environment

Lesson Plan: How inventions using water power create renewable energy

Lesson Plan

Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? This PBS NewsHour lesson lets students explore inventions that use the power of water and asks them to develop a business plan which incorporates a renewable energy source for the communities in which they live. Continue reading

Invasive parakeets threaten Hawaii’s ecosystem

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Rose-ringed parakeets have multiplied by the thousands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai since the 1960s, when a few parakeets kept as pets escaped. The birds have since caused problems by damaging native plants and farm crops. Continue reading

New carbon capture technology may change the future of energy

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About 30 percent of our electricity in the United States is produced through coal, but coal-fired power plants produce a large proportion of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. As a result, the W.A. Parish power plant in Texas is developing technology called “carbon capture.” Continue reading

Student Reporting Labs STEM Lesson Plan: Storm chasing reveals clues to our weather future

Lesson Plan

Storm chasing: We do not recommend you try this at home! The top 208 weather and climate disasters in the United States have resulted in…read more

How does mountaintop mining impact the Appalachian landscape?

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Underground coal mining has all but disappeared in West Virginia after 200 years of nonstop mining, replaced instead by surface mining that drastically changes the landscape. Continue reading

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