• Sustainability? Answering Google’s 4 Most Search Questions
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    Sustainability? Answering Google’s 4 Most Search Questions

    Hi Alex here. Nice to see you again. I am excited today because, we are answering the 4 most searched questions about sustainability on Google. This is the TOP 4 questions people have when they search sustainability on Google: What is a simple definition of sustainability? What are the 3 pillars of sustainability? Why is sustainability so important? and How can we achieve sustainability? Ok, let’s answer the first question: Sustainability is the capacity of our human society to continue indefinitely within Earth’s natural cycles. Then a development that leads toward full sustainability. It makes sense so far, right!? What are these natural cycles? In 1989, after many drafts, a…

  • Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center
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    Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center

    You know, every single one of us has a daily life. We get up in the morning and we go to work or whatever it is that we do and then “Oh my gosh, I have to put gas in the car; I’ve got to stop at the grocery store.” Whatever it is that you have to do that day — and then the day is over and you go to bed and you do it all again the next day. Somehow in that mix, even if it’s just going into your backyard and appreciating the flowers that are there and the butterflies that are on those flowers and recognizing…

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    A look inside Ecology’s Spill Response Program

    So, my name is Sam Hunn and I supervise the response team in Central and Eastern Washington. Our main spill responses out here would be truck wrecks with diesel or other fuels released to pavement, the roadway, the shoulder, maybe water impacts. And also drug labs. Back in the heyday of meth labs, back in the late 90s, the state legislature mandated that Ecology would be responsible for the cleanup of drug labs, to include removal of hazmats, that kind of thing. We go in there with law enforcement and we help them identify what hazards they might need to look out for while they’re working the site and then…

  • Huzzah River Ecology Research at McKendree University
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    Huzzah River Ecology Research at McKendree University

    My name is Dr. Mickey Schutzenhofer and I’m Associate Professor of Biology, and also the Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics. The Ecology class starts the semester off by going down to the Huzzah River where the students then engage in sampling the benthic macro invertebrate community. All the little invertebrates that are large enough to see with your eyes, but in fact live on the bottom of the river. This is the first chance for the students to understand that ecology as a discipline in science, is a very field based course. So often we go out beyond the classroom literally out in the field, whether it’s…

  • Ecology: Small Solutions to a Big Planet’s Problems. The Names
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    Ecology: Small Solutions to a Big Planet’s Problems. The Names

    Hi I’m K today I’m gonna tell you why getting eaten by mushrooms or given your friend of pair of chopsticks is good for our planet! Olala that’s a topic! Eco living is usually presented as a labor-intensive lifestyle, but it turns out one can help the Earth without much effort. The energy industry burns fossil fuels and increases CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Now, CO2 is the main gas responsible for the greenhouse effect, which is to blame for some of 2017s climate disasters. “The solution” here is moving the industry to renewable sources, but what can ordinary people do? Well, you could use energy-efficient light bulbs, if you…

  • Ecology and Environment: Intro
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    Ecology and Environment: Intro

    Homo sapiens rise. While homo habilis, homo neanderthalensis and homo erectus die out, leaving us the sole surviving human species. Our capacity for abstract thought, the ability to plan ahead and the ability to record information were necessary to our survival, but also allowed us to mould the world to our will and benefit. As homo sapiens spread many species such as the mammoths and giant ground sloths were hunted to extinction. Humans gradually abandoned the hunter-gatherer life, settling in agricultural communities. This change allowed much larger groups of humans to coexist, and so our settlements grew. Land was cleared for growing crops and animal husbandry and yet more species…

  • Ecology Part 3 – Ecological Succession
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    Ecology Part 3 – Ecological Succession

    Hi, this is Mr. Judd; and this avalanche pass. It’s a really neat spot in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks where an avalanche took out the entire side of a mountain and displaced and layed all of the vegetation down at the bottom. in ecological terms, we call this a disturbance. A disturbance is anything that disrupts an ecosystem. The topic of today is ecological succession which the term that means an ecosystem grows back and comes back after a disturbance. An avalanches isn’t the only type of disturbance. There are lots of others like tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, forest fires lots of others you can think of. This is…