Category Archives: Ecology

A whale tale with a happy ending

Discarded fishing nets are clogging our oceans, posing threats to marine life both small and huge.

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The Story of Stuff

In the United States, we have a lot of stuff. Where does all our stuff come come? Where does it go? The Story of Stuff Project helps explain. This video was produced by the folks at the Project, an non-advertising driven, donor-supported project educating the public about the realities of consumerism. There are other great little films, too, such as The Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Electronics, and The Story of Bottled Water.

Plastic in the Pacific

We’re talking about recycling in my science classes. Helping our students understand the importance of recycling will help us have a cleaner campus all year and a cleaner Earth into the future. Most people don’t realize that plastic is a major source of water pollution. This video by KQED does a great job of outlining the problem with plastics.

Oceans of plastic

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating wasteland of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

Dr. Bugs births a baby

I don’t know if studying bugs make some people buggy or if they’re just born buggy to study bugs… but I will warn you that Dr. Bugs, or Mark Moffett, as he’s known to some, has a love of bugs that is bigger than some of us might find reasonable. The ecologist, explorer, and photojournalist recently let a bug hatch from the back of his hand. Warning: There are several things in this video to make you squeal, but don’t let that keep you from watching all the way to the end.