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Eyewitnesses to Change part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity students explore recent changes in the Arctic's climate that have been observed and documented by indigenous Arctic residents. Students watch a video, take notes, and create a ...
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Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report, by an NSF advisory committee, details many of the environmental challenges facing our planet and our society, and issues a call to action for NSF, for researchers, and for educators, to ...

Northwest Passage part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students use Google Earth and information from several websites to investigate some of the consequences of climate change in polar regions, including the shrinking of the ice cap at ...

Inuit Observations of Climate Change part of CLEAN Collection

This video features changes in the land, sea, and animals that are being observed by the residents of Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories, Canada many of whom hunt, trap, and fishbecause of ...

Changing Planet: Ocean Acidification part of CLEAN Collection

This video addresses acidification of the ocean and the ecological and economic implications of the resulting pH change on marine life. It includes information about how ocean acidification resulting ...

Climate Change at the Doorstep part of CLEAN Collection

This PBS video focuses on sea level rise in Norfolk, Virginia and how the residents are managing the logistical, financial and political implications. Science journalists who have been studying ...
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Colorado River Supply part of CLEAN Collection

This activity addresses climate change impacts that affect all states that are part of the Colorado River Basin and are dependent on its water. Students examine available data, the possible ...
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Change at the Top of the World part of CLEAN Collection

This beautifully filmed and produced video describes the changes that global warming is already bringing to Northern Canada and Greenland. Local people describe changes to ecosystems, impacts on ...

A Global Issue: The Impacts of Climate Change part of CLEAN Collection

This is lesson five of a 9-lesson module. Activity explores the effects of climate change on different parts of the Earth system and on human well-being: polar regions, coral reefs, disease vectors, ...

Progress toward Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization in the North American Gold Mining Industry part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper addresses the two most environmentally problematic areas in the gold mine industry, which are the use of cyanide and acid mine drainage. The authors outline the environmental options ...

A case control study of childhood leukemia in Woburn, Massachusetts: the relationship between leukemia incidence and exposure to drinking water part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article provides a review of previous health studies of the famous groundwater contamination case at Woburn, MA. The text summarizes the number and distribution of childhood leukemia cases ...

Area of influence and zone of contribution to Superfund-Site Wells G and H, Woburn, Massachusetts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a useful publication for anyone using 'A Civil Action' or the Woburn, Massachusetts superfund site as a case study or for an assignment. The article contains geological descriptions, cross ...

The Science Behind 'A Civil Action' - The Hydrogeology of the Aberjona River, Wetland and Woburn Wells G and H part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This is a GSA guidebook contribution giving the field trip log and descriptions from a field trip to Woburn, Massachusetts during the 2001 GSA annual meeting. The article contains graphs, maps, data, ...

Remediation of the Wells G and H Superfund Site, Woburn, Massachusetts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article gives a detailed description of the sources and distributions of TCE and PCE at the Woburn superfund site. It also describes the various types of remediation systems being used to ...

Models in the courtroom part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article provides background information about the societal and technical aspects of the famous 'A Civil Action' trial. It also proposes that the steps involved in constructing a predictive ...