The circular economy in the secondary curriculum

This blog post was was co-authored by Sarah Mitchell and Malcolm Nicholson, and first appeared in July’s Circulate Newsletter.  It begins: “The traditional economy is based on a linear business model where increased consumption leads to higher growth, more production and subsequently to bigger profits.  The circular economy incorporates a completely different business model where energy and material flows…

Humming-bird Hawk-moths

Butterfly Conservation says: The myth that all moths are brown and boring is well and truly busted by the beautiful Humming-bird Hawk-moth.  These day-flying moths resemble mini humming-birds as they hover above the flowers they feed on.  Previously a migrant species, visiting from the continent each summer, Humming-bird Hawk-moths have recently been discovered overwintering in…

Search for Seaweed

The Marine Conservation Society [MSC] says that our marine environments are changing and need your help.   Seaweeds form habitats, creating shelter and providing food for an immense diversity of marine organisms and also support fish nurseries and commercial fisheries. office-2007-key  | office-2007-product-key  | office-2007-ativation-key  | office-2007-iso  | office-2007-keys  | office-2010-key  | office-2010-product-key  | office-2010-ativation-key…

Polar Bears International

You can now track polar bears – some of them at least – on an online Bear Tracker. office-2007-key  | office-2007-product-key  | office-2007-ativation-key  | office-2007-iso  | office-2007-keys  | office-2010-key  | office-2010-product-key  | office-2010-ativation-key  | office-2010-iso  | office-2010-keys  | office-2013-key  | office-2013-product-key  | office-2013-ativation-key  | office-2013-iso  | office-2013-keys  | office-2016-key  | office-2016-product-key  | office-2016-ativation-key  | office-2016-iso  |…

Australian Farmers help endangered ecosystems

Australian Geographic reports that, although there are reasons to be unhappy about the state of the environment, there has recently been some good news: a conservation program that works. office-2007-key  | office-2007-product-key  | office-2007-ativation-key  | office-2007-iso  | office-2007-keys  | office-2010-key  | office-2010-product-key  | office-2010-ativation-key  | office-2010-iso  | office-2010-keys  | office-2013-key  | office-2013-product-key  | office-2013-ativation-key  | office-2013-iso  | office-2013-keys  |…

Gloomy news on CO2

The Guardian had a story recently drawing on UK Met Office sources about CO2 levels rising to new levels following the recent El Niño event. The article says: “The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that CO2 concentrations must be stabilised at 450ppm to have a fair chance of avoiding global warming above 2C, which could carry catastrophic…

Schools collaborate to reduce their carbon footprint

Gill Hickman, Head of Biology and Sustainability Coordinator at Ringwood School, discusses a carbon-reduction collaboration with village primary schools. Over the past eighteen months Ringwood School students have worked with three New Forest village primary schools on a joint carbon footprint reduction programme. The programme encourages refl ection on behavioural practices and leads to reductions in school energy bills and carbon…

An additional dose of vitamin N

The Children & Nature Network has officially launched its latest the Vitamin N Challenge, a campaign that asks people to find more ways to bring nature into their everyday lives, and inspire others to do the same. For those who already get a regular dose of Vitamin N, here’s an opportunity to think bigger: community gardens,…

Encouraging Dutch children to play outside

All children in the Netherlands were encouraged to play outside on June 10th for the ninth annual “Play Outside Day”, which was begun by the Jantje Beton organization  and children’s channel Nickelodeon. The Children & Nature Network reported: To encourage kids to play outside, activities are organized around the country by parents, community groups, schools and the kids themselves.…