Career One Stop: Green Careers: Interest in green careers (those that promote the health of the environment) has been growing for decades. But students are not always clear about what the options are. This U.S. Department of Labor website can help. Readers can scout the site in a number of interesting ways. A first step might be the What Are Green Careers? section, which outlines how the Department of Labor defines green careers, as well as some of the terminology used throughout the site. Readers may then locate and explore more than 200 green careers, in categories such as Renewable Energy Generation, Transportation, Green Construction, and about a dozen others. The Find Education and Training section is also informative, as it links to options that run the gamut from short-term on-the-job training to master’s degrees. This is an excellent resource for guidance counselors, advisers, or anyone who works with young people to help them clarify and pursue their careers.
Farmers Bear the Brunt of Climate Impacts: Nearly a third of the seven billion people alive on Earth today directly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. So when floods, storms, and – above all – droughts occur, it is this swath of the population that suffers most. In addition, a new United Nations study concludes that as the effects of global climate change increase, these losses accrue more and more to the farmers who can least afford them. Featured here is the complete UN study, “Farmers Bear Brunt of Climate Impacts.” Readers may want to begin by reading the short overview of the report. More information can also be found in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ press release, which goes into more detail. This content here can be especially useful to educators who are teaching about Sub-Saharan Africa and other Third World economies, politics, and agricultural practices.
Moorea Coral Reef LTER: Coral reefs are enormously complex ecosystems, teeming with biodiversity. However, due to overfishing, coastal development, and factors associated with global climate change, the world’s coral reefs are dying off at staggering rates. In fact, researchers estimate that we’ve already lost 20% of our reefs worldwide, and we’re set to lose another 35% by 2050 if the global community doesn’t act quickly. The Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research Site (MCR LTER), a National Science Foundation-funded project intended to study and protect reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia, boasts a particularly informative web site. Under General Information, readers may browse sections on News, What We Do, Locality, and Habitats Studied for information about the project, as well as beautiful pictures of this tropical paradise. The Research link takes readers to glosses of long-term trends and process-oriented studies. Educators may be particularly interested in the Education & Outreach link, which navigates to a separate website designed for teachers.
Washington Post: Energy and Environment: For readers who are looking for a clear-eyed source for news about ecological issues, the Washington Post’s new blog, Energy and Environment with Chris Mooney, is a fantastic place to start. Mooney and his colleagues publish daily articles about the intersection of water rights, economics, psychology and behavioral science, global warming, and many other topics. Each article is professionally researched and presented with a balanced journalistic prose. The site can be searched by five categories (Climate Change, Energy, Psychology and Behavior, Science, and Endangered Species). It’s also interesting to simply scroll down the news feed, examining the most recent posts. However readers approach the site, they will find up-to-date coverage of the latest science, politics, and economics of environmental issues.