Basics of Environmental Science

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Environmental Science

The field of environmental science strives to understand the complex systems of the natural world and the effects of human actions upon it. Use the Environmental Science Web Guide to learn the basics of environmental science and stay up to date on news and developments in the field. Students will find resources for learning about issues in environmental science, and teachers will find sites to help them teach the subject.

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Basics of Environmental Science

Though environmental issues are in the news, on the world stage and at our grocers, the basic science of it all can be confusing. Use the sites below to explore the basics of environmental science.

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  • The domain of environmental science is not completely defined, and includes many smaller disciplines. As a result, most related Web sites focus on more specialized areas within environmental science, such as atmospheric science, oceanography, Earth science/geo-sciences, environmental health, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental economics, ecology or environmental law.
  • Environmental science is one area of science that is very prone to politicization. As such, you should always try to understand the institutional origins of the information you find online. For more information on evaluating Web sites for credibility and partiality, see the findingDulcinea Guide to Web Search.

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Environmental Science for Kids

Environmental science is a booming field for young scientists and is taught at the earliest stages of school. There are many sites on environmental science for kids designed to educate and entertain children, introducing basic concepts to young ones and helping older kids with their school projects.

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  • Many educational sites for kids use plug-ins for multimedia content and games. Visit the sites below before your child does to ensure you have all the software necessary for them to function properly.
  • For older children, there are many sites that offer guidance with projects, but they are not substitutes for original work. Environmental science is most often a hands-on endeavor. Impress on your child that online study aides are just that: aides, and not answer centers.
  • The sites recommended here are all free but there are also many great science sites for children that charge fees for use, including the popular BrainPOP Jr. Talk to your child’s teacher about setting up discounted school or class accounts.

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Resources for Environmental Science Teachers

Environmental science involves many different disciplines, and is very research- and project-based. For these reasons, teaching the subject can be quite a bit of work. Luckily, you’re not alone. There are a number of helpful resources for environmental science teachers online.

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  • Though there are many free resources for educators online, there is also an equal or greater number of fee-based education aides. Most of these materials have pricing plans that offer discounts to educational institutions, including school districts, individual schools and even homeschoolers.
  • When using materials found online for a public purpose, such as in an educational setting, it’s always wise to make sure you understand the requirements of any copyrights the creator holds. For more information on copyright law, see the findingDulcinea Free-use Media Web Guide.

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Environmental Science News and Blogs

Environmental science is a fast-moving field and a hot topic in the news. There are plenty of sites devoted to the latest developments in the science, the politics and the innovations of this booming field. Here we recommend some environmental science news and blogs to keep you up to date.

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  • Many print publications put article abstracts online for free but require a paid subscription for full access. Ask the librarian at your school or university, or your employer, if they hold an institutional subscription; often this will allow you access for free.
  • Not surprisingly, the environmental science blogosphere is dominated by climate science and climate change. But that’s by no means the limit of environmental science. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, refine your search by focusing on a specific issue or region, as many environmental blogs are specialized and/or locally focused.
  • Many bloggers maintain a list of their favorite blogs in a sidebar, called a blogroll, that will lead you to similar or related blogs. This is a great way to further explore the mass of blogs far too big to list here. For more on how to find and evaluate blogs (and start your own), check out the findingDulcinea Blogs Web Guide.

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Education and Career Opportunities in Environmental Science

Environmental science is expanding rapidly in both the professional and academic sphere; a number of degrees are available through an even greater variety of university programs, and the opportunities for a career in the field are even more diverse. Use the sites below to find the right environmental science education and career opportunities.

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  • Though you might think of activism when you imagine the typical environmental job, the bulk of environmental science careers are research-oriented. Environmental scientists are most often employed in the nonprofit, governmental or academic arena.

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