Monthly Archives: May 2017

New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize

By | May 19th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, together with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, have announced the launch of the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize. The Prize which is funded by Wendy Schmidt as Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, calls for innovators, designers, scientist and entrepreneurs to help create packaging that keeps [...]

A view of Trappist One

By | May 18th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Science Geek blog has a detailed account of the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a small cool star known as Trappist One.  It begins: Trappist-1 and its planets were discovered by a team from the University of Liege in Belgium, using a telescope in Chile called TRAPPIST - the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope.  The team discovered the [...]

Promoting Environmental Education in Bangladesh

By | May 18th, 2017|Webwatch|

There will be a Promoting Environmental Education in Bangladesh workshop on 20th July at BCU, Millennium Point, Birmingham (approximate 10:00-4:00 with lunch provided).  This is held in partnership with the Build Bangladesh/ Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (PoJF) The purpose of the workshop is to share background experience and knowledge on establishing environmental education programmes as part of mainstream curriculum, [...]

Just a reminder that tomorrow …

By | May 17th, 2017|Webwatch|

Thursday 18th May is Outdoor Classroom Day. Where will you be?  Maybe only in your schools grounds, but that would be apt as May is international school grounds month.

A proxy vote for nature

By | May 17th, 2017|Webwatch|

BBOWT says give nature a vote in the General Election The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) believes that nature’s recovery starts here, where people and wildlife thrive together.  Nature doesn’t have a vote in this General Election, so the Wildlife Trust is speaking up for all local wildlife and the local environment.  It goes [...]

The water network

By | May 17th, 2017|Webwatch|

The water network is a knowledge sharing platform and business exchange for global water professionals, but there are also features and articles of interest to educators. Just click for blogs, for articles, and for discussions. Recent features include: MIT researchers develop new way to clear pollutants from water Bacteria-Based Technology to Help Recycle Wastewater into Hydrogen for [...]

10 invasive species causing problems in the UK

By | May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Discover Wildlife has a feature on 10 invasive species "causing trouble" in the UK.  Most are the usual suspects: mink, grey squirrels, signal crayfish, etc.  Not all 'foreign' species are trouble-makers, of course – which is just as well given how many there are: the consequence of our open borders to much wildlife.  It's important to [...]

More from the Countryside Classroom

By | May 16th, 2017|Webwatch|

BNF is 50! Well-known for BNF Healthy Eating Week, the British Nutrition Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Countryside Classroom partner was established in 1967 to educate the public in nutrition; develop the training and education for those involved in training or educating others; and advance the study of, and research into, [...]

Serengeti Watch

By | May 15th, 2017|Webwatch|

Click here to read about developments in the Serengeti. The latest feature from Serengeti Watch says: We are either witnessing the demise of Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve, or a renaissance that will save it It begins: Massive Challenges Facing the Mara The iconic Masai Mara Reserve is the northern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The [...]

Hooper’s hedgerow history hypothesis

By | May 15th, 2017|Blog|

Max Hooper died back in February.  While you might not have heard of the man, you might just have heard of Hooper’s Rule.  This is the idea that there was a relationship between the number of different woody plant species found in a particular length of hedge, and the age of the hedge.  Hooper formulated this idea [...]