Friday, October 14, 2011

Birthday Sustainability...

Michigan was beautiful last week.

ArtPrize, apple orchards, and antiques... then my birthday was celebrated with both of my sisters and their families - thanks so much, Janet and Sue!

So here's a report on a website from "The Scout Report" on the environment, because my birthday is October 4, which is celebrated as St. Francis' feast day (patron saint of animals and the environment).

Environmental Sciences & Sustainability: The NY Academy of Sciences
http://www.nyas.org/Topic.aspx?tid=a43f6ad6-0e70-49ce-9f03-afb7b87de3e5

The New York Academy of Sciences has so many areas that they investigate that choosing just one to highlight can be difficult. The Environmental Sciences and Sustainability topic is particularly interesting, and there's enough material here to warrant several return visits. For example, the article entitled "Flood-Resilient Waterfront Development in New York City: Bridging Flood Insurance, Building Codes, and Flood Zoning" from the annals, is about creating waterfront developments that are resilient to floods, and thus able to account for climate change trends. There are also multiple podcasts that visitors can listen and learn from, such as the 20-minute "The Secret Lives of Bees" podcast, which discusses the 200 species of bees that live in New York City and the Great Pollinator Project. The podcast "Between Earth and Sky" will be of interest to visitors who are fascinated by trees, as veteran forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni explains the connection she has found between humans and trees. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository at http://amser.org.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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