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January 23, 2014

Long Island Sound: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy‘ series The seven environmental literacy principles for Long Island Sound are the following: Long Island Sound is an estuary formed from a terminal glacial moraine (Long Island), flushed through tidal action from Block Island Sound, with minor exchange with NY Harbor. Long Island Sound once supported abundant oysters, scallops, birds and lobsters with […]

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January 9, 2014

Moreton Bay, Australia: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental Literacy‘ series The seven environmental literacy points for Moreton Bay (Australia) are the following: Moreton Bay is a shallow productive embayment formed by large sand barrier islands on the east coast of Australia Extensive seagrass meadows support large populations of green sea turtles and dugong The Moreton Bay watershed has an extensive network of […]

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January 2, 2014

Environmental Literacy: Determining the essential elements necessary for understanding a topic or a place

Environmental literacy refers to the most basic information necessary for the broadest understanding of a topic that non-experts need to possess to be conversant about the topic. Just as literacy or numeracy refers to the basic ability necessary to read or perform mathematical tasks, environmental literacy provides the basic ability to make informed environmental decisions. […]

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July 30, 2013

Maryland Climate Change Summit

Several hundred people gathered at the Maritime Institute conference facility in Baltimore for the Maryland Climate Change Summit on July 25. The Summit was kicked off with a talk by Governor Martin O’Malley to a standing room only audience. Governor O’Malley likened climate change to gravity–physics, pure and simple but also acknowledged that the response […]

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July 25, 2013

Maryland releases a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

The first five sentences of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan summarize what we need to know and do. 1) Climate change is real. 2) Scientists agree. 3) It’s happening now. 4) It’s harmful and human caused. 5) We can make a difference through our actions. These simple statements are backed up with a wealth of […]

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April 24, 2013

The Conowingo Debate: The role of the dam in Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance hosted a debate in Cambridge, Maryland regarding the Conowingo Dam, which is the southernmost dam in the Susquehanna River, described in the IAN publication ‘Responding to major storm impacts: Ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays‘. The debate was held in the Dorchester Public Library on April […]

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April 22, 2013

What’s the problem? Why should I care? Using Media to Bring Science to the Public

For some environmental researchers, science is about collecting knowledge. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary that scientists step up and share their work to inform policy and effectively manage environmental problems through public awareness. This requires that we learn how to use mass media outlets such as print, radio, television, and social media so that […]

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April 12, 2013

A new special journal issue on water education

A new special issue on Water Education for Sustainability in Higher Education in the Journal for Contemporary Water Research & Education was published, an outcome of a workshop organized by the International WaterCentre. The special issue is dedicated to Dr. Peter Oliver, an educator who passed away last November. The special issue includes a tribute […]

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April 5, 2013

Great Barrier Reef literacy

The concept of environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, ocean literacy and Chesapeake Bay literacy. These distillations attempt to identify the essence of what an informed person needs to know. The literacy principles form the overall outline presented here, but it is in the richness […]

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March 29, 2013

Biophilia on a coral cay: Reflections from Lady Elliot Island

Standing on the coral rubble of a small cay in the Great Barrier Reef (Lady Elliot Island) is a biophilia experience. Biophilia, defined as ‘love of life’, is an appreciation that everything that you see and touch on the coral cay is created from living things. This term was coined by the philosopher Erich Fromm […]

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