HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 3: Human/Ecosystem Interactions (HS), HSus 4: Evaluating Solutions (HS), HSus 5: Showing Human Impact (HS), Human Sustainability, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, IR 1: Ecosystem Interactions (MS), IR 2: Affecting Biodiversity (HS), IR 2: Preserving Biodiversity (MS), IR 6: Human Impact Solutions (HS), Life Science

Conservation of biodiversity to improve human well-being

Conservation of biodiversity as a strategy for improving human health and well-being SUMMARY: This article looks at the concept that increasing biodiversity in an ecosystem can decrease the prevalence of diseases. While the idea seems simple (more hosts for the disease, less incidences of the disease spreading to people), the issue is much more complicated.… Continue reading Conservation of biodiversity to improve human well-being

Earth Science, HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 5: Showing Human Impact (HS), Human Sustainability

Plastics: Issues Challenges and Remediation

Plastics: Issues Challenges and Remediation (NOT OPEN ACCESS) SUMMARY: A short and concise article summing up all the issues with plastic use and some solutions that can be applied and/or are currently being investigated. LESSON COMMENTS: Great for an environmental science class talking about pollution and solutions to current environmental issues. This article does a… Continue reading Plastics: Issues Challenges and Remediation

Earth Science, HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 2: Monitoring Human Impact (MS), HSus 3: Arguing Sustainability (MS), HSus 3: Human/Ecosystem Interactions (HS), HSus 4: Evaluating Solutions (HS), HSus 5: Showing Human Impact (HS), Human Sustainability, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, IR 2: Affecting Biodiversity (HS), IR 3: Ecosystem Stability (HS), IR 4: Reducing Human Impact (HS), IR 6: Human Impact Solutions (HS), Life Science, M&E 1: Photosynthesis (HS)

Protozoa in Wastewater Treatment Processes

Protozoa in wastewater treatment processes: A minireview SUMMARY: This is a short review of the role protozoa play in wastewater treatment plants. Most of the protozoa are ciliates and they graze on bacteria, excrete nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon waste, and are used as indicators of water quality. Toxins such as heavy metals, salts, and other… Continue reading Protozoa in Wastewater Treatment Processes

Earth Science, Earth's System, ES 1: Geochemical Cycles (HS), ES 2: Hydrological Cycle (MS), ES 3: Hydrological Cycle (HS), HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 2: Monitoring Human Impact (MS), HSus 3: Human/Ecosystem Interactions (HS), HSus 5: Showing Human Impact (HS), Human Sustainability

Investigating Microplastics on Land

Microplastics as an emerging threat to terrestrial ecosystems (NOT OPEN ACCESS) SUMMARY: Though there has been a lot of research on microplastics in aquatic environments, there aren’t studies looking into the effects of microplastics on land. Researchers in this article suspect that there may be more microplastics in land than in the oceans; organisms that… Continue reading Investigating Microplastics on Land

HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 2: Monitoring Human Impact (MS), HSus 3: Arguing Sustainability (MS), HSus 3: Human/Ecosystem Interactions (HS), HSus 4: Evaluating Solutions (HS), Human Sustainability

Review: Microplastics in Canadian Aquatic Ecosystems

Microplastics in aquatic environments: Implications for Canadian ecosystems SUMMARY: This article is a summary and review of a bunch of other articles on microplastics. It talks about the sources of microplastics, the amount in aquatic systems, the effects on organisms, and finally there is a section about gaps in research. LESSON COMMENTS: While you can… Continue reading Review: Microplastics in Canadian Aquatic Ecosystems

HSus 1: Human Activity (HS), HSus 2: Monitoring Human Impact (MS), HSus 3: Arguing Sustainability (MS), HSus 3: Human/Ecosystem Interactions (HS), HSus 4: Evaluating Solutions (HS), HSus 5: Showing Human Impact (HS), Human Sustainability, S&F 1: Cells (MS), S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), S&P 2: Synthetic Materials (MS), Structure & Properties of Matter, Structure and Function

Feeding Plastic to Rotifers

Microplastic Size-Dependent Toxicity, Oxidative Stress Induction, and p-JNK and p-p38 in Activation in the Monogonont Rotifer (Brachionus koreanus)(NOT OPEN ACCESS) SUMMARY: Rotifers (Brachionus koreanus) were fed fluorescent microplastic beads of 3 different sizes: 6um, 0.5um, 0.05um. The pictures in this article show how much microplastic was still left inside the rotifers right after eating, after… Continue reading Feeding Plastic to Rotifers