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Overcoming Pollution
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A brief summary of the causes of pollution and tips on how we can prevent it.


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Good Litter, Bad Litter
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In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol investigates an important way we can unite to make a cleaner Earth--by not littering.  They visit The Grunge, who lives in a trash-filled world, and they find out the difference between good litter and bad litter.  If bad litter isn't disposed of properly, it can damage plants and animals.  Can you imagine a world without plants?  A student quickly finds out that, without plants, people wouldn't have anything to eat!


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Little Changes
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter,", the Pollution Patrol sings a beautiful song about keeping the world clean and how little it takes to make a big difference.  The words to the song are included on the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Earth, We're In It Together!
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a song reminding us to protect our land, air, and water.  We each have to do our part to protect the Earth.  The words to the song are included in the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Recycle Rap
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a rap that teaches the three R's of recycling: Reuse, Reduce Waste, Recycle!  Words are included on the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Reuse, Reduce Waste, Recycle
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In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Patrol treats Auntie Litter to a birthday party complete with presents wrapped in recycled and reusable paper.  Another visit from The Grunge shows how he often reuses things, but his ideas are much different than nature's.  Then Mario the Magician makes a surprise appearance for his magical recycling act.  A visit to a plastics recycling plant shows recycling in action.  Finally, Auntie and the Patrol perform a rap song to make their point loud and clear.


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Oil Spill Science- Introduction
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An introduction to a series of podcasts on teaching about the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- Clean up Activities
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Activities to teach about the clean up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast.


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Oil Spill Science- How Oil Forms
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A podcast that discusses how oil forms in relationship to the Gulf Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- Oil Spills in Perspective
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A discussion that attempts to place the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into perspective.


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Pitcher Plant Little River Canyon National Preserve
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This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.


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Water Pollution
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For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.


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Acid Rain
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In this activity, the effects that varying pH levels have on plants are tested as a way to see the importance of clean, fresh water to living things. This activity will also demonstrate that water pollution is not just a local issue, but rather a global issue. Explanation: Acid rain is a prime example of how activities in one area can have a serious effect on conditions of a global scale. Acid rain primarily results from the transformation of industrial pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides into other compounds such as sulphuric acid (H2SO4), and nitric acid (HNO3). This transformation occurs as these pollutants are transported in the atmosphere over distances of hundreds to thousands of kilometers. For example, sulfur dioxide emissions from industrial processes and the burning of fossil fuels have resulted in extensive acid rain and accompanying water pollution problems in southeastern Canada and the northeastern US. These emissions have global implications: more than half of the acid deposition in eastern Canada originates from emissions in the United States. Even slight changes in the pH of lakes and rivers can cause the loss of fish and invertebrates which are important links in the food chain. Acid rain is also responsible for extensive loss of forest cover in that region.


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Planet H2O- Bottled - vs- Tap: Which Tastes Better?
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“Bottled water is a $50 billion-a-year industry worldwide, and people in the United States consume more bottled water than people in any other country. How is it different from what comes out of our taps? Is it really tastier, fresher and healthier – or is that just the advertising hype? The quality of tap water varies depending on where you live, and you can check on the EPA’s Web site to find out if your community’s water meets national standards. For most of us in the United States, tap versus bottled water is a personal choice.”


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