Chemistry and the Environment

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Chemistry and the Environment covers a lot of ground, from climate science to water to recycling. Learn more with these links, including the Earth's ozone layer, greenhouse gases, forming a stream team, making a mini ocean model, recycling your old phone, and more.

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  • The Science Behind a Climate Headline
    In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change.
  • AirNow
    Is your room clean? What about your air? Check out the air quality forecast for your area and see how it might affect your health.
  • Hope for the Future
    Can students make a difference? Yes, they can! Read about how these two shared climate science.
  • Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network
    Teachers take note! Huge collection of reviewed climate resources for all levels here!

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  • Seawater Acid-Base Chemistry
    Teachers take note! This marine unit was designed with high school chemistry classes in mind.
  • Environmental Resources for Educators
    No need to thirst for more water resources. Take a look at this collection—click on the Water topic. Or, explore more!
  • Water Diary
    Did you take a short or long shower today? Did you wash your clothes? Keep track of how much water you use in a week.
  • Stream Team
    Put together your dream stream team to monitor the health of local waterways with this guide.
  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    It’s not just trash talk—it’s really out there in the North Pacific. And it’s even bigger than they thought.
  • The Flint Water Crisis
    What would you do if foul-smelling, odd-tasting, orange-colored water was all that you could get from your tap?
  • Water Chemistry Careers
    What does a water chemist do? Where do they spend their days? How much school do they need? Find out here.
  • Salt Harvesting
    Seawater can make your food taste better. Learn how the water gets removed and leaves behind gourmet-style salt.
  • More on Dehydrated Water
    For a little chemistry humor, take a look at this discussion of dehydrated water—available in pill form and in cans. Just add water…

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(all sites accessed February 2022)