3,000,000,000,000 trees on Earth

Climate Action reports a Yale University global survey of trees. This says that there are just over three trillion trees on Earth which is eight times more than previous estimates. Yale combined ground survey data with satellite imagery giving the new total that is equivalent to about 420 trees for every person.  About 43% (1.39 trillion trees), are…

National Poetry Day

Today in National Poetry Day in the UK, and here is NAEE’s offering by Thomas Hardy … Proud Songsters The thrushes sing as the sun is going, And the finches whistle in ones and pairs, And as it gets dark loud nightingales      In bushes Pipe, as they can when April wears, As if…

A Year Around the Great Oak

A Year Around the Great Oak is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book telling the story of two children, Benjamin and Anna, who visit their forester uncle through the year. The story tracks the cycle through the seasons of a three hundred year old oak tree and the children’s relationship with it through the year, as…

Arctic sea ice shrinks

The Guardian is reporting that the Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the fourth lowest extent on record.  Its report begins: Ice coverage in the Arctic this year shrunk to its fourth lowest extent on record, US scientists have announced.  The National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Colorado said that the ice reached a low…

How carbon literate are you?

Manchester Metropolitan University says it’s leading the world when it comes to teaching students to become “carbon literate”. Students studying Masters degrees in events, hospitality, food and tourism management in the Department of Food and Tourism Management have become the first in the world to gain a Carbon Literacy Certificate as part of their university course.  The teaching programme was…

Al D&T Challenge

The UK aluminium industry is inviting secondary school pupils to take up the Alu D&T Challenge.  Schools participating in this competition linked to the Design & Technology curriculum will get free teaching resources which encourage pupils to explore sustainable design and have their ideas judged by a panel of industry experts. The Alu D&T Challenge sets out…

Natural Connections Newsletters

You can keep up to date with what the Natural Connections initiative is up to by reading their informative newsletters. Their latest was published on 15th September.  It includes features on: the launch of the countryside classroom news from Natural Connections Hubs the South West Learning in the Natural Environment Collaboration stats on the effectiveness of…