|ENVIRONMENT OF PLANET
Conditions of Planet Earth
Take an environmental
journey through Eco-Pros and see what there is to discover.
How many total species are
there on Earth? How many have become extinct? What is the
rate of extinction? What are the causes of extinction?
Approximately 2 million
species on Earth have been discovered so far. There might be
another 98 million we don't even know about! Learn about Taxonomy,
the method used to classify species. Scientists warn that
biodiversity is being destroyed at a rapid rate; and with it,
historical genetic information that is unrecoverable. There are
many reasons for this loss of biodiversity, and much needs to be done
worldwide to prevent biological impoverishment.
Diversity of ecosystems - Definition of an ecosystem is presented with
pictures of various types of natural ecosystems and changes to the
natural environment from human development. Some areas are
entirely devoid of nature due to intense development. Where, then, do the wild things go?
responsible for the protection and recovery of endangered species before
they become extinct? Find out what plants and animals are
endangered and the laws in place to protect them.
All Things Considered Activity
Environmental Impact Studies
Science is an exciting
voyage of discovery, and the Earth sciences are helping us to understand
our home planet and how we can take better care of it. Ecologists
study the interactions between living organisms and their environments.
Learn more about "ologists" (such as, ecologist, biologist, geologist)
and how you can prepare yourself for work in a scientific field.
Ecology Club suggestions are provided for students interested in
starting a club. Student internships are available to help start
careers in environmental work.
Life Sustaining Resources
Non-Renewable "Renewable" Resources
Nature Knows Best
Nature provides us with
many life-sustaining resources. Which ones do you think we will
never run out of?
links to great informational sites.
Links to other great sites can be found
throughout Eco-Pros pages.
Link at the top of the Great Links page is provided to an alphabetical unsummarized Index of the Great
why some plants and animals are considered to be invaders of established
and well-functioning ecosystems. There are many ways living
organisms are introduced to other ecosystems where they can cause great
harm. Links are provided to information on invasive species, alerts, problem solving, tips for hobbyists, news articles, and
the difficulty in removal of invasive species.
Oceans, seas, gulfs, and bays
The ocean has been the
life support system for living organisms on planet Earth for over 3
billion years. It is
in constant motion, covering about 70 percent of the Earth's surface, and
it is a massive global weather generator. We call
this section Ocean Home because the ocean is home to a
vast amount of biological diversity; in fact, more than can be found on
land. Links are provided to information on oceanography,
ocean species, names of Oceans and Seas of the world, human impacts,
pollution, cleanups, wildlife rehab, research, conservation, ocean
expeditions, and much more. Scientists have recently discovered
superhot vents deep in the seafloor where they expect to find
biodiversity at 750°F. Learn about some amazing and bizarre life
forms that live in the ocean.
HUMAN IMPACT ON
Why do humans treat the
ocean like a global garbage dump? The sad and frightening fact is
that humans are bringing some species and ocean ecosystems to the brink
of extinction. It seems impossible that we could have an
effect on the health and stability of such a massive Earth system.
You will think differently after reading this section.
The importance of coral
reef ecosystems. How coral reefs are formed, types, endangered reefs,
new methods of creating reefs, images, and resource links. Illegal
and harmful practices that are being used to catch and collect
tropical species for aquariums. Aquarium hobbyists need to know
where their supplies come from and if they were obtained in a lawful and
Types of Wetlands
Human activities, Hurricanes and
Links to resources for
information are found throughout section.
Types of wetlands, functions, classifications, destruction of, restoration,
grant information, laws, images, activities, and
resource links. Read about major wetlands systems that have
been devastated. Human activities have left some wetland
ecosystems in perilous condition - and the species dependent upon them
Earth is a Water Planet
Fresh Water - A Precious Resource
Rivers of Toxins
Managing Our Freshwater Ecosystems
Links to information on world rivers, free-flowing rivers, stream
biology, Wild and Scenic River Act, impurities, restoration, toxic
Grassland and Prairie Ecosystems - Inhabitants of
grasslands, and the value of grassland ecosystems in supporting human,
plant, and animal life.
The Dust Bowl - The Story
of the catastrophic 8-year drought and great dust storms that led to a
mass exodus from the Great Plains of the U.S.
are absolutely necessary in the processes of the balance of nature.
You will be amazed at the important multitude of functions they perform.
So, watch your step!
|THE BLUE PLANET
Beautiful image from space
of our blue-water planet -
our life support system. Links provided to interactive sites that
provide current temperature map of Earth, current sea surface
temperatures, and NASA's site about Earth's atmosphere.
FROM THE SUN
Third from the Sun
That's where we are - not too close and not too far
Living ice cubes, donut-shaped brains, organisms that have been
dormant for millions of years and then come back to life! Interesting and fun facts about our amazing planet
and its life forms.
||Exploring the Universe, news and
The United States has over
380 national parks. Click into the National Park Service site to
explore the history, science aspects, educational programs, and
opportunities available for visiting the parks and becoming an intern or
employee of the park system.
A huge list of annotated resource links are provided for educators.
||Links to mega
resource directories, guides, libraries, records search sites, and encyclopedias.
dictionaries and glossaries; including many related to specialized
branches of science. Free dictionary button for your browser,
including a Thesaurus for related words and cross-reference. Links
to over 1,000 online dictionaries in over 200 languages, with
translating dictionary functions, rules of grammar, language tools,
language identifiers, and more.
from our neighbor Canada. Some are provided in English and Français.
GEe Whiz Foods
manipulation of living organisms. Resource links to background information on
biotechnology, pros and cons on environmental and health risks,
political issues, worldwide concerns over labeling of GM foods and
the planting of genetically engineered crops.
||Links to news and
online information to help keep you and your family healthy and safe.
Also see Health categories in search engines and online news websites.
environmental and worldwide news sites, audio/radio resources.
Links to many
organizations throughout the world committed to protecting and
preserving the environment and biodiversity. Take some time to
browse through their websites. These sites are loaded with good
environmental information and resources for you to take action to make a
difference. Many of them specialize in specific issues (air,
forests, climate, animals, rivers, biodiversity, wildlife, conservation,
environmental justice, natural resources, organics, ozone, research,
rain forests, rare and endangered species, water, science, and general
Are you looking for unique and meaningful gifts
that are earth-friendly? Many of these organizations have great
suggestions for "green gifts." Your purchases will also help
support the organizations and assist them in continuing their
A Heated Debate
Earth Would Not Pass the Smog Test!
How Much Pollution Can Earth Absorb?
Whew! What a hot
subject, and in much debate throughout the world. Are humans
really causing an unnatural warming of Earth's atmosphere, glaciers to
melt, and ocean temperatures to rise that could lead to devastating and
dramatic changes for life on Earth? Explore the effects of climate
change on species and ecosystems. Learn the difference between
good ozone and bad ozone. Links to find
information on alternative energy sources, atmospheric pollution, state
of the air, pesticides, toxins, environmental scorecard, superfund
sites, coal-burning plants,
global warming facts, studies and questions.
Summarized links to
worldwide research that is being conducted regarding the global
environment. Global Environment Outlook,
National Council for Science and the Environment, the United Nations, international organizations, committees,
programs, research and reports on progress toward global sustainability.
FOR KIDS AND PARENTS
Inspector Snoopy has some
and cautions for you regarding using the
We also touch on being selective about what you feed your brain, the
excitement of learning, the value of education, suggestions for family
time, and having a good attitude and consideration for others.
This page is not as boring as it sounds. Check it out and see what
YOU CAN HELP THE
Sustainable Living at Home
Involving Young People
Energy Saving Tips for Home and Business
Make Your Yard a Wildlife Habitat
Help Businesses Get "Green"
Buy "Green" - Build "Green"
Greening Resources Guide
Make a Difference in Your Community
We offer lots of
suggestions for ways to help the environment. Click on the
graphical image map on "Ways You Can Help the Environment" to find
suggestions to help at home, school, community, and
within the world of business. Resources are provided to help you
find assistance and information you will need.
We believe in kids, and
think they can play a very important role in effecting good
environmental stewardship - but adults need to set good examples and
show the way.
animals and habitats picture page (great photographs onsite and
UNESCO's "Declaration on the
Responsibilities of the Present
Time's exclusive on U.N. Global Assessment
Heroes for the Planet
Challenges we face
World Parliament of Children
World Environment Day
Earth Day Links
a philosophy or a way of life?
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