uses of water by the Tohono O’odham Nation including Traditional Ecological Knowledge of water, climate and the natural world. They will also learn about predicted climate change impacts on water resources of the region and apply that knowledge to identifying potential impacts on water use of the O’odham. Using a model that incorporates elder, water policy, climate change science, students will develop water policy scenarios, adaptation plans and tribal resolutions addressing climate change impacts... More »
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