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21/03/12  |  Oslo

Videos from the Rainforest Foundation and United Nations Association

The Rainforest Foundation has useful information on its websites and some excellent video clips on biodiversity and climate change. The United Nations Association has created a collection of teaching materials on the topics of rainforests and climate change. There is something of interest there for all levels in schools!

21/03/12  |  

Why spring is blooming marvellous (and climate change makes it earlier)

With buds bursting early, only for a mild winter to turn Arctic and wipe them out, we are witnessing how warm weather can trigger flowering, even out of season, and how important it is for plants to blossom at the right time of year.

07/03/12  |  Cape Town, South Africa

Rural School Running on Methane Bio-Gas

Are renewable sources of energy used in your school? How can you incorporate them? Here is a good example of a sustainable school in Cape Town. Tucked against the rolling hills of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, a small rural school has been turning its kitchen scraps and agricultural and human waste into methane gas for cooking and nutrient-rich fertiliser, and is even recycling its water.

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