Making Science Accessible to Environmental Advocates

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Tennie White of the Coalition of Communities for Environmental Justice shows Hattiesburg residents bottles of contaminated groundwater in October 2011. Image Credit: Martha Merson.

The Hercules Inc. chemical plant in Hattiesburg. Image Credit: Martha Merson.The Statistics for Action (SfA) project provides new opportunities for engaging the community with science. The project is coordinated by TERC, a not-for-profit educational research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in math and science learning. SfA has designed practices, materials, and resources to make data and science more accessible and relevant to communities concerned about their local environment. Two stories, detailed here, illustrate the approach.

Fostering Environmental Awareness from a Young Age: A Case Study from the IGES Art Contest

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The 2011 First Place Winner: ‰ÛÏFrom Rain to Sunshine‰Û by Larry Huang, Grade 3, Washington. All images courtesy IGES.

The 2012 First Place Winner: "Wetlands: A Heaven of Wildlife" by Phoebe Chiu, Grade 3, Ohio.The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies‰Ûª annual art contest serves as a prime example of integrating art and science in the classroom. Students benefit from the practice of visually sharing what they know. Instructors are able to tailor their lessons based on the artistic renderings of students.

NASA CERES S‰ÛªCOOL Project: Understanding clouds and how they affect our weather and climate

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Figure 1: S'COOL observer participation Map, as of September 2011.

Figure 1: S'COOL observer participation Map, as of September 2011.Student Cloud Observations On-Line (S‰ÛªCOOL) was formed as the Education and Public Outreach arm of the NASA‰Ûªs Clouds and Earth‰Ûªs Radiant Energy Systems (CERES) project. S‰ÛªCOOL asks students around the world that same question: ‰ÛÏWhat is the effect of clouds on the Earth‰Ûªs climate?‰Û

A Sculpted Land: Ecological Landscape Art of the Harrisons, Patricia Johanson and Agnes Denes

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An image showing detail of Fair Park Lagoon, by Patricia Johanson.

A view of Fair Park Lagoon, taken in 2007. Image Credit: Justin CozartEnvironmental art engages with a specific environment, which can include urban environments and the natural landscape. Ecological art is a form of environmental art that aims to specifically improve a landscape through artistic practices, to improve a local ecology and/or raise environmental awareness. This paper focuses on a form of ecological art that involves large-scale landscaping projects, investigating three works of this genre.

Aware of the Threat: Climate Change as a National Security Concern

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The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was destroyed by fierce winds that hit during Hurricane Sandy. Image Credit: Liz Roll/FEMA.

The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was destroyed by fierce winds that hit during Hurricane Sandy. Image Credit: Liz Roll/FEMA.In 2010, the U.S. intelligence community requested a study to evaluate the evidence on possible connections between climate change and national security. The result, ‰Û÷Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis,‰Ûª offers a strong reminder of how complicated and widespread the implications of climate change may be, and the need for a collaborative and multi-faceted approach.