Chapter 16: Human Impact on Ecosystems

Human Population Growth

Interactive timeline, including a map and a graph, showing human population growth over the last 2000 years

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/global-population-growth.html

(Main Idea: Earth’s human population continues to grow.)

Mini Wind Turbine

Video discussing how small wind turbines could provide renewable energy to homes without electricity

http://awesome.good.is.s3.amazonaws.com/ecosystem/index.html#/energy/video1

(Main Idea: The growing human population exerts pressure on Earth’s natural resources.)

Algae Power

Video describing research on using algae as a source of renewable energy

http://awesome.good.is.s3.amazonaws.com/ecosystem/index.html#/energy/video2

(Main Idea: The growing human population exerts pressure on Earth’s natural resources.)

Solar Trash Compactor

Video describing the technology of public solar trash compactors in Philadelphia

http://awesome.good.is.s3.amazonaws.com/ecosystem/index.html#/earth/video

(Main Idea: The growing human population exerts pressure on Earth’s natural resources.)

Solar Powered Ships

Video discussing the use of solar energy to power cargo ships

http://awesome.good.is.s3.amazonaws.com/ecosystem/index.html#/coexistence/video

(Main Idea: The growing human population exerts pressure on Earth’s natural resources.)

Ecological Footprint

Animated ecological footprint calculator that shows you how many Earths would be required if everyone lived your lifestyle

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

(Main Idea: Effective management of Earth’s resources will help meet the needs of the future.)

Greenhouse Gases

Video explaining what greenhouse gases are and how they produce the greenhouse effect

http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Science-Stories/Science-Made-Simple/Sci-Media/Video/Greenhouse-gases

(Main Idea: Air pollution is changing Earth’s biosphere.)

Climate Change

Interactive map displaying the effects of global warming in different parts of the world

http://www.climatehotmap.org/

http://www.climatehotmap.org/

(Main Idea: Air pollution is changing Earth’s biosphere.)

Water Quality Testing

Information about how to participate in a global water sampling project

http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/waterproj/

http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/waterproj/

(Main Idea: Water pollution affects ecosystems.)

Surf Your Watershed

Search tool providing access to information about your watershed, including monitoring and restoration efforts

http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm

http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm

(Main Idea: Water pollution affects ecosystems.)

Endangered Species

Video about species, including the polar bear and hippopotamus, recently added to the list of endangered species

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_4960000/newsid_4967500/4967564.stm?bw=nb&mp=rm&news=1&ms3=4&ms_javascript=true&bbcws=2

(Main Idea: Preserving biodiversity is important to the future of the biosphere.)

Invasive Species

Game in which you match invasive species with the damage they cause

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/invasive-species-game.html

(Main Idea: Introduced species can disrupt stable relationships in an ecosystem.)

Sustainable Agriculture

Interactive illustration providing information about many of the issues surrounding factory farming and what can be done to promote sustainable agriculture

http://www.themeatrix.com/

http://www.themeatrix.com/

(Main Idea: Sustainable development manages resources for present and future generations.)

Bird Count

Information about how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, in which citizens help monitor bird populations

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

(Main Idea: Conservation practices focus on a few species but benefit entire ecosystems.)

Wildlife Watch

Information about how to participate in Wildlife Watch, in which citizens help monitor populations of a variety of plant and animals

http://www.nwf.org/WildlifeWatch/

(Main Idea: Conservation practices focus on a few species but benefit entire ecosystems.)

Bee Hunt

Information about how to participate in Bee Hunt, in which citizens help monitor bee populations

http://www.discoverlife.org/bee/

http://www.discoverlife.org/bee/

(Main Idea: Conservation practices focus on a few species but benefit entire ecosystems.)

Firefly Watch

Information about how to participate in Firefly Watch, in which citizens help monitor firefly populations

https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/

(Main Idea: Conservation practices focus on a few species but benefit entire ecosystems.)