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Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local
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Anthropogenic climate change is one of the, if not the most, pressing issues of our times. The problems that it causes range across many social and environmental domains from habitat and species loss and displacement to the more human and social concerns and issues of access to water, sea level rise that affects coastal communities, to economic degradation as a result of the aforementioned and other connected issues such as increased frequency of storms, droughts, wildfires, and the like. We also know that the affects of climate change are not distributed evenly across populations- that many will and do feel the negative effects of this slow developing problem earlier and more intensely than others based on where they are located both geographically and within economic and other socio-cultural hierarchies. We also know that recently, there is a marked effort to begin to move away from simply decrying the horrors of climate change to a continued recognition of those horrors as they exist now and into the future alongside attempts to begin to come to terms with the changing climate and to rethink the ways that our social and environmental relations and communities are organized with an eye toward both adapting to these changes and mitigating further damage. There is, however, much work to be done. This book was co-authored by undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while exploring the influences of Earth systems and human systems on climate change and the communities at most risk in an interdisciplinary project-based first year course. This course attempts to bring together knowledge of the science of ecological and climate systems and their changing status with knowledge of the social and communal structures within which these systems are embedded and through which they have been influenced. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to think through these issues and to create a better world.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Author:
Marja Bakermans
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local
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Anthropogenic climate change is one of the, if not the most, pressing issues of our times. The problems that it causes range across many social and environmental domains from habitat and species loss and displacement to the more human and social concerns and issues of access to water, sea-level rise that affects coastal communities, to economic degradation as a result of the aforementioned and other connected issues such as increased frequency of storms, droughts, wildfires, and the like. We also know that the effects of climate change are not distributed evenly across populations- that many will and do feel the negative effects of this slow-developing problem earlier and more intensely than others based on where they are located both geographically and within economic and other socio-cultural hierarchies. We also know that recently, there is a marked effort to begin to move away from simply decrying the horrors of climate change to a continued recognition of those horrors as they exist now and into the future alongside attempts to begin to come to terms with the changing climate and to rethink the ways that our social and environmental relations and communities are organized with an eye toward both adapting to these changes and mitigating further damage. There is, however, much work to be done. This book was co-authored by undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while exploring the influences of Earth systems and human systems on climate change and the communities at most risk in an interdisciplinary project-based first year course. This course attempts to bring together knowledge of the science of ecological and climate systems and their changing status with knowledge of the social and communal structures within which these systems are embedded and through which they have been influenced. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to think through these issues and to create a better world.

Table of Contents
Part I. Climate Systems
1. Atmosphere
2. Hydrosphere
3. Cryosphere and Lithosphere
4. Biosphere
Part II. Social Impacts of Climate Change
5. Climate Change Impacts on Food Systems
6. The Societal Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources
7. Climate Change Impacts on Human Health
8. Inequalities Due to Climate Change
Part III. Communities and Climate Change
9. Puerto Rico
10. Boston
11. The Himalayas
12. Fiji
Part IV. In Search of Solutions
13. Rigged for Oil Rigs
14. Climate Change Impacts on Native Hawaiian Population
15. Destigmatizing Nuclear Energy to Decarbonize the Worlds' Power Supply
16. Small Scale Carbon Capture Implementation and Utilization

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
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Author:
Marja Bakermans
Date Added:
08/23/2021
The Ecosphere and Environmental Issues
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This textbook is designed for introductory environmental studies and science students. The goal is to teach essential ecological concepts by linking them to key environmental issues. The hope is that students can easily understand how firm grounding in these concepts can help them appreciate and hopefully address the biggest environmental threats of our time. After an initial section on the nature of science and an overview of ecology, the textbook is divided into four sections, each addressing a key environmental concern: global climate change, eutrophication, biodiversity loss, and food supply and security. After a brief introduction to the environmental concern, the book addresses ecological concepts relevant for understanding the issue. Each section wraps up with a return to the environmental concern and insight into how the ecological concepts learned can be applied to the environmental issue.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgment
Introduction
I. Getting started
1. Nature of science
2. What do ecologists study?
II. Global climate change
3. Evolution
4. Biogeography and Biomes
III. Eutrophication
5. Energy in ecosystems
6. Biogeochemical cycles
IV. Declining biodiversity
7. The Importance of Biodiversity
8. Threats to Biodiversity
9. Preserving biodiversity
V. Food and water for a growing population
10. Population growth
Community Ecology
11. Soils

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Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Matthew R
Sarah Sojka
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Environmental Biology
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This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from a biological perspective. The text is designed for an introductory-level college science course. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.

Lecture slides for each chapter are available from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/119oj6XXHnQMpwu_rCgczDFrZPMbqGN8W

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Environmental Science
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Alexandra Geddes
Jonathan Tomkin
Kamala Doršner
Matthew R. Fisher
OpenStax
Tom Theis
Date Added:
01/01/2017
The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands
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In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded. No one should underestimate what a rare and valuable gift this is.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon State
Author:
Brent S. Steel
Kathleen Dean Moore
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Environmental Toxicology
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This open online textbook on Environmental Toxicology aims at covering the field in its full width, including aspects of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, toxicology and risk assessment. With that, it will contribute to improving the quality, continuity and transparency of the education in environmental toxicology. We also want to make sure that fundamental insights on fate and effects of chemicals gained in the past are combined with recent approaches of effect assessment and molecular analysis of mechanisms causing toxicity.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Kees van Gestel
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Introduction to Environmental Science
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This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future. I hope that each of you is engaged by the material presented and participates fully in the search for, acquisition of, and sharing of information within our class.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Alison VandeVoort
Caralyn Zehnder
Christine Mutiti
Donna Bennett
Kalina Manoylov
Samuel Mutiti
Date Added:
03/19/2016
Introduction to Ocean Sciences
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"In this text, we will explore the fundamental physical, chemical, geological, and biological features and processes of the
oceans and review how humans have studied the oceans. We will discuss the range of resources that the oceans provide for us, and the pollution and other impacts that result from human use of the oceans and exploitation of their resources. We will also examine the direct and indirect effects of climate change, not just on human civilization and natural ecosystems but also on the fundamental chemistry of the global ocean that pose a long-term threat
of the extinction of many ocean species"--Introduction.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Douglas Segar
Date Added:
01/12/2021
Quantitative Problem Solving in Natural Resources
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This textbook is intended to support courses that bridge the divide between mathematics typically encountered in U.S. high school curricula and the practical problems that natural resource students might engage with in their disciplinary coursework and professional internships.

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Environmental Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Iowa State University
Author:
Peter L. Moore
Date Added:
10/05/2018
Sun, Wind, Water, Earth, Life, Living
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The course aims is to understand the relation between urban design and planning and the aspects of: - sun, energy and plants - wind, sound and noise - water, traffic and other networks - earth, soil and site preparation - life, ecology and nature preservation - living, human density, economy and environment These themes in sustainable urban engineering are related to legends for design, described in a wide variety of lecture papers (720 pages, 1000 figures, 200 references, 5000 key words, 400 questions), accompanied by interactive Excel computer programmes to get quantitative insight. The assignment is an evaluation of an own earlier and future design work integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment and proposing new legends for design. Study Goals The student: - is able to link urban interventions to urban development technology and within that interrelate urban designers to relevant technical specialists - is able to integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment - is able to develop new legends for design from the perspective of sustainable urban engineering

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Architecture and Design
Environmental Science
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Full Course
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
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Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
T.M. de Jong
Date Added:
02/02/2016
Survey of Environmental Science (ENVS 100)
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This is a survey course in which we will discuss the science behind historical and current environmental issues. We will discuss the major threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function. We will study how human activities have affected the limited resources of our planet. We will learn how air, water and soil degradation have affected human health. Lastly, we will explore the emerging field of sustainability, what it means, and how it is being applied in todayęs world.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
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Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Date Added:
12/10/2019
Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation
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With "Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation", first and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowldege ? including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field. This text is designed to introduce the reader to the essential concepts of sustainability. This subject is of vital importance seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet but is only peripherally served by existing college textbooks.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Author:
Amid Khodadoust
Amy Ando
Andrew Leakey
Angela Kent
Cindy Klein-Banai
David Grimley
Dennis Ruez
Eric Snodgrass
Eugene Goldfarb
George Crabtree
Gillen Wood
Jeffrey Brawn
John Cuttica
John Regalbuto
Jonathan Tomkin
Julie Cidell
Krishna Reddy
Martin Jaffe
Michael Ward
Riza Kizilel
Rob Kanter
Said Al-Hallaj
Serap Erdal
Sohail Murad
Steve Altaner
Tom Theis
Date Added:
10/08/2012
Sustaining the Commons
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In this book you will learn about institutions–the rules and norms that guide the interactions among us. Those rules and norms can be found from traffic rules, rules in sports, regulations on when and where alcohol can be consumed, to constitutional rules that define who can become president of the United States of America. Rules and norms guide us to cooperative outcomes of so-called collective action problems. If we rely on voluntary contributions only to get anything done, this may not lead to the best results. But research also shows that coercion of people to comply to strict rules do not necessary lead to good outcomes. What combination of sticks and carrots is needed to be successful to solve collective action problems such as sustaining the commons?

Subject:
Environmental Science
Economics
Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
John Anderies
Marco Janssen
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Teach the Earth
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Teach the Earth is a portal to thousands of open educational resources from dozens of earth education websites. Teach the Earth supports teaching and learning about the Earth by providing online resources for educators in the geosciences and related fields. Resources include classroom activities, course descriptions and syllabi, information about pedagogical strategies, topical collections, and more.

Topics include atmospheric science, biogeoscience, climate change, earthquakes, ecology, energy, environmental geology, environmental science, geochemistry, geodesy, geomorphology, geophysics, GIS/remote sensing, hydrology/hydrogeology, minerals and mineralogy, oceanography, paleontology, petrology, planetary science, plate tectonics, rock cycle, sedimentary geology, soil, structural geology, water, and volcanoes.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Atmospheric Science
Geology
Geoscience
Hydrology
Oceanography
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Assessment
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Date Added:
08/14/2020
To Catch the Rain
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To Catch the Rain is targeted at makers – DIYers looking for practical solutions to water problems for themselves or their communities. The book also provides an excellent overview of rainwater harvesting for students and teachers in environmental science, sustainable design, international development and engineering.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Lonny Grafman
Date Added:
12/05/2019